Once Upon a Time in Kerala- Tour Package in Palaces & Illams

Once Upon a Time in Kerala- Tour Package in Palaces & Illams (5 Nights)- Overview

Take yourself back to old Kerala and a way of life hidden from the view of the modern world.  Stay in ancient Keralan homesteads, survivors of a former feudal way of life.  Be inspired by the music, culture and literature of centuries past and enjoy the peace of a slower pace of life.  A warm welcome awaits you amongst local families.  Take in the unique atmosphere of remote, unspoiled villages, savour the local food and lose yourself in the tranquil and exotic scenery.


Additional Inclusions

  • Pickup
  • Houseboat
  • Private Car
  • Sightseeing

Once Upon a Time in Kerala- Tour Package in Palaces & Illams (5 Nights)- Itinerary

Day 1

Trip to Olappamanna Mana

Our tour representative will greet you on arrival at Cochin airport and take you to Olappamanna Mana, a historic Keralan location beloved of filmmakers and dating back around three hundred years.  Situated about 40 kilometres from Palakkad, this heritage complex of traditional teak and rosewood villas are set in a breathtaking backdrop – Mana means house - in the remote village of Vellinezhi, one of the old feudal Namboothiri Illam.   Olappamanna is the family name of the earlier feudal lords.  This is a true cultural experience with a rich heritage of classical dance or Kathakali, music, percussion, literature and Sanskrit.  Enjoy the opportunity to savour real Indian life and also enjoy the most authentic of Keralan vegetable cuisine. 

  • Room Heritage
  • Meals All Meals
  • Style Traditional
Day 2

Enjoy the architectural marvel of Mana remote village life in Kerala

Explore your surroundings, the origins and construction of the Mana are fascinating and as a cultural destination, it is beyond compare.  You can mix with the local family in the homestead, learn about their diverse activities, the feudal past and observe the religious ceremonies at the temple.  Culture and tradition are all around but there is also much to interest the visitor beyond the village.  The countryside of Kerala is remote and beautiful and the tempting views from the verandahs will pique your curiosity and tempt you outside into this peaceful wilderness.   

  • Room Heritage
  • Meals All Meals
  • Style Traditional
Day 3

Trip to Kerala Palace

After your checkout from the Mana in the morning, your next destination is Soma Kerala Palace, a truly unique location.  This picturesque site has been constructed from ancient buildings and monuments which have been transplanted from their original homes.  This island resort is peaceful and the views of the water fringed with swaying palms exceptional.  Experience unspoilt Kerala at its very best.

  • Room Heritage
  • Meals All Meals
  • Style Traditional
Day 4

Proceed to the Christian Tharavad

After breakfast, your tour will head to the Christian Tharavad, a ten-acre site with a 150-year-old historic farmhouse at the centre, a haven for wildlife and with access to the peaceful backwaters of the Pampa River.  Located in the Kainakary village in the Alleppey district, this grand and ancient homestead will appeal to the nature lover and those who want to experience the peace and tranquillity of a slower pace of life.  Explore nearby temples and churches or tour the countryside by bicycle.

  • Room Heritage
  • Meals All Meals
  • Style Traditional
Day 5

Departure from Kochi

After breakfast in the morning, you will begin your journey back to the airport taking in Fort Kochi on the way. This historic coastal town is a bustling seaport where local culture blends seamlessly with the historic footprint of former colonial settlers, the British, Dutch and Portuguese.  Browse amongst vibrant local shops and cafes, marvel at the Chinese fishing nets in the harbour and take in the huge variety of architecture left behind by other nationalities.  There is plenty of time to spend in Fort Kochi as it is only a just distance to the airport.  Your chauffeur will ensure you are there in plenty of time for your flight home.


  • Meals Breakfast

Map of Distance Covered

The map shows the distance from Cochin International Airport to Olappamanna Mana, Soma Kerala Palace, Akkarakalam Memoirs, Fort Kochi and back to Cochin International Airport; covering 435KMs.

Essential Information

  • Cochin
  • Cochin
  • Private Vehicle with Chauffeur
  • 4 Star
  • Accommodation in Illams/ Farm Houses/ Heritage Resorts .
  • A/C Vehicle with driver at your disposal through out the tour.
  • All Meals/ Breakfast will be included depending on where you are staying
  • Drop to any place outside Kochi City Limits
  • Full Time A/C Option available at extra cost on houseboat
  • Airfare  not included in the price
  • Indian Visa Fee for Foreign Guests
  • Travel/health insurance.
  • Entrance fees to various sightseeing places/ activities 
  • Meals & Dribks not mentioned in the Itinerary or Inclusions
  • Items of a personal expense such as telephone bills, room service, laundry, etc.
  • Tips & gratuities for drivers & guides
  • Camera/ Video charges.
  • Any Inclusions  not mentioned in the package.
  • Extra runs on the transport other than the Itinerary
  • Charges for early arrivals/ late departures.

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