HIDDEN GEMS OF THE SOUTH


15 Days / 14 Nights

WAYANAD

Along the edge of the stunning Western Ghats, on the higher slopes of the Nilgiri Biosphere, Wayanad is a region of immense beauty with lush tropical forests, deep valleys, waterfalls and sprawling plantations. Not only are there many trekking trails snaking through the forests and a rich biodiversity, including lesser-known wildlife sanctuaries in Muthanga and Tholpetty, but the region also has ancient monuments, including the Edakkal caves with prehistoric relief carvings. Saffron suggests a minimum stay of 2 nights at Tranquil – A Plantation Hideaway, set amid a 160-hectare coffee and spice plantation, or at Wayanad Wild amid the rainforests of Lakkidi. From here, visit the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.

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WAYANAD

Along the edge of the stunning Western Ghats, on the higher slopes of the Nilgiri Biosphere, Wayanad is a region of immense beauty with lush tropical forests, deep valleys, waterfalls and sprawling plantations. Not only are there many trekking trails snaking through the forests and a rich biodiversity, including lesser-known wildlife sanctuaries in Muthanga and Tholpetty, but the region also has ancient monuments, including the Edakkal caves with prehistoric relief carvings. Saffron suggests a minimum stay of 2 nights at Tranquil – A Plantation Hideaway, set amid a 160-hectare coffee and spice plantation, or at Wayanad Wild amid the rainforests of Lakkidi. From here, visit the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Day 1 : Fly to Kochi (N)

Day 2 : Kochi
Transfer to Forte Kochi for a 2-night stay. Afternoon Kathakali dance performance. (B)

Day 3 : Kochi
Explore Fort Kochi and the Mattancherry Palace. (B)

Day 4 : Munnar
Travel into the Cardamom Hills for a 2-night stay at Windermere Estate. (B)

Day 5 : Munnar
Guided walk of the Windermere Estate. (B)

Day 6 : Pollachi
Transfer to Coco Lagoon in Pollachi for a 2-night stay. (B)

Day 7 : Pollachi
Excursions in the local area include following the Cotton Trail, visiting the Temple of Consciousness, the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary or exploring the rolling scenic hills of Valparai. (B)

Day 8 : Nilambur
Explore the rubber and teak plantations at Nilambur. Overnight stay at Maranat Mana, a traditional Brahmin household. (B, L, D)

Day 9 : Wayanad
Travel to Kerala’s green paradise for 2 nights at Tranquil – A Plantation Hideaway, complete with numerous walking trails and vanilla plantations. (B)

Day 10 : Wayanad
At leisure. (B)

Day 11 : Kodagu (Coorg)
Delve deeper into the Western Ghats with 2 nights at Evolve Back, Coorg, set in a working coffee and spice plantation. (B)

Day 12: Kodagu
Visit Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement, enjoy a coracle ride on River Cauvery or take part in a variety of nature and village walks. (B)

Day 13: Kasargod
Travel to Kasargod for 3 nights at the Neeleshwar Hermitage. (B)

Day 14-15: Kasargod
At leisure. (B)

Day 16: Fly home via Mumbai (B)

GUIDE PRICE $3,485 PER PERSON

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