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Home Fair & Festival Tours Kerala Boat Race Festival Tour Package
Kerala Boat Race Festival Tour Package
Welcome to yet another splendid, unparalleled attraction of God's Own Country - Kerala. An event that is as much part of the land's ethos as the elephant pageant. A sport that signifies the excellent team spirit, integration and amity of the people of this backwater country. Occasions of great excitement that is a reflection of a vibrant people.

Welcome to the snake boat races of Kerala. Magnificent fiestas that brings alive the tranquil backwaters. Snake boat races are held in connection with Onam, the harvest festival in Augest/September. 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.

This journey will takes you through Cochin, one of the finest natural harbours in the world to Alleppey, often known as "Venice of the East" with its intricate maze of narrow canals, bridges and backwaters. Here we mingled with the sporting spirit of Snake boat race and further discover the amazing healing power of a natural health care system - Ayurveda in a beach resort. From the middle of the journey we drive over the Western Ghats in search of spices and finally we conclude in Cochin after having the traditional feast of Kerala - called Sadya with a traditional Keralan family during the great Onam celebration.

HIGHLIGHTS

. Snake boat race in Alleppey
. Monsoon Rejuvenation
. Home Stay
. Onam celebration

Day 01 COCHIN
Arrive Cochin from your home country. Garland welcome, assistance and transfer to your hotel. Morning free to relax.

Cochin, a major port of call on the ancient trade route from China to Rome, the mixture of influences here is a heady brew. Chinese fishing nets dot the coast, Roman coins are dug up as treasure trove, the Mattancheri Palace was built by the Portuguese, the Bolghatty Palace by the Dutch, and Willingdon Island was created by the British. Here you will find Hindu Temples, Christian Churches, mosques, and a synagogue (the Jewish settlement dates from at least as far back as AD 400). Cochin is a melting pot of races and cultures, charmingly emphasizing that variety is indeed the spice of life. Afternoon visit famous monuments & churches. O/n Hotel.

Day 02 COCHIN TO ALLEPPEY

Morning after breakfast drive to Alleppey (about 56kms/02hrs) to be a part of the most important boat race in Kerala - Nehru Trophy Boat race. The main event consists of a stiff competition between the magnificent snake boats known as 'Chundanvallams' for the coveted trophy. These boat stretch about 100 feet in length, with a raised prow, resembling the raised hood of a snake. They are manned by some 100 rowers who row vigorously to the accompaniment of the 'Vanchipattu' to lend vocal support to their physical efforts. The race commences with a ceremonial water procession comprising of floats and a variety of craft. Usually a snake boat is manned by four helmsmen, 25 singers and 100 - 125 oarsmen who row in unison to the fast rhythm of the vanchipattu (song of boatman). Thousands of people crowd the water's edge to cheer the huge black crafts as they slice through the waters to a spectacular finish. Evening return to Cochin for overnight hotel after a thrilling experience of the boat race. O/n Hotel.

Day 03 COCHIN TO KOVALAM
Early morning transfer to railway station to board an express train to Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel located on the beachside. Here we experience Ayurveda, an age-old healing system using peculiar combinations of medicinal herbs developed by great sages centuries ago. The Rejuvenation therapy which includes massages and Sirodhara by trained masseurs with medicated oil. This therapy is to rejuvenate mind, body and soul to tone up skin and strengthen body systems and achieve ideal health and longevity.

These treatments are done only after consultation with Ayurvedic physician in the hotel.
Monsoon period is considered the best season for Rejuvenation therapy, as the temperature is cool and atmosphere is dust free.
Forenoon session: - General body massage with medicated bath and medicated steam bath.
Afternoon session: - Shirodhara and Vet ever scrub bath.
Rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.

Day 04 KOVALAM
Morning free for Ayurvedic treatment & yoga. Rest of the day free to relax or stroll around the nearby villages to explore the area. O/n Hotel.

Day 05 KOVALAM
The day free for Ayurveda, yoga and other activities. O/n Hotel.

Day 06 KOVALAM TO ALLEPPEY TO KUMARAKOM
After an early breakfast we drive to Alleppey (about 180kms/04hrs) to embark our houseboat from the hotel directly to explore the enchanting backwaters of Alleppey. Cruise through the Punnamada Lake the venue of the famous Nehru trophy snake boat race and enter to the enchanting waters of the Vembanadu Lake enjoy the panoramic views and the glimpses of life along the banks. Visit R-block, C-block where paddy is cultivated much below the water level and Chavara Bhavan, the old wooden house where the blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara was born. By evening we will anchor our houseboat for overnight. O/n Houseboat.

Day 07 KUMARAKOM TO TEEKOY

Morning after breakfast we drive to Teekoy (about 60kms/02hrs). Check into Vanilla County is an beautiful plantation villa in Kerala, near the origin of the Meenachil River at Vagamon, set amidst sylvan surroundings and lush greenery where one can wander around spice gardens, mountain streams, rubber plantations and unpolluted and eco-friendly country side, far removed from the cities. This is also a great opportunity to stay with a Keralan family and enjoy home cooked food, opportunities to see organic spice, fruit and vegetable farms, swim in a series of natural pools and plantation visits. The day to relax. O/n Villa.

Day 08 TEEKOY
Morning after breakfast we drive to Vagamon, an enchanting hill station on the Idukki-Kottayam border, dotted with tea gardens and meadows is one of the best hill stations of Kerala. Evening visit Ayyampara, or Five Rocks, a 30-acre rock formation is a favourite haunt for those who wish to see some spectacular sunsets. O/n Villa.

Day 09 TEEKOY
Morning we visit Illikal Peak - the origin of the River Meenachil and is a mythological site. Local belief has it that a bird brings the mythical herb atop this mountain to whosoever seeks eternal life! The natural menhirs atop the mountain takes on a mystical meaning to those who view it from afar. A climb to the top is a rewarding experience to trekkers as well as to those who wish to see the origin of one of Kerala's life giving rivers. Afternoon stroll around the spice plantations to learn more about the Keralan spices. O/n Villa.

Day 10 TEEKOY TO THEKKADY

Morning after breakfast we drive to Thekkady (about 50kms/03hrs). The road winds you through the stunning views over the Western Ghats. Check into the hotel. Thekkady is famous for the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, the place for watching the animals in the natural habitat. The forest here slopes into the manmade lake at the bottom of the hill. This lake serves as the waterhole for the animals and they come here to drink or take a dip. Elephants, Gaur, Sambhar deer and even tigers can be spotted here. Evening we make a 02 hrs cruise through the lake to watch the rich flora and fauna. O/n Hotel.

Day 11 THEKKADY TO COCHIN
Morning after a leisurely breakfast we drive to Cochin (about 204 kms/04hrs), check into the hotel. Rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.

Day 12 COCHIN
Today we will visit one of the Keralian traditional family to be a part of Onam celebration with them. Every year, for centuries now, the people of Kerala welcome the return of a vanquished king - Mahabali. These are some of the delightful moments that Malayalees all over the world would like to associate or witness during the festival of Onam, which also symbolizes prosperity and well-being. It is an occasion when the land wakes up to the calls of early morning flower pickers, temples team with rituals, traditional Onam feast, games and fun for all groups, getting dressed in one's best attire and many more. Afternoon we will have the traditional feast of Kerala - called Sadya with that family. Exotically served on a clean fresh banana leaf, this multi-course extravaganza comprises mainly rice and countless curries and dishes. All delectably vegetarian. Most of them coconut based. With various tongue-tingling pickles adding that touch of spice and topped by large helpings of "payasams" - a sweet milky porridge served with dried fruits and nuts. By evening say hallo to the family and back to hotel. O/n Hotel.

Day 13 COCHIN

Early morning transfer to Int'l airport to board flight to your home country via Middle East.

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NOTE : This programmes is specially designed for the Snake Boat Race taking place during the Onam Festival in Kerala, which is takes place sometime during August-September every year.

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