Kerala – Wildlife And Culture
Starting Point: Calicut
Duration : 5 Days :
Type : Wildlife, Culture, Beaches
Village and craft making visits | Folk percussion | Musical trail | Heritage stay | Cave visit | Wildlife safari
Explore Kerala’s Wildlife and Art
Shoranur is a small town and a municipality in Palakkad district, in the Indian state of Kerala, located on the banks of the Bharathapuzha River. Kerala Kalamandalam, the premier centre for classical arts such as Kathakali and Koodiyattam, is located at Cheruthuruthi, across the river.
Nilambur is a municipality and a Taluk in the Malappuram district of Kerala, South India. It is situated close to the Nilgiris range of the Western Ghats on the banks of the Chaliyar River.
Wayanad district stands in the southern tip of the Deccan Plateau and its chief glory is the majestic Western Ghats with lofty ridges interspersed with dense forest, tangled jungles and deep valleys. In the centre of the district hills are lower in height while the northern area has high hills and they give a wild and mountainous appearance.
The region was known as Mayakshetra (Maya”s land) in the earliest records. The Folk etymology of the word says it is a combination of Vayal (paddy field) and Naad (land), making it ”The Land of Paddy Fields”. There are many indigenous tribals in this area. It is set high on the Western Ghats with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 m.
Snuggled amidst the Western Ghats Mountains, Wayanad is one of the exquisite hill stations of Kerala. Wayanad shelters endangered species as it has an amazing range of flora and fauna. Chembra P, Banasura, Brahmagiri are some of the important mountains in the district.
Edakkal caves are not technically caves, but rather a cleft or rift fissure caused by a piece of rock splitting away from the main body. Inside the caves are pictorial writings believed to date to at least 6,000 BC from the Neolithic man, indicating the presence of a prehistoric civilization or settlement in this region.The Stone Age carvings of Edakkal are rare and are the only known examples from south India.
Uravu is a non-profit organisation at Thrikkaipetta village, about 10 km from Kalpetta in Wayanad. Uravu makes use of the indigenous sciences and technology for the upliftment of the tribes in the area and it runs a successful bamboo crafts design and production centre along with a bamboo nursery.
Day 1: Arrival at Calicut/ Cochin, meet and transfer to a riverside hotel in Shoranur (3 hours). Check in on arrival and relaxation till afternoon. In the evening join our interpreter for village visit; visit pottery, bell metal and waving workshops.
Add on: In the evening, join a group of artist in the village in the courtyard of Homestay for folk , dance and music percussion. Back to the hotel by night.
Overnight in Shoranur.
Day 2: Check out after breakfast and transfer to Nilambur by road (2 hours). Check in at the home stay on arrival. Rest of the day at the home stay. Join the family for a half day visit of the farm and village areas with visit to sacred grows, bath tub, heritage home, plantation etc.
Back to the Homestay by evening. Overnight in Nilambur.
Day 3:Check out after breakfast and transfer to Wayanad by road (3 hours). Check in at the Homestay/ resort on arrival. Relaxation for the day.
Overnight in Wayanad.
Day 4: : After breakfast join our interpreter and proceed to Muthanga Wildlife sanctuary for Wildlife safari. Three hours safari inside the sanctuary. In the afternoon visit Edakkal caves and Heritage Museum.
Add ons: Trek to of Chembra peak as half day programme on day 5| Visit to Uravu craft making and community lunch | Visit a nearby waterfall
Day 5: : Check out after breakfast and transfer to Calicut railway station / airport for train to onward destination.