Malabar Retreat: An off-beat break in North Kerala

  • Tour Itinerary
  • Kerala
  • Indus Holidays Best Seller
Suitable for

Couple/Family

Duration

6 Nights 7 Days

Category

Backwater / Hills

Package type

Customisable

On this tour you ditch the crowded tourism destinations in south Kerala and discover the picturesque unexplored north Kerala. The virgin backwaters of Kasaragod, misty forest of Wayanad, sandy white beaches and delicious local cuisine makes this off-beat tour unique with virgin destinations

Starting from

30000

/person

Experience Highlights

  • Hills
  • Wildlife
  • Backwaters
  • Spend a couple of hours at Kerala’s largest & best preserved fort at Bekal
  • Soak-in the stunning beauty of the unexplored backwaters of Valiyaparamba
  • Sample some of the best of Kerala’s famed Malabari cuisine and seafood delicacies
  • Explore pre-historic caves with etchings and wildlife experiences in the Wayanad rainforests.

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Tour Summary

  • 7 Days
  • 4 Destinations
  • Short daily travel
  • Day 1 - Calicut arrival - Wayanad
  • Day 2 - Explore Wayanad
  • Day 3 - More of Wayanad
  • Day 4 - Wayanad - Nileshwar
  • Day 5 - Explore Nileshwar
  • Day 6 - Nileshwar - Valiyaparamba
  • Day 7 - Departure from Wayanad

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

  • Calicut to Wayanad
  • 3.5 hrs
  • 100 kms

Still fantastically unspoilt and satisfyingly remote, some rate Wayanad as the most beautiful part of Kerala. Hidden away in these hills are some of the oldest tribes, a collection of gorgeous stays, excellent places to spot wild elephants and scenic landscapes combining secluded reserves, mountains and shimmering green rice paddy.

  • Driving up the 9 hairpin bends of Thamarassery mountain pass to Wayanad
  • Stop by Lakkidi view point, the gateway to Wayanad, for a panoramic view of the ghats and the winding mountain pass.
  • Unwind at the resort with inhouse activities and a quiet dinner

Stay at Wayanad

Karapuzha Village Resort

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Waterfront Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Wayanad got its name from the word ‘Vayal nadu’ meaning the land of Paddy fields.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Wayanad

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Day 2

  • Explore Wayanad
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Tread into the wilderness of Wayanad as you spend the day exploring its stunning waterfalls, lush rainforest and opulent wildlife.

  • Start the day at Muthanga, the sanctuary which has one of the largest populations of elephants in India
  • Drive through the manicured tea gardens to the three-tiered Soochipara waterfalls tucked inside dense green forest.
  • Explore the cave paintings and engravings at Edakkal caves and try decoding the stone age history.
  • Relax at the resort after a quiet dinner.

Stay at Wayanad

Karapuzha Village Resort

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Waterfront Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Wayanad got its name from the word ‘Vayal nadu’ meaning the land of Paddy fields.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Wayanad

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 3

  • Wayanad Wildlife
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Today we head for a guided trekking experience to the best forest trails in Wayanad, Brahmagiri Trek. The trek of around 5 hours starts as early as 7 am at Thirunelly temple, the starting point of the trail.

  • Start the day early as you need to cover around 10 kms to reach atop Brahmagiri.
  • The challenging but equally rewarding trek to Brahmagiri will be a trip to remember.
  • With thick forests, crystal clear rivulets, rolling hills in the back set of the cloudy sky, endless grasslands and the challenging caving through boulders this trek will be a trip to remember.
  • Your destination is the habitat for a variety of birds.
  • Get back to base before evening.
  • Relax after the dinner at resort.

Stay at Wayanad

Aadhi Villa Cottage

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Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Wayanad got its name from the word ‘Vayal nadu’ meaning the land of Paddy fields.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Wayanad

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 4

  • Wayanad to Nileshwar
  • 4.30 hrs
  • 170 kms

Northern Kerala backwaters are still fantastically unspoilt and off the mass tourism radar. You will spend the last couple of nights on a Kerala style island resort overlooking an expanse of the backwaters dotted with palm trees.

  • After breakfast, set out on scenic ride to a private island by a stunning stretch of the backwaters.
  • Enjoy a mini buffet lunch, served on a traditional banana leaf.(Optional)
  • Experience a way of life very typical of the backwater culture in your island resort at Kasaragod
  • Enjoy dinner and relax at your resort

Stay at Nileshwar

Gokulam Nalanda

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Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Nileshwar is in Kasargod district where 07 languages are actively usd including Tamil and Kannada.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Nileshwar

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Activity Add-ons

Day 5

  • Explore Nileshwar / Bekal
  • Full Day
  • In Town

This morning after breakfast you drive to Bekal Fort, the 300-year-old Bekal Fort, shaped like a giant key-hole, is one of the largest and best-preserved forts in Kerala. The beach here is fantastic so Bekal makes for a full day outing.

  • After breakfast, start the day with the famous Anantapura temple, home of the vegetarian crocodile Babia.(Optional)
  • Then head to Bekal to visit the famous Bekal Fort.
  • Thrashed unceasingly by stubborn waves, Kerala’s largest fort offers a superb view from its observation towers.
  • The beaches around the fortare absolutely the best place to do a bit of soul searching as you swim in calm waters (well, almost!).
  • There are fishing villages to see and the best part is that there won’t be hordes of tourists around.
  • Sunset from Bekal fort is inviting.
  • Enjoy dinner and relax at your resort.

Stay at Nileshwar

Gokulam Nalanda

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Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Nileshwar is in Kasargod district where 07 languages are actively usd including Tamil and Kannada.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Nileshwar

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 6

  • Nileshwar to Valiyaparamba
  • 30 min
  • 15 kms

This morning,take a short journey through backwater villages to reach Valiyaparamba. This stretch of backwaters is an undiscovered jewel of Malabar and will take you some of the most stunning parts of the backwaters.

  • After traditional lunch on your private houseboat, the cruise will take you through splendid waterways of narrow canals.
  • You will get opportunities to explore village life and the country side.
  • This also be your best chance to try some of the Keralan seafood delicacies prepared by your on board chef.
  • As we drift along you will be amazed by the life by the waterside and witness a spectacular sunset.
  • Experience the night life in an anchored houseboat in the middle of the lake.
  • Overnight stay in Houseboat.

Stay in Houseboat

Houseboat

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Deluxe

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Nileshwar is in Kasargod district where 07 languages are actively usd including Tamil and Kannada. All such insider tips is here: Local’s guide to Nileshwar

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Thekkady

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Activity Add-ons

Day 7

  • Departure from Calicut
  • 4.30 hrs
  • 150 kms

Today is the last day of your tour. After breakfast disembark from the houseboat and head to Kozhikode.

  • If time permits do explore some of the attractions of Kozhikode like Beypore, Kappad, Kalari or even sample the Malabari cuisine.
  • Indulge in some shopping from Calicut town if you wish to.
  • Drop back at Airport/Rail station in the afternoon bidding farewell to god’s own country with memories to last for a life time.

Departure from Calicut

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Calicut claims to have the best auto rickshaw service in Kerala.Chips and ‘halwa’ are the must buys from Calicut. All such insider tip is here: Local’s guide to Calicut

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Calicut

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Activity Add-ons

Offers & Packages

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  • Wayanad 3 nights
  • Nileshwar 2 nights
  • Valiyaparamba 1 night

6 Nights Deluxe Package

Starting From

30000 / person

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6 Nights Luxury Package

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40000 / person

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6 Nights Honeymoon Package

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32000 / person

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6 Nights Deluxe Package from Mangalore

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35000 / person

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