Kerala Malabar - Theyyam, Backwaters and Heritage - F5 Escapes - Solo and Group Women only Travel Company India
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    Theyyam, Backwaters and Heritage

Day 1 – Settle into your backwater stays
Day 2 – Bekal Fort. Village Walk. Backwater cruise
Day 3 – Kalaripayattu. Handloom. Theyyam
Day 4 – Fire Theyyam.  Flyout.

This trip is to Ex-Kannur/Payyanur and starts in the evening of Day 1. Reach Kannur/Payyanur anytime on Day 1. Plan your return flight after 1 PM on Day 4.

Use Early Bird Discount Code EBSEP500 for 500 off. Valid till 3oth Sep 2024.

TOUR OVERVIEW

Theyyam,  the ritualistic performance described as the most visible and spectacular art form of Malabar (Northern Kerala),  has been associated with myths and legends. Theyyam forms the cornerstone of this trip which is of course, peppered with coastal beauty, backwaters, beaches and scenic forts. Stay on an island between the backwaters and the ocean, enjoy the village life and traditional meals, visit Bekal fort and take a backwater cruise. This is a short but power packed trip!

Price – INR 32,000 + 5% GST

Single Occupancy Surcharge – INR 10,000 + 5% GST

Day 1 - 28 Nov 2024

Arrive at the Kannur airport or Payyanur railway station anytime today.

You will be transported to your island stay at Kavvayi. Today is to relax and soak in the peace at your homestay, surrounded by lake backwaters on one side, and the Arabian sea coast on  the other side. Dinner and overnight at Kavvayi islands.

Day 2 - 29 Nov 2024

The day starts early. At 7AM go for a cruise on the backwaters on a shikara boat. Return to the stay for breakfast and then proceed to visit the beautiful Bekal Fort. Visit a local village and go for a tour witnessing the rubber tapping process, toddy extraction, coconut climbing and other village experiences. Enjoy a local lunch.
Visit the mangroves amidst the backwaters. Return to the homestay for homely dinner. Overnight at Kavvayi islands. 

Day 3 - 30 Nov 2024

Check out after breakfast. Visit  a Kalaripayattu training unit and see the ancient martial arts in action. Also visit handloom units.  Check into a resort closer to the Theyyam kavu. In the evening, visit the shrine for the Theyyam performance. Return by dinner. Overnight at Payyanur.

Day 4 - 01 Dec 2024

Start at 3am from the resort to witness the Fire Theyyam. Return to the resort by 6 AM and relax.After breakfast, you will be dropped at the Kannur airport/Payyanur railway station for your return flight. 

Inclusions

  • Local transportation in an AC vehicle. 
  • 3N stay on double sharing 
  • All meals starting from Dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 4
  • Evening tea/coffee
  • Guidance of an F5 Traveller
  • Guide for Theyyam visits
  • Morning cruise on the backwaters in a shikara boat
  • Guided village tour witnessing rural activities
  • Speedboat ride to Mangroves
  • All  activities as per itinerary and entrance fee
  • Temple donation for Theyyam
  • Tolls and parking
  • Taxes

Exclusions

  • Flights/Train to Kannur and back
  • Packaged water bottles
  • Tips and other expenses of personal nature
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Water activities like kayaking
  • Camera charges
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities, personal flight delays and aspects beyond our control. We will definitely facilitate an alternative and handle the contingency, the cost being yours. 
  • 5% GST

Terms & Conditions

REFUND AND CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Upto 30 days prior to the date of commencement of trip – 25% deducted and 75% refunded as cash.
  • Upto 11 days prior to the date of commencement of trip – 50% deducted and rest refunded as cash.
  • Within 10 days of the commencement of trip/Last day intimation/no show – No refund.

Disclaimer

  • F5 Escapes is in no way responsible for any untoward incident happening due to the ignorance/negligence of the guests, natural/man-made calamities, accidents or any other events that are out of human control during the trip.
  • All our trips are well-researched, including identifying access to medical facilities. In case of a medical emergency, F5 will assist the traveller in getting medical attention.
  • F5 reserves the right to cancel the trip under certain conditions – in such a case, the amount will be refunded in full.
  • Water activities requires personal caution. The rides as well as swimming in backwaters are safe and fun, however, use your discretion depending on your swimming skills.

Arrival & Departure

This trip is to Ex-Kannur/Payyanur and starts in the evening of Day 1.

Reach Kannur airport or Payyanur railway station  anytime on Day 1. Plan your return flight after 1 PM on Day 4.

Weather

November to January will be pleasant in North Kerala. You may get odd showers. It will be chilly near the backwaters and you may want to carry a sweatshirt/light jacket for the evenings, especially during the Fire Theyyam.

*Please note that nowadays, climate/ weather is dependent on many factors and unpredictable hence the above information might be subject to change during your actual travel days.

Note about Smoking & Alchohol

Everyone joining is an adult and we realise that we cannot dictate the behaviour on how you should enjoy the trip. All we ask is to drink responsibly. Hangover delays are going to cost a lot, and will not be tolerated at all. So please do not test your limits and enjoy in moderation. Also, do respect your roommate’s comfort levels with the alcohol smell and avoid drinking in the room if she is not comfortable. If you smoke, please do so outside the room, even if the rooms have ashtray. 

You are forbidden to smoke or show up under the influence of alcohol during the Theyyam performances.

Fooooood!

Simple local affair – veg and non-veg

Stay

  • Kavvayi Islands – A beach house located between the backwaters and the sea
  • Payyanur – A conveniently located resort

Note > Prepare > Accept > Embrace:

  • Not every city has a convenient flight to and from Kannur. Hence our pick ups on Day 1 will be in batches. Our destination is at a 2 hours drive from the airport
  • Please adhere to the arrival and departure guidelines. If you want to book a flight outside of the window, please call us in advance.
  • Please be dressed modestly while visiting the Theyyam shrine

 


‘F5 Escapes’ is a Bangalore-based, experiential travel company, with a focus on redefining the way women travel in India. The premise of F5 is an ambitious dream –  to put India on the global travel map as a preferred destination for women from across the globe.

F5 Escapes offers fixed departure all-women group tours, customized itineraries for families, groups and solo travellers. We also do in-city engagements which include #JustGo travel meetups, workshops to educate women on travel safety, sustainable menstruation, motorbiking etc.

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