Welcome to Kerala Home-stays Home-stay is a unique opportunity for all kinds of travelers to gain firsthand experience of a place. You will…
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Welcome to Kerala Home-stays
Home-stay is a unique opportunity for all kinds of travelers to gain firsthand experience of a place. You will get an experience of the place, culture, traditions and people. It is unlike staying in a hotel and truly a home away from home. In home-stay, one gets to interact with the host family as one is staying in their house.
The purpose of the concept of homestays in Kerala is to create distinctive, authentic and reliable tourist accommodation to share the traditional way of life and its values. The home-stays contribute to conserving the local cultural and natural heritage.
Kerala has large numbers of well constructed and excellent home-stays that include estate bungalows, heritage homes, farmhouses, vacant houses owned by NRIs and local residents. They provide cool and comfortable accommodation within a traditional ambiance, fresh local food and a feel of the indigenous way of life. The home-stays in Kerala are very popular with the tourists, especially foreigners.
DAY 01 – CALICUT/THALASSERY
Arrive at Calicut International Airport and a two hours drive will take you to “Thalasserry” – famous land of “Pepper”. You will check into “Ayisha Manzil” – a 150 years old colonial style bungalow overlooking the Arabian Sea. Today this bungalow belongs to Moosa and Faiza who run this as homestay. The highlight of the stay is that you can learn some exclusive cooking with Faiza (Mrs Moosa) in their kitchen and taste the best North Malabar cuisines popularly known “Mappila Dishes”.
DAY 02 - THALASSERY
You will visit the local fish/meat markets, grocery and vegetable shops to purchase various ingredients for your cooking. You will spend the day with Faiza in her Kitchen to learn cooking of delicious Malabar Cuisines. Later enjoy the food that you have prepared.
DAY 03 - THALASSERY
Early morning around 05:00 hours drive to Muthappan Temple where you will see the famous “Theyyam” performance (Temple art form). Later drive back to Ayisha Manzil. Spend another day with Mrs Moosa and learn some more cooking. In between visit the local market and do a small shopping. Please don’t forget to buy the famous “Tellicherry Pepper”.
Day 04 - Thalasserry/Palakkad
Today you will drive to Palakkad – about 5 hours drive. Palakkad is the gateway to Kerala and stands at the Foot Hill of Western Ghats and known for Palmyras and paddy fields. Your stay will be at Tharavad – another homestay. Spend an evening in a typical village of Kerala. Have a taste of authentic Palakkadan vegetarian food.
Day 05 - Palakkad/Kochi
Morning drive to Kochi enroute visiting Kerala Kala Mandalam – the only University in India dedicated for learning various art forms such as Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Mohiniattam, etc. Here you will spend some time with the Masters of these art forms to add your knowledge. You will also pass through the cultural capital of Kerala called Trichur – the land of famous Trichur Pooram. (This year the Pooram falls on 21 April) On arrival you will check into Secret Garden Homestay.
Day 06 - Kochi
Morning join the Yoga master here for Surya Namskar and other yogasanas. Later after breakfast You will do a Walking tour of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry to see the Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing Nets, Jew Town, etc.
Day 07 Kochi/Kumarakom
Morning you will drive to Alleppey. on arrival check in to the beautiful backwater farm house- Philipkutty Farm House, kumarakom – another beautiful home stay.
Day 08 - Kumarakom
Another chance to learn cooking is with Anu and her mother at the “Philipkutty’s Farm House”. You got a chance to learn cooking of Malabar cuisines in Tellicherry whereas in Kumarakom you are getting a chance to learn Central Travancore cuisines. Spend a day with Anu/Mother to know more on cooking and relax on the banks of Vembanad Lake.
Day 09 - Kumarakom
Spend another relaxing day. Go for a farm walk with Anu and learn about farming below sea level and the different crops here. Do check out the toddy tapping here. You will also get a chance to see some rare species of butterflies.
Day 10 - Kumarakom/Cochin
Drive to Cochin airport in time to take your connecting flight for onward destination.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis with Breakfast
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- Guide service where ever mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel by A/C vehicle as per the tour itinerary
- Toll and parking charges
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary
- Entrance fees for sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
- Government service tax calculated at present 5%
Home stays used:
Thalessery – Ayisha Manzil
Palakkad – Tharavad
Cochin – Secret Garden
Kumarakom – Philipkutty Farm House
- Flight ticket charges
- Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips, Liquor etc
- All other meals which is not mentioned in the above Itinerary.
- Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
- Any cost arising due to natural calamities like. Landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the client directly)
- Travel insurance
- Any other costs not mentioned under “includes” header.
The rate is valid till 31st March 2019.