Day - 1 » Mumbai - Tellicherry via Calicut
Morning flight to Calicut and on arrival meet your drier and proceed north along the Malabar Coast to Tellicherry. Stay overnight at Ayisha Manzil a 140 -years-old colonial style bungalow, belonging to the Moosa family, it is situated on a hillock overlooking the Arabian sea. The bungalow is simply furnished with family antiques and consists of six bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms.
Day - 2 » Tellicherry - Coorg
Morning at leisure.a fter lunch leave for scenic drive to Coorg, nestling in the Western ghats at 800 metres above sea level. Stay for two nights at the orange Country Resort.
Day - 3 » Coorg
This morning take a short forest walk from Orange Country, with a local guide, to a tribal village.
Day - 4 » Coorg - Nagarhole National Park
This morning it is a scenic drive 70 kms south to Nagarhole National Park,
which claims populations of tiger, leopard and elephant as well as over 250 species of birds. vIsit the park byjeep, on elephant backand in a coracle. Stay two nights at the Kabini river Lodge or at Water Woods a small six bedroom bungalow, beautifully appointed, and situated on the banks of the Kabini River.
Alternatively, from Coorg it is just 100 kms to Mysore where you could stay for two nights before continuing onto Nagarhole or Sultan Battery. Details on request.
Day - 5 » Nagarhole
A day to explore Nagarhole, with plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing.
Day - 6 » Nagarhole - Sultan Battery
Today it is a short scenic drive to Sultan Battery, in Wynad district in the heart of the Western Ghats, to stay at Tranquil a secluded plantation bungalow on the Kuppamudi Coffee Estate. This 70-year-old sprawling bungalow consists of two buildings joined by an open veranda with planters furniture andmuch use of wood.the plantation owners and the resident director Victor Deyand his wife, who are also your hosts,have beautifully restored the house. Tranquil offers eight spotless bedrooms, all individually designed, with modern bathrooms.
Alternatively,for those in search of nature, stay at the Treehouses at Vythiri, in Wynad, just 45 ms from Tranquil. Set in the heart of virgin forest you will be surrounded by misty mountains, sparkling streams and many varieties of tree ferns, mosses and plants. Eco- friendly accommodation consists of cottages by a stream and one double bedroom Treehouse and one Treehouse with two double bedrooms. These unique treehouses are built 30 metres above the forest floor by local craftsmen using ethnic materials and are reached by either a pulley system or ropeway. They have running water, en-suite bathroom and mosquito nets. Further details on request.
Day - 7 & 8 » Sultan Battery
At leisure to swim in the beautiful pool or lounge in a hammock. For the more energetic Tranquil has 400 acres for you to explore with 7 defined paths ranging from a short easy stroll through the coffee fields to a challenging up hill trek to Look Out Rock. You could also visit the nearby Edekal Caves where the rock carvings date back to 2500 BC or the nearby Muthanga National park.
Day - 9 » Sultan Battery - Cochin
Today drive south to Cochin, stopping to visit the home of the temple elephants at Guruvayur. Arrive Cochin late this afternoon where over the centuries the Portuguese, Dutch and British have all influenced this fascinating city. Stay at the Brunton Boatyard Hotel overlooking the sea in Fort Cochin.
Day - 10 » Cochin
This morning visit the synagogue, dutch Palace, St Francis Church and the spice market. In the afternoon take a harbour cruise to see some of the nearby islands and the legendary Chinese fishing nets.
Day - 11 » Cochin - Mumbai
Return by air to Mumbai. Alternatively, you may decide to take a two night houseboat cruise on the Kerala backwaters, or spend a few days at the Marari Beach resort at nearby Mararikulam.