The coast of Malabar is unique than any other in India. From Kasargod in the North to Thallesery, south of Kannur, we will explore different facts of Malabar. There are forts with waves lashing its walls, and there are temples where calm exists, but the speciality of Malabar is its rich culture, which we explore through its locals.
On landing at the Kannur airport, you will be driven through the city of Kannur and to your sea-facing hotel for the next four nights. In the evening an introduction and briefing would be held by your tour manager, not only with your co-travelers but also with Malabar. Dinner will be in the hotel. In the evening we will be treated to Kalaripayattu martial arts performance by a local master and his students.
Malabar extends from Kasargod in the North to Calicut in the South of Kannur. We will have an early morning start and drive towards the North, we will first visit the Fort Bekal famous for the ‘Tu hee re’ song from the Mani Ratnam film, Bombay. The seaside location is breathtaking with the waves from the Arabian Sea crashing into the fort walls. We will then witness a crocodile having the rice prasad at
the Ananthaswamy Lake Temple where we spend some time. Lunch would be an experience as we visit Anandashram and eat with other guests a simple meal. There would be some time to visit the premises of the Ashram and have time to meditate. We will start driving south again and head back to our hotel for rest and dinner.
To the south of Kannur lies the food capital of Malabar. Today will be especially about the food of Malabar as we head out in the morning after a leisurely breakfast to the Gundert Bungalow. Gundert was the first person and a german to translate Malayalam to English and publish a dictionary. We will witness the Theeyam ritual particular to this part of Kerala. Later we will drive to a Toddy shop to enjoy some fresh toddy and a fiery seafood snack. Thalleserry town is not as busy as Kannur and walking around the town is a good option to explore it. For lunch, we will have the famous Thalleserry Biryani in an old establishment of the town. We continue walking around the Colonial buildings and then visit a local tea house to sample the Thalassery version of tea and some more homemade snacks. We will head back to Kannur but not before we drive on the longest beach stretch in India, the Muzhappilangad Beach. We would stay till sunset and then drive back to our hotel 30 mins away.
Kannur was referred to by the British as the Manchester of India. Even today it has a rich handloom weaving culture. We will begin our day with a visit to the Old Kannur lighthouse and then the St, Angelos fort. Lunch can be had at a local joint after which we will visit the Arakkal Museum to learn about Kannurs royal family who at one point even owned the islands of Maldives and Lakshadweep. A visit to the local weaver's colony would introduce you to the weaving culture of this town. Rest of the evening is free to relax on the beach. We will have a shuttle arranged to make the 2 km journey to the sands. Dinner in the hotel.
Have a leisurely breakfast after which we would depart to the Kannur Airport to board the flight back to Mumbai.