Time your purchase to coincide with one of the two festival parades (Kumbal Perahara or Randoli Perahara) that take place each August. You’ll typically start in the evening, though the exact start time will be based on the details selected by the temple authorities organizing the parade festivities.
Depending on when you book your festival excursion, you’ll get to witness one of two “Peraharas” (processions): either the Kumbal Perahara or Randoli Perahara. Each parade includes a dazzling collection of music, drumming, flag bearers, spearmen, dancers, and elephants adorned in elaborate costumes.
At the end of this dramatic display of ceremony, local culture, and religious devotion, you’ll return to your original starting point.