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A Malabar Adventure

14 days from £1685pp plus international flights.

Travellers wanting an adventure holiday in India often end up seeing the more 'usual' sides of Kerala. This holiday is different. It takes you on an adventure which is much less ordinary, far more interesting, and which is utterly immersed in the culture of the area.


This is an Indian holiday which gives you a varied and fascinating look at the state of Kerala, including Cochin, the backwaters, the beaches of Kannur and the wildlife and spice gardens of Wayanad. But it also includes privileged insights into the culture and traditions of the local people - artists, musicians, dancers, and other craftsmen.

 
It is an excellently-priced holiday, especially when you consider the places you'll be staying, including eco-friendly cottages on a backwater island and in Wayanad, 6 nights homestay in heritage houses, and lovely beach cottages. See below for further details.
 
There are also some fascinating excursions and activities included which help bring the culture of the area alive for you, and give you your chance to really meet the local people.


This is a fabulous trip for you, but also means a lot locally in the way it brings income to marginalised people and supports local crafts and arts. Altogether a very special trip. 


Accommodation
Fort House Hotel, Cochin. A small, family-run hotel by the waterfront in Fort Cochin. It is within walking distance of the heritage monuments of the town and near the popular antique market at Mattancherry.
Kerala Houseboat, Backwaters. A traditional houseboat makes a comfortable base and is te best way to view life on the backwaters. The crew will prepare you tasty Kerelan meals in the houseboat's kitchen, which you can enjoy in the open air.
Our Land, Karimbavalavu. This eco-friendly resort is tucked away in the backwaters, surrounded by scenic paddy fields and coconut lagoons. The cosy cottages have private sit-outs with lovely views.
The River Retreat, River Nila. A Heritage resort is on the banks of the river near the small town of Cheruthuruth. It's a peaceful environment with lovely gardens and a swimming pool.
Koodeimeria Nature Home, Kooderi. This traditional 150 year old building is set in farmland near the River Nila. The homestay has just 3 rooms and offers a very friendly welcome. You will enjoy delicious vegetarian meals shared with your hosts.    
Maranat Mana, Nilambur. A Heritage homestay is surrounded by 50 aces of plantations and is the ancestral home of the Maranat family. It is one of the last surviving example of a pathinarukettu, a traditional design incorporating 4 courtyards. You will be staying in the restored old granary and guesthouse. Meals are vegetarian and are eaten with your hosts.
Aranyakam Homestay, Wayanad. Nestled in the Wayanad plantations, Aranyakam grows coffee and spices and has gorgeous views of the Nilgiti Hills to one side and Nilambur Forest to the other. Accommodation overlooks the plantation and you will enjoy views of the pretty gardens as you dine.
Chera Rock Beach House, Kannur. This is a quiet beach resort on an isolated stretch of palm-fringed beach with panoramic views of the sea. The beautiful white sandy beach and peaceful environment make this the perfect place to end your trip.

Itinerary
Fishing nets, Cochin, India

DAY 1: COCHIN

Arrive in Cochin in the morning. Afternoon sightseeing of some of Cochin's important historical monuments such as the Dutch Palace and Jewish synagogue.
Backwater houseboat, Kerala, India

DAY 2: COCHIN TO ALLEPPEY

Transfer to Alleppey after breakfast. Relax on a day's cruise on a houseboat through the backwaters of Kuttanad (Kerala). This is the area's rice bowl and you will pass paddy fields, fishing nets, coconut groves and small villages. Enjoy watching the sun set over the waters. Overnight on the houseboat. 
Full board.  
Kerala backwaters, India

DAY 3: BACKWATERS

You will have a short transfer this morning to spend the day and night on a secluded island on the backwaters. There are six cottages here with gorgeous views. Cycling, village visits and canoe trips are available and the island has great birdlife. Good relaxation spot!
Full board.
Pottery makers, Malabar, India

DAY 4: BACKWATERS TO RIVER NILA

Travel to River Nila (also known as the Ponanni)/ Cherthuruthy, about 4 hours. Check into our resort. In the evening we visit a nearby village where you can see local handicraft and pottery makers and meet folk artists in the courtyard of a local household. A young team of local performers will take you through the dance forms, music and percussion that gives this region such rich cultural traditions.
Breakfast
Music and dancing, Malabar

DAY 5: RIVER NILA TO KOODERI

Morning visit to a school for classical music and dance. We check out of the resort after lunch and drive to Kooderi, about an hour. Our next stop if a farm stay in a 400 year old heritage house on an organic farm. The farm is part of the responsible tourism initiative of the area which is making positive changes to this region.
Full board.
Boat trips in Nila, India

DAY 6: KOODERI

After breakfast we spend time with a family of musicians to showcase the percussion culture of the River Nila area, concluding in an amazing performance by this local group. At about 3.30pm we take a boat cruise through the stunning landscape of Tirur. This is a relatively unknown area of small canals, rivers, backwaters and islands. Communities of toddy tappers (palm wine makers), coir rope makers and fishermen live here. 
Full board.
Heritage hotel, Malabar, India

DAY 7: KOODERI TO NILAMBUR

This morning we travel to Nilambur, about 2 hours. We stay at a heritage property reflecting the ancient traditions of a Kerala Brahmin family. The farm also has a two acre sacred grove. 
Full board.
Local culture in Malabar, India

DAY 8: NILAMBUR

Either simply chill out at this majestic homestay today or visit local bathing ghats and the farm. 
Full board.
Tea Picking, India

DAY 9: NILAMBUR TO WAYANAD

Transfer to Wayanad, about 3 hours, in the Deccan plateau. It is an area rich in biodiversity and part of the Nilgriri Biosphere Reserve. Take an afternoon spice tour to savour the aromas of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, pepper, vanilla and more. 
Breakfast.
Elephants in Wayanad, India

DAY 10: WAYANAD

This morning we visit one of Wayanad's wildlife sanctuaries - either Tholpetty or Muthanga. Here there are elephants, tigers, panther, civets, langur, gaur, spotted deer, sambal, bears and a huge number of bird species. In the afternoon we visit a bamboo nursery. Local people grow bamboo here which they then create into marvellous works of art or practical objects.
Breakfast.
Chera Rock Beach Resort, Malabar, India

DAY 11: WAYANAD TO KANNUR

After breakfast we transfer to the coast, to Kannur about 3 hours away. This is a region with some of the most idyllic beaches in Malabar and you have the next few days to relax and chill out. 
Full board.
Kannur Beach, Malabar, India

DAYS 12-13: KANNUR

Relax on an idyllic beach near Kannur. 
Full board.
Indian spices

DAY 14: KANNUR TO CALICUT, AND DEPART

Transfer to Calicut airport, about 2 hours, where the tour ends. 
Breakfast.
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £1685 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: October 2016 to end March 2017 is £1685 pp sharing plus flights, but the peak season 15 Dec -15 Jan is £1930 pp.

Includes: 

Accommodation based on twin share (9 nights full board, 5 nights breakfast only); transfers (in aircon vehicle); guided tour in Fort Cochin (inc entrance fees); houseboat trip; folk artists trips on days 5 and 7; music trip on day 6; cruise on day 7; safari on day 11; bamboo visit.

Excludes: 

International flight; visa; insurance; some meals; drinks; tips; items of a personal nature (eg laundry).

Getting there: You need to fly into Cochin and out of Calicut. You need to fly with Emirates Airlines and the rough cost will be £550pp.

You would normally leave the UK the day before this itinerary and on the way back would arrive back in the UK the day after this itinerary.

Departure dates: You can take this private trip at any time you like to suit you. 

places you will see

places you will see

Cochin fishing nets
Cochin
Also known as Kochi, Cochin is one of South India's most attractive towns with a rich history. It has been a trading port since at least Roman times when it was on the main trade route between Europe and China, and is still orientated around the bay whose neck is lined with the famous Chinese fishing nets.
Backwaters
Backwaters
The Backwaters of Kerala south of Cochin are the ideal place for taking a relaxing houseboat cruise.

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How this holiday helps

This is a fabulous trip for you, but also means a lot locally in the way it brings income to marginalised people and supports local crafts and arts. Altogether a very special trip.

This is an amazing and diverse trip for anyone wanting to see a little deeper into Indian life as well as seeing the sights, nature and wildlife. We offer you privileged insights into the culture and traditions of the local people - artists, musicians, dancers, and other craftsmen. We do this through fascinating excursions and activities included which help bring the culture of the area alive for you, and give you your chance to really meet the local people.

You stay in eco-friendly cottages on a backwater island and in Wayanad, and you have 6 nights homestay in heritage houses, and at the end, a lovely beach cottage.

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Time: GMT +5½ hours

Flight time: Flight time from London to Delhi is 8 hours 30 minutes and to Mumbai is about 8 hours.

Language: The official language is Hindi, which about 30% of the population speaks. English is very widely spoken and is used for official and commercial purposes.

Visas: Required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.

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