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coffee-spices-jungles-route-mapA tour of Malabar and Coorg offers something for everyone; an adventurer, a nature lover, a spiritual seeker, or an explorer. From the ethereal beauty of the hills and valleys of Malabar in North Kerala to picturesque country sides and aromatic spice gardens of Coorg in South Karnataka, on this holiday you will savour the experience of a lifetime.

An exquisite range of pristine hills, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries and quaint villages – sprinkled with temples and forts along the way. After intriguing journeys during the days, spend nights in plantation hideaways, spa resorts and a serene seaside heritage home.

Kozhikode • Sultans Bathery • Nagarhole National Park • Mysore • Coorg • Tellicherry • Kozhikode

 Day. 1 To Kozhikode
Fly to Kozhikode.

Day 2. Kozhikode
Arrive in Kozhikode in the morning. In the afternoon, explore Kozhikode, known as the City of Spices. Visits include Mananchira Square and the Thali Shiva Temple. Overnight at Kadavu Resort.

Day 3. To Sultans Bathery
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive up the lush green hills of the Wayanad district in Kerala and then to a plantation hideaway. The rest of the day will be at leisure. Wander through the 400-acre plantation, rich in pepper, vanilla and cardamom or just relax and soak in the atmosphere. Optional visit to the nearby Edakkal caves with 5,000 years old Neolithic rock etchings. Overnight at Tranquil Resort.

Day 4. To Nagarhole National Park
After breakfast, drive to Nagarhole National Park, one of the finest wildlife parks in South India. An afternoon of game viewing on the banks of the Kabini River. Two nights at The Serai.

Day 5. Nagarhole National Park
Morning game drive to spot some legendary animals. The park is abundant with bison, elephant, tiger, spotted deer, wild boar, mongoose, jungle fowl and countless other species. Afternoon Coracle experience on a local boat.

Day 6. To Mysore
Morning drive to Mysore. Afternoon sightseeing tour of the lovely city includes the hilltop Sri Chamundeswari Temple, the remarkable monolithic Nandi Bull, Mysore Palace and the Devraja market. Two nights at Royal Orchid Metropole Hotel.

Day 7. Mysore
Morning visit to Srirangapatna, an island fortress on the River Cauvery, with high walls enclosing temples, palaces and a great mosque. It was once the home of Haider Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, who was known as the Tiger of Mysore. In the afternoon, visit the outstanding Temple at Somnathpur built to glorify Hoysala craftsmanship by the famed Commander Somnath.

Day 8. To Coorg
Morning drive to Coorg. Visit the large Tibetan settlement and the Golden Temple at Bylakupe. Dubbed as the Scotland of India, Coorg offers luxuriant green forests, misty hills and acres of tea and coffee plantations. Afternoon at leisure to walk, cycle or simply relax in this lush and scenic coffee country. Overnight at Ambatty Greens Resort.

Day 9. To Tellicherry
After breakfast, a scenic drive across the Western Ghats to Tellicherry on the North Malabar Coast. Afternoon visits to Tellicherry Fort and Odathil Mosque. Two nights at Ayisha Manzil, a heritage home.

Day 10. Tellicherry
An optional early morning walk to the local fish market to choose the freshest fish, mussels and prawns for dinner! Day at leisure to relax in this beautiful mansion overlooking the Lakshadweep Sea. The hostess, an expert in the Mapillah cuisine of North Kerala, offers a hands-on cookery class in the early afternoon. Evening visit to a local Temple to see Theyyam, a dramatic and colourful dance form unique to the Malabar region or visit the local centre for Kalaripayattu, the ancient martial art form of Kerala.

Day 11. To Kozhikode
Morning at leisure. Late afternoon transfer to Kozhikode.

Day 12. Departure flight
Head back home.

Suggested extensions: Beach Extension to Neeleshwaram or Backwaters of North Kerala (various other extensions are available on request).

Each of our programs can be customised to our clients’ desires. Enquire now for a tailor made Indus experience!

Tour Info

Best time to visit: October to March is the best time to savour the scents, tastes and sights of Kerala.

Duration: 11 days

Themes Culture, Heritage, Cuisines, Beaches, Plantations, Jungle Wildlife Safari.

Regions you will discover: Kerala

Transport within India:
Private air-conditioned chauffeur-driven car
Domestic Flight

Price: Available on request for relevant travel month

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