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Malabar Holidays

Trip Duration:
14days

Trip Route:Calicut -> Wayanad -> River Nila -> Chimmony -> Fort Cochin -> Periyar -> Kumarakom -> Alleppey -> Marari -> Cochin
includes:

  • Transports

  • Flights

  • Sight Seeing

  • Food

  • Hotels

  • Wi-Fi

In Brief:

Malabar Holidays, the spirit we capture in this package that begins with the river Nila and ends in the mountains of Wayanad. And offers a plethora of delights ranging from a river cruise to legend trails to spice tours to tea estate visits to craft villages and heritage sites.

Activities:

Caves Visit, Wild Life Safari, Rafting, Backwaters, Spice Tours, Tea and Coffee Plantation Visits, Heritage visits, Rainforest trek, Camping, River Trail, Country Boat Cruise, Potter & Bell Metal Workshop, Folk Dance - Art forms and Martial Arts, Trekking, Camping.

In Brief:

Malabar Holidays, the spirit we capture in this package that begins with the river Nila and ends in the mountains of Wayanad. And offers a plethora of delights ranging from a river cruise to legend trails to spice tours to tea estate visits to craft villages and heritage sites.

Activities:

Caves Visit, Wild Life Safari, Rafting, Backwaters, Spice Tours, Tea and Coffee Plantation Visits, Heritage visits, Rainforest trek, Camping, River Trail, Country Boat Cruise, Potter & Bell Metal Workshop, Folk Dance - Art forms and Martial Arts, Trekking, Camping.

  1. Spice Tour in Wayanad.
  2. Beach Stay in Kannur and surrounding areas.
  3. Wildlife Safari in Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.
  4. The Signature Nila Experience.
  5. Houseboat stays at Alleppey.
  6. Backwater stays in Karimbavalavu – a secluded backwater island.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1               Calicut - Wayanad:

Arrival at Calicut, meet our representative outside the airport terminal and transfer to Wayanad by road (3 hours). Lunch at the hotel and relaxation. Late afternoon visit Edakkal caves listen to the heritage of Wayanad and see the pre historic sites that unveil the mystery of the land called Wayanad. Back to the hotel in the evening.

Overnight in Wayanad.

Day 2               Wayanad:

Leave for Wildlife Safari in Muthanga wildlife sanctuary after early breakfast: 24 kilometer safari through the sanctuary. You could see Asiatic Elephants, Bears, Wild gaurs, Spotted and Sambar deers and even a leopard. Lunch at a local house hold/Uravu. Spice Tour, Tea estate and waterfall visit in the afternoon. Visit plantations enroute to waterfall areas exploring spices of all kinds grown in Wayanad. Trek down through the rainforest and to explore the Meenmutty waterfalls and back to the hotel by evening.

Overnight in Wayanad.

Day 3               Wayanad - River Nila:

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to River Nila (4 ½ Hours drive). Stop over at a planter's bungalow and lunch with the host family. Afternoon: Thoni cruise (country boat cruise) in the Nila River with a visit to Thunjan Parambu Literature Park and Vakkad beach. Proceed to/hotel near Nila river.

Overnight in Nila.

Day 4               River Nila:

Breakfast at the hotel and morning visit Potters workshop and Bell Metal workshop. Guests get to see how potter weaves magic on clay. The sessions give opportunity to work on pottery. Guests can give orders for small souvenirs and take it back home as a memento. A visit to the bell metal workshop will take you through the unique craft that is confined to few families in the region. Guests can watch the intricate scientific process of creating the bell metal and how they are used so artistically to create materials like traditional tea pots, unique door locks. In the evening spend time with folk artists show casing the folk heritage of River Nila. Return back to the hotel late in the night.

Overnight in Nila.

Day 5               River Nila:

After breakfast: Day with the Masters at Kalamandalam. An interaction with students and masters of classical dance and music school of Kerala. Return to Hotel for Lunch. Thereafter relax at the hotel.

Overnight in Nila.

Day 6               Nila - Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary.

Drive to Chimmony .approx 2hrs drive. Trek through the wilderness of Chimmony to the campsite. Light trekking with our naturalist to explore the wilderness and forest area comprise of Tropical Evergreen forest and deciduous forest.

Rainforest Camping at night.

Day 7               Chimmony - Fort Cochin:

Morning: Go on a birding tour and thereafter leave for Cochin – Approx. 2 Hrs. drive. Arrive and check in at Hotel in Fort Cochin. In the evening attend the Kathakali performance in a Theatre at Fort Cochin.

Overnight in Fort Cochin.

Day 8               Cochin:

This day guided tour of Fort Cochin Jew town, Synagogue, Spice Markets, Dutch Palace, St Francis Church, Chinese Fishing nets.

Overnight in Fort Cochin.

Day 9               Cochin - Periyar:

Drive to Periyar-5hrs drive. Arrive and proceed to Hotel in Thekkady. Relax till the evening. In the night we start three hours trekking at the fringes of Periyar tiger reserve starting at 7 or 10 at night. Return back to the Hotel.

Overnight in Periyar.

Day 10             Periyar Wild life sanctuary:

Bamboo rafting: This full day programme is combination of dawn to dusk trekking and rafting on reed raft along the Periyar Lake. Good chance of spotting wildlife in your close vicinity. Return back to the hotel by evening.

Overnight in Periyar.

Day 11             Periyar - Kumarakom:

Drive to Kumarakom - 4hrs drive. Kumarakom is about 10kms from Kottayam; one of most beautiful backwater stretches of Kerala. Proceed to backwater resort in Kumarakom.

Relaxation at the backwater resort and overnight in Kumarakom.

Day 12             Kumarakom - Alleppey:

Check out after breakfast and proceed to Jetty to board the houseboat. Backwater Cruise. All meals on board. View the village life while on boat cruise.

Overnight Stay in the House Boat.

Day 13             Alleppey - Marari:

Disembark the houseboat at Alleppey after a short morning cruise and transfer to beach resort in Marari (45minute drive).

Overnight at the beach resort.

Day 14             Marari - Cochin Airport

Transfer to Cochin airport.

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