Active Holiday in Wayanad & the Malabar coast

A 5 Nights / 6 Days Tour
Tour Highlights

  • An amazing walk into the Western Ghats with superb views of the entire district (in lieu of above, for those who would like something a bit more challenging)
  • Escorted walk through a spice plantation to touch, smell and taste the spices that make up Indian cooking (in lies of above)
  • A cycle ride through three wildlife sanctuaries with great opportunity to see elephant, bison and if you are really lucky, even a big cat!
  • Easy walk through paddy fields and forest alongside the Kabini river, encapsulating the best of traditional, little explored Wayanad (in lieu of above)
  • Kayaking on the expansive backwaters of the Malabar, far from the tourist hordes
  • Catching a Theyyam performance – the dance of the Gods

Day-wise Itinerary Detail

Arrive into Calicut. Transfer to resort in Wayanad. At leisure

Option 1

We will drive to the base of the Banasura mountains (~1 hr). This is a lovely trek with some spectacular views – see https://muddyboots.in/trails/the-wayanad-highlands/hiking/rambles-at-the-demons-feet-2/

We will carry a packed lunch.
We will finish by late afternoon and return to the resort.
Later in the evening, if time permits, you can visit the nearby zipline (~5mins) for a thrilling ride over the tea estates.

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Option 2

Visit a spice plantation for a lovely guided walk through it’s 150 acres where you can see a variety of spices, flora and fauna. Then head out for a couple of hours of cycling through the nearby tea estates.

Lunch can be at a nearby resort. Round off the evening with a ride on a 450m long zipline (at your doorstep), and a visit to the nearby tea museum.

Option 1

After breakfast, we will head out for an escorted cycle ride – geared mountain bikes and helmets will be waiting at a little border town in North Wayanad. Our route takes us through the Begur and Tholpetty wildlife sanctuaries. Enroute, we will stop at a little tea shop,  where a cup of tea and an unniyappam is in order – these little rice dumplings flavoured with jaggery are justly famous!

Back on our cycles, we will follow the road winding through the Begur wildlife sanctuary before merging into the Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary – keep your eyes peeled because elephants and gaur (Indian bison) are commonly sighted in addition to deer, monkeys and wild boar.

We will return to our start point towards late afternoon. Lunch will be enroute.

Cycling distance  : ~40kms. Duration : ~5 hrs., with stops. Undulating terrain, with a mix of tarmac, broken tarmac and unpaved roads.

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Option 2

The Kuruva islands are a 1000-acre riverine ecosystem composed of over 65 islands on the Kabini river. This ecosystem has a myriad of orchids and endemic birds, and the best way to see and experience it is on foot. This is an easy walk that meanders through paddy fields, forest and tribal settlements – our guide will accompany you to ensure that you fully appreciate our walk.

During the walk you will sometimes get a great chance to interact with the locals of this area – the Kurchiyar tribes who have tended the fields and forests here for centuries. We will also visit a little tribal temple hidden deep in the woods.

The Kabini river awaits at the end of our walk, and we will cross over on bamboo rafts. Lunch is a sumptuous “ela sadya” – a traditional vegetarian Kerala lunch served on banana leaves.
Head back to the resort after a bit of rest. Rest of day at leisure.

Check out after breakfast and drive to the coast. Check into your resort by lunch (~3.5hrs). After a bit of rest, drive out about an hour to the enchanting Ezhimala backwaters. We will spend the evening kayaking, which is the best way to enjoy these beautiful waterscapes.
Return to the resort after sunset for dinner.

At leisure in the resort. You could possibly catch a Theyyam performance. Theyyam is a dance form that is endemic to this region. With traditional Gods, awe-inspiring costumes and a good dose of the supernatural, it is an experience that one won’t forget in a hurry. Especially if you are lucky enough to catch one in the night.

Check out by mid-morning (as per hotel policy), but you can spend until lunch on the beach. Leave for Kannur airport after lunch (~1hr) for your return flight.