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Onam is a Hindu festival celebrated in the state of Kerala in India. It falls in the Malayalam calendar month of Chingam, which in Gregorian calendar overlaps with August–September. Onam is the official state festival of Kerala with public holidays that start four days from Onam Eve (Uthradom).
The festival is a major annual event for a Malayali, and it is celebrated with numerous festivities. It includes Vallam Kali (boat races), Pulikali (tiger dances), Pookkalam (flower arrangement), Onathappan (worship), Onam Kali, Tug of War, Thumbi Thullal (women's dance), Kummati kali (mask dance), Onathallu (martial arts), Onavillu (music), Kazhchakkula (plantain offerings), Onapottan (costumes), Atthachamayam (folk songs and dance), and other celebrations. The festival remembers Hindu mythologies associated with Mahabali, Vishnu, Kashyapa and Parashurama. It is the New Year day for Malayali Hindus.
The Onam celebrations across the state, starts off with a grand procession at Thrippunithura near Kochi called Atthachamayam, also referred to as Thripunithura Athachamayam. The parade features elephants marching, drum beats and other music, folk art forms, floats and colorfully dressed people with masks. In Kerala's history, the Kochi king used to head a grand military procession in full ceremonial robes from his palace to the Thrikkakara temple, meeting and greeting his people. In contemporary times, this a state supported event.
Date : 08/04/2019
ARRIVE DELHI (BY: FLIGHT)
Welcome to India- a country where hospitality is a way of life; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. You will be received at the airport in a traditional manner with garlands and proceed to your hotel.
Meal: Nil. Overnight at Hotel in Delhi
Date : 08/05/2019
DELHI – COCHIN (BY: FLIGHT)
Morning in time transfer to Delhi airport to board flight for Cochin
Depart Delhi at 0730 hrs at SG 561 (Spice Jet)
Arrive Cochin at 1040 hrs and then transfer to hotel
Afternoon enjoy Kathakali dance – the stylised and theatrical art form retelling stories from Hindu legend.
Kathakali, as a dance form popular today, is considered to be of comparatively recent origin. However, it is an art which has evolved from many social and religious theatrical forms which existed in the southern region in ancient times.
Meal: B,L,D. Overnight at Hotel in Cochin.
Date : 08/06/2019
COCHIN - MUNNAR (BY: SURFACE)
Breakfast at the hotel and then drive to Munnar (Approx. 150 Kms / 4 ½ hrs drive).
Upon arrival check in at hotel.
Munnar - A haven of peace and tranquility! This picturesque scope of the lofty Western Ghats first came into prominence as a favorite summer resort of the British government. The town of stands at the confluence of three mountain streams. Enjoy trekking, boating, riding, angling or just laze about and fill your soul with peace
At an altitude of 1,524 metres and close to Anamudi, the highest peak in southern India, the cool climate of Munnar provides a welcome relief from the heat of the plains
Rest of the day relax the beauty of the hill station.
Meal: B,L,D. Overnight at Hotel in Munnar
Date : 08/07/2019
MUNNAR (BY: SURFACE)
Morning proceed to visit tea plantation and tea museum.
Munnar is perhaps the choicest of places to preserve and showcase some of the exquisite and interesting aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala's high ranges. With special emphasis to Munnar, and to the delight of tea lovers and tourists, Tata Tea opened a Tea Museum which houses curious, photographs and machineries, each depicting a turning point that contributed to a flourishing tea industry, as seen today in the region.
Timings: 0900 to 1600 hrs. The museum is closed on Monday. Good Friday is also a holiday for museum.
Meal: B,L,D. Overnight at Hotel in Munnar
Date : 08/08/2019
MUNNAR - THEKKADY (BY: SURFACE)
After breakfast drive to Thekkady (Approx. 120 Kms/ 4 hrs drive). Upon arrival check in at hotel.
Thekkday - Thekkady is a popular resort and spice trading town next to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Cardamom Hills and provides convenient access to the park. Magical land of spices and wildlife! Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala, is one of finest and largest wildlife reserves in India. The Indian elephant comes in herds to frolic in the lake’s waters.The road winds through a picturesque countryside with plantations of tea, cardamom, pepper, cloves and cinnamon.
Afternoon proceed for boat ride on lake Periyar.
Timings for boating at Lake Periyar: 0700, 0930, 1130, 1400, 1600 hrs.
Meal: B,L,D. Overnight at Hotel in Thekkady.
Date : 08/09/2019
THEKKADY - ALLEPPEY (BY: SURFACE)
Morning enjoy boat ride on Lake Periyar.
Later drive to Alleppey (Approx. 160 Kms/ 4 hrs drive) and embark Houseboat.
Cruising Kerala’s backwaters in a traditional ‘Kettuvallom’ (boats made by tying together wooden planks with coconut ropes) is a distinctly unique experience!
These traditional wooden craft, originally used to transport rice along Kerala’s lush green backwaters, have found a new lease of life quietly exploring timeless scenes of palms and paddies, temples and villages. Boats have either one or two fan-cooled bedrooms with attached shower rooms. The sides are open allowing the breeze to flow freely. Your private crew steer the boat, cook lavish local meals and keep you in tea and cold drinks.
As you drift along the backwaters, you can see the local villagers fishing and washing clothes in the canals, as small boys swim alongside the boats shouting ‘Hello’ and ‘Which country?’. Birdlife is plentiful: stork and egret are often spotted. Even a day on a rice boat is a unique and unforgettable experience, but staying overnight, on a boat gives the chance to experience dusk and dawn on the still, reflective waters.
Meal: B,L,D. Overnight on Houseboat.
Date : 08/10/2019
ALLEPPEY – KOVALAM (BY: SURFACE )
Morning disembark from Houseboat and take motor boat to Kovalam (Approx. 160 kms) and check in at hotel.
Enjoy rest of the day on the beach.
Meal: B,L,D. Overnight at Hotel in Kovalam
Date : 08/11/2019
KOVLAM – KANYAKUMARAI -KOVALAM (BY: SURFACE)
Morning excursion to Kanyakumari (Approx. 90 kms one way) and proceed for sightseeing of Kanyakumari temple, Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Meal: B,L,D. Overnight at Hotel in Kovalam
Date : 08/12/2019
KOVALAM – TRIVANDRUM (BY: SURFACE )
After breakfast in time transfer to Trivandrum.
The Onam festival is celebrated through-out Kerala state, but the largest festivities are concentrated in larger cities like Trivandrum. As many of the festivals most important event involve water sports, it’s best to dress in clothing you don’t mind getting wet.
For 10 straight days, the entire state of Kerala in South India comes to life in dazzling display of elephant parade, fireworks display, songs and dances.
Thiruvananthapuram (or trivandrum) is the capital of the southern indian state of kerala. It's distinguished by its british colonial architecture and many art galleries. It’s also home to kuthira malika (or puthen malika) palace, adorned with carved horses and displaying collections related to the travancore royal family, whose regional capital was here from the 18th–20th centuries.
Meal: B,L,D. Overnight at Hotel in Trivandrum
Date : 08/01/2020
TRIVANDRUM – DELHI (BY: FLIGHT )
Morning after breakfast drive to airport to board flight for Delhi
Depart from Trivandrum at 1205 hrs by 6E 514 (Indigo Airlines). Arrive Delhi at 1520 hrs and then transfer to hotel.
Meal: B,L,D. Overnight at Hotel in Delhi
Date : 08/02/2020
DELHI SIGHTSEEING (BY: SURFACE)
Morning visit Rajghat and Lotus temple (closed on Monday).
Rajghat - A simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948. It is surrounded by a beautiful park with labelled trees planted by notables like Queen Elizabeth II, USA President Eisenhower, Ho Chi Minh and various others.
The structure is made up of pure white marble the architect Furiburz Sabha chose the lotus as the symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate.
Post lunch visit Qutub Minar and Red Fort.
Qutb Minar, at 73 metres, is the tallest brick minaret in the world and second highest minar in India after Fateh Burj at Punjab, India
The Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal emperor for nearly 200 years, until 1857. It is located in the centre of Delhi and houses a number of museums.
Later proceed for dinner followed by transfer to airport to board flight back home.
Meal: B,L,D and Departure