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Malabar Expedition: 12 Days


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Point of Arrival & Departure: Kochi (COK)
Destinations Covered: Kochi–Guruvayoor–Wayanad Hill Station–Bekal Fort–Muzhuppilangadu Drive in Beach– Kappadu beach of Kozhikode–Kochi
Highlights: Cherai Beach & backwaters, Fort Kochi, Muziris Excavation Site, Heritage Market, 2000 years old Shiva Temple, First mosque in India AD 629, First Christian church in India, First Bhagavathy Temple in India, Portuguese church, First European fort in India, Paravour Synagogue, Brahmins Colony, Natural Fiber Craft center, Chendamangalam Synagogue, Vypee kottaa seminary, Indo Portuguese museum, Chinese fishing nets, Dutch Cemetery, Mattancherry palace, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Jewish Synagogue Bolgatty Palace, Jeep Safari, Tribal Village visit, Temples, Elephant Sanitarium, Tea, Coffee & Spices Plantations, Bekal Fort & Beach, Muzhuppilangadu Drive in Beach, Kappad Historical Beach and Beypore Uru Making village.
Duration: 11 nights & 12 days
Itinerary
Day 1, 2 & 3: Cherai Beach (30 K.ms, half an hour drive from Kochi Airport)
On arrival at Kochi airport our representative meets you and he will transfer you to the pre booked hotel at Cherai beach. Check in and get refreshed. Free at leisure with own activities.
Today afternoon have an interesting trip to “Old Kochi” (Fort Kochi) by Jangar Ride & Car Fort Kochi was an obscure fishing village that became the first European township in India. The town was shaped by the Portuguese, the Dutch and later the British. As a result cultural influences are seen in the Indo European architecture that still exists here.  A leisurely stroll through its streets is one of the best ways to discover all that this city has to offer – each and every nook of this island is steeped in history.
There is always something interesting awaiting you like its natural harbor and historical sites. A boat ride across the breathtaking blue lagoons and backwaters offers a glimpse of Kochi’s rural life and its inherent beauty. In the evening (If interested)–enjoy Kathakali – the exotic and universally popular performing art of Kerala. ‘Mudra & Make-up’ demonstration follows the performance. The two hours pass too soon. Back to Cherai hotel after dinner from Kochi.
Cherai Beach:
This 10 kilometer long picturesque beach, located on the north-end of the Vypeen Island is one of the best golden beach of Kerala. This shallow and calm beach lined with luscious green coconut groves and paddy fields is ideal for swimming & sunbathing. This golden sandy beach is a unique combination of the sea and the backwaters, studded with seashells of various hues and shapes.
The backwaters here with lakes, lagoons, paddy fields, thick coconut groves, Chinese fishing nets, canals & estuaries are added attractions here. Dolphins are occasionally seen here. The beach is recently beautified with walkways and high mast lamps make it enjoyable even at night. You can have the unique experience of catching fish, prawns, lobsters and crabs using country boat and traditional fishing methods. Fishermen village, fishing harbor and chatting with fishermen are some of the things you will never forget in your lifetime.
Muziris Tour:
Day 2 in the afternoon go for a sightseeing trip to the Heritage Market, 2000 years old Shiva Temple, First mosque in India AD 629, First Christian church in India, First Bagavathy Temple in India, Muziris Excavation site, Portuguese church, First European fort in India, Paravour Synagogue, Brahmins Colony, Natural Fiber Craft center, Chendamangalam Synagogue, Vypee kottaa seminary. Overnight stay at Cherai.
Day 4: Guruvayoor, Thrissur (70 Km, 2 hours drive from Cherai)
After breakfast drive to Guruvayoor, in Thrissur district, the cultural capital of Kerala. Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centers of Kerala. Its main attraction is the Sree Krishna temple, the fourth biggest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees per day. According to belief, the temple is the creation of Guru, the preceptor of the Gods, and Vayu, the God of winds. According to the legends Guruvayoor temple idol is 5,000 years old. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. Visit the temple for evening prayers.
Day 5, 6 & 7: Wayanad (190 Km, 4 hours drive from Guruvayoor)
If Interested get blessed by a visit to the temple next day morning, then breakfast & drive to Anakotta is the biggest elephant sanitarium in the world. Nearly 100 Elephants are kept in 10 acres of land. Here you see Elephants of different size & nature, a lot are friendly, some are indifferent & a few are aggressive. All these Elephants are the “biggest” offerings of devotees. Check in the hotel on reaching Wayanad & relax. After dinner go for a 2 hours Night Jeep Safari to spot some wild animals inside the forest. Back to the resort.
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary: 
Next day morning before breakfasts enjoy a Jeep Safari in Tholpetty Wild life sanctuary, it’s a 24 km ride inside the forest. This is a home to several animals like Indian tiger, bison, jungle cat and elephant. The lake inside sanctuary is the main source of drinking water for the animals. There is a watchtower in the sanctuary that provides beautiful views of the surroundings). Back to hotel for breakfast & then sightseeing.
Attractions in Wayanad:
Edakkal caves, Tribal settlements, Pookode Lake and much more. Millennia of Stone Age history lies behind the art of Edakkal caves here which is world famous. Replete with thick forest, lush green grass lands, emerald patches of tea gardens and spice gardens bless this district. This district also gives an insight into the Stone Age period. Wayanad also lets one peek inside the culture of the resident tribal folk, their art forms, tradition and performing arts. Visit Tirunelli temple & tribal village also.  Overnight at the resort.
 Day 8 & 9: Bekal fort Beach (160 Km from Wayanad, 3.5 hours drive)
After your delicious breakfast head to the hotel near Bakel Beach, Kasaragode. One of the major attractions here is the Bakel Fort. Stay 2 nights here to relax & unwind!
Bekal Fort:
Bekal Fort is the 300 year old Majestic Keyhole shaped structure in front of Bekal beach is an irresistible old world charm surrounded by enchanting landscapes of beaches, backwaters and hill stations. The fort is the best preserved monument in Kerala. Some important features of this fort are the water-tank with its flight of steps, the tunnel opening towards the south, the magazine for keeping ammunition and the broad steps leading to the Observation Tower. The beautiful stretch of the shallow beach near the Bekal fort is called Bekal Fort Beach.
Day 10 & 11: Kappad Beach, Kozhikode (140 Km, 3.5 hours drive from Bekal fort Beach)
Today after a sumptuous breakfast proceed to Kozhikode “the city of spices” and stay in a resort near historical Kappadu Beach. Enjoy this very famous beach and spend some time for sightseeing. Entertainment facilities such as the Lions Park for children and the marine water aquarium are added attractions here. Do not forget to buy the famous Kozhikodan Halwa & savour the delicious Biriyani.
Kappad Beach:
This is the beach, where Vasco da Gama the Portuguese explorer landed on the 27th of May 1498, with 170 men in three vessels. A monument on the beach commemorates this historic event. An interesting feature of the landscape is the sprawling rock that protrudes into the sea. Stay 2 nights & 3 days on the silky sands of Kappad.
Afternoon Tour to Beypore, Uru Making village:
Beypore, a short drive from Kozhikode on the mouth of River Chaliyar was once a prominent port in Malabar. It was a major trade and maritime centre during the first century AD had trade relations with the Arabs, the Chinese and the Europeans. The art of shipbuilding (Uru making) here in Beypore is as old as the beginnings of India’s maritime trade with Mesopotamia. Beypore still carries on its shipbuilding tradition by Khalasis, the traditional boat builders working with timber to meticulously construct huge vessels like the urus without the aid of any modern equipment. Uru is made by connecting teak planks together, manually without the aid of any modern equipment.
Currently local teak wood is replaced by imported Malaysian Teak. As an art passed down through generations. Uru-making is an undocumented practice. There are no plans, sketches, drawings or blueprints that the makers refer to. From inception to completion, it is all in the mind of the master carpenter of a yard, who assigns work to his assistants on a daily basis, so as to keep the secrecy that veiling the technology intact. These vessels were known for its quality and longevity, and were much in demand by merchants of the Middle East.  Arguably the biggest handicraft in the world, the Uru, as the wooden dhow is called, connects this sleepy town on the outskirts of Kozhikode to the heyday of the spice trade. From local shops here, you can buy models of the urus and other traditional boats made of teak wood.
Muzhuppilangadu Drive in Beach: (60 Km from Kappd beach, 1.5 hours drive)
9th day have a 90 minutes drive to the interesting Beach of Muzhuppilangadu. The beach which stretches across 4 K.ms of sand is Asia’s largest drive in Beach where one can drive down the entire length. Calm, serene & secluded beach remains still unexplored. Huge black rocks scattered here protect this long beach from the deep currents, and form a tranquil pool of shallow waters & so it is a swimmer’s paradise. The palm groves fringing the beach is a cool hideaway from the tropical Sun. You can see a Green Island called Dharmadam dweep from the shore. One can walk out to it from the beach during low tide. Drive in and enjoy with the vehicle as long as you wish today, back to the hotel in Kappad for overnight stay.
Day 14: Departure Transfer 
After enjoying a Kerala’s traditional breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Kochi (190 K.ms to Kochi airport 3.5 hours drive) for point for your onward destination flight.
Tour Includes:
  • Airport/R. Station pick up and drop to the hotel,
  • Hotel Accommodations with Breakfast,
  • All intercity transfers by A/c car,
  • All sightseeing as per the itinerary,
  • Airport/R.Station Drop,
  • And all taxes & service charges.
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