An annual harvest festival, Onam is celebrated with a great zeal in the state of Kerala. There are widespread celebrations taking place all over the state. During this 10-day festival in Kerala, the heritage and flamboyance are in full force, and one gets the opportunity to witness the different rituals, customs, and events of this South Indian state. Therefore, for tourists, Onam makes for the best time to visit Kerala.

Let’s learn more about Onam, its significance for the local people, and what makes it a special time for you to plan your trip to Kerala. Also, we recommend our best Club Mahindra resorts in Kerala that can add a whole lot of magic to your family holiday.

Introducing the Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Onam is a spirited harvest festival that falls between the months of August and September, annually. Celebrated across the country, but particularly in the state of Kerala, it marks the beginning of the Malayalam year, known as Kolla Varsham.

The festival symbolises the return of the kind-hearted and much-loved demon King, Mahabali, who is believed to have defeated the Gods and become conqueror of all three worlds. When he arrives, the land is said to prosper.

Onam commences on the day known as Atham, and ends on the tenth day, referred to as Thiru Onam or Thiruvonam, regarded as the most auspicious of all days. During the sacred ten days, devotees engage in a number of rituals including bathing rituals, prayer rituals, food rituals, and decorative rituals.

Gorgeous rangolis made out of fresh flowers. Wholesome, delicious meals served on banana leaves. Thrilling activities comprising of boat races, sports competitions, and martial artsk there’s just so much for the travellers to see, do and experience.

Unveiling Club Mahindra Festivities


Much like a harvest festival, Club Mahindra pays tribute to the land and its people. The climate and local produce. The exotic flora and fauna. The rich culture and history. So that, members are awarded a truly authentic experience.   At our resorts in Kerala, you get to enjoy Onam, like it should be - in the company of loved ones, over great food, song and dance, amidst the most exquisite natural settings. Does it get any better than this?!

Here’s our best resorts in Kerala that ensure you enjoy this special time of the year to the fullest.

Club Mahindra Cherai

Club Mahindra Cherai

Club Mahindra Cherai Beach Resort is scenically located between Cherai Beach and a lagoon. The resort is a perfect place to experience the warm Kerala hospitality, the rich culture of the state and magical stay. While here, you cannot miss trying the mouth-watering local delicacies the resort offers. Kerala is well-known for its seafood and the restaurant at the Cherai Beach Resort offers some of the best seafood you’ll find in the state. From fishing to kayaking and from biking to paddle boarding, you can have the time of your life with your family at the Cherai Beach Resort. Tired of the fun you’re having in Cherai? Well, there is nothing more relaxing than a spa that ensures to relax you. You will love it for sure.

Club Mahindra Munnar

Club Mahindra Munnar

Club Mahindra Munnar Resort boasts Indo-British architecture with spacious rooms spread across lush lawns. This resort offers a plethora of fun-filled activities to enjoy together with your loved ones during Onam.

Visit an organic vegetable garden; enjoy outdoor adventure activities, hike through tea plantations here, and binge on local delicacies, Club Mahindra Munnar has a plethora of activities and experiences to keep you engaged. You can opt to tuck into the delicious local fare at the sprawling buffet spread. Else, you can head to Munnar resort’s in-house restaurant, Barbeque Bay, to unwind with a beverage and grilled food.

There is also a chance to pitch your tents and indulge in overnight camping. Heading to the spa is one of the main things to do in Munnar. Enjoy the pampering of the experts at the in-house Svaastha Spa.

Club Mahindra Ashtamudi

Club Mahindra Ashtamudi

Located on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake, Club Mahindra Ashtamudi is a wonderful stay option in Kerala. Apart from the water sports and cruises, the resort also offers indoor recreational facilities such as a library, swimming pool, and games such as carom, scrabble, or video games. Feel one with the backwaters when you and your family check in to the floating cottages here. What’s more, the delicious traditional cuisine of Kerala and excellent service here will surely make your holiday with family great. It is all this and more that makes this resort one of the best resorts in Kerala to visit during Onam.

Club Mahindra Poovar

Club Mahindra Poovar

Surrounded by beautiful lush greenery and adorned with charming exteriors, Club Mahindra Poovar offers warm hospitality and can make the most of an array of amenities and activities like a game room, talent shows, karaoke and ethnic dance performances. You can also indulge yourself diving into the swimming pool. The state-of-the-art Svaastha Spa here is the place to be to try some of the most popular Ayurvedic treatments.

The spacious rooms are tastefully decorated and fitted with modern amenities and open to a pleasing view of the amazing estuary and surroundings. Members can treat their taste buds to an unforgettable experience as they get to savour the traditional dishes of Kerala at the in-house restaurant here.

Club Mahindra Arookutty

Club Mahindra Arookutty

One of Club Mahindra’s newest Kerala resorts, the Club Mahindra Arookutty, Alappuzha, Kerala features state-of-the-art hospitality, rich cultural experiences, diverse flavours that aim to create a memorable holiday experience.

This Club Mahindra resort is spread over 43 green acres. Every room of this resort in Kerala is tastefully decorated with minute attention to detail.  From Bollywood Theme Nights to magic workshops for children, the fun never really stops at Club Mahindra Arookutty.

Start your day at Club Mahindra Arookutty with yoga on the lawns, followed by a breakfast at Ripples. Go kayaking in the backwaters and refuel your energy with a traditional Kerala Sadhya lunch. Set the afternoon aside for sampling the delights of the Svaastha Spa and end the day with a candlelight dinner at Lakeside.

Club Mahindra Thekkady

Club Mahindra Thekkady

Discover a green, hilly resort nestled in the picturesque Western Ghats. Built in local Kerala style architecture and surrounded by exquisite pine, teak and redwood trees, Club Mahindra Thekkady comes alive from June to September. The best part is, this holiday destination offers an array of signature experiences that can be savoured on your holiday here during Onam. For instance, have you ever gone swimming while there’s a light shower overhead? It’s like a rain dance party! Now, for the outdoor expeditions. From a scenic boat ride in Periyar Lake, to a refreshing trek to Paranthapura Waterfalls, to an exciting safari journey through Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, expect nothing but magical moments at our one of the most beautiful resorts in Kerala.

Pick any of our resorts in Kerala for an unforgettable time during Onam festival. From a warm and traditional greeting, to an emotional and heartfelt farewell, our friendly staff will shower on you the best of Kerala hospitality.


About Club Mahindra

Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL), a part of Leisure and Hospitality sector of the Mahindra Group, offers quality family holidays primarily through vacation ownership memberships and brings to the industry values such as reliability, trust and customer satisfaction. Started in 1996, the company's flagship brand ‘Club Mahindra’, today has over 290,000 members , who can holiday at 140+ resorts in India and abroad.

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