Trekking in North Kerala 9 days

Поход на север Кералы Itinerary: Cochin | Calicut | Wayanad | Cheruthuruthy | Cherrai Beach
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Meal plan: BB
Price: $ 870 per person / tour

This tour offers the most invigorating trekking trails through the rainforest regions of Wayanad. While trekking tour, you will be accompanied by trackers / guides from the local community. You will see the first rays of sun breaking through the mist, bathing in the waterfall lagoons and walk barefoot to feel the dew drops on the grass. Depending on the physical fitness we can provide various trekking terrain options.


Highlights:

Indigenous people: Wayanad belongs to the indigenous people from Naykar, Paniyar communities. We don't encourage the encroachment into the private lives of these communities unless they take the initiative to communicate as we won't like to disturb the normal balance of their lives. Crossing these communities you will get a feel of their life style.

Wildlife: On this tour you will have an opportunity to spot the animals living in these forests: Asiatic Elephants, Leopards, Boars, Hyenas, Bears, Spotted Deers, Sambars along with different varieties of reptiles, butterflies and birds. Keep in mind that this is not a zoo and you will have to spend more time to be lucky enough to see a minimum of animals.

Nature treks: Includes soft and hard trek, waterfall trails, tracing rivers, etc.

Camping: Campsites offers the beautiful views to the valley and rain forests. The safety & security will be solely your responsibility as no one could be responsible.

Food: The meals will be prepared by the local community members. This way we chose, to contribute the additional income to the local communities as a result of aware tourism. Breakfast includes boiled eggs, cereals, traditional food and health drinks. Lunch will be mostly of rice, and other starch rich varieties, with an option of fresh vegetables. Dinner at the base camp consists of rice, chapatti, chicken or fish and vegetarian curries.

Guides: Our guides are members of the indigenous community and local farmers. No one can match their agility and the knowledge about the terrain. Listen to them as they are our links to the wild Wayanad. We provide an alternative source of income for those who have been affected by crop failures and an employment in Wayanad.

Day 1: Cochin (Arrival)
Upon arrival our representative will meet you and accompany to the hotel. After relaxation and refreshment, in the evening at 5:45 pm you will visit the popular classical dance-drama of Kerala "Kathakali". This dramatized presentation of a play usually based on the Hindu epics of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas has an unique combination of literature, music, acting and dance. The great themes portrayed are righteousness and evil, frailty and courage, poverty and prosperity, war and peace and so on. This dance drama is famous for intricate costumes, painstakingly applied make-up and graceful body movements. It is performed exclusively by male. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Cochin.


Day 2: In Cochin
After breakfast we will take you on a sightseeing tour around Cochin where you will visit the old part of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry. First we will visit the Dutch Palace which was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin King in the 16th century, the St. Francis Church - the oldest European church in India, the portuguese Santa Cruz Basilica, the Jewish Synagogue both built in 16th century, the fishing market and the famous “Chinese fishing nets” - believed having been brought by chinese traders from Kubla Khan's court. In the evening we will take you on a sunset cruise. After, return to hotel. Overnight stay in Cochin.


Day 3: Cochin – Calicut (Train)
By Jan Shatabdi 2076 - dep. 0920 / arr. 1305 (subject to change)
In the morning, after breakfast we will get on a train to Calicut. Upon arrival we will check into the hotel. The rest of the day is for leisure to be prepared for the next day’s trekking. Overnight stay in Calicut.


Day 4: Calicut – Wayanad (75 km / 2 h, 4 h trek)
In the morning we will bring you to Wayanad where your tour guide will meet you and accompany you by road to the Chembra Peak where the trekking tour will start. At 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. we start a moderate trekking from 700 m height to the hill top at 2100 m above sea level. After reaching the spot we will have a short break. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Ambalavayal by road. Relax and unwind rest of the day in the Resort. Overnight stay in Wayanad.


Day 5: In Wayanad  (4 h trek)
In the very early morning by 6:30 a.m. after a gulp of South Indian coffee, and packed lunch, we proceed for trekking safari at Muthanga Wildlife. To reach the sanctuary we will undertake a 1,5 h drive. In the jungle we go on a 4 h trekking tour. The wildlife sanctuary of Muthanga offers an excellent chance to spot the wilderness of South India. The animal population of the sanctuary ranges from Asiatic Elephant, Tiger, Panther, Jungle Cat, Civet, Nilgiri Langur, Wild Dog, Wild Gaur, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Malabar Squirrel and Bear. Reptiles like Monitor Lizard and a variety of snakes are also seen here. Peacock, Babblers, Cuckoos, Owls, Wood Peckers and Jungle Fowls are only a few among the different types of birds seen in this area. Our guides know the best spots, where the animals gather. Apart from the forest guards and tribal guides, we will arrange the naturalists who will accompany the group. After an impressive trekking we will drive back to Ambalavayal up to the hight of 2000 m above sea level. Overnight stay in Wayanad.


Day 6: Wayanad – Nilambur - Cheruthuruthy (124 km /3 h, 8 h trek)
After breakfast we will drive to Meenmutty from where we proceed with an 8-hour-trekking to Nilambur. This trek route leads from 1000m above sea level down to 200 m towards plantation area in Nilambur. On the way you will stop at the Meenmutty waterfalls.  The water is flowing down 300m in three stages. Enjoy the cool streams of Chaliyar. Cross over the river in a hanging bridge. You will notice the difference in temperature compared to the hills in Wayanad. Now you are in another district called Malappuram. Find out more about the honey collection methods in the forest. Our guides can explain the whole process and if you are lucky you might even see the process in person. In the evening we will reach the “Riverside Hotel”. Overnight stay in Cheruthuruthy.


Day 7: Cheruthuruthy – Chimmony  (45 km /1,5 h drive, flexible trekking)
After breakfast you will check out from the hotel and we proceed to Chimmony by road (2h). In Chimmony we undertake a half day trekking through the sanctuary and a bamboo rafting through the reservoir, scenic camping site with natural pools and catchments areas. After the trekking in the rainforest the camping will be waiting for us in the Chimmony wildlife sanctuary. Overnight stay in Campsite.


Day 8: Chimmony – Cherrai Beach (90 km / 2 h drive)

In the early morning we will take you on a nature walk with our naturalist. This morning birding trip will further lengthen your bird list including some rare endemics. In the afternoon we will bring you to Cherrai Beach Resort where you can relax after trekking exercise. Overnight stay in Cherai.


Day 9: Cherrai Beach - Cochin (Departure) (40 km / 1 h drive)
After breakfast on the beach side, we will bring you to the airport for the onward flight back to your home country.

You stay at the hotels:

 places

hotels no. of nights

 Cochin

Abad Atrium

2

 Calicut

Kadavu Resort

1

 Wayanad

Banasura Hill Resort

2

 Cheruthuruthy

River Retreat

1

 Chimmony

Camp site

1

 Cherrai Beach

Blue Water Cherai

1

no. of person in the group

01.05 - 30.09.12

price

 4  -  6

$990

 7  -  8

$870

 

   01.10.12 - 30.04.13 (except 20.12.12 - 15.01.13)

 4  -  6

$1 025

 7  -  8

   $910

20.12.12 - 15.01.13

 4  -  6  $1 055
 7  -  8  $940

Price includes:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis at listed hotels or equivalent with meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All meals included while staying at Wayanad and Chimmony
  • Transportation / transfers by air-conditioned luxury vehicle for entire tour as per itinerary
  • English speaking tour leader from Hi Tours for entire tour
  • Train journey from Ernakulum to Calicut by CC
  • Service of English speaking tourist  guide at Cochin
  • Guided birding tour at Chimmony
  • Kathakali dance show in cochin
  • Exclusive sunset cruise in Cochin
  • Trekking at Chempara Peak
  • 04 h guided trekking at Muthanga
  • 08 hr guided trekking at Nilambur
  • Half day trekking with occasional bamboo rafting in Chimmony
  • Nature walk with a naturalist
  • All applicable taxes

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