Kulasekarapattinam, a remote village located in Tuticorin district used to operate as a minor port for trading with neighboring Sri lanka is the place where Mutharamman temple resides and it is known for grand dussehra festival in India.
This festival starts with flag hosting, following by various rituals and concludes with Soorasamharam on 10th day .People from various parts of Tamil Nadu thronged the temple to offer special prayers. On last day, Soorasamharam which symbolize the victory of good over evil, the highlight of 10 days festival, is performed at beach.
The Devotees who perform fasting for 41 days, dress like God/ Goddess and marsh towards temple from neighboring villages. They lose themselves and move into trance state for a while when folk music is turned on. More than 1.5 million people gather near temple year after year on the tenth day after new moon day.
Location: Kulasai, Tuticorin
Place to stay: No hotels around Kulasai. But Thiruchendur is the nearest place to stay for overnight.
Temperature : 36 degree Celsius to 39 degree Celsius