29 July 2019 | 3 min read

Where To Go In August – Boat Races In Kerala, Tribal Festivals In Nagaland & More


If you’re looking for a quick break that you can pack a whole lot of fun into, it’s time to bust out those phones, wallets, and sense of adventure. Why do you ask? Because August is fast approaching, and it’s bringing with it SO MUCH to do. Take a look at what awaits you.

Tsungremmong Festival

Where – Mokukchung, Nagaland
When – Aug 1-3, 2019

The Ao Tribe of Nagaland celebrates Tsungremmong or the ‘festival of blessing’ to thank their deity for a good harvest. During the festival, young boys and girls of the Ao Naga clan dress up in colourful clothes and ornaments made out of shells and wood. With dancing and feasting, this is one of the best time to witness the authentic culture and hospitality of Nagaland, which is still one of the most underrated tourist destination of the country. Go now.

Tip – Flight tickets {round-trip} for one person to Dimapur from Mumbai costs around INR 18,000.  Nothing like impromptu trips right?

Tarnetar Mela

When – Aug 4-6, 2019
Where – Tanetar Village, Gujarat

With its origins rooted in Draupadi’s swayamvar, the super-colourful Tarnetar Mela is held for three days every year. Here you’ll find plenty of people looking for their One True Love – and with about 50,000 attendees you’ll be spoiled for choice!

Already happily paired up? Go for the folk songs, dances, handicrafts, plenty of Gujarati food and everything else you’d find in a mela. {yes there will be Ferris wheels}.

You could also check out the Triniteshwar Mahadev temple, which is one of the mela‘s focal points. It’s believed to be the spot where Arjun claimed Draupadi’s hand in the archery contest.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race

When – Aug 10, 2019
Where – Kerala

Named after Jawaharlal Nehru, this boat race is held on the second Saturday of August every year. Almost two lakh people come to watch chundans {100-feet-long snake boats} race each year and for a good reason. This is a spectacle that needs to be witnessed to be believed.

Get all the details, history, and more information on their official website, which is super-informative and handy in case you are planning to visit. Plus with Aug 10-12 being a long weekend, you have every excuse to head here during that time.

Bonderam Festival

When – Aug 24, 2019
Where – Goa

The Feast of Bonderam is held at Divar Island {12 km from Panjim} in August every year. The history of how this festival came to be celebrated involves the Portuguese, village wards, bloody fights, and flags {you can read all about it on the Goa tourism website as well}. Today you’ll find a parade, mock fights, plenty of music and of course, lots of flags. Don’t miss it!

Covelong Point Surf & Yoga Festival

When – Aug 23-25, 2019
Where – Covelong Surf School, Kovalam

This isn’t just your standard, one-dimensional ‘surf here, yoga there’ type of fest. From surf lessons to stand-up paddle-boarding, slack-lining to mixed media art, yoga, and mixed martial arts to sound therapists and alternative healers, and three different stages for three different types of music, there is something here for everyone.

This is the fifth edition, and it would seem like they’ve pulled out all the stops. Get all the details on the line-up, registration, and accommodation on their official website.

Have you planned your getaway yet?

by Urvee Modwel


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