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Into the Unexplored: 14 Days in the lesser explored South India

  • Kozhikode 2 N
  • Wayanad 2 N
  • Kannur 2 N
  • Valiyaparamba 1 N
  • Nileshwar 1 N
  • Coorg 2 N
  • Mysore 2 N
  • Bangalore 1 N
  • Tour Itinerary
  • South India
  • Indus Holidays Best Seller
Suitable for

Families / Groups

Duration

13 Nights 14 Days

Category

Nature / Heritage

Package type

Customisable

On this tour you ditch the crowded tourism destinations in South India and discover the picturesque unexplored North Kerala, Coorg & Mysore. The delicious local cuisine, misty forest of Wayanad, sandy white beaches, Theyyam and backwaters of Kasaragod makes this off-beat tour unique with

Starting from

30000

/person

Experience Highlights

  • Palace
  • Backwaters
  • Wildlife
  • Deep in the village, seek blessing directly from the gods as the Theyyam performer enters spiritual trance and becomes the deity
  • Join in an energetic prayer ceremony with Tibetan monks in a huge monastery at Coorg
  • Stay on a beautiful eco-friendly houseboat as it traverses through the virgin backwaters
  • Zip along the surface in a vehicle at Asia’s longest drive-in beach
  • Discover the beautiful Mysore city palace glittering in its royal heritage

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Tour Summary

  • 14 Days
  • 8 Destinations
  • Short daily travel
  • Day 1 - Kozhikode on arrival
  • Day 2 - Explore Kozhikode
  • Day 3 - Kozhikode - Wayanad
  • Day 4 - Explore Wayanad
  • Day 5 - Wayanad - Kannur
  • Day 6 - Explore Kannur
  • Day 7 - Kannur - Valiyaparamba
  • Day 8 - Valiyaparamba - Nileshwar
  • Day 9 - Nileshwar - Coorg
  • Day 10 - Explore Coorg
  • Day 11 - Coorg - Mysore
  • Day 12 - Explore Mysore
  • Day 13 - Mysore - Bangalore
  • Day 14 - Departure From Bangalore

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

  • Calicut on Arrival
  • Full Day
  • In Town

You will be welcomed at Kozhikode by our company representative. This vacation begins in the prosperous trading town, bang on the spot where Vasco Da Gama first landed in India in 1498.You will stay in a 150 year old heritage royal manor which is now a homestay.

  • Late afternoon and evening, explore the bustling market area.
  • Mithai Theruvu is the place you can go in search of the famous Calicut halwas (sweet).
  • Evening would be ideal at the legendary beach.
  • For dinner, we’ll take you to a place where you can get the best of the popular Malabar cuisine. Mildly flavoured, gently cooked biriyanis are a must try in this region.
  • Relax after your dinner.

Stay at Calicut

The Raviz Calicut

(See our stay selections)

Premium Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Calicut claims to have the best auto rickshaw service in Kerala.Chips and ‘halwa’ are the must buys from Calicut.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Calicut

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Day 2

  • Explore Calicut
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Wake up to the sounds of bells from the nearby temple. Today we experience the marvels of the ancient city of Kozhikode. The boatyard, timber trade centres and martial arts traditions will keep you intrigued.

  • We start the day at one of the last few places in the world where boats are fashioned out of wood.
  • Beypore is home to a 1500 year old ship building industry which still works miraculously without using modern technology. You could buy some intricately crafted uru- models too.
  • n the way back, stop at Kallai, the erstwhile timber trading centre.
  • Don’t miss a chance to visit a Kalari school where they teach the traditional martial art form: Kalaripayattu.
  • Spend the evening at the Kappad, the historic beach where Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed on the Malabar coast in 1498 in search of Indian spices.
  • The element of history and the calm unspoilt beach makes for a great evening.
  • Relax for the night at your resort.

Stay at Calicut

Raviz Resort

(See our stay selections)

Premium Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Calicut claims to have the best auto rickshaw service in Kerala.Chips and ‘halwa’ are the must buys from Calicut.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Calicut

View more tips

 

 

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Day 3

  • Calicut to Wayanad
  • 3.5 hrs
  • 100 kms

Still fantastically unspoilt and satisfyingly remote, some rate Wayanad as the most beautiful part of Kerala. Hidden away in these hills are some of the oldest tribes, a collection of gorgeous stays, excellent places to spot wild elephants and scenic landscapes combining secluded reserves, mountains and shimmering green rice paddy.

  • Driving up the 9 hairpin bends of Thamarassery mountain pass to Wayanad
  • Stop by Lakkidi view point, the gateway to Wayanad, for a panoramic view of the ghats and the winding mountain pass.
  • Unwind at the resort with inhouse activities and a quiet dinner

Stay at Wayanad

Karappuzha Village Resort

(See our stay selections)

Waterfront Deluxe room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Wayand got its name from the word ‘Vayal nadu’ meaning the land of Paddy fields.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Wayanad

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Day 4

  • Explore Wayanad
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Tread into the wilderness of Wayanad as you spend the day exploring its stunning waterfalls, lush rainforest and opulent wildlife.

  • Start the day at Muthanga, the sanctuary which has one of the largest populations of elephants in India
  • Drive through the manicured tea gardens to the three-tiered Soochipara waterfalls tucked inside dense green forest.
  • Explore the cave paintings and engravings at Edakkal caves and try decoding the stone age history
  • Relax at the resort

Stay at Wayanad

Karappuzha Village Resort

(See our stay selections)

Waterfront Deluxe room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Wayand got its name from the word ‘Vayal nadu’ meaning the land of Paddy fields.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Wayanad

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Day 5

  • Wayanad to Kannur
  • 3 hrs
  • 130 kms

Today, we drive down to a small fishing village by the beach in Kannur. The calm palm fringed beach with local fishermen and no tourist traffic is magical. For the next few days, relax and enjoy secluded beaches and sea.

  • Relax at your beautiful cottage homestay facing the secluded beaches. Superb location, excellent seafood and almost private sandy beaches are the greatest attractions here.
  • You could visit the local handloom and beedi (unprocessed tobacco wrapped in leaves) making centres too.
  • Travel to the heart of a North Keralan village and local temple where you will experience a high energy 'Theyyam' performance. 
  • Relax in your home stay for the night.

Stay at Kannur

Marmara Beach House

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

If you wish to watch Theyyam performance, plan the trip between November - March which is the season.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Kannur

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Activity Add-ons

Day 6

  • At the Drive-in beach
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Enjoy home-cooked meals and experience a beautiful, unspoilt part of Kerala from your beach side homestay. Evening would be a good time to explore Muzhappilangad drive-in beach.

  • If you are keen on exploring the heritage town: Visit St.Angelo’s Fort, Arakkal palace or erstwhile British trade centre of Tellicherry.
  • Don’t forget to try the traditional moplah cuisine like unnakaya (banana fritter with coconut filing), Biryani, Pathiris and Arikadukka (mussels stuffed with rice).
  • Spend the evening at Muzhappilangad: Kerala’s only drive-in beach.
  • he name may be a tongue twister but the beach is straight as an arrow.
  • The scene is magnificent with golden sunset, rocks dotting the shoreline and bikers/families enjoying by the beach side.
  • The shallow waters and weak currents make the place ideal for adventure sports, swimming and an awesome beach ride.
  • Return to Kannur and relax for the night.

Stay at Kannur

Marmara Beach House

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

If you wish to watch Theyyam performance, plan the trip between November - March which is the season.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Kannur

View more tips

 

 

Activity Add-ons

Day 7

  • Kannur to Valiyaparamba
  • 1.5 hrs
  • 60 kms

This morning,take a short journey through backwater villages to reach Valiyaparamba. This stretch of backwaters is an undiscovered jewel of Malabar and will take you some of the most stunning parts of the backwaters.

  • After traditional lunch on your private houseboat, the cruise will take you through splendid waterways of narrow canals.
  • You will get opportunities to explore village life and the country side.
  • This also be your best chance to try some of the Keralan seafood delicacies prepared by your on board chef.
  • As we drift along you will be amazed by the life by the waterside and witness a spectacular sunset.
  • Experience the night life in an anchored houseboat in the middle of the lake.
  • Overnight stay in Houseboat.

Stay in Houseboat

Houseboat

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Deluxe

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Nileshwar is in Kasargod district where 07 languages are actively usd including Tamil and Kannada.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Nileshwar

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Day 8

  • Valiyaparamba to Nileshwar
  • 40 min
  • 20 kms

This morning after breakfast you drive to Bekal Fort, the 300-year-old Bekal Fort, shaped like a giant key-hole, is one of the largest and best-preserved forts in Kerala. The beach here is fantastic so Bekal makes for a full day outing.

  • Start the day with the famous Anantapura temple, home of the vegetarian crocodile Babia.(Optional)
  • Then head to Bekal to visit the famous Bekal Fort.
  • Thrashed unceasingly by stubborn waves, Kerala’s largest fort offers a superb view from its observation towers.
  • The beaches around the fortare absolutely the best place to do a bit of soul searching as you swim in calm waters (well, almost!).
  • There are fishing villages to see and the best part is that there won’t be hordes of tourists around.
  • Sunset from Bekal fort is inviting.
  • Enjoy dinner and relax at your resort.

Stay at Nileshwar

Gokulam Nalanda

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Nileshwar is in Kasargod district where 07 languages are actively usd including Tamil and Kannada.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Nileshwar

View more tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity Add-ons

Day 9

  • Nileshwar to Coorg
  • 3 hrs
  • 140 kms

Coorg is rejuvenation guaranteed. Nestled amid ageless hills, acres of plantation and emerald landscapes this is a vacationer’s paradise. The rural expanse is a major centre of spice and coffee production too.

  • Drive up the hills admiring spectacular sights along the way.
  • This destination is ideal for trekking, bird-watching or lazily ambling around winding carpeted hills.
  • For the authentic Coorg experience, you have to venture into the plantations.
  • If you are the outdoorsy type then think about river rafting or trekking along plantations.
  • For quieter outings you could consider fishing or bird-watching in their natural habitat.
  • You might as well enjoy the ambience of your plantation resort and enjoy a lovely dinner.

Stay at Coorg

Parumpara Resort

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Deluxe Cottage

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Coorg was called as the 'Scotland of India during the colonial times.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Coorg

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Activity Add-ons

Day 10

  • Explore Coorg
  • Full Day
  • In Town

This morning, after an enjoyable breakfast at your plantation stay, head for a tour of Coorg. Spend the day at waterfalls, with elephants, at the Tibetan monastery and end the day with sunset as the Raja would do it at Raja’s seat. An amazing experience on the cards.

  • Head to Dubare elephant camp for some fun time with the gentle jumbos
  • If you get thrilled by elephants taking bath and splashing loads of water around, this elephant camp is the best place to be.
  • This capturing cum training camp is located scenically at the edge of the forests on the banks of the Kaveri.
  • Visit Namdroling monastery: The mini-Tibet of India.
  • The atmosphere here is heart-warmingly welcoming, and a real festive during the Tibetan new year.
  • Explore the ornate statues of Buddha in the Golden Temple and dramatic prayer sessions here. A total must experience!
  • Head to visit Raja’s Seat & Abbey waterfalls, the most romantic spots in Coorg.
  • The roar of the fall can be heard from the hanging bridge from where you can view the abbey waterfalls.
  • Enjoy an unforgettable sunset at Raja’s seat along with the garden view and musical fountains.
  • Head back to your resort, enjoy dinner and unwind.

Stay at Coorg

Parumpara Resort

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Cottage

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Coorg was called as the 'Scotland of India during the colonial times.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Coorg

View more tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity Add-ons

Day 11

  • Coorg to Mysore
  • 3 hrs
  • 110 kms

Today, we travel to one of South India’s most vibrant cities – Mysore. The grand palaces, silk, sandalwood and incense production give an iconic status to this destination.

  • Start with Maharaja's Palace, The icon of Mysore.
  • Built in indo-saracenic style with dome, arches and turrets, the palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works from all over the world.
  • The jewels studded throne, majestic durbar hall with ornate ceilings and intricately carved doors make for a fascinating sight.
  • If you are lucky to be here on a Sunday or public holiday, the illuminated palace will be a spectacle to remember!
  • Also visit the Rajendra art gallery, which houses a remarkable collection of paintings form Raja Ravi Varma and other traditional Mysore styles.
  • Relax for the night.

Stay at Mysore

Rio Meredian

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that Mysore is one of the first planned cities in Asia?

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Mysore

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Day 12

  • Explore Mysore
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Today, you get to explore this ancient city, its bustling markets, magnificent monuments and more. Shop around for premium silk, incense and sandalwood which are a speciality of Mysore. After exploring Chamundi hills during the day, a magical evening at Brindavan awaits you.

  • Morning is a great time to start a fine half-day excursion to Chamundi Hills.
  • Experience the panoramic view overlooking the Mysore city and explore the marvellous temple.
  • The 1000 stone steps laid out by the Maharaja in the 17th century and the majestic Nandi monolith is a compelling sight.
  • Enjoy shopping around for local specialities at the Devaraja Market.
  • Visit the magical Brindavan Gardens and witness the light and sound show.
  • After sunset, the special attractions include dancing fountains where coloured lights transform the place into a magical fairyland.
  • Also visit the famous KRS dam which is an awesome sight too.
  • Relax for the night at your resort.

Stay at Mysore

Rio Meredian

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that Mysore is one of the first planned cities in Asia?

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Mysore

View more tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity Add-ons

Day 13

  • Mysore to Bangalore
  • 4 hrs
  • 190 kms

Get geared up for Bengaluru, India’s booming IT hub and its energy. While modernity does push the boundaries of the city, the combined legacies of Haider Ali, Tipu Sultan and the British still live on. Bengaluru’s creature comforts can be godsend for the weary traveller. You may also consider visiting Srirangapatna- the summer palace on the way here

  • Visit Srirangapatna: the fortress of the ‘Tiger of Mysore’
  • Steeped in bloody history, this fort town is built on an island on the Cauvery river. This was the summer palace and de facto capital from where Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan ruled in their glory days.
  • After epic wars (Tipu defeated by British) we are left with a clutch of monuments, beautiful wall paintings and a nice view to have lunch!
  • In Bangalore, explore the lovely gardens like Lalbhag, Cubbon park and lovely Victorian-era architecture as visible on the Vidhan Sauda - which houses both the State Legislature and Secretariat.
  • You may consider a trip to the famous bull temple too.
  • engaluru’s burgeoning drinking and dining scene means there are lots of options you could consider for an evening outing.
  • Relax for the night in your hotel.

Stay at Bangalore

Radisson Blu Resort

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Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Centuries ago, Bangalore was a small hilly region occupied by tribal community.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Bangalore

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Activity Add-ons

Day 14

  • Departure from Bangalore
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Today will be the last day of your tour. Have a splendid breakfast at your resort and get ready for onward journey.

  • Check out from your resort and head to Bengaluru.
  • Drop back at Airport with memories to last for a life time.

Departure from Bangalore

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Centuries ago, Bangalore was a small hilly region occupied by tribal community.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Bangalore

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  • Kozhikode 2 N
  • Wayanad 2 N
  • Kannur 2 N
  • Valiyaparamba 1 N
  • Nileshwar 1 N
  • Coorg 2 N
  • Mysore 2 N
  • Bangalore 1 N

13 Nights Deluxe Package

Starting From

30000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

13 Nights Luxury Package

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45000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

13 Nights Luxury Package

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55000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

13 Nights Standard Package

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25000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

We handle each booking individually to get best possible prices and inclusions. This means our negotiating power can often lower prices or get more inclusions than indicated here. Give us a try!

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Q & A for Into the Unexplored (13 Nights) by Indus Holidays

Can I customise my itinerary with a few stays of my choice?

Answered by Prasanth Madhavan

Definitely! As we specialise in customised holiday planning to Kerala & South India for the last 20 years, we can offer almost any stay option. We have long-standing direct relationships with resorts, homestays & hotels in this region which allow us to deliver privilege services at unbeatable rates.

If you want to change the stay options in our offers, your trip designer will work with you till you are happy with the package. More importantly, our experts give you unbiased insights and highlights of each stay option from direct experience to help you make better choices.

What is the holiday booking procedure?

Answered by Nisha Vinod

You can submit an enquiry here anytime or contact our destination experts directly. One of Indus’ Trip Designers will call you back to understand your requirement and will make an offer within 2 hours. Our experts will also make suitable recommendations on stay options, day activities, itinerary options and transportation to assist you further in customising the holiday to your requirements. Once it is perfect, send a confirmation and we will take care of the rest.

What are the payment options you offer?

Answered by Goldin Syriac

We offer all major payment options including credit cards , debit cards , wire transfer, net banking and UPI. Service charges from the bank may be applicable on select payment methods.

Can my driver speak hindi? Do you offer taxi services only?

Answered by Divya Hrishikesh

Yes, our transportation team carefully chooses and trains our driver partners to deliver the high touch experiences we offer. They are highly co-operative, friendly and can speak in hindi and English. You will also find our cabs to be well maintained, safe and reliable.

When you book hotels, activities and taxi together with Indus, we will be able to offer you a better overall deal than what you get directly. Also you get the added benefit of Indus’ responsive customer relations team for on-tour support. So, currently our trained drivers are available only for our package customers.