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Treasures of Malabar Coast

Duration:
11 days / 10 nights
Destinations:
Cochin, Athirapally, Wayanad, Nileshwar, Tellicherry, Calicut
Price Guide:

Price guide for this 15 day Malabar Coast tour is :

  • £1440 in low season
  • £1835 in high season

based on two people travelling.

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Overview

If you're looking for guided tours of India discover the best of all worlds with this Malabar Coast tour. Starting with the cosmopolitan city of Cochin, you then venture into the lush hinterland and wonderfully natural Western Ghats before uncovering the marvellous traditions, history, food and scenery of the Malabar Coastline.

Highlights of the Malabar Coast Tour

  • Cochin sunset cruise
  • Sightseeing tour of Fort Cochin & Mattancherry
  • Kathakali dance performance, a Kerala classical dance
  • Visit to a Tribal Settlement
  • Nature trek to Arthirapally Waterfalls
  • Coffee and spice plantation visit
  • Visit Edakkal Caves
  • Chance to explore Bekal Fort
  • North Kerala cuisine cookery lesson
  • Parassinikadavu Temple visit
  • View the traditional Uru shipbuilding skills

Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and this tour is just an example to help inspire you.

Treasures of Malabar Coast – 11 Days / 10 Nights

Discover the best of all worlds with this Malabar Coast tour. Starting with the cosmopolitan city of Cochin, you then venture into the lush hinterland and wonderfully natural Western Ghats before uncovering the marvellous traditions, history, food and scenery of the Malabar Coastline.

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Day 1 - Arrive Cochin

Upon arrival at Cochin International Airport, you will be welcomed by your Authentic India Tours representatives who will transfer you to your hotel, located in the city’s historic district, Fort Cochin.

The port city of Cochin (also known as Kochi) offers a captivating mix of cultures and is a wonderful place to explore.

In the evening, enjoy a boat trip past Cochin’s island shores. As the sun sets, you will see the famous cantilevered fishing nets. It's fascinating to watch the fishermen skilfully dip the hammock-like nets into the water, silhouetted against the orange and pink sky.

Approximate travel time and distance: 90 mins, 45 km

Accommodation: Brunton Boatyard
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 2 - Cochin

Today you get to explore Cochin a melting pot of cultures, religions and nationalities. You will see St Francis Church, which is the oldest European church in India, as well as the lavish 16th century Jewish Synagogue. Then you can explore the Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace due to its colonial influences. It also houses colourfully painted murals depicting the ancient Indian poem Ramayana. 

The afternoon is at leisure, so you may wish to wander around the quaint cobbled streets which house a number of interesting antique shops.

This evening you will experience a traditional Kathakali performance, a Kerala classical dance famed for its colourful costumes and athletic movements.

Accommodation: Brunton Boatyard
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 3 - Cochin to Athirapally

After breakfast, you'll take a scenic drive to Athirapally Waterfalls. Watch the landscape and vegetation change as it drifts past you.

Once you arrive at your accommodation, you could stretch your legs with a hike to the base of the waterfall - a magnificent sight to behold and often referred to as India's Niagara falls. Or you could visit a nearby tribal settlement to get a taste for the local culture. The village people embrace a life of hunting, fishing and traditional cooking which hearkens back to a bygone era.

Approximate travel time and distance: 2 hours, 80 km

Accommodation: Rainforest Resort
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 4 - Athirapally to Wayanad

After breakfast, you'll travel further North to verdant Wayanad in the Western Ghats. Once again, this transition provides a vast change in landscape as you gain elevation and gradually find yourself surrounded by lush green plantations and low hanging clouds.

Approximate travel time and distance: 7 hours, 290 km

Accommodation: Tranquil Plantation Homestay
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch/Dinner
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Day 5 - Wayanad

Your hosts at Tranquil Plantation Homestay are keen to exhibit the best of what their region has to offer, in line with your interests. A vast array of birdlife can be found on the grounds and a number of short walks will lead you through varying vegetation and crops.

You can visit a cardamom plantation or take a dip in one of the local natural springs. Your hosts will be more than happy to walk with you to the nearest village and explain more about the traditional customs and industries of the area.

You must make time to visit the nearby Edakkal Caves, where drawings carved into the cave wall date back to 6000 BC.

Accommodation: Tranquil Plantation Homestay
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch/Dinner
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Day 6 - Wayanad to Nileshwar

After breakfast, you'll travel North to the town of Nileshwar, a beautiful seaside town known for its sacred groves or Kavus. Your accommodation here offers exceptional ayurvedic treatments so you may be tempted by a massage when you arrive.

Approximate travel time and distance: 5 hours, 225 km

Accommodation: Nileshwar Hermitage
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 7 - Nileshwar

Today, spend some time on the beach, take a yoga class or participate in a guided meditation. As with so many spots on this tour, Nileshwar is perfect for bird-watching, so dust off your binoculars and see what you can find.

Later in the afternoon, there is an included trip to the nearby Bekal Fort, first constructed in the 17th Century. This is the perfect place to watch the setting sun.

Accommodation: Nileshwar Hermitage
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 8 - Nileshwar - Tellicherrry

After breakfast, you'll be taken South along the coast to Tellicherry. Like Nileshwar, Tellicherry is fairly unknown to the usual tourist, so you can experience the charms of a Keralan seaside town without the hubbub of tour operators.

Your hosts at Ayisha Manzil take hospitality seriously and are keen to show you the best their region has to offer. 

Approximate travel time and distance: 4 hours, 100 km

Accommodation: Ayisha Manzil
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 9 - Tellicherry

Wake early to join your host and walk down to the local fish market, a hive of morning activity. Afterwards, wander around the spice shops, beedi-making and handloom weaving units, where your capable host will be able to explain the local industries.

Or treat yourself to a lie-in and then visit the famous Parassinikadavu Temple and witness the rich Hindu ritual Theyyam.

Later, why not join your hostess for a cookery lesson; she is an expert in local cuisines and by now you will have experienced her exceptional cooking!

Accommodation: Ayisha Manzil
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 10 - Tellicherry - Calicut

Today, you'll be taken yet further down the coast to the bustling city of Calicut. But first you'll make a stop along the way in Beypore, an ancient port town, where you'll visit a ship building yard famous for its traditional hand craft construction of the 'Uru', a Arabian wooden trading vessel. The craftsmanship you'll witness here is truly incredible.

Approximate travel time and distance: 3 hours, 75 km

Accommodation: Raviz Kadavu
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 11 - Departure Calicut

You will be collected by your Authentic India Tours driver, who will transfer you to Trivandrum International Airport for your return flight.

Approximate travel time and distance: 45 mins, 16 km

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation

Brunton Boatyard, Cochin

Located in a former Victorian boatyard in the Fort Kochi district, the Brunton Boatyard Hotel overlooks a waterway. What once stood as the site of a boat manufacturing business belonging to Geo Brunton and Sons, the building has been lovingly restored to provide travellers with a glimpse into 19th Century life in Kochi, complete with tall ceilings and traditional low hanging fans. This is a truly beautiful colonial property in a fabulous location.

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Rainforest, Athirapally

Set in 7 acres of lush rainforest, this boutique hotel maximises the view of its surroundings and the breath taking Athirapilly waterfalls from every possible aspect. From the large windows of the rooms, the infinity pool and then on to the lawns, guests will wonder at the beautiful location. Chic and minimalist interiors, as well as a treehouse, make up the accommodation.

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Tranquil Plantation Homestay, Wayanad

Located in a private coffee and spice plantation, Tranquil delivers everything you need for a truly relaxing experience. The accommodation on offer is stylish with the resort boasting unique treehouse accommodation. The location is ideal for nature and bird lovers with 127 bird species to see and an abundance of walking trails to discover.

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Neeleshwar Hermitage, Nileshwar

Located along the shores of the Arabian Sea, Neeleshwar Hermitage is nestled in a sheltered palm grove where guests can truly embrace the authentic Indian way of life. With the help of the treatments on offer at the Ayurvedic Spa you can leave the stresses of everyday life behind in this peaceful location where you will experience complete relaxation and rejuvenation.

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Ayisha Manzil, Tellicherry

Built in 1862 by Murdoch Brown, an East India Company tradesman, Ayisha Manzil is an eco-friendly cliff top homestay, with beautiful views of the Arabian Sea. This simple hotel is full of character and offers spacious rooms where the history of the property has been lovingly preserved. A private swimming pool offers guests the chance to relax whilst the cuisine reflects the local culture with an emphasis on fresh seafood.

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Raviz Kadavu, Calicut

This traditional riverside resort situated along the banks of the Chaliyar River in Calicut (Kozhikode) is the epitome of luxury. Set amongst the coconut plantations and backwaters of Kerala, Raviz Kadavu offers spacious rooms and scenic views. The outdoor pool, fitness centre and spa provide the opportunity for ultimate relaxation and with al fresco dining at Garam, light bites at the sports bar Zirkon or the delicious cuisine on offer at Keraleeyam, you will be spoilt for choice!

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Destinations

If you're looking for guided tours of India discover the best of all worlds with this Malabar Coast tour. Starting with the cosmopolitan city of Cochin, you then venture into the lush hinterland and wonderfully natural Western Ghats before uncovering the marvellous traditions, history, food and scenery of the Malabar Coastline.

Cochin (Kochi)

Cochin, also known as Kochi, is a port city located on an extensive network of waterways in the state of Cochin. It has been one of the primary gateways to the region for distant merchants and travellers since 1341. Cochin is a great place to start your Kerala holiday offering beautiful hotels, wonderful culture and architecture, friendly people and the opportunity for some retail therapy.

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Athirapally Falls and Area

Known as the land of rivers, forests and waterfalls, Athirapally is home to Kerala’s largest waterfall standing at 80 feet tall and 330 feet wide. Set in the beautiful and tranquil forests of the Western Ghats, nature lovers will be in their element at this wondrous place. Exotic plants and trees as well as a wide range of indigenous and migratory birds can be witnessed here. Nicknamed The Niagra Falls of India this location truly is a must see.

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Wayanad & Western Ghats

One of the most unspoilt locations in Kerala, Wayanad district is nestled amongst the lofty ridges of the Western Ghats. It’s a hugely diverse region, comprised of mountains, remote areas of forest, emerald tea plantations and rows of spiky lime green ginger plants. If you want to experience a wildlife sanctuary in Kerala the district has many wildlife sanctuaries that are the perfect place for trekking or observing elephants and other animals, while Wayanad is also home to many different tribes, each with their own cultures and customs.

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Nileshwar, Nileshwaram, Kerala

Nileshwar, also referred to as Nileshwaram, is known as the cultural capital of Kasaragod, the northernmost district of Kerala. With a rich heritage and abundance of temples to visit this lesser known destination is peaceful and quiet. Add to that the mixture of plantations, meandering rivers, beaches and backwaters that this town provides and the result is an idyllic getaway where authentic Indian experiences can be savoured at every turn.

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Tellicherry (Thalassery)

Claimed to be mentioned by Marco Polo, Tellicherry was once the most important European trading centre of Kerala, famous for the pepper and cardamom trade. The Tellicherry Fort, built in 1708 by the East India Company, as well as the lighthouse, provide a tourist attraction where views of the surrounding landscape can be enjoyed.

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Calicut (Kozhikode)

In the Middle Ages the coastal city of Calicut (Kozhikode) was known as the ‘City of Spices’, as it’s here that the Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama first landed and established a spice trading route. Despite being suffused with history, the Calicut of today is a thriving modern metropolis with plenty of malls, restaurants and museums. Calicut also boasts several beaches, Calicut Beach and Kappad Beach, both of which are perfect for an evening promenade.

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Pricing and Inclusions

Malabar Coast Tour Price Guide

The price guide for this 11 day Malabar Coast tour is

  • £1440 in low season (May 2019 - September 2019 inclusive)
  • £1835 in high season (October 2018 - April 2019 inclusive)

Please be aware some hotels operate an additional peak pricing rate during busy times. This is normally from mid-December to mid-January. Please get in touch with your dates and we will be pleased to provide you with an accurate quote.

Prices vary depending on the number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more.

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements.

Included with this Malabar Coast tour are the following:

  • Authentic India Tours meet & greet assistance on arrival
  • All transfers and sightseeing tours using air-conditioned Toyota Innova
  • Accommodation for 10 nights on twin sharing basis
  • Standard category rooms at all hotels unless otherwise mentioned
  • Meal plan: Ayisha Manzil on full board; Tranquil on half board; Bed & Breakfast elsewhere
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing tour of Cochin
  • Tickets for Kathakali dance show in Cochin
  • Entrances at all national parks, museums and monuments as per the itinerary
  • Mineral water on all days of travel

Price does not include:

  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance and visa
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips, beverages etc
  • Meals other than mentioned in the above meal plan
  • Camera & video fees at national parks, museums & monuments

Prices mentioned above are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication may be subject to change, based on your date of travel and local market fluctuations. You will be informed of any price differences prior to booking.

For a quote based on your dates of travel, any alternative accommodation or changes to this itinerary, please call us on 01792 315499 or email us at info@aitholidays.com