Aranmula Boat Race

Festival Aranmula in Kerala Itinerary: Cochin | Periyar | Kumarakom | Mararikulam The map is availableДоступен просмотр фотоVideo is available
Meal plan: BB
Price: from $ 300 per person / tour upon request

Welcome to Kerala to celebrate one of the most beautiful Festivals «Aranmula Boat Race»!

Aranmula Boat Race: Aranmula Boat Race is conducted during the festival of Onam on 2nd September 2012 in Aranmula. It is a two-day event. First day of this water carnival commences with a procession of huge idol of Lord Krishna and children dressed as nymphs and princesses. On the second day of the event, the snake boats are assembled near the temple. Each snake boat belongs to a village along the banks of the river Pampa. The boats, carrying helmsmen, oarsmen and singers, are beautifully covered with silk parasols and golden lace.

Day 1: Cochin (Arrival)

On arrival in Cochin our executive meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel. In the afternoon we proceed for sightseeing tour around Cochin. In the heart of the city, so-called “Jew town area”, we visit the Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church that is said to be India’s oldest European-built church, the large Catholic Santa Cruz Basilica, built in 1557 by the Portuguese, Dutch Palace, called Mattanchery, and Spice bazaar. In the evening you’ll see the most renowned kind of art - dramatic dances “Kathakali” Overnight stay in Cochin.

Day 2: Cochin - Periyar (195km / 5h)

After breakfast you proceed your journey to Periyar. On arrival check-in at hotel. Then we take you on a guided jungle walk at the Periyar Tiger Reserve. This 3-hour-walk gives you a chance to see the wildlife at a very close distance. If you are lucky you may even spot the rarely sighted leopard and tiger. In the afternoon we go on a guided plantation tour to the nearby garden, where various species of spices and other aromatic plants are cultivated. Our experienced guide explains the importance and usage of the spices in Indian cuisine and medicine to you. Overnight stay in Periyar.

Day 3: In Periyar

After we take you on a boat trip at Periyar National Park. While the cruise you can spot the animals parading along the shore. For example, the wild elephant, sambar, bisons, sloth bears, monkeys and others. Overnight stay in Periyar.

Day 4: Periyar - Kumarakom (175km /4h)

After breakfast you drive to Kumarakom a small island in the Vembanad Lake. Amidst the rich green, sleepy little villages, beautiful lagoon and surrounded by whispering lakes, Kumarakom is an ideal place for nature lovers. On the way we stop in Alleppey, the country of endless river channels and lakes that flow into the Arabian Sea. Here we’ll go on a 2 hours cruise on the Kettuvallam or so-called houseboat. Passing the local villages you’ll be able to watch the life of the Indian people. On the deck of the houseboat you can taste Keralan cuisine. On arrival in Kumarakom check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay in Kumarakom.

Day 5: In Kumarakom

The whole day is at your own disposal. You can go on a romantic boat cruise. Gliding along the calm and serene backwaters flanked by green leaves and completely hidden from the road, Kumarakom is a unique experience while staying in Kerala. Overnight stay in Kumarakom.

Day 6: Kumarakom - Mararikulam (60km /1h)

After breakfast you drive to Mararikulam. Welcome to the place of water rights and lush tropical vegetation, where people live in brightly painted homes standing on the water. After you checked in at the hotel the rest of the day is at your own disposal. Overnight stay in Mararikulam.

Day 7: In Mararikulam

The day is reserved for your own interests. Enjoy this amazing place where the rhythm of life is slow as it was 100 years ago. You’ll see an idyllic picture of lush coconut grove surrounded by pristine white beaches. Overnight stay in Mararikulam.

Day 8: Mararikulam - Cochin (Departure)

After a late breakfast you check out from the hotel and our driver brings you to the airport in Cochin for the onward flight back home. The end of our services.

Number of person Price per person
2 $ 365
3 $ 310
4 - 7 $ 300
Supplement HB $ 69
Supplement FB $ 139
Supplement Kathakali Dance in an auditorium in Cochin $ 15
Supplement Spice Plantation visit in Periyar $ 28

 Price includes:

  • Accommodation in a double room with breakfast
  • Transfer airport – hotel – airport
  • A/C Transport during the whole tour
  • Race Boat visit
  • Cruise on a houseboat
  • Entrance fees at sightseeing places as per the itinerary
  • Service of a local English-speaking guide at Cochin only
  • Spice plantation tour in Periyar
  • Trekking in Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary
  • All applicable taxes

You stay in the hotels:

Hotel No. of Nights Hotel category
Cochin Casino 01 4*
Periyar Spice Village 02 4*
Kumarakom Coconut Lagoon 02 Heritage
Mararikulam Marari Beach Resort 02 Beach Resort


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