Chamayavillanku is a unique festival, which is held at the Kottankulangara
temple in Chavara, near Kollam, where
hundreds of sturdy men dress up as comely females. This is an offering to
the goddess Bhagavathy, the deity of the temple.
In this unique ritual called 'Chamaya Vilakku' (make-up lamp), the 'Damsels' come to the temple at night in a long procession with lighted lamps in their hands. The ritual occurs during March - April each year.