Paripally Gajamela or Elephant Pageant is an annual festival celebrated at Kodimoottil Bhagavathy Temple, in Paripally
, about 48 km north of Thiruvananthapuram
, in Kerala
. More than 50 elephants are taken out on a ritual procession on the tenth day of the festival held in February- March. The elephants are decorated colorfully and lined up on the temple premises. A mahout is seen atop the elephants, holding high tinseled silk parasols (muthukuda) and swaying white tufts (venchamaram) and peacock feather fans (aalavattom) to the rhythm of the temple orchestra.
Kollam Junction Railway Station is the nearest railhead (23 km).