There is no doubt that Kerala is one of the flag bearers of India’s diverse and remarkable cultural offerings. From beaches to backwaters to forests to hills, it has so much of nature’s bounty on display that it is difficult to experience it all even in a month. So we’ve chosen the lesser-known but gorgeous locales for this trip - a truly refreshing part of the state, which rejuvenates the mind, body and soul. A backdrop of a million shades of green, languid backwaters, infused with local cuisine and rich folk art makes for an exclusive romantic trip in Maruti Suzuki Alto for two.
Dense Coffee Plantations
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary
India’s longest drivable beach
We start from Bangalore and wheel into coffee-country of Wayanad. We reach the misty hills of Wayanad by evening and spend the night here.Day 1:
Millions of shades of green surround you in the drive from Wayanad to Tholpetty, at the base of Sugandhagiri Hills. The day has in store zip-lining, bamboo rafting, a local lunch at a homestay that includes a cooking session. The terrain and ambience is ideal for slowing down so we walk along the muddy trails of a spice plantation, interacting with locals, seeing the processing and living the plantation life for the day. After a tea-tasting session, we settle in for the evening at an intimate resort close to the Tholpetty sanctuary.Day 2:
Every bend on the road to Tholpetty offers sensational views. Before we set out to witness this, the day starts with vetting our toddy tapping skills and a short cycling excursion. Post lunch, we head to Nileswaram to immerse in the backwater region and be in time for a stunning sunset at the edge of the Arabian Sea. We check in at the hotel and wind down for the night.Day 3:
After breakfast, we get on board a houseboat to cruise down the backwaters. Lunch served on the boat, while you maneuver through the narrow network of canals. More watery adventures are lined up as we drive to Kannur beach after lunch. Here, the Muzhappilangad beach is a lovely stretch of flat sand that is ideal to drive on. In fact, this is the longest drivable beach in India. The day ends with a spectacular sunset.Day 4:
After breakfast we visit Sargaalaya Craft Centre. The last 3 hours are spent on the coastal highway from Kannur to Calicut, to journey back home.
Detailed itineraries will be shared closer to the trip date.
Life doesn't come with a rule book. Thank God, because Anwesha hates following them anyway. Nothing can stop this foodie from travelling and exploring local cuisines and markets. Passionate about the media industry, the word 'unstoppable' is often used for her.
Partial to bikes, dogs and long roads, Pallav makes sure he heads out of the city often to detox. When in town, it's back to the grind! But who's stopping anyone of day dreaming. Pallav often drifts to the roads.