Cochin – Guruvayoor – Athirampally – Wayanad – Tellicherry – Calicut (9Nights and 10days)
Malabar, the northern region of Kerala in Southern India was once a British Principality of India. Malabar has no geographical boundaries, no presence on a map of India, yet it still exists as a state of mind; laid-back, tranquil and forgiving. This spirit is captured on this journey beginning in historical Fort Cochin, drifting up to the mountains of Wayanad and concluding at the virgin beaches of Kannur.
Day 01 :
Arrive Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. On arrival, you will be met and assisted and transferred to hotel. In the evening proceed to a local auditorium for a performance of Kathakali one of the oldest theatre forms in the world that originated in Kerala. The most interesting aspect of Kathakali, is its elaborate make-up code. It is a presentation, in which dancers take various roles in performances traditionally based on themes from Hindu mythology, especially the two epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Overnight stay in Cochin.
Day 02 :
This morning after breakfast, proceed for a half-day tour of Cochin. Arrive into Fort Cochin, and proceed to visit the Dutch Palace (closed on Friday), built by the Portuguese in 1555 A.D., is now a portrait gallery of the Cochin Rajas and notable for some of the best mythological murals in India, which are in the best traditions of Hindu temple art. Later visit the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Saturday)and St. Francis Church, the oldest European Church in India. The Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his third visit to India. His body was originally buried in this church, but after fourteen years his remains were moved to Lisbon. Thereafter visit the Chinese Fishing nets, these are fixed land installations for an unusual form of fishing — shore operated lift nets. Overnight stay in Cochin.
Day 03 :
Today morning, after breakfast, drive to Athirampally enroute visit Guruvayoor (45kms / 1hr), 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 quite fascinating. Later proceed to Athirampally (29kms / 30mins). The charm of Athirampally is the waterfalls perched high above the Sholayar forest ranges on the fringes of Kerala's famed rain forests. The Athirampally waterfalls provide a restful escape for those wanting to leave the hurried pace of city life behind. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Athirampally.
Day 04 :
This day, after breakfast drive to Wayanad (261 km / 6.5hrs), 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. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Evening visit the Edakkal Caves, 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. Overnight stay in Wayanad.
Day 05 :
Today after breakfast, visit the Wayanad sanctuary, the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala which houses some of the rare and endangered species of both flora and fauna. One can find animals like sloth bears, sambhar (wild deer), elephants, monkeys, tigers, reptiles, deer, panthers and many species of rare birds. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Wayanad.
Day 06 :
This day early morning go for a guided trek in the Wayanad sanctuary. Later visit the 3000 year old Thirunelly temple located near the Papanashini stream. This is an ancient temple devoted to Lord Vishnu surrounded by mountains and beautiful forests. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Wayanad.
Day 07 :
Today after breakfast, drive to Tellicherry (160 km / 4 hrs) a vibrant fishing town in the north of Calicut 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. Tellicherry is famous all over today for its bakeries and cakes. It is also rich in culture and traditions of the North of Kerala. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure or stroll in the local market. Overnight stay in Tellicherry.
Day 08 :
This day after breakfast, drive to the fascinating Muzhipillangad Beach which is Kerala’s only drive –in beach in Asia where you can drive along miles of virgin white sands or laze on the beach and be mesmerized by the beauty of the place. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Tellicherry.
Day 09 :
Today after breakfast, drive to Calicut (70kms / 2hrs) also known as Kozhikode, 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. Indulge in some authentic Ayurvedic massages or treatments. Later in the evening visit Hindustan Kalari Sangam, which imparts training in ‘Kalaripayattu’ the Dravidian martial art of Kerala and one of the oldest fighting systems. Kalari payat includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Calicut.
Day 10 :
This day transfer to Calicut airport for your flight to onward destination. You return back with wonderful memories of “Malabar Holidays”.