Start in New Delhi and end in Kochi (Cochin)! With the exit festival tour SOUTH INDIA THEYYAM FESTIVAL PHOTO TOUR , you have a 9 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 4 other destinations in India. SOUTH INDIA THEYYAM FESTIVAL PHOTO TOUR includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Arrive in Delhi. Our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. (Room will be available from 1400 Hrs)
After breakfast enjoy the full day sightseeing of New Delhi and Old Delhi. The capital city of modern India, New Delhi is a well laid-out main metropolitan area built by the British when they moved their capital here from Calcutta in 1911. It blends internationalism and tradition, with many interesting museums and art galleries here. We will drive past the President?s Palace and visit India Gate in the Lutyens? Imperial City.? Visit Humayun?s Tomb and Qutub Minar that pay homage to the mighty Afghan & Mughal Empires. Afternoon, head out to explore Old Delhi with its narrow dirt roads, its myriad people and inexpensive and colorful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous. Driving past the Red Fort (we will visit the more elaborate Red Fort in Agra) we will enjoy a bicycle rickshaw ride in the heart of Chandini Chowk (the silver square - so named because of the silver merchants). Negotiating alleyways, which seemingly get narrower and narrower we end up at the Jama Masjid, the largest Muslim mosque in India.
In and around KannurAfter breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Kannur.? DEL/CCN 6E 303 ETD/ETA ??0640/1325 HRS (Baggage allowance on this flight is 15 Kg and 07 kg hand luggage)? On arrival, transfer to hotel for check-in.? Depending upon the scheduling of the event which we will come to know only closer to the date, we will drive out to witness the Theyyam dance which may last the whole night.
Theyyam or Theyyaattam is a pattern of hero worship performed in North Kerala.? It is a ritual and a folk-dance form supported by a vast literature of folk songs. Theyyam is a corruption for Deyvam ?God?. Aattam means dance. Thus Theyyaattam means the God?s Dance. ? The person who plays and personifies the deity is generally called ?Kolam?. The word Kolam means figure or shape or make-up in Tamil and Malayalam. In Tulunad, north of Kolathunaad, the custom of Kolam dance is widely prevalent as a form of worship of the Bhootas or spirits. There, the dance was conducted before the sthaanams, where the Bhoothas or the spirits used to reside. Morning to recover from the late night and to see some of the rituals in the day time. ?Or relax at the beach or explore some of the nearby fishing villages.? Late evening again visits the dance at the local temple.
In and around CheruthuruthyAfter leisurely breakfast drive to Cheruthuruthy. On arrival, check in at the hotel. In the afternoon, proceed towards the festival ground near Shine Besilica Church to witness the Elephant procession.? The colorful mosaic of Kerala festivals and fairs is as diverse as the land. ?It is an expression of the spirit of celebration that is an essential part of the State. ?We will visit an ancient temple which would be celeberating its centuries old festival with decorated elephants.
After breakfast visit of Kalamandalam School. ? Founded in 1930 by renowned poet Padmabhooshan Vallathol Narayana Menon along the banks of the river Nila in the Cheruthuruthy village of Thrissur District, Kalamandalam is an immortal name in the cultural map of India.? Kalamandalam is strictly a residential center of learning. Veteran teachers and talented students are its inestimable wealth. For art-recitals held in Kalamandalam and outside, artiste-teachers and students participate. In simple classrooms some of the most amazing performing art form of India are taught in this residential school. We will do a guided tour of various classes to see this amazing university. Later drive to Cochin. On arrival, check-in to the hotel.
Cochin, documented since Roman times, is the oldest European settlement in India. With its enchanting Jewish quarter, picturesque Chinese fishing nets, Portuguese churches, Hindu temples and bustling spice and antiques bazaars, Cochin has a seamless blend of diverse architectural and religious influences. This ancient port has now split into two main parts: the old town of Fort Cochin on the peninsula, with its winding alleyways lined with merchant houses and spice markets, and the brash, modern industrious city of Ernakulam on the mainland. After breakfast visit the Jewish synagogue, Dutch palace, Chinese fishing nets and the Vasco D? Gama Church. Afternoon enjoy walking tour around Fort area and experience its various art galleries, coffee shops and designer boutiques. Evening visit the Kathakali performance in the theatre.
After breakfast drive to the Alleppey Jetty, where we board a traditional boat to cruise the backwaters of Kerala. ? The two and three bedroom houseboats will have private, air-conditioned sleeping rooms with attached toilets (air conditioned will run from 08:00 pm to 06:00 am). ?There will be a common sitting and dining area. ?The cook will prepare local delicacies procured while you are doing a small walk. We will be on board for a day and a half and during this time we will visit many small canals of this area passing through villages, churches and schools. Overnight at the Houseboat
After breakfast and a short cruise on the backwaters, de-board the houseboat, and drive to Cochin airport to board the flight for onward journey.