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14 Days - Group sizes: 2-6/prices per person; ask for solo prices

Women Inspiring Women connects lives, it’s an informative and liberating travel programme exclusively for women who want to explore the world as their own. It’s meant to inspire women to give them the confidence to go on their own adventures instead of waiting around for someone to go with them. During this journey you can meet other fellow women in various walks of life, having the power to inspire women to live adventurously and intentionally without the feeling of fear, insecurity, loneliness, or the pressures of a patriarchal society.

Come and travel trough these transformative destinations and powerful lives.

Your fellow women in the villages are welcoming aspiring travelers and those who want to explore the world through meaningful interaction with local people and their cultures.

We invite you to discover some amazing accommodations, retreats and travel which especially cater YOU, the woman traveler.

You are welcome …

ITINERARY

What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

DAY 1 – Kozhikode

  • Arrival at Kozhikode airport and travel to homestay in Waynad.
  • A short stroll around the home stay and interaction  with homestay women. Learn about their experiences and empowerment through community tourism.

DAY 2 – Trikkaipatta; Waynad

  • Guided Village Walk
  • Interaction with working women at Bag units and pickle unit (To learn about the women entrepreneurial challenges & activities)
  • Bamboo Village – Uravu

Uravu Indegenous Science and Technology Study Centre , specialised in providing  training and development of crafts in bamboo is located in this beautiful village. Post lunch, we take you to visit Uravu, where you can see the  skillfull artisans work with the bamboo “The Green Gold” . You can watch how it is woowen into beautiful curtains ,crafted into lamp shades , musical instruments and furnitures.Apart from witnessing their work, Uravu also have an outlet where you can buy their products.

  • Interaction with women artisans

Try your hands at Bamboo Craft (Try weaving, use your craft skills or aquire it)

DAY 3 Trikkaipatta; Waynad.

  • Local Sightseeing (Edakkal caves, Muthunga wild life sanctury, Soochipara water falls)
  • Ayurveda massage
  • Culinary exchange (Cooking Indian dishes together with hostess)

Experience local flavors and learn Indian recipes.

DAY 4 – Mothakkara; Waynad

  • Travel to Mothakkara Village at the foothills of Banasura hills.
  • Village walk  with Women guide to learn about the place, it’s people, culture and agriculture practices.
  • Visit a Chocolate making unit and Nutri powder making unit
  • Experience tarditional pot making and try your hands at pottery
  • Traditional Drum Play by women group of the village(Vanitha Shinkari Melam)

DAY 5 – Mothakkara; Waynad

  • Tea tour at Priyadarshini Tea Estate

Tea tour- plucking tea leaves, visiting tea estate, learn the history of tea, current market issues, tea processing, tea tasting etc.

DAY 6 – Trikkapatta; Waynad

  • Meet with Women Panchayath Member (Local self Government)
  • Interaction with Kudumbasree (Women empowerment programme lauched for poverty eradication under Local Self Government)

DAY 7  – Travel to Kozhikode

  • On the way, Explore Peruvannamuzhi dam site.
  • Kappad Beach
  • Relax at Beach front cottage.
  • An introduction to Mohiniattam by a professional dancer and a short work shop.

DAY 8 – Kozhikode

  • Iringal Craft Village

It is a place where you can pick a product fashioned by the traditional artisans of Kerala  and learn one or two lessons in the subtleties of crafts making.

  • Kunhali Marakkar’s Museum

The old house of the brave warrior and his history of resisting colonialism. Cannon balls and some other war relics belonging to the period of the King Zamorins can also be seen here.

  • Lokanar Kavu Temple

This Durga temple was built by Aryans Vaishya Brahmins who migrated to this place some 1500 years back.

  • Kadalur point Light house

DAY 9 – Kozhikode

  • Vist Kuttichira  with women auto riskshaw drivers

Mishkal  Mosque , Muchundi Mosque & Jumayath Mosque are  3 of the oldest in Malabar, and is an important cultural, historical and architectural monuments in Kerala.

  • Lunch at the famous women entreprenuer Restaurant and interactrion with her (Delicious traditional muslim cuisine).
  • Explore Kalaripayattu performance by women performers

Kalaripayattu, the martial art form of Kerala is regarded as the oldest and most scientific of its kind in the world.

  • Uru (traditional wooden ship) making units in Beypore

DAY 10 – Travel to Alleppey

The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast) of Kerala state in southern India

  • Sunset view (Depends upon on time of arrival).
  • Artistic portraits of people who lost their lives in 2004 tsunami is painted in the rocks near sea shore.

DAY 11 –Arattupuzha; Aleppey

  • This is a Tsunami affected village

Discussion  about Tsunami  and Post-Tsunami Rehabitation to affected people

  • Visit small Entrepreneurial Units

(Coir unit, Bag unit and Agriculture unit)

  • KPSC – Interaction with women artists

DAY 12 –Arattupuzha; Aleppey

  • Boating in backwaters  and Canals
  • Interaction with CBT (Community Based Tourism) team.

This programme is organaised by a group of seven women who were affected by 2004 Tsunami.

  • Meet and interact with women leaders of civil society

DAY 13 –Arattupuzha; Aleppey

  • Travel to Fort Kochi

It is a jewel in the crown of Kerala with its European heritage and true cosmopolitan temperament. A leisurely walk through its streets is one of the best ways to discover all that the city has to offer – it’s natural harbour and historical sites. A boat ride across the breathtaking blue lagoons and backwaters offers a glimpse of kochi’s rural life and its true beauty.

  • Local Sight Seeing

DAY 14 – Departure