A Heritage Story Telling Trail Through North Kerala
This programme is an attempt to bring the best local stories of North Kerala to a discerning traveller. This is a part of our Responsible Tourism Initiative to support local community to support the sustainability of the destinations and its local community. Our guides and story tellers are all from the local area where you visit and hence the authentic local rustic touch. All attractions in this tour are touching the real life around and the people you meet are your story tellers-The Real story of life. We have tried to bring the off beaten track of a region with real people to showcase an authentic lifestyle.
Day 01 – Cochin
On arrival at Cochin Airport, you will be met & transferred to your hotel. Day to relax after long flight. Evening visit Greenix Theatre for a kaleidoscope of various art forms. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 – Cochin
Morning, after breakfast, proceed for a village backwater Cruise with lunch. Afternoon back to Cochin for sightseeing. Evening free to walk around Fort Cochin. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 03 – Cochin-Shoranur-Nilambur (200 kms-5 Hrs)
After an early breakfast, drive to Shoranur Railway Station to board a local passenger train to Nilambur. The travel is through one of the best scenic route in North Kerala. On arrival at Nilambure, your driver will pick you from the station to bring you to a 220 year old Palace converted Homestay which belongs to the Nilambur Royal Family. Experience the royal hospitality. Rest of the day free for walking around the village. Overnight at Nilambur Puthiya Kovilakom.
Day 04 – Nilambur
Full day for exploring the village. Your host will take you around to explore and experience the attractions. This may start with milking a cow, visiting a pot making unit, Teak Museum, local market, a handloom unit and much more. The Nilambur Kovilakom is situated in a vast area and the Palace houses are now owned and inhabited by the present generation of the Royal family. The Palace temple also worth visiting though they don’t allow to enter inside. Overnight at Puthiya Kovilakam.
Day 05 – Nilambur-Calicut (2 Hrs)
Today, you will be transferred to Calicut. On arrival, check into a hotel. Afternoon you will be guided to CVN Kalari to know about the Martial arts of Kerala, Kalaripayattu. Later you will be taken to SM Street in Calicut for a local shopping. Evening visit Calicut Beach to watch sunset. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 – Calicut by a Local Story teller
After breakfast, full day to explore the heritage and culture of Calicut. The Calicut Heritage Walk by Tyndis is an attempt to take you back along the passage of history – an experience that culminate the ancient maritime history and ranging through the colonial reign in Calicut. An expert storyteller shall accompany the guests, explaining them the stories and importance of each point along the walk. Your story teller will take you through the Mananchira, Tali Temple, and Copra Bazaar etc. Lunch at a good restaurant like Paragon or Rahmath Hotel. (These restaurants serve the landmark dishes like the Calicut Biryani). Guests can also opt for other available dishes for lunch. After lunch, visit the Beypore Uru Making yard in Beypore. Beypore is 12 k.m. from Calicut. It takes 30 minutes’ drive. Guests are also taken to the Beypore port and Harbour, Feroke Tile Factory etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 – Calicut - Thalassery
After breakfast, checkout and head to the Kadalundi Mangrove Trails in the Kadalundi Community Reserve. 1.5 hours Mangrove Trails at Kadalundi. (The Mangrove Canoeing is subjected to the high tides and low tides in the backwater).Later drive to Sargalaya Crafts Village Iringal to have an interactive experience with the craftsmen.Engage with the craftsmen and artisans at the crafts village (Sargaalaya is closed on Mondays). Traditional Kerala Lunch at Sargaalaya Kudumbashree (Women entrepreneur community) Canteen or any other restaurant. After lunch, head to Thalassery. Enroute visit Mahe. Mahe Sightseeing includes the St. Teresa’s Shrine, Mahe Walkway, and Mahe Harbour etc. Overnight stay at Thalasserry/ Muzhuppilangad.
Day 08 – Thalassery/Muzhuppilangad
After breakfast, we will go for Thalassery Hermann Trails. This trail begins from the Thalassery town. The guests can walk on foot around 2 k.m. radius to explore the key heritage points of Thalassery like the Thalassery Pier, Overbury’s Folly Park etc. The trail will also take the guests along the Odathil Mosque, Jagannatha Temple, Andalur Kavu, Gundert Bungalow, Pre-Independence Memoirs, and Old Moid Bridge etc.Have lunch at the ancestral Muslim house in Thalassery with a Biryani Making session which is located at 7 k.m. distance from the Thalassery town and takes 15 minutes’ drive. Tyndis Biryani Making session is any activity with a fixed rate. The activity is organized in Thalassery by a lady from a traditional Muslim family at their ancestral home which is 110+ years old. She is an expert cook when it comes to traditional Malabar cuisine. Alternatively, guests can have lunch at any other good restaurant in Thalassery like the Ra Raviz or Paris Restaurant. Early evening visit Muzhappilangadu is the longest drive-in beach in Asia. It is also a birdwatching hotspot. Overnight at Thalassery or Muzhuppilangad.
Day 09 – Experience Kannur
After breakfast, drive to Kannur. Enroute visit Thottada beach. In the evening, guests can go for Tuk-Tuk Tour to explore the village and nearby places. During the Theyyam Season, the tour takes the tourists to experience the Theyyam Festivals in the locality. Overnight in Kannur.
Day 10 – Kannur Angelo Trails-Parassinikkadavu
After breakfast from the hotel, head to explore the major sightseeing points of Kannur in the Tyndis Angelo Trails. Visit the Kannur Fort – the St. Angelo Fort that has the characteristics of the Colonial Construction. The trail also takes the guest along the Arakkal Museum, Mappila Bay, Harbour, and Payyambalam Beach etc. Afternoon, visit the Parassinikadavu Temple – Theyyam only available during the Theyyam timings. Anyhow guests can experience the backwaters and hear the local lore about the temple. In the time of the Theyyam season, guests can also visit the temples or sacred groves in the regions to experience the spellbinding Theyyam performance. Overnight in Kannur.
Day 11 – Angelo Trails to Nileshwar
After breakfast from the hotel, check out and head to Nileshwar. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the backwater and beach at Nileswar. Overnight stay.
Day 12 – Nileshwar
Early morning walk can be organized along the beach in the fishermen village. Relaxing breakfast at the hotel. Later, check-in to the houseboat in Nileshwar for Lunch Cruise. Guests can enjoy the Houseboat Cruise along the backwaters of Nileshwar and have a delicious Kerala Meals with fish curry. By 2 PM, you will check out from the houseboat to drive to Bekal Fort. Go for a nice walk through the Fort. Overnight at Nileswaram.
Day 13 – Nileshwar
Early morning walk can be organized along the beach in the fishermen village. After breakfast, head to the beautiful fishermen village of Nileshwar to experience Toddy Tapping and the daily life course of the villagers like Coconut Husking, Fishing etc. You will also be taken Nileshwar town for a Beedi Making and Handloom Experiences. Overnight at Nileswaram.
Day 14 – Nileshwar to Kannur or Mangalore Airport
Today you will be transferred to either Mangalore or Kannur Airport to connect your flight for onward journey or departure. You may extend your Beach stay either at Nileswaram or Bekal to go for a relaxing Ayurveda rejuvenation etc.
Day 14 – Nileswar-Coorg (4 Hrs)
After breakfast, you will be driven to Coorg (Madikeri), a serene hill station known for the best coffee plantations. Coorgi culture and lifestyle is unique and interesting to experience their traditional hospitality. Afternoon to walk around coffee plantations. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15 – Coorg
Full day for sightseeing of Madikeri. Morning you will visit one of the biggest Tibetan Settlements and afternoon you may visit Madikeri Fort etc. Or full day relax at the resort. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 16 – Coorg-Kabini (Nagarhole) (3 Hrs)
Morning, proceed to Kabini. On arrival, check in at the Hotel. Evening go for a guided safari. Nagarhole Sanctuary is known for its density of Tiger population in India. Coservation practices of Karnataka Forest Department is also one of the best in India. Overnight at the Hotel in Kabani.
Day 17 – Kabini
Early morning go for a guided Jeep Safari through the National Park. Rest of the day free for boating in the Kabini River or free walks. Evening go for another Safari. Overnight at the Hotel in Kabani.
Day 18 – Kabini-Mysore (2 Hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Mysore. On arrival in Mysore, check into your hotel. Afternoon visit Maharaja’s Palace and later vegetable market. Evening again visit the Palace premises to watch a magnificent light & sound show. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 19 – Mysore
Full day to explore Mysore. After breakfast, drive to Somnathpur. Enroute visit Chamundi hills from the foothills. Later visit Fort Srirangapatnam, Tipu’s summer Palace. Return to your hotel for overnight stay. You may opt to go walking for local shopping etc.
Day 20 – Mysore-Bangalore Departure (4 Hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Bangalore. You will be dropped at Bangalore Airport to connect your flight home or next destination.
Price for the Tour may be furnished on request as we wish to offer a clear customized tour on this.
Some inclusions may change to match the logistic changes from time to time.