There are lots of cultural and religious festivals that are celebrated by the people of Kollam with great enthusiasm such as Kollam Pooram, Oachirakkali, Onam, Ashtami Rohini, and Kollam Crafts Festival. They also celebrate the festivals of other religion such as Christmas, Ramzan etc. as they are extremely secular. To experience the true festive culture of the place it is better to visit Kollam during any of the festivals.
Dance and music are the two chief ingredients of the Kollam culture and such events are organized throughout the year. Krishnanattam, Koothu, Kaikottikali, Ottamthullal, Kathakali are some of the popular dance forms of the place. Tourists can enjoy this nice dances as they are not generally to be seen elsewhere.