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India’s Malabar Coast and Varanashi Farms

February 8, 2019 - February 16, 2019

India has consistently been one of the most exciting and exotic destinations on earth. The culture, food, wilderness, wildlife, and other-worldly feel of this country is intoxicating to experience. India is also a country that is difficult to travel to alone. With TWENTY-FIVE national languages and so many diverse regions and cultures, it can be overwhelming. That is why we are offering this immersive trip that will allow you to experience culture, food, adventure and wildlife all with local families, experts, and the comfort that will allow you to truly breath in the magnificent surroundings. This is a chance to see a whole different way of life, and to experience things that very few people have access to. This is our most exciting new trip because it fits into the core of what Tamandua hopes to proved: a trip that will change your life.

Itinerary

Friday, February 8, 2019

Grab your bags and head to the airport. Time to set off for an incredible journey to India!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Arrive at Mangalore International Airport (airport code IXE) where we will pick you up and travel to Varanashi Organic Farm. You can settle into the lush tropical world of south India and relax in hammocks or in several swimming pools after a long plane flight. Styled in vernacular architecture, the Varanashi ancestral residence is where you will be welcomed by the members of the Varanashi family themselves. Warmth and hospitality are second nature to them as they share their lives with travelers from all over the world. You’ve reached paradise.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Introduction to Farming and adventure and Varanashi Farms. It’s time to learn and explore! Varanashi Farms is an award winning natural organic farm that uses natural water flow and rich forest to make their products as authentic and pure as possible. The environment out here is devoid of chemicals, pesticides, pollution and distractions. Experience the cultivation of multiple crop system and organic farming at the farmer’s level and understand why Organic Farming is important. Get inspired by the eco-friendly agriculture system by taking a stroll in the forest adjacent to the farm. Wildlife roams the acres and tropical birds are a common sight. You’ll see unique culture and beauty as members of the Varanashi family show you through this historic landscape. In the afternoon cool off in the several pools and enjoy high tea in the tranquil tropical atmosphere.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Now that you know the farm and have had a chance to rest, adventure-sports experts Partha Varanashi and Paul Rosolie (get to know them on Instagram @Coach_partha and @PaulRosolie) will take you through the various jumps, ziplines, and bike trails of the farm. This is going to be an exciting day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Early morning we’ll get into a van to head to the coast. Here you’ll meet the Stoked crew. The Stoke Surfer’s Club provides surf board rentals, lifeguards & surf coaching at affordable prices – but for us it means surfing on small waves with no lines, no crowd, and passionate instructors. Learn a new sport while you explore a whole new coastline. For those who have never surfed, they can get you standing on a surf board (even if you don’t think you can). If you are an experienced surfer, you are ready to shred some small swell. And if surfing isn’t your thing – this is a fantastic beach to simply swim and explore. There is also a shipwreck just off shore that we can access with stand-up paddle boards or rafts. In the evening we’ll enjoy local seafood and the sights of the rural Indian coast.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

At the crack of dawn we’ll get on a boat that will take us out into the ocean to a unique island where the water is clear and fresh. There are tropical fish here so bring a snorkel, and if you are adventurous enough – there’s a pretty big cliff jump. After a day of sun and surf we’ll dine with the local vendors on St. Mary’s before heading back on a sunset boat cruise to the mainland.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

We’ll spend the first half of the day resting at Varanashi farms and swimming in fresh water. Then we’ll load up for another adventure: the rich coffee estates of Coorg. At Kodagu we’ll see a whole new amazing landscape. Coffee connoisseurs will be thrilled. We’ll stay in a guest house – and it might be hard to sleep knowing how amazing tomorrow will be.

Friday, February 15, 2019

At around 9am we’ll go to Dubare elephant camp where the Indian Forest Department works to train and rehabilitate wild elephants. It is a rare and stunning privilege to get so close to such amazing creatures. Spend the morning at Dubare Elephant camp. Later on we’ll drive back towards Varanashi farms. Driving through India is always an experience and we can stop wherever you’d like for photos, street food, or just to explore. We’ll spend one more night in the serene wilderness of the farm.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Time to say goodbye! If you are continuing on to explore more of India we can help you plan for wildlife tours, rock climbing, time in the coffee estates, or other activities. No matter what your needs, your guides will direct you to the next chapter and make sure you are safe and ready. If you are heading home it will be off to Mangalore airport to fly out!

Accommodations:

The dorms at Varanashi Farms are simple structures with open air beds with mosquito nets. This simple design allows you to be immersed in the lush tropical landscape. There is also a beautiful tree house on the property – everyone should sleep there for a night – looking out over the forest is a spectacular way to fall asleep.

Transport

Tamandua will arrange for all transport required from the airport to the farm, and from the farm to the beach and to the elephant sanctuary.

Food

The food at Varanashi farms is organic vegetarian and locally produced. You will eat what the locals eat – a delicious array of South Indian cuisine. At the coastal areas we will have the opportunity to try local seafood as well as vegetarian options. It’s all delicious. Some people come to India just for the food – for a reason!

Reservations

If you are interested in joining this expedition, please contact adventure@tamanduajungle.com for costs and more details.

Details

Start:
February 8, 2019
End:
February 16, 2019

Organizer

Tamandua Jungle
Email:
adventure@tamanduajungle.com
Website:
TamanduaJungle.com