Places Covered: Calicut – Wayanad – Coffee Plantation – Village Tour –Kochi
Wayanad is a wishful destination in Kerala known for its virgin terrain and breathtaking villages. Belonging to the bountiful Western Ghats, this hidden hinterland is bestowed with luxuriant forests, tribal villages, mysterious mountain caves and a pristine wildlife sanctuary, that make it a worth visit destination. This bio-diverse region, hidden away in the hills of this land accommodates some of the oldest tribal villages that make it a perfect village tour destination. So, discover the rich tribal village life during Wayanad village tour.
Day 1: Homestay in Wayanad
Upon arrival at Calicut / Kozhikode International Airport, meet Incredible India Tour representative who will escort you to the car that is scheduled to transfer you to Wayanad, where all the wishes are fulfilled. This includes a drive of 76 km to reach this hilly destination. Upon arrival, check in the homestay at Coffee Plantation Bamboo Cottage. Rest of the day and overnight is free at leisure.
Life trails in Wayanad at a languid pace. Experience the same lazy pace of life at the homestay where the traveller will be treated like a guest in the homestay and served the delicious home-cooked North Kerala cuisine. Visit the coffee plantations in the backyard of the homestay and experience the bliss of being close to nature. Retire early at night to prepare for another enriching day in discovering wishful Wayanad.
Day 2: Wayanad (Chembra Peak – Edakkal Caves – Chekkadi Tribal Village)
Wake up early in the crispy and rejuvenating hilly aura of Wayanad, which is a splendid treat for nature and wildlife lovers, photographers and trekkers. Venture out in Wayanad's sub tropical dense forest belt interspersed with rubber, coconut, tea and coffee plantations. After early breakfast at the homestay, venture out in Wayanad's deep forest trek (in the core zone of a wildlife sanctuary OR begin a jeep safari through the forest. (Kalpetta in the south, Sultanbatheri (Sultan Battery) in the east and Mananthavadi in the northwest are the entry points to the buffer zone of Wayanad.)
On return from wildlife buffer zone, begin a trek or horse cart ride to reach Chembra Peak, located 2,100 m above the sea level in South Wayanad. Also visit the pre-historical Edakkal Caves, which is India’s oldest art gallery based on rock etchings. Return to the comforts of the homestay for overnight.
Day 3: Attapadi Tribal Village - Thrikkaipetta
This morning, check out the home stay and begin an excursion to one of the last standing Attapadi tribal settlements and experience their unique way to life attuned with natural surroundings here. After the excursion, check in the traditional village homestay in the picturesque village of Thrikkaipetta. Surrounded by rice fields, plantain orchards and coconut plantations, this village is known for its cottage industry based on bamboo handicrafts.
Day 4: Discover Thrikkaipetta Village
Devote this day with a guided village tour where the owner of the homestay will accompany travellers towards the discovery to the 'Bamboo Village.' Guided tour through bamboo plantations, surrounding hillocks, bamboo cottage workshops await a traveller here. Relishing the local cuisines is also on the cards. Return with the home-stay owner to the comforts of the homestay and relish the north Kerala's culinary delights.
Day 5: Homestay Experience
Relax amidst the bliss and contemplate over the enriching moments spent in wishful surroundings of Wayanad. Option for a full day cycling trip in South Wayanad is on the cards. Overnight in Homestay.
Day 6: Depart Wayanad – Kochi
Early morning check out Wayanad for a journey onward to Kochi, where the stay for the remaining part of day is scheduled. Upon arrival, check in the hotel. Briskly visit Mattancherry Dutch Palace, Jew Town, St. Francis Church and Chinese Fishing Nets on the beach harbour. In the evening, attend the Kathakali cultural performance and return to the comforts of the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 7: Kochi – Onward Destination
Bid adieu to the Wayanad Village Tour and in time transfer to the airport for journey to onward destination.