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 virgin destinations and non-touristy experiences.
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.
Explore Kozhikode: relish the famous Malabari cuisine, beaches and more
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.
The two crumbling piers adds old world charm to the natural beauty at Kozhikode beachImage by Dhruvaraj
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.
The heritage trail: An ancient boat yard, Kalaripayattu and more
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. On 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.
Kalaripayattu is the oldest fighting system in existence with 3000 years of traditionImage by GayatriKrishnamoorthy
At Kappad beach: Sands that served as the Gateway to the Malabar
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.
Today, you will set out on a journey to the hills of Wayanad. Remarkably unspoilt, at Wayanad, nature puts on a great show leaving you spell bound. The destination is off-beat so you won’t have hordes of tourists around.
The 9- hair pin’s to Wayanad
This morning, you will drive up through a number of hairpin bends and turns of the famous Thamarassery Mountain Pass. Enjoy the landscape along the way as you reach your destination, Wayanad. Take a snap at the Lakkidi view point and spend some time at the Pookode Lake.
Stay in some of the amazing retreats set in the coffee plantations and jungles of Wayanad
As you soak-in the feel of Wayanad, today we take you to the Muthanga wildlife sanctuary, the beautiful Soochipara waterfalls and the pre-historic Edakkal caves.
Muthanga Jeep safari: Experience Wayanad wildlife
Travel through marshy tracks into the heart of the forest where the trained eyes of spotters will help you see wild peacocks, squirrels, groups of spotted deers, wild monkeys and elephants in the wild. Get lucky to spot some of the big cats too!
Be fascinated by primitive etchings in stone in the cavernous interiors of Edakkal
Communing with ancestors at the legendary Edakkal caves
The surrealism of ancient carvings, it takes you to a different era altogether. Doesn’t it? Well, after lunch you could head to Edakkal caves, the only known place for stone-age carvings in South India. Do enjoy the jaw-dropping views of Wayanad from here.
Evening trip to the Sentinel Rock waterfalls
A walk through thick, wet and evergreen forests will lead you to the scenic sight of the Soochipara waterfalls. It is a three-tiered waterfall from a height of 200 metres. Enjoy the ambience and trek to the spot and spend your evening here
Have an enjoyable dinner and relax for the night at your resort.
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.
Explore the fishing village: unspoilt and calm surroundings
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.
Theyyam performers are believed to invoke the spirit of God and devotees seek blessings for the wellbeing of their family
Experience Theyyam: A spiritually charged ritual dance with local flavour
Travel to the heart of a North Keralan village and local temple where you will experience this high energy performance. Theyyam with its elaborate head gear, crowns and vibrant body painting makes for an authentic local experience. (Nov-March is the main Theyyam season in Kannur)
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.
Relax in your homestay: Experience the local cuisine
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).
Zip along the surface in a vehicle at Asia’s longest drive-in Beach (4 km long drive)
An evening at Muzhappilangad: Kerala’s only drive-in beach
The 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.
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 to some of the most stunning parts of the backwaters.
On board a ‘Kettuvallom’: A glimpse of backwater life
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 will 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 life at 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.
Your trip along narrow canals and stay on a houseboat can be an experience of a lifetime
After breakfast, head to Nileshwaram, a tranquil area of backwaters fringed by coconut plantations & un-crowded inland waterways. Evening would be best spent at the legendary Bekal fort.
Explore Nileshwaram: Enjoy the country side, folk arts and village life
Nileshwaram is reminiscent of the typical villages in Kerala. The area is home to folk arts, temple festivals, sacred groves and markets which really give you a feel of rural life in Kerala. Stroll along the Kottappuram Bridge, the longest foot bridge over the backwaters and enjoy the scenic view all around.
The 300-year-old Bekal Fort, is the largest and best-preserved fort in Kerala and has a fascinating ambience
An evening at Bekal Fort: Legends, beaches and romance
Thrashed unceasingly by stubborn waves, Kerala’s largest fort offers a superb view from its observation towers. The beaches around the fort are absolutely the best place to do a bit of soul searching as you swim in calm waters (well, almost!). The sunset view is inviting, there are fishing villages to see and the best part is that there won’t be hordes of tourists around.
Spend the night at leisure at your backwater resort.
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: spectacular sights along the way
The uneven terrain and cool climate make for a fantastic place in the lap of nature. 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.
A compelling sight with emerald landscapes and ageless hills awaits you hereImage by pravin8
Pick-up some activities: Rafting, trekking or just coffee tasting
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.
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
At Dubare elephant camp: 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. It is fun and adventure packed into one trip
The monastery is at its dramatic best when prayer is in session with drums, gongs and hundreds on monks chanting
Visit to 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!
Raja’s Seat & Abbey waterfalls: The most romantic spots
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.
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.
Visit the 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!
Mysore’s flamboyant palace known for its glittering in royal heritage is a must visit
Also visit the Rajendra art gallery, which houses a remarkable collection of paintings from Raja Ravi Varma to other traditional Mysore styles. Relax for the evening at your resort.
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.
Explore Chamundi hills: Panoramic view of Mysore
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.
A casual walk through the vibrant Devaraja market is an authentic Indian experience you must not miss
Evening at the Brindavan Gardens: This place is purely magical
These gardens have been the background of many a shimmying bollywood musical number. 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
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!
Cosmopolitan Bengaluru will give you an experience of the vibrant new face of India.
Get Bangalored: Benevolent climate & charm of the Indian IT hub
Once known as the garden city, it is now dominated by IT parks. 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.
Bengaluru’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.
Today is the last day of your tour. Depending on your flight schedule, you will be taken to the airport/ rail station for onward journey with memories to last for a lifetime.
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