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$ 3154

Kerala Calling

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min $ 3154
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Destinations: Wayanad, Kochi, Munnar
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 3154
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  • Overview & dates
  • Itinerary
  • What's included

Overview & dates

INTRO

In northern Kerala, discover ancient petroglyphs and tea and coffee plantations in Wayanad's tropical forests. Visit a shipbuilding yard in Calicut then head to the rural town of Chalakudy to get a real insight into Keralan rural life. Travel on to Cochin for an intriguing walking tour of Fort Cochin and learn about its pivotal role in the Spice Route. Explore Kerala’s fragrant tea and spice plantations in Munnar and Thekkady and enjoy a safari in Periyar Tiger Reserve. Spend the night on a traditional houseboat on the backwaters in Alleppey before ending your journey on the shores of Lake Chittar at the blissful Anantya Resort close to India's southern tip.


DATES


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HIGHLIGHTS

Ancient caves and tropical forests of Wayanad

Rural life in Kerala and local experiences in Chalakudy

Chinese fishing nets along Fort Cochin sea-front

Munnar's verdant tea gardens

Overnight cruise along Kerala's backwaters

Rest and relaxation by Chittar Lake near India's southernmost tip


PLACES VISITED

Calicut - Wayanad - Chalakudy - Cochin - Munnar - Eravikulam National Park - Thekkady - Alleppey - Chittar Lake Calicut
Wayanad
Chalakudy
Cochin
Munnar
Eravikulam National Park
Thekkady
Alleppey
Chittar Lake

Itinerary

ITINERARY

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Choose departure date01 Dec 2018 -- 15 Dec 2018

Day 1 : Calicut - Wayanad

On arrival into Calicut Airport you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to Wayanad. En-route you will stop at Pookot Lake, before continuing your journey to the resort in Wayanad. You will have the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Wayanad. 

Meal plan : Dinner


Pookot Lake, also known as Pookode Lake, is a freshwater lake in the Wayanad district in Kerala. The lake is nestled in an evergreen forest, at an altitude of 2100m above sea level, which makes it the highest freshwater lake in Kerala.

Known as the "Land of the Paddy Fields", Wayanad district is located at altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 metres above sea-level. Although the least populous district in Kerala, Wayanad is home to many indigenous tribes, as well as unseen tropical mountains, the Edakkal Caves and 4th century BC petroglyphs. 

Day 2 : Wayanad

Today you will visit the Edakkal Caves and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary. This afternoon you will have free time in Wayanad. Overnight in Wayanad. 

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


The Edakkal Caves, are famous for their ancient rock etchings and drawings. There are various hunting scenes depicted on the walls of the two main chambers. The etchings date back to at least 5,000 BC, indicating the presence of a prehistoric civilization or settlement in this region. The ancient carvings of Edakkal are rare and are the only known examples from South India. 

Established in 1973, the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in bio-diversity and an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Scientific conservation is key here, with special consideration for the general lifestyle of the tribes and others who live in and around the forest region. Elephants roam freely here, and if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of a tiger. Deer, monkeys and birds are also found in this reserve, along with many species of butterflies and insects. 

Day 3 : Wayanad - Calicut

After breakfast you will be transferred to Calicut. On arrival check into your hotel and have some free time at your leisure.

Later this afternoon you will be taken on a city tour visiting the Beypore shipbuilding yard, Calicut beach and a local bazaar. Overnight in Calicut. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


Calicut, also known as Kozhikode, is the largest city in Kerala. In the past, it was dubbed the "City of Spices" for its role as the major trading point of eastern spices. In 2012, Calicut was given the tag of "City of Sculptures" because of the various architectural sculptures located in various parts of the city. 

Day 4 : Calicut - Chalakudy

Today you will be transferred to Chalakudy, on arrival check in to your hotel and have the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Chalakudy. 

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


Chalakudy is a town in the Thrissur District of Kerala, situated on the banks of the River Chalakudy. Chalakudy was once famous all over India as a place for conducting sacrifices, which makes the area very sacred. Chalakudy is blessed with scenic beauty and refreshing weather, making it an ideal destination for nature and wildlife lovers. 

Day 5 : Chalakudy

Today you have a free day to spend as you please at the resort. Overnight in Chalakudy. 

Note: The following activities are availbake at the resort; Visit to the organic farm, yoga and meditation classes, bullock cart ride, interactive session with the cooking team, a visit to see the process of making Uruli (Bronze vessel) and blacksmith sharpening knives.

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 6 : Chalakudy - Cochin

Today you will be transferred to Cochin, on arrival check-in to your hotel. Later this afternoon you will have a sightseeing tour of Cochin, including the Fort Cochin area. You will visit; The Jewish Synagogue, The Dutch Palace, St Francis Church and the Chinese fishing nets. This evening you will have a sunset cruise on the harbour. Overnight in Cochin.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Cochin, the 'Queen on the Arabian Sea', is a major port city that was once a much-prized pawn for the English, Portuguese and Dutch due to its strategic location and prominence in the lucrative spice trade. This history of foreign colonies has resulted in a diverse culture, with European influences visible in much of Cochin's architecture and overall development, aiding it to become the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. 

The Jewish Synagogue in Cochin, also known as the Paradesi Synagogue, was built in 1568AD.There are a number of antiquities of interest in this synagogue including, the Great Scrolls of the Old Testament and the 10th-century copper plates of privileges given to Joseph Rabban, the earliest known Cochin Jew. The floor of the synagogue is tilled with hundreds of hand-painted 18th-century Chinese tiles, each of which is unique. 

The Dutch Palace, also known as Mattancherry Palace, was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Cochin in 1555AD. It acquired its current name after 1663 when the Dutch carried out extensions and repairs on the palace. Its interiors are decorated with murals from the Ramayana and there are some lively displays of royal costumes and palanquins.

Saint Francis Church, in Fort Cochin, is a Protestant church originally built by the Portuguese in 1510AD. It is believed to be the oldest church built by Europeans in the whole of India.

The Chinese fishing nets line the sea-front in Fort Cochin and exhibit a mechanical method of catching fish by local fishermen. They are said to have been brought from China by traders of Kabalai Khan's Court.

Day 7 : Cochin - Munnar

Today you will be transferred to Munnar,known for it's rolling hills and lush tea plantations. On arrival check-in to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at your leisure. Overnight in Munnar. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


Munnar, located at 1,650m above sea-level, is the most breathtakingly-beautiful hill station on the Western Ghats. The area's pristine green valleys and mountains provide the perfect setting for anyone in search of peace and tranquility. Believed to mean ‘three rivers’, Munnar used to be the favourite summer resort of the British rulers during colonial days. It is the tea plantation capital of India and the local Eravikulam National Park, home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr mountain goat, is a popular destination for visitors.

Day 8 : Munnar

Today you will have a sightseeing tour around Munnar, including the Tea Museum, and Eravikulam National Park. The park offers magnificent views over the tea plantations of Munnar, and once in every twelve years the Neelakurinji flower blooms, which is endemic to this part of the Western Ghats. Overnight in Munnar. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


At the Tea Museum you will see tea pickers busy with their jobs picking up tea leaves. You will be able to meet a few of the workers at this Tea Plantation, and follow the process from picking the tea leaves to sorting and weighing the leaves. Take a relaxing walk through the lush Tea Plantations. 

Eravikulam National Park is situated along the summit of the Western Ghats in the high ranges of Idduki district in Kerala. This is the land of the "Neelakurinji", a flower that blooms once every twelve years. The park is breathtakingly beautiful and is easily comparable to the best mountain ranges in the Alps. The highest peak in India, south of the Himalayas - Anamudi is located here, therefore nature enthusiasts have ample opportunities for trekking expeditions and wildlife spotting. The park holds the maximum viable population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr (a species of mountain ibex), Nilgiri Marten (only species of marten found in southern India), rudddy mongoose, small clawed otter and dusky striped squirrel. 

Day 9 : Munnar - Thekkady

Today you will be transferred to Thekkady, the gateway to Periyar and the best spice plantations in India. On arrival you will check-in to the resort and day at leisure. Overnight in Thekkady. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


Centred around a large artificial lake, Thekkady is the location of the Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary -  one of India's largest wildlife sanctuaries, which spans across the entire district. Declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978, the sanctuary supports 62 species of mammals (many of which are rare and endangered) and 320 species of birds, as well as a host of reptiles, amphibians and fish. 

Day 10 : Thekkady

This morning, before breakfast, you will be taken on a nature walk. This program is unique as it is being conducted by a team of poachers turned protectors of the forest. You will return back to the resort for breakfast. 

This afternoon you will have a guided tour of the spice plantations. You can expect to see, cloves, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon and cardamom. Afterwards you will return to the resort and the rest of the day will be at your leisure. Overnight in Thekaddy. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 11 : Thekkady - Alleppey

This morning you will be transferred to Alleppey where you will board a houseboat for the night. Kettuvallams, rice barges, provide the best way to experience the colourful, backwaters of Kerala. Overnight onboard. 

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


Also known as the 'Venice of the East', Alleppey is a town with a large network of picturesque canals, backwaters, lagoons and beaches. In the past, Alleppey was one of the busiest trade centres along the Malabar coast.

Vembanad Lake is the longest lake in India, and the largest in the state of Kerala, where it spans several different districts. Vembanad Lake has been identified under India's National Wetlands Conservation Program, and forms the heart of Kerala's backwaters. The lake is also home to more than 20,000 waterfowl and is an excellent habitat for shrimps. 

Day 12 : Alleppey - Chittar Lake

After breakfast onboard you will return to land and be transferred to Anantya Resort situated on Chittar Lake, Kanyakumari District. On arrival you will check-in to the resort and have the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight at Anantya Resort. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 13 : Chittar Lake

Today you have a free day at the hotel to spend as you wish. Overnight at Anantya Resort. 

Note: The following activities can be arranged; Fishing, cycle ride, night sky walk, rubber tapping walk/visit to rubber plantation, elephant ride/elephant bathing, culinary workshop, bird watching with guide, yoga & meditation. (Please be advised some of these activities will incur an extra charge)

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 14 : Chittar Lake

Today you have a free day at the resort to spend as you wish. Overnight at Anantya Resort.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 15 : Departure

Transfer to Trivandrum airport at an appropriate time for your departure flight. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


What's included

INCLUDED Arrival & departure transfers Ground transport with driver Accommodation Meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan) English-speaking guides Entrance fees to sites & parks
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Travel The Unknown
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