Kerala holiday, Malabar Adventure

“Tailor made trip of Kerala’s living culture, from percussion makers to dancers, spice garden to synagogue. Savouring slowly in order to enjoy the intensity of every Keralan flavour.”


Cochin | Alleppey backwaters | Beaches of Kannur | Night on secluded backwaters island | Wayanad | River Nila | School of Music and Dance visit

Description of Kerala holiday, Malabar Adventure

Travellers wanting an adventure holiday in India often end up seeing the more 'usual' sides of Kerala. This holiday is different. It takes you on an adventure which is much less ordinary, far more interesting, and which is utterly immersed in the culture of the area.

This is an Indian holiday which gives you a varied and fascinating look at the state of Kerala, including Cochin, the backwaters, the beaches of Kannur and the wildlife and spice gardens of Wayanad. But it also includes privileged insights into the culture and traditions of the local people - artists, musicians, dancers, and other craftsmen.

This is an excellently-priced holiday, especially when you consider the places you'll be staying, including eco-friendly cottages on a backwater island and in Wayanad, 4 nights homestay in heritage houses, and lovely beach cottages.

There are also some fascinating excursions and activities included which help bring the culture of the area alive for you, and give you your chance to really meet the local people.


- See the highlights of Cochin
- An overnight cruise on a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala.
- Stay on a secluded island in the backwaters.
- Meet the folk artists of the River Nila region.
- Time with students and masters of the classical dance and music school of Kerala.
- Stay on an organic farm in a 400 yr old heritage house.
- A musical trail to learn about the percussion culture of River Nila.
- Afternoon country boat cruise on an little-visited area called Tirur.
- Stay at an ancient heritage property with a sacred grove.
- Visit traditional bathing ghats.
- Spice tour in the Wayanad hills.
- Morning wildlife viewing in either Tholpetty or Muthanda wildlife sanctuaries in Wayanad.
- Visit bamboo nursery and bamboo artists.
- Enjoy three nights on some of the most idyllic beaches in the Malabar region near Kannur.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:KOCHI: Arrive in Kochi (Cochin) in the morning. Afternoon sightseeing of some of Cochin's important historic monuments such as the Dutch Palace and Jewish Synagogue.
Day 2:ALLEPPEY: Transfer to Alleppey after breakfast. A day's cruise on a houseboat through the backwaters of Kuttanad (Kerala). This is the area's rice bowl and you will pass paddy fields, fishing nets, coconut groves and local villages. Enjor watching he sun set over the waters. Overnight on houseboat.B,L,D.
Day 3:BACKWATERS: You will have a short transfer this morning to spend the day and night on a secluded island on the backwaters. There are six cottages here with gorgeous view. Cycling, village visits and canoe trips are available, and the island has great bird life. Good relaxation spot! B,L,D.
Day 4:RIVER NILA (KERALA): Travel to River Nila / Cheruthuruthy. Evening visit to nearby village. Meet folk artists and enjoy music and dance by young local performers.
Day 5:RIVER NILA TO KOODERI: Morning at a school for classical music and dance. Drive to Kooderi for a farm stay.
Day 6:KOODERI: Spend time with a family of musicians to showcase the percussion culture of the River Nila area. Late afternoon boat cruise through stunning landscape.
Day 7:KOODERI TO NILAMBUR: Travel to Nilambur. Stay at heritage property with a sacred grove.
Day 8:NILAMBUR: Either chill out today, or visit local bathing ghats and the farm.
Day 9:NILAMBUR TO WAYANAD: Transfer to Wayanad. Afternoon spice tour.
Day 10:WAYANAD: Morning wildlife sanctuary visit. Afternoon visit to bamboo nursery, and meet artists.
Day 11:WAYANAD TO KANNUR: Transfer to coast, to Kannur.
Days 12-13:KANNUR: Relax on idyllic beach near Kannur.
Day 14:KANNUR TO CALICUT, AND DEPART: Transfer back to Calicut airport for flight home.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Bring a notebook for recipes and cooking skills. Homestays are havens of gourmet gorgeousness.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Solo travellers welcome, but it is an expensive way to do it. As car, driver & rooms are same price for one or two people.
Heritage homestays.
Accommodation, breakfasts, transport and transfers, driver guide, tours, entrance fees.
Breakfasts included. Homestays do dinners, but your driver guide will lead you to favourite eateries.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Kerala holiday, Malabar Adventure


This trip also focuses on forest people’s role as care takers of forest, its resources and wildlife and by doing so also assures them a decent livelihood with dignity. Sustainable income through responsible tourism ensures increasing interest amongst local community members, which in turn supports conservation of wildlife and forest resources.

On behalf of every single traveller who visits the region, we plant sapling(s) to promote traveller's forest, which is a community owned eco-restoration project.


This holiday helps in a variety ways, mainly relating to helping back local people in terms of their traditions, cultures and livelihoods. Once practiced in several places in Kerala and especially on the banks of River Nila, featured art forms and rituals are no longer financially viable for people who practice it as there are less and less people who are showing interest in these rituals. This has affected the way of life of these ritualistic performers and they have been looking for other jobs based on daily wages. The Responsible tourism initiative has helped some of the community members to continue their lifestyle and earn from what they know for many generations. The boats we travel in were traditionally used for transporting fine sand and coconut husks to different locations. By hiring these boats we are giving them an alternative source of income.

Pottery and Bell metal workshops gives insight into the resilience of the artisans and how our holidays help them to make supplementary source of income. Promotion of such initatives have created new found interest amongst locals and new orders are regularly received by workers.

The traditional home stays that are part of the holiday accommodations were introduced as part of heritage revival and is providing a source of income for locals to maintain their age-old architectural marvels.

1 Reviews of Kerala holiday, Malabar Adventure

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The food and the beds

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

No alcohol on first day of month and every Sunday.
Internal flights have much lower baggage allowance than international flights

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I feel good after it.

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