Onam 2017

6 days tour


Onam, the most anticipated festival of Kerala, is its harvest festival. People make beautiful intricate designs using flowers at the entrance to their houses. Women adorned in their traditional saris known as veshti mundu perform Thiruvathirakali, a traditional dance.  A popular nine course feast known as a Sadya is eaten at lunch. The grand Aranmula snake boat race, or Vallamkali, is held on the river Pamba. (The snake boat is named for its shape. There are no live snakes on board!) :)  We invite you to join us for Onam celebrations including the Vallamkalli.



Climate

Cochin: moderately hot and humid climate. The best time to visit is from November to February.

Kumarakom: moderate climate, best time to visit is from September to May.


Aranmula: tropical climate. Has significant rainfall most months, with a dry season from December to March. 

Visited Places 

Cochin - Kumarakom - Aranmula


Highlights of this trip

  • Watch Kathakali and Thiruvathirakali dance performance
  • Celebrate Onam at local home
  • Make pookalam (flower-art) with local family
  • Houseboat cruise on Kerala backwaters
  • Village cruise by country boat
  • Ayurvedic massage
  • Watch annual snake boat race at Aranmula on the holy river Pampa

Sample Itinerary


September 3 Our representative will receive you on arrival at the International Airport in Cochin.
Visit a local family, learn about Onam and Kerala traditions, enjoy special Onam sadya (a variety of dishes traditionally served on a banana leaf) with them.
Overnight stay at hotel in Cochin.

September 4
Celebrate Onam in Fort Kochi by first create a flower-art in front of a local family house, then visit a temple. Afternoon watch a traditional Thiruvathirakali dance performance.

Overnight stay at hotel in Cochin.

September 5
Visit Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace), built in 1557 by Portuguese, visit the Jewish Synagogue built in 1568, the Cochin Fort, St. Francis Church, and Chinese Fishing nets. Participate on morning Yoga class and pamper yourself with Ayurvedic massage. Enjoy Kathakali Dance show. Taste the unique  Kerala cuisine.

Overnight stay at hotel in Cochin.

September 6-7 Travel by car to Kumarakom.
Enjoy a relaxing houseboat cruise on Kerala backwaters and a village cruise by country boat. See the village and paddy fields and the toddy tapping. Experience the fun of fishing using the traditional bow and arrow method. Take a stroll through the village to see villagers engaged in traditional work.
Visit Butterfly farm. Spend time in the hotel garden with relaxation, enjoy Ayurvedic treatments.​
Overnight stay at hotel in Kumarakom.


September 8 Travel by car to Aranmula.

Watch the annual Aranmula Vallamkalli boat race on the holy river Pampa.

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