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Onam Festival 2023

9 Nights

Kerala is a seductive place to visit at any time, but during the festival period of Onam it becomes all the more vibrant.

Holiday Highlights

Kerala is a seductive place to visit at any time, but during the festival period of Onam it becomes all the more vibrant, showcasing the local culture and traditions at their very best. For ten days in August and September the south Indian state comes alive with music, parades, intricate flower decorations, worship, culminating in the spectacular Vallam Kali snake boat races. This is the end of the southwest monsoon season, with occasional rain to freshen up this most verdant of Indian states, and a good time to discover the astonishing variety of Kerala.

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Itinerary | Day by Day

Bangalore and Fort Cochin.


Welcome at Bangalore airport, transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 2 - Day 4

A morning flight takes you to Kochi. Enjoy three nights in a traditional hotel in Fort Cochin, exploring the wonderful old fort district and discovering the festival traditions of the port city. On one of the days, a short drive takes you to a nearby village to watch a country boat race and enjoy a village lunch, before returning to Fort Cochin. 

Day 5 - Day 6 | In the Backwaters

A short transfer takes you to Vayalar village to board the Kayal Kettuvallam houseboat. Spend two nights onboard the Goodearth Kayal Kettuvallam, winding through the backwaters from village to village. Enjoy a traditional lunch with join in the local Onam celebrations. Spend a day at the site of the magnificent Vallam Kali boat races, cheering on the brightly decorated boats and their oarsmen.

The houseboat has two twin cabins with private facilities. If there are fewer than four in your party, you may wish to upgrade and have exclusive use of the houseboat.

Day 7 | In the Wayanad Hills

From the houseboat a transfer takes you to the nearby town of Ernakulam to catch the day train to Kozhikode. From Kozhikode it is a 3 hour drive to the delightful village of Mothakkara in the Wayanad hills of upland Kerala. Overnight in the Hill House guesthouse in Mothakkara.

Day 8 - Day 9

Enjoy a full day with the community of Mothakkara. Explore the local farms and the coffee and pepper plantations, visit the local pottery and immerse yourself in village life in this beautiful part of Kerala.

Day 10 - Day 11

A road journey (4 hours) takes you to the enchanting city of Mysuru. With two nights in a comfortable hotel, you have time to explore the opulant palaces and discover the local markets.

Day 12

Return by road to Bangalore for your homeward flight.

Onam Festival 2022

9 Nights
£ 990 per person
  • All meals and stay at villages
  • B&B in hotels
  • Guide and Porter services
  • Inclusive of all taxes as applicable
 PARTY 4-6




"One of our personal highlights was meeting all the local people in the Binsar Sanctuary. Everyone at Khali estate, our guides and all the local villagers were extremely welcoming, generous, kind and informative. We felt extremely well looked after, with no shortage of amazing food and tea. Meeting all these people really made the trip an amazing experience for us."

Moderate walking

Mixed Terrain


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