Arrive at Cochin. Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. By afternoon, proceed with the visit to the Dutch Palace or Mattancherry Palace that has been built during the year 1557 by the Portuguese and gifted to the Raja of Cochin, the Veera Kerala Varma as a gesture of goodwill. The museum however remains close on all Fridays and Portuguese holidays. Furthermore visit the Jewish Synagogue built during the year 1568.This is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth. The museum remains closed on all Saturdays and Jewish Holidays. Afterwards visit the Cochin Fort, St. Francis Church, Fishing nets and Santa Cruz Cathedral. Evening enjoy the Kathakali performance at the Theatre. Overnight stay at the hotel in Cochin.
Early morning drive towards Alleppey wherein you can enjoy the important event of Snake boat race. The main event features a stiff competition between the magnificent snake boats that are also known as 'Chundanvallams' for the coveted trophy. These boat stretches about 100 feet in length with a raised prow,resembling the raised hood of a snake. The boat is managed 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 spectacular finish. Return to Cochin by evening. Enjoy the overnight stay at the hotel.
Drive towards Alleppey early morning to embark on a Deluxe House Boat that allows you to experience and enjoy the backwater canal. Cruise through the Punnamada Lake which is the venue of the famous Nehru Trophy snake boat race and enter to the enchanting waters of the Vembanadu Lake. One could enjoy the Panoramic views and the glimpses of the life along the banks. View the sunset during the evening. Overnight stay is arranged in the House boat.
View the beautiful sunrise while having a taste of the tea on the house boat deck. Later disembark from the houseboat and drive towards Teekoy. Check in at the Vanilla County once you reach there. Vanilla County is a beautiful plantation villa in Kerala that is located near the origin of the Meenachil River at Vagamon. It has been set amidst Sylvan surroundings and lush greenery where one can wander around spice gardens, mountain streams, rubber plantations and unpolluted eco-friendly country side that is far away from the cities. This is also a great opportunity to stay with a Keralite family. Tourists can enjoy home cooked food, opportunities to see organic spice, fruit and vegetable farms, swim in a series of natural pools and tea plantation visit. Rest of the day can be spent for relaxation. Enjoy the overnight stay at the hotel.
Leave for Vagamon early morning. Vagamon is an enchanting hill station on the Idukki-Kottayam border, dotted with tea gardens and meadows. It is considered as one of the best hill stations of Kerala. At evening, visit the Ayyampara or Five Rocks which is a 30-acre rock formation and is a favourite tourist spot for those who wish to see some spectacular sunset. Overnight stay in Vagamon.
You will enjoy the Onam Celebration along with a Keralite traditional family. Every year the people of Kerala welcome the return of a vanquished king -Mahabali. You will be able to enjoy some delightful moments that Malayalees all over the world would like to associate or witness during the festival of Onam which also symbolizes prosperity as well as 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, fames and fun for all groups, getting dressed in one's best attire and many more. Afternoon you will have the traditional feast of Kerala known as Sadhya with that family. Exotically served on a clean fresh banana leaf , this multi-course extravaganza comprises mainly of rice as well as countless curries and dishes all of which are vegetarian. Most of them are coconut based. With various tonque-tingling pickles adding that touch of spice and topped by large helpings of ‘Payasams' which is a sweet milky porridge served with dried fruits and nuts, Sadhya is a traditional feast of Kerala that is sure to amaze you. Return to the hotel by evening so as to proceed with the overnight stay.
Transfer to the airport to proceed with the journey towards the onward destination.