- Holiday Inspirations
- Fixed Departure
DAY 01: ARRIVE KOZHIKODE
Arrive Kozhikode (Calicut). Assistance on arrival at airport and transfer to hotel. The traditional capital of North Kerala, is a leading trade centre for spices on the west coast. Rest of the day at leisure. In the evening visit the ‘Hindustan Kalari Sangam’ a traditional martial arts centre where you can witness a ‘Kalaripayattu’ (the martial art of Kerala) demonstration. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 02: KOZHIKODE – WAYANAD BY ROAD
Breakfast at hotel. Morning to drive to Wayanad (85 km / approx 3 hrs drive), set in the picturesque Western Ghats and mountains at an altitude of about 2000 meters above sea level. Littered with tropical rain forests, dense hills, rolling paddy fields, spice plantations and valleys, Wayanad is a hitherto undiscovered location offering breathtaking views. Today you can visit the Edakkal Caves. It is a pre-historic rock shelter formed naturally out of a strange disposition of three huge boulders making one to rest on the other two with its bottom jutting out in between and serving as the roof. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 03: IN WAYANAD
After breakfast, visit the Wayanad sanctuary where one can find animals like sloth bears, sambhar (wild deer), elephants, monkeys, tigers, reptiles, deer, panthers, and many species of rare birds. Afternoon drive to Kuruva Island, an uninhabited island, a cluster of them infract, in the middle of the expansive Kabini River. The island’s preservation and the eco-tourism around it is managed by the participation of the local population living around it and the forest department. The guide practically helps you to navigate your way around the island. Also they are knowledgeable about the general environment and the ecology of the island. He can even take you to the ‘less trodden’ paths you would have otherwise unnoticed or skipped. Though touring Kuruva Island is known to be safe, the company of an experienced guide can be a bit reassuring especially when there are not many visitors around. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 04: IN WAYANAD
Breakfast at hotel. Morning you can go for a guided trek in the Wayanad sanctuary. Later visit the 3000 year old Thirunelly temple located near the Papanashini stream. This temple is devoted to Vishnu. Rest of the free for independent activities. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 05: WAYANAD – THALASSERY (TELLICHERRY) BY ROAD
Breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to Thalassery (100 km / approx 3 hrs drive), a vibrant fishing town in the north of Kozhikode which is famous for the 3 C’s- Circus, Cricket and Cakes. It is known for being the first British settlement in Kerala and needless to say Cakes and Cricket were both introduced here by the British. Check into the majestic Ayesha Manzil. Enjoy the colorful Theyyam dance in the temple near the resort. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 06: IN THALASSERY
Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit the bustling fish markets of Thalassery or visit the ancient fort built by the British. You could also drive to the fascinating Muzhipillangad Beach which is Kerala’s only drive –in beach where you can drive along miles of virgin white sands or laze on the beach and be mesmerized by the beauty of the place. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 07: THALASSERY – NEELEESWARAM BY ROAD
Breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to Neeleshwar Hermitage in Neeleshwaram (76 km / approx 2.5 hrs drive) which is reminiscent of the typical villages in Kerala. Closely resembling the huts found in the rural areas, Neeleshwar Hermitage is refreshingly different from the more formal places of stay. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 08: IN NEELEESWARAM
Breakfast at hotel. Morning go for a cycling tour of Neeleshwaram. In fact the ideal way to explore this region is by bicycle. Behind the resort stretches a large network of small roads and lanes that give the visitor a wonderful experience of local life. You will enter a world of paddy fields, garden compounds, shrines, temples and mosques, and can follow a lovely coastline along which lie traditional fishing villages where boats and nets are made and repaired. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 09: IN NEELEESWARAM
Breakfast at hotel. Morning you can participate in the cookery class, mostly local cuisine which no one can see in the international hotels, under the resident chef. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 10: NEELEESWARAM – KOZHIKODE BY ROAD
Breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to Kozhikode (145 km / approx 4 hrs drive), once the erstwhile capital of powerful Zamorins and a historical town. Calicut was a significant port for trade and commerce in the early centuries and the quality cotton, ‘Calico’, is believed to have originated here. Upon arrival check-in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 11: KOZHIKODE – GURUVAYOOR – ATHIRAPALLY BY ROAD
Breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to Athirapally (180 km / approx 4 hrs drive) en route visit Guruvayoor, the temple town near Thrissur. One of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres in Kerala, the main attraction in Guruvayoor is the Sree Krishna Temple. Though non hindus are not permitted inside this temple exploring the streets leading to the main temple entrances is a fascinating experience. The charm of Athirapally and Vazhachal waterfalls cannot be described in words. Perched high above the sholayar forest ranges on the fringes of Kerala’s fames rain forests. The Athirapally waterfalls provide a restful escape for those wanting to leave the hurried pace of city life behind. Upon arrival check-in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 12: ATHIRAPALLY – KOCHI BY ROAD
Breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to Kochi (66 km / approx 1.5 hrs drive), upon arrival check-in at hotel. A port town since early centuries, Kochi, also known as the spice coast of India, attracted traders and invaders from the world over. In the evening you could go for a relaxing sunset cruise. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 13: IN KOCHI
After breakfast, sightseeing tour to explore the many fascinating highlights of Kochi which include – The Jewish Synagogue in what is locally called the Jew Town, St. Francis Church which is the oldest European Church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica built in 1557 by the Portuguese, the Dutch Palace, the Spice market and the 15th century Chinese fishing nets believed to have been brought by Chinese traders. In the evening, Kathakali dance show. Overnight at hotel.