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Jewels of NorthKerala (Cochin Athirapally Wayanad Calicut
Duration: 7 days and 6 nights
Description: This exploration of North Kerala gives you the opportunity of experiencing the many fascinating highlights of the region. Enjoy a stay in the vibrant port town of Cochin; visit the Sholayar range, Western Ghats and mountains and, prehistoric shelters.
Day 1 Arrival Cochin
Welcomed by our representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Cochin. The city, fondly referred to as the Queen of Arabian Sea, has a long history and was ‘Little Lisbon’ to the Portuguese, ‘Homely Holland’ for the Dutch and ‘Mini England’ to the British. Relax and unwind in the comfort of your hotel room. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 Cochin
After breakfast, go for an optional sightseeing tour to explore the many fascinating highlights of Cochin which include – the Jewish Synagogue in what is locally called the Jew Town, St. Francis Church, which is the oldest European Church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica built in 1557 by the Portuguese, the Dutch Palace, the Spice market and the 15th century Chinese fishing nets. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 Cochin- Athirapally
Drive to Athirapally. The charm of Athirapally and Vazhachal waterfalls cannot be described in words. Perched high above the Sholayar forest ranges on the fringes of Kerala’s famed rain forests, the Athirapally waterfalls provide a restful escape for those wanting to leave the hurried pace of city life behind. Relax amidst the scenic attractions of Vazhachal. Overnight at the resort.
Day 4 – Athirapally
Day at leisure, overnight at the resort.
Day 5 Athirapally- Wayanad
After breakfast, drive to Sultan Battery, set in the picturesque Western Ghats and mountains at an altitude of about 2000 meters above sea level. Littered with tropical rain forests, dense hills, rolling paddy fields, spice plantations and valleys, Wayanad is a hitherto undiscovered location offering breathtaking views. Today, you can visit the Edakkal Caves. It is a pre-historic rock shelter formed naturally out of a strange disposition of three huge boulders, making one to rest on the other two with its bottom jutting out in between and serving as the roof. Overnight at the resort.
Day 6 Wayanad
Today, you visit the Wayanad sanctuary where one can find animals like sloth bears, sambhar (wild deer), elephants, monkeys, tigers, reptiles, deer, panthers, and many species of rare birds. In the afternoon, drive to Kuruva Island, an uninhabited cluster in the middle of the expansive Kabini River. The island’s preservation and the eco-tourism around it are managed with the participation of the local population living around it and the forest department. The guide will help you navigate your way around the island. They are knowledgeable about the general environment and the ecology of the island. He can even take you down the ‘less trodden’ paths, which would otherwise go unnoticed. Overnight at the resort.
Day 7 Wayanad –Calicut departure
Departure transfer to Calicut airport for your return flight.