Nishagandhi Dance festival 2020 at Thiruvananthapuram

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Location : Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Destination Type: Cultural

The Nishagandhi  Dancefestival, conducted by Kerala Goverment Tourism Department is a seven-day cultural fiesta is held in the Nishagandhi Auditorium at Thiruvananthapuram the state capital city. Eminent dancers perform in Odissi, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Manipuri, Mohiniyattam, Chhau, and Kuchipudi dance forms.

History of Nishagandhi Dance Festival

  1. This year (2020) the dance festival celebrates its 28th edition
  2. From 2013 onwards  Nishagandhi puraskaram annual award was instituted by the Tourism Department of Kerala in India to honour personalities in the fields of music and dance
  3. First award was presented to Mrinalini Sarabhai

Activities for tourists at Nishagandhi Dance Festival

  1. Enjoy the cultural fiesta celebrating Indian classical dance forms
  2. The Nishagandhi festival is a grand occasion for art lovers in Kerala to get familiar with some of the best and upcoming talents in India 
  3. Enjoy the cultural heritage of Thiruvananthapuram
  4. Visit Padmnanabha Swmay temple, the richest temple
  5. Enjoy Kerala cuisine and Kovalam beach

How to reach there


Thiruvananthapuram International airport has flights to international destinations such as Dubai, Sharjah, Kuwait, Bahrain, Doha, Male, Kula Lumpur, Colombo and Singapore. There are flight to Indian domestic destinations such as Kochi, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai


Trivandrum Central railway station is the main railway station and Kochuveli railway station is 10 Kms away from city centre. From these railway station trains are available to New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkotta, Chennai, Baengaluru, Kanyakumari, Gandhidham etc

Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents

  1. Kovalam( 17 kms away)
  2. Kanyakumari( 90 kms away)
  3. Kumarakom ( 158 kms away)
  4. Kochi ( 207 kms away)
  5. Alappuzha ( 154 kms away)

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