making meaningful connections
Spirit Of The South.
Explore the rubber, coffee and banana plantations in highland Kerala.
Spend time at the coast in Karnataka and explore the rubber plantations and banana groves of Mothakkara in the Wayand hills. Add to this the spice gardens at Hulgol and a stay on the community houseboat for an enchanting discovery of the magical South.
Itinerary | Day by Day
For this holiday we recommend an outward flight to Mumbai and a return flight from Kochi via Mumbai. Spicejet offer a flight from Kochi to Mumbai.
DAY 1 | Outward Journey
Welcome at Mumbai airport, transfer to guesthouse for a freshen up then onwards to the train station for overnight express to Kumta, 2nd class a/c sleeper berth.
Meet at Kumta station; road transfer to Hulgol (2-3 hours). Relax at the Spice House guesthouse; introduction to the area. Your guide will meet you to plan the days ahead and help you make the most of you stay.
Night 2 - Night 5 | In the Spice Gardens of Karnataka
Spend four nights in the Hulgol Spice House. Your stay will include visits to spice plantations and the auction market in Sirsi. Enjoy guided walks or borrow the guesthouse bicycle for further exploration through the forest. You stay in simple twin rooms in the Spice House with breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner.
Day 6 - Night 6 | South via the Western Ghats
After a final morning in Pavinakurva, a road transfer takes you to Karwar to catch the overnight train to Kozhikode.
From Kozhikode, a road transfer takes you to Mothakkara, a charming village in the Wayanad region of the Western Ghats.
Night 7 - Night 9
Spend three nights in the village of Mothakkara in Wayanad. Explore the coffee and pepper plantations, enjoy forest walks and get to know your welcoming village hosts.
Following your stay in Wayanad, you return to the coastal town of Kozhikode to catch the day train to Ernakulam, further south along the Kerala coast. You are met from the train and transferred directly to Vayalar, the first backwater village of your three night stay onboard the Goodearth houseboat. The Goodearth is owned and crewed by the village communities that you visit and was built by the village team in Valayar, from local materials. The houseboat has two pretty twin cabins with private facilities.
If there are fewer than four in your party, you may wish to upgrade and have exclusive use of the houseboat.
Night 10 - Night 12 | In the Backwaters of Kerala
Spend three nights onboard the Kayal Kettuvallam, stopping at each of the four communites; Vayalar, Chenganda, Perumbalam and Kodamthuruthu. Your mornings and evenings will be spent in the villages, getting to know the communities and discovering the customs and traditions, or exploring deeper into the backwaters in the houseboat’s own canoe. During the hotter, central part of the day the boat progresses gently through the backwaters to the next village. Local villagers prepare the fresh food, which they serve for guests on board.
Day 13 | Fort Cochin
After breakfast, short transfer to Fort Cochin.
Night 13- Night 14
Two nights in a hotel in Fort Cochin allows you time to explore the exciting port city of Kochi and the wonderful old fort district.
Transfer from the hotel to Kochi Airport for your homeward flight.
Leisurely walks through leafy forest
A stay in Hulgol offers a wonderful introduction to this part of the Western Ghats, an area of sub-tropical forests, spice plantations, villages, rivers, waterfalls and temples. Discover the magic of spice, wander through aromatic plantations with the cultivators themselves, visit the co-operative market to witness the colourful scene, re-enacted in Sirsi market town for centuries, and learn ancient culinary and medicinal uses. Borrow one of the house cycles or walk along the shady forest paths to the Shalmala river to see the astonishing carvings on rocks in the river, returning through banana and spice gardens.
Into the hills of Wayanad
Journey into Kerala and the Wayanad region of the Western Ghats to the delightful hillside village of Mothakkara. Explore the rubber, coffee and banana plantations and twining vines of pepper and vanilla in the company of your own guide. Enjoy walks towards Banasura Mountain with views across splendid tea gardens towards the lush hills.
Drift along the Backwaters
In coastal Kerala, enjoy gently cruising on the Goodearth houseboat around the network of peaceful waterways, fringed by coconut palms and secluded villages. Moor each night at a different village, lulled to sleep in you cabin. Guests have universally loved their experiences on the Goodearth, so much more authentic and intimate than a ‘standard’ backwaters experience. Navigate dense, narrow canals and open waterways, while on the banks busy village life takes place. Watch duck herders on a punt, buffalo grazing at the water’s edge, fishermen in dugout canoes, coir weavers and coconut harvesters.
Deep into village life
Spirit Of The South14 Nights
All meals and stay at villages
B&B in hotels
Guide and Porter services
Inclusive of all taxes as applicable
HOLIDAY PRICES per person