Kerala: An adventure in God’s Own Country
India had been the pioneer of simple living and the state of Kerala still embodies that. Through its lush forests and tranquil backwaters, life will feel like a stroll in the park.
This 9-day journey starts and ends with the sea. Enroute you visit some of the most amazing Tropical Evergreen Rainforests, enjoy some great filter coffee and keep a count of some beautiful endemic birds. You would also be staying at some of the more traditionally oriented resorts and homestays.
The journey is great for travellers of all ages and all ages that the travellers think they are of. The journey starts in the old Portugese and Dutch-influenced town of Kochi. The small old town is home to some great views of Chinese Fishing Nets, Dutch-inspired palaces and churches.
From Kochi, you wind your way up to Thattekad via the temple village of Vaikom. The village of Vaikom is known for the temple and some great village life where you can learn about slow food, about coir weaving, or generally spend some quality time fishing in the backwaters.
Thattekad is one of the more important bird sanctuaries in the region and home to more than 200 species of birds – chief among them being the Malabar Grey Hornbill. Salim Ali, the eminent conservationist, had once termed it one of the most important bird sanctuaries of India.
Your journey then winds through to Palakkad – home to some great coconut plantations – and then Wayanad. A discreet hill station located in north western Kerala, Wayanad is set along the higher slopes of the Nilagiri Biosphere on the southern fringe of the Deccan Plateau. The region is a part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves in India and Wyanad’s evergreen forests mark the transition zone between the northern and southern eco regions of the Western Ghats. This is the most species-rich eco region in peninsular India with eighty percent of the flowering plant species of the entire mountain range found here.
The road then winds to Thalassery – Vasco da Gama’s envy. Renowned for its black pepper, the town of Thalassery has made good use of it in its delectable cuisine. Stay with your hosts and visit the markets with them. Shop for vegetables and fish from the local bazaar and then learn how to cook the same with your expert hosts. An experience in Thalassery is like none other.
The journey ends with a full stomach and you would then be taken to the airport for your flight back home.
Day 2: A day in Kochi exploring the old town.
Day 3: Drive from Kochi to Vaikom visiting the quaint temple village and exploring village activities around.
Day 4: After an early morning visiting the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, you will be driven to Palakkad, to a charming little homestay.
Day 5: After seeing how the locals tap toddy and the local martial arts, you will be driven to Wayanad and will visit the Edakkal caves.
Day 6: The entire day would be spent hiking and cycling in Wayanad – exploring the tea plantations and rivers around.
Day 7: In the morning you would go on a hike through the rainforests of Wayanad. Later you will be driven to Thalassery.
Day 8: You will spend the day in Thalassery today cycling to the local fish markets and learning some culinary secrets.
Day 9: Today, you will be driven from Thalassery to Kozhikode for your flight back home.
The accommodation that you are staying in has been specially curated by Indian Outskirts. They are some of the most comfortable places to stay in the region with a blend of modern amenities with a homeliness that is inherent in Kerala’s culture
Kochi: Casino Hotel | 3*
Thattekad: Soma Birds Lagoon | 3*
Palakkad: Tharavad Heritage Home | Heritage Homestay
Wayanad: Vythiri Resort | Eco-Lodge with 4* amenities
Thalassery: Ayisha Manzil | Heritage Homestay
Inclusions & Exclusions
Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure by our representative.
Accommodation in the hotels as mentioned, or similar for a total of 8 nights.
Meal Plan : All meals as will be mentioned in the itinerary.
All entrance fees as per the itinerary.
All activities as will be mentioned in the itinerary.
Services of a locally appointed English Speaking guide/ naturalists as per the itinerary.
Presently applicable Government taxes, which are subject to change.
Professional and service charges for preparation and operation of the tour program.
The prices include the above services. They do not include:
Any items of a personal nature such as beverages, laundry, telephone calls, torches, tips and gratuities etc.
Why is Kerala called "God's Own Country"?
According to Hindu mythology, Parasurama, Vishnu’s (one of the holy trinity of Hinduism) sixth incarnation, fought the seas to create Kerala. During the battle, he threw his axe into the see which split the region along the current coastline up to Kanyakumari. The seas receded from this region and we now know this as Kerala.
The tourism department of Kerala took up this legend and used the phrase “God’s Own Country” to promote the destination of Kerala.