While luxury hotels and fancy restaurants is one way to travel, it is quite another to eat, breathe and sleep like a local from the comfort of a homestay. What is popularly described as a home away from home, they make sure that you enjoy the hospitality and mouth watering cuisine and experience the local culture and tradition first hand.
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Duration: 07 Nights / 08 Days
Route: COCHIN -PALAKKAD-KANNUR -WAYANAD-CALICUT
Arrival Cochin, You will be greeted by a Kerala Tours co Representative and driven to your hotel. A port town since early centuries, Cochin, also known as the spice coast of India, attracted traders and invaders from the world over. Needless to say, Cochin offers you some fascinating snippets of history and culture. Stay at Anns Residency is a superb blend of homestay and hotel set in serene surroundings in the heart of Fort Cochin. Situated a stone’s throw away from the Indo Portuguese Museum, Beach, Chinese fishing ne ts, Dutch Cemetery, St Francis Church and other places of interest in Fort Cochin, this Dutch Colonial style building aims at providing a homely atmosphere to its guests in a Star environment .Overnight in Cochin
Meander through the old districts of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin where the various European influences are most apparent with merchant houses and old warehouses cramming the waterfront and narrow streets. Take in the Pardesi Synagogue in Jew Town, St Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, and the highly decorated Santa Cruz Basilica. Allow time to admire the colourful murals, including depictions of the Ramayana, in the 16th century Dutch Palace. Linger in the colourful, pungent spice markets before moving on to the much-photographed Chinese nets that line the shore of Fort Cochin. In the evening, the epic Ramayana comes to life at a Kathakali performance, traditional Keralan dance, where the characters use larger than life gestures, wear outrageous costumes and dramatic make up. Overnight in Cochin
Drive to Palakkad to the Mana. Olappamanna Mana, one of the centuries old feudal Namboothiri (Kerala Brahamin) Illam (house), have a glittering cultural heritage in the field of Kathakali (classical dance form), Carnatic Music, Melam and Thayampaka (classical percussions), Literature and Rig Veda. Olappamanna is the family name of feudal lords. They belong to priestly Brahmin Caste of Kerala, namely Namboothiris. Mana means Home of Kerala Brahmins in Malayalam. They were patrons of art forms like Kathakali, Percussions, Classical Music, Literature, Vedic and Sanskrit education. The holiday stay in this heritage complex and enjoy the very different and unique atmosphere of Kerala in this remote village of Vellinezhi where the mana is situated. Overnight stay at the Mana with all meals are included .All Meals will be pure Vegetarian Home made Kerala Style food
Drive through the impressive line up of beaches in Kannur. Take up a big chunk of your time here. Kannur beaches are the best for those who want to swap crowded mainstream beaches for secluded spots. Here we stay at Chera Rock Beach House is a perfect hide out, and has a lot to offer for the urban bred tourists. This silent zone is an ideal destination for a relaxed stay and to learn and experience the rich tradition of Kerala in this silent hamlet and assure you a homely exotic experience at our secluded beach house in kannur . We are sure that you will be enchanted by the unique silent atmosphere.
Spend your day at leisure or visit Hand Loom cottages(local hand weaving centers) ,Theyyam (The local religious ritual performance), Parasinikadavu Temple (popular temple of the area), Darmadam island (a lonely island) Aaralam (wild life sanctuary) ,Kalari Payattu(The mother of all martial arts ) Spice Market Kannur fort (Historic place) Snake Park Temples around
Drive through semi-arid countryside and farmland, then through forest and finally into the Wayanad Hills with their lush mix of coffee and spice plantations, rice fields and jungle to reach your new oasis. This afternoon you would visit Edakkal Caves (closed on Mondays). It is 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 .Check in your hotel
Walk through spice and vegetable gardens- a guided tour. “Meet our elders”: experience their ways of sustainable living, we take you to where our modernity began. A special lunch is organized for the guests with only products made of bamboo, from bamboo rice, to bamboo shoots to pickles. Unique experience. After lunch you will visit bamboo village at Thrikkaipatta (Village) a responsible tourism initiative. You will have the chance to interact with local farmers and visit Uravu, a local NGO which produce bamboo handicrafts. The visit also includes interaction with the promoters, visit to the bamboo nursery and plant a bamboo sapling as part of a Travellers’ Forest initiative. You can visit the Bamboo workshop, interact with the artisans and designers and see how they create marvels out of different varieties of bamboo grown locally. In the evening you will participate with your host family to prepare dinner as to have a cooking demonstration and learn Malabar cooking. Overnight in Wayanad
Drive to Calicut airport to connect your onward flight .
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