Onam Fest 2014

(8 Days / 7 Nights)

Onam Fest 2014

Think of pristine beaches, serene backwaters, luxurious Houseboats, fragrance of Spices and misty mountains and put this all in one word. The result is – KERALA. Guarded by Arabian Sea on one side and mountains of Wesrern Ghats on the other side this Southern India State is truly a God’s own Country as its natural beauty can only be created by God’s own hands.

DESTINATIONS

Trivandrum
Kovalam
Kanyakumari
Kovalam
Kollam
Cochin
Manarcad
Cochin
Alleppey
Kumarakom
Cochin
Thrissur
Cochin

Tour Overview

Day 01

Arrive Trivandrum

Arriving Trivandrum, you will clear customs and immigration. Leaving the airport, you will be met by our representative, holding a placard with your name on it in the arrival lounge. After arrival you will check-in into resort. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Kovalam beach on your own. You can also take a walk along the rustic countryside. Photograph your family with the back ground of beach and waves. Watch sun set in the Arabian sea. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02

Kovalam - Pandmanabhapuram - Kanyakumari – Kovalam

After breakfast we take you to full day excursions to nearby places. Visit Padmanabhapuram Palace which was once the seat of the rulers of Travancore, a princely state for more than 400 years which included a large part of present day Kerala and the Western coast of Tamil Nadu.

visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial which is dedicated to Swami Vivekananda, a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the founder of Ramakrishna Mission. Vivekananda Rock Memorial was built between 1963 and 1970 in red and blue granite.

Also visit Kumari Amman Temple whichis dedicated to virgin Goddess Parvathi & is located on the shore. The Diamond nose-ring of this deity is famous for its sparkling splendor, which is supposed to be visible even from the sea. Later on visit Mahatma Gandhi Memorial which is one among the frequented tourist attractions in Kanyakumari. The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial was built to honour Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation.The Memorial was built in 1956, in the Orissa temple architectural style. In the evening watch the most beautiful Sunset of Kanyakumari.Leave Kanyakumari by dusk and back to Kovalam. Overnight at resort. (Breakfast)

Day 03

Kovalam

After breakfast full day at leisure at beach side area. Kovalam is one of the loveliest beaches in the world.  Overnight at resort. (Breakfast)
Day 04

Kovalam – Kollam – Cochin

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Cochin. En-route visit Kollam which was formerly called "Desinganadu". During the rule of the Travancore kingdom in southern Kerala, Kollam was the focal point of trade. It is believed that the era was started by Nestorian Christian merchants who settled in KorukeNi kollam, near to the present Kollam. Kollam is supposed to be one of the state's oldest ports and hub of international spice trade. Arrive Cochin and check-in into hotel. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 05

Kovalam – Manarcad – Cochin

After an early breakfast full day excursion to Manarcad Perunnal which is the annual feast at the St. Mary’s church at Manarcad, Kottayam, Kerala. It is known as Ettunombu Perunnal or eight day prayer and fasting. The devotees who observe the fast stay at the church from morning till night. The main offering of the church is made in the form of Muthukkuda (highly decked parasols). On the last three days of the Perunnal there will be processions carrying golden crosses and thousands of devotees accompany this with colourful embellished umbrellas. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 06

Cochin – Alleppey (Kerala Houseboat)

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Alleppey which is one of the most important tourist centers in the Kerala state, with a large network of inland canals earning it the sobriquet "Venice of the east".  On arrival board a houseboat for a cruise through the backwaters of Kerala. On the boat ride, enjoy magnificent scenery of these palm-shaded backwaters. Spend the evening on board the house boat enjoying the exciting night life in the lake, the outstanding food and royal service. Enjoy a good night sleep under star and moon light in the house boat. Overnight on the houseboat. (Breakfast/Lunch/dinner)
Day 07

Kumarakom – Cochin

After breakfast disembark and attend tourism Snake Boat Race. Scores of long snake boats and other smaller crafts participate in these events. The largest team sport in the world, the snake boat races are preceded by colourful water parades. In the late afternoon drive to Cochin. Arrive Cochin and check-in into hotel. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 08

Cochin (Departure)

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and take a short drive to Thrissur. Arrive Thrissur and see Pulikali dancers putting on make-up.

In the afternoon see Pulikali Parade. Puli Kali also known as Kaduvakali is a colorful recreational folk art from the state of Kerala. It is performed by trained artists to entertain people on the occasion of Onam, an annual harvest festival, celebrated mainly in the Indian state of Kerala. On the fourth day of Onam celebrations (Nalaam Onam), performers painted like tigers and hunters in bright yellow, red, and black dance to the beats of instruments like Udukku and Thakil. Literal meaning of Pulikali is the ‘play of the tigers’ hence the performance revolve around the theme of tiger hunting. In the evening transfer to Cochin airport to catch flight back to home. (Breakfast)

All Trips Include:

  • 6 Nights hotel accommodation on twin share basis.
  • 1 night in Kerala Houseboat withall meals.
  • Double bedded room with private bath or shower & hotel taxes.
  • Daily breakfast in hotel as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Air-conditioned Private Large Car with an expert driver as per the itinerary.
  • All transfers and sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Fuel, Insurance, Toll Taxes, All State Taxes, All transport related Expenses and Driver Services.
  • Assistance by our representatives at the airport on arrival as per the itinerary.
  • Services of a local English speaking guide in Kovalam Cochin for city sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • City sightseeing in as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrances to the monuments & museums as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Evening Kathakali Dance show in Cochin as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Full day excursion to Tripunithura to take part inOnam festival activitiesas mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Full day excursion to Kanyakumari & nearby places as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All other excursions as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All taxes and service charges.

 

Note:

– International/domestic Airfare. – Meals and beverages not listed in itinerary. -Movie/video camera fee at monuments. -Tips and gratuities. – Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, portage etc. – Any other service that has not been included into “cost inclusions”.

 

Hotel Selection

City Premium Package Standard Package Economy Package
Kovalam Vivanta by Taj Kovalam Turtle On The Beach Resort Sagara Beach Resort
Cochin The Gateway Hotel Avenue Regent Abad Plaza
Alleppey AC KERALA HOUSEBOAT AC KERALA HOUSEBOAT AC KERALA HOUSEBOAT

 

Also Available on request:

  • This tour is ex-Cochin. If you are arriving from a different destination, we can help you arrange the flight to and from Cochin.
  • Ayurveda Treatments & Massage.
  • Early morning Yoga lesson.

 

Testimonial:

Well, we are back safe and sound in Dubai after our wonderful trip to Rajasthan. We had a great trip and were very happy that we had Surendra as our driver. He was a very safe driver, very focused on his duties, yet very friendly and patient and was always there for us. He was punctual and always had a smile on his face. Also, he was quite humorous and we had some good laughs with him.

All in all it was a great trip and we saw and did lots, and got a good insight into the culture. Maybe one day we will return, though I think our next trip to India will be to the Kerala area, and we will contact you then.

Thanks again for arranging such a great trip and for arranging, on quick notice, for Surendra to drive us.

Mr. Rick & Janet Matthews
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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