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OK! Onam in Kerala - A Cultural Spectacle

10 - 17 September, 2019 | INR 20500 per person 

Trip Details

Overview

  

Let's Go Kerala this Onam! A cultural extravaganza not to be missed.


Festivals are true celebrations in God's Own Country; occasions when grandeur prevails over the characteristic simplicity of the Kerala lifestyle. Be it the state festival of Onam or the one at a local place of worship, new attire and sumptuous feasts are a must for the celebrations. 


Besides being occasion for merry-making, festivals of Kerala have traditionally been preservers of the art and culture of this land. Whether religious or social, traditional or modern, a festival here is never complete without an art event.

Folk music, graceful dances, extravagant feast, vivacious games, bejeweled elephant parades, traditional snake boat races and flamboyant flower decorations, primeval martial arts performances all of these make Onam the festival of happiness and merriment.


The harvest festival of Onam is based on the myth of the homecoming of King Mahabali, a demon king who gave Kerala its golden age. The celebration of Onam is spread over ten days and culminates on the Thiruonam day.


Come... experience the authenticity of Kerala with us.

Itinerary

Day 01 | Sept 10, 2019 


Arrive at Kochi airport or Ernakulam railway station in the morning. We check-in to our home-stay which is a little away from the town. Explore the town on foot.

Evening, we head to watch the famous dance drama of Kerala, the “Kathakali”. This dance can be characterized by grotesque gesticulations, amazing costumes and very extensive make-up. The stories are mostly taken from the epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana. We also witness, “Kalaripayattu”, the martial art form of Kerala, regarded as the oldest and most scientific of its kind in the World. 


MEALS INCLUDED: Dinner


Day 02 | Sept 11, 2019


This morning after breakfast, we visit the Vamana temple to witness the Onam celebrations. We join the locals to celebrate the festival in the temple in the Kerala traditional style with drum beats and elephant parade.


Today, we would be experiencing Onam Sadhya, a grand vegetarian feast served on a banana leaf comprising of 26 dishes, at times even more.


We return to our home-stay and relax in the evening. Converse with the local hosts, learn their culture and traditions, listen to their stories. 


MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 03 | Sept 12, 2019


We head to Kumarakom, a tiny backwater hamlet perched on the western banks of the Vembanadu Lake and is unbelievably breathtaking paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with water lilies. We check into our houseboat and set out on an overnight backwater cruise in the traditional Kerala houseboat. 


MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

                    

Day 04 | Sept 13, 2019


We check out of the houseboat and start our half day tour to witness the real countryside of Kerala. Carved out of the innocence and beauty of rural life in Kerala, this authentic experience is crafted with the best interest of the local communities in mind and enhances the well-being of the local people and at the same time contributes to the conservation of nature and cultural heritage.


We ride through the canals in a country boat with several stopovers which helps us to experience the everyday village life on the banks. We get to see people working in the paddy fields, children swimming in the lake, people engaged in various kinds of fishing, women weaving coconut palm fronds and so on. We then head to Alleppey and relax in the evening at our home-stay. We have the option to visit the nearby beach and have some fun.


MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 05 | Sept 14, 2019 


After a relaxed breakfast, we move to Konni, a small hamlet situated on the banks of the mighty Achenkoil River. The village is home to several baby elephants which are brought from the forests and groomed. We’ll have close encounter with the elephants here. We get to feed them, help the mahouts in bathing the majestic babies in the river, interact with the mahouts and take a ride on them, though we generally don’t suggest as an ethical travel company. We, then visit Perumthenaruvi, which means the Grand Honey Falls which is a 100ft high picture-perfect waterfall. If time permits, we visit Adavi Eco-Tourism Project and do coracle boating, trekking, etc.


MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 06 | Sept 15, 2019 


After early breakfast, we head to Aranmula. Aranmula Uthrittathi Vallamkali or Aranmula Boat Race is the most ancient and revered boat races of Kerala. Held on the day of the Uthrittathi asterism in the Malayalam month of Chingam, it is well known for its grandeur and unique history.


The snake boats used for this race are called Palliyodams. The credit for the design is given to Lord Krishna himself, the chief deity at the Aranmula Sree Parthasarathy Temple. He is said to have appeared on these shores on a raft made of six bamboos, giving the village its name – Aranmula or Six Bamboos. We join in the festival celebrations, a spectacular event in which thousands of oarsmen bring down their oars in unison to the rhythm and gusto of the frenetic notes of vanjipattu (boat song) along with countless people who throng the banks of the river Pampa to cheer the majestic snake boats. The famous metallic mirror of Aranmula is universally noted for its excellence in craft. Bell metal is tamed, tempered and polished to give a mirror like reflection. This noted handiwork stands out as a symbol of excellence in traditional metallic craft in Kerala. We try to visit one of those units where the mirrors are made.


MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 07 | Sept 16, 2019 


After Breakfast, we head to Trivandrum where we visit the famous Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple believed to be the world’s richest temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. We then head to Kovalam Beach where we check into our hotel and relax for the rest of the day. Enjoy the sunset at the beach. 


MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast 


Day 08 | Sept 17, 2019 


The morning is free at leisure until transfer to the Trivandrum Airport for the departure flight. We bid good bye to each other & head home with sweet memories!!! Trip concludes.


MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast


The itinerary is loosely drafted, and allows you to do as little or as much as you like.

This itinerary is just to give you an idea on the tour structure but in no means final and is subject to change.

Trip Dates

Start Date: 10th September 2019(pick-up from Kochi Airport / Ernakulam Station)

End Date: 17th September 2019 (drop at Trivandrum Airport / Railway Station)


Pls ensure that you arrive before 11 AM on the Start Date and book your return ticket for your train / flight after 1 PM on the End Date.

Trip Cost

Rs.20,500/- per person (7 nights / 8 days)


Please invite your family and friends to join. The trip will have a maximum of 16 members (15 participants + 1 facilitator).


Please confirm your participation by paying Rs.5000/- (non-refundable) to book your seat.

Inclusions & Exclusions

INCLUSIONS


  • Comfy accommodation for 6 nights in Home-stays & 1 night in Houseboat on double / triple sharing basis. Married Couples get a separate room.
  • Meal as mentioned above. Starts with Dinner on 1st Day and ends with the Breakfast on the 8th Day. (Fixed Menu - Simple but hygienic vegetarian food at our place of stay). 
  • One absolutely lavish Onam Sadhya feast 
  • Transfer from Kochi / Ernakulam & drop at Trivandrum.
  • Entry Fees in places of interest
  • Kalaripayattu & Kathakali Entry
  • Guide charges, wherever required
  • Country Boat ride
  • All applicable taxes & service charges


EXCLUSIONS


  • Train fare / Airfare
  • Food / Snacks other than mentioned above
  • Camera charges, if any.
  • Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guests directly.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, room heater charges, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, tips, medicines, etc.
  • Any item not specified in the ‘Inclusions’.

Booking Procedure

Please confirm your participation by paying INR 5000 (Non-refundable Booking Fee**) to book your seat. Rest to be paid 30 days before the tour start date.


Pls write to us at unusualescapes@gmail.com for our Bank Account Details to transfer the Booking Fee (or) pay via Google Pay at 9052220466. Your spot will be confirmed as soon as we receive your Booking Fee.


**If you can find anyone else to replace you, there’ll be NO cancellation charges. We will then refund your money in full including the non-refundable booking fee. 


Pls write to us for cancellation conditions and other queries.

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