11 Days Private Tour - Bewitching Malabar

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Day 01: Arrive Calicut Welcomed by Xcursions India representative at Calicut International airport you will be transferred to the hotel. Calicut is the traditional capital of North Kerala and is a leading trade centre for spices on the west cost. In the evening visit the 'Hindustan Kalari Sangam'
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Activities: Beach, City, Family, Art, Local Culture, Shopping, Sightseeing, Walking, Journeys Collection
  • Places Visited:Tellicherry (India), Kerala State (India), Karnataka (India), India, Mysore (India), Calicut (India)
  • Group size: 2 persons
  • Duration: 11 Day(s)

Your Tour

Day 01: Arrive Calicut

  • Welcomed by Xcursions India representative at Calicut International airport you will be transferred to the hotel. Calicut is the traditional capital of North Kerala and is a leading trade centre for spices on the west cost. 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 the hotel/resort. (B)
Day 02: Calicut –Wyanad (110Kms /04hrs)
  • After breakfast drive through the dense forests and spectacular scenery from Calicut to Wayanad high in the Western Ghats. Afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the resort and its activities. Take a tour of the coffee, pepper and vanilla plantations. There is a wealth of bird and plant life to discover or catch up with some reading while enjoying the view from the belvedere. Overnight at the resort. (B)
Day 03: Wyanada
  • After a leisurely breakfast pay a visit to the nearby Edakkal caves. They lie high in the hills on an ancient trade route connecting Mysore to the ports of the Malabar Coast.  Inside the caves are petroglyphs believed to be the work of neolithic man, evidence of the presence of a prehistoric civilization existing in this region. Such stone carvings are very rare and these are the only known examples in southern India. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay at resort (B)
Day 04: Wyanad-Mysore(140Kms /04hrs)
  • Early this morning we will depart for Mysore, a center of incense manufacture in India and is appropriately nicknamed the “Sandalwood City.” The air here is perfumed with sandalwood, jasmine, musk and rose. It is also a princely city with palatial buildings and beautiful gardens, and even the most common public buildings are adorned with domes, turrets and archways. Arrive Mysore and check-into the Hotel to get refreshed and later set off to explore the Maharaja’s Palace, one of the largest palaces in India. The palace was the seat of the Wodeyar maharajas of Mysore, who ruled over much of the state until Independence. The original palace burned down in 1897 and was re-designed by the British architect Henry Irwin. It comprises myriad architectural styles and an exquisite collection of art from around the world. Time permitting we will drive up to Chamundeshvari Temple on Chamundi Hill. Using the traditional pilgrim route we have the option of climbing the 1000 steps to the Dravidian style temple witha statue of a Technicolor giant, Chamunda’s slain demon. Overnight stay at the hotel. (B)
Day 05: Mysore-Coorg (130Kms /3 ½ hrs)
  • This morning we will drive to Coorg, set at the very edge of the Kodagu region on the slopes of the Western Ghats. Coorg, which literally translates to “dense forest on a steep hill,” is astunning locale, set amidst lush forests, bamboo groves, cardamom plantations, and dark green hillsdotted with colonial coffee estates. En route to Coorg we will make a stop at Bylakuppe, the second largest and the oldest Tibetan settlementin India. These settlements were established by the Indian government in the early 1960s to offer shelter to Tibetans who fled their country to escape prosecution during the Cultural Revolution. Today approximately 10,000 Tibetans live peacefully in this Buddhist enclave amidst beautiful monasteries bearing the names of their famous Tibetan counterparts such as Sera, Tashilumpo and Nandroling. We will be instantly charmed by the inhabitants of this community, brimming with smiling monks and frolicking children whose happiness is infectious and hospitality unsurpassed. Overnight stay at the hotel. (B)
Day 06: Coorg
  • This morning we will rise early and explore the Coorg region. Set in the verdant Western Ghats, it is blessed with fertile soil and a prime location along the legendary Cauvery River. Winter is a busy time for agriculture. Fields are abuzz with harvesting activities, including theharvest of pepper, and the coffee berries are plucked, dried and cured toward the end of the season. We will explore a plantation and enjoy a cup of home-brewed Coorg coffee! This afternoon we will be joined by a local family for a visit to their Ayanmane, or ancestral home. These private homes are immensely sacred to Coorgis who practice ancestor worship. At lunch we will join the family in their modern home for an authentic Coorgi feast. Overnight stay at the hotel. (B)
Day 07: Coorg –Neeleshwar /Bekal(130Kms /3 ½ hrs)
  • This morning we will bid farewell to Karnataka, crossing into Kerala and the Malabar Coast. We reach the small coastal village of Neeleshwar in time for a late lunch. Neeleshwar boasts of swaying palm trees, lush coconut groves, golden beaches, secluded waterways and aromatic spice plantations. It is a region steeped in rich history and colorful tradition in which we will become seamlessly immersed. Neeleshwar Hermitage is built along a traditional Indian architectural system of “Vastu,” similar to the Chinese Feng Shui. Enjoy a day cruise on the quiet and unspoilt backwaters around Neeleshwar.
  • In the evening we will be treated to an exclusive performance of Duffmuttu, also known as Aravana muttu a hauntingly beautiful Muslim art form brought toNorthern Kerala by Sufi singers from Arabia. It is performed by twelve to fourteen men wearing pristine white thalappavu (headgear). Overnight stay at hotel (B/L/D)
Day 08:Neeleshwar /Bekal
  • If we are up early this morning we may witness the local fisherman pulling in their daily catch on the nearby shores. We can join the resident naturalist and spy dozens of species of birds or take a stroll on the beach and meet the Olive Ridley turtles who make their home on nearby shores.
  • We can also try our hand at cooking with a lesson from the resort’s acclaimed chef. The Malabar area of North Kerala is inhabited by Muslims, known as Moplahs, who originally came from the Arabic countries to trade with Kerala. The inter marriage between cultures resulted in a unique culinary style that combines Indian, European and Middle Eastern influences. Northern Kerala is most famous for its festivals called theyyams or ‘Dance of the Gods.’ This elaborate tribal ritual involves a local god or ancestor temporarily possessing the body of a villager to bestow blessings upon the village such as a birth, curing an illness or a good harvest. Mesmerizing dances are performed to the haunting sounds of drums and oboes. The costumes worn are extraordinary and the head dresses can reach up to 20 feet! Overnight stay at the hotel (B/L/D)
Day 09: Neeleshwar /Bekal –Tellicherry (120Kms /3 ½ hrs)
  • In the evening witness the Theyyam dance, a Hindu ritual of worship. It is considered a great privilege to perform this ritual and the performers hold an esteemed position in the area. Overnight stay at Ayesha Manzil (B/L/D)
Day 10: Tellicherry
  • Make a visit of the spice market, revel with the cookery demos by Ms Faiza & explore the nearby beach. Evening go for viewing Temple dance (Theyyaam)performance .Overnight stay at Ayesha Manzil (B/L/D)
Day 11:Tellicherry – Calicut (80Kms /2-3hrs) & Departure
  • Drive to Calicut International airport to catch the flight for your onward destination.


Departure Dates

year-round


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Tour Location / Places Visiteds

Calicut –Wyanad-Mysore -Coorg-Neeleshwar/Bekal -Tellicherry -Calicut


Additional Pricing Information

Tour Cost Includes:

 

  • 10 Nights  accommodation on single/ twin sharing with early check-in facility
  • Daily Breakfast
  • All meals in Neeleshwar& Tellicherry
  • A visit to Eddakal caves in Wayanad
  • Half day sightseeing tour of Mysore city
  • Forest trek and coffee plantation walk in Coorg
  • Day cruise on backwaters at Neeleshwar
  • Traditional Theyyaam Dance Show in Tellicherry
  • All entry fees at all temples and monuments
  • All applicable hotel   taxes & govt. services  taxes 2.58%


Tour Cost Excludes:

  • Any Air Fare & Visa Charges
  • Entrance/Monument Fees
  • Items of personal nature like Porterage charges, tips, Gratuities etc.
  • Meals  other than specified in “ Cost include” column

 


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