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Embark on a captivating three-day community and folk expressions of Palakkad . This meticulously crafted tour aims to showcase the mesmerizing richness and vibrant essence of Palakkad, leaving you enchanted and inspired. Get ready for a truly immersive journey through breath-taking landscapes, captivating folklore, mouth-watering cuisine, captivating art forms, and fascinating stories that encapsulate the essence of this enchanting region.
Start your day with breakfast from your respective hotel/homestay. The activities for this day are as follows:
Engaging with the ‘Ambalavasi’ community- 01:00hrs
Our trail begins with visiting the ancient temples of Thiruvalathur or Kachamkurissi and meeting the communities living around its vicinities-Ambalavasis. They are a community, in ancient times in-charge in taking care of the day-to-day activities of the temple. Most of the people in the community are expert garland makers beholding a unique pattern not known to many. Encounter one such community and get a demonstration on garland making and the challenges they face.
Meeting the traditional architects of percussion instruments- 01:00hrs
An interactive session with the makers of traditional percussion instruments of Kerala. This community has been in this trade since time immemorial. Here, you shall comprehend the various steps involved in the making of instruments like tabla, mridangam, maddalam, edakka, etc.
Lunch on a farmstead
Post meeting the instrument makers, we shall head to a farmstead and take you on a plantation walk introducing you to the various spices, herbs, and plantations cultivated here. After the walk, we shall arrange a small cooking demonstration of local dishes prepared out of the herbs and spices acquainted with the plantation. This shall be followed by lunch at the same venue.
Visiting a traditional Kerala Tharavadu- Naalu Kettu
As the day winds down, we arrive at Palliyil Tharavadu, a majestic ancestral home steeped in history. This architectural marvel, over a century old, showcases the traditional Kerala style known as "Naalu Kettu." Immerse yourself in the warm hospitality of the Tharavadu’s residents as they guide you through the property's wonders. Additionally, prepare to be amazed by a culinary demonstration of homemade snacks such as "poruvilankaya," "manoharam," "panakam," and more.
Experience Sopana Sangeetham
Get ready to treat your ears to the soul-stirring melodies of "Sopana Sangeetham," a classical music form accompanied by the resonating beats of the "Idakka" drum. It is a traditional genre of music usually played in the temples of Kerala. This is performed by the Marar community.
Experiencing Pulluvan Paatu
We shall introduce you to a folksong by the name of Pulluvan Paatu. These songs are performed by the ancient communities of the land by the name Pulluva. These folksongs are considered a dialogue between human beings and mother earth. The artists use two instruments known by the name Pulluvan veenas (string instrument) and Kuttams (wind instrument).
Conclude the day with a journey back to your hotel/ homestay and dinner thereafter.
We start the day with breakfast at your respective hotel/ homestay. This shall be followed activities as follows:
Encountering the graceful weavers- 01:00hrs
We shall arrive at a weaving village and meet the weaving communities settled in this land. Belonging to the Devanga community from Mysore, get an opportunity to hear their 400-year-old migration stories. These artists are notable for weaving the famous Kerala Set-mundu and double mundu. You shall get an interactive session with the community to understand the looms, techniques, culture, and types of fabrics they weave here.
Meet the sustainable mat makers of the land- 01:00hrs
Get introduced to the people who have been in the craft of making paaya- traditional mats. The female members of this community have been expert weavers of mats while the men procure the raw materials- palmyra and coconut leaves. This sustainable craft of the bygone times has been on the decline for various reasons. Comprehend their stories, techniques, and insights on this wonderful craft while getting a demonstration on the same.
This shall be followed by lunch with the community.
Relishing the - Panagallu; toddy extracted from the wild Palmyra trees- 0:45hrs
Post lunch, we shall head towards the village of Kakkayur. Here we shall organize a toddy tapping experience and get a chance to taste the famous Palakkadan Panangallu (toddies tapped out from the wild Palmyra trees). Understand the tapping process involved and comprehend the stories of our tappers. (Seasonal Activity)
Journey back to the hotel/ homestay.
Experiencing Porattu Paatu
As we approach the conclusion of day 2, before dinner we shall introduce you to a folksong by the name of Porattu Paatu. These songs are performed by the Panan community and are normally very melodious and rhythmic in nature. The songs are satirical and are very socially embedded into the culture of Palakkad.
This prominent folklore performance is unique to the Eastern Palakkad region, and its vibrant energy will captivate your senses. It is one of the socio-political folklores, enacting the migration of various communities that happened over time along the Palakkad Gap and settled in various parts of Kerala.
We start the day with breakfast at your respective hotel/ homestay. This shall be followed activities as follows:
Absorb a few morning routines from an Agraharam
Our first destination is the Agraharam, an ancient Tamil Brahmin settlement in one of the hamlets of Palakkad. Once you arrive here, we shall take you on a walk along its alleys to understand its migration story and architectural heritage. Prepare to indulge in a delightful food-tasting session featuring traditional dishes like "Koodai Idly," "Mankal Dosai," "Korada," and more. Get an insight into the Kolam drawings followed by the Iyer community living here.
Get captivated by the Glove Pupperty- Paava Kathakali
Experience Paava Kathakali, a glove puppetry performance that evolved in Palakkad. Mainly influenced by Kathakali, the classical art form of Kerala, the head and the arms of the puppets are carved out of wood and joined with a thick cloth. The musical instruments used for this performance are percussion instruments like chenda, elathalam, maddalam, conch, etc.
Mesmerise by the Shadow Puppet Performance of Palakkad
Experience Tholpaava Koothu. It is shadow puppetry that originated on the banks of river Nila at Palakkad. This is performed by a weaving community and here you shall have an interactive session with them followed by a demonstration of the same.
This shall be followed by a Valluvanadan Sadhya. A traditional meal served in the Valluvanad areas of Palakkad.
Meeting the Panan Community and their Olakudas
Post lunch, we shall introduce you to the Panan communities of the region. Marvel at their skills and craftsmanship as they showcase their artistry in crafting the "Olakkuda," a handwoven umbrella made from Palmyra leaves. Experience the intricate details and cultural significance of this traditional artifact.
Sail along River Nila on a traditional canoe and stories of the last boatman
Continuing our journey, we reach the captivating Nila-Gayatri Sangamam, the confluence of two rivers. Allow yourself to be transported through time as you sail aboard a traditional boat, immersing yourself in the serenity and storied history that surrounds you.
Our journey concludes and transfers back to your respective hotel/ homestays and dinner thereafter.
Firm Itinerary Proposal : Please note the above are highlights of the curated tour and a broad sketch of the experiences . A rough budget for the above is about Rs. 24,500/- per pax Ex-Palakkad. You can also choose experiences from our other curations and customize your plan . Please send us an email to email@example.com on what you you would like to experience and your preferences. Group Discounts available . A firm Itinerary will be shared by us but only after a non-refundable retainer of Rs. 3000 which will be adjusted at the time of billing. UPI id for retainer payment is acornventures@icici OR 9880569880@icici .
Cancellation by Organizer:
If the trip has to be cancelled due to unforeseen reasons by us, you will receive 100% refund or credit note issued
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- Traditionally Crafted Palakkad Specialties
Palakkad Kitchen is a curated collection of carefully selected foods from God's own country, Kerala. Most of these foods owe their origin to a place called Palakkad. We are passionate about foods and ensure our foods are flavorful and have a rich culture and lineage . Above all, they are timeless and passed through several generations with perfection.
All our products are prepared in the agraharams of Palakkad and Tirunelveli and curated by our team to maintain high quality in taste and packing. We have designed our catalog to cater to both your health as well as your desire to explore and discover nuances in traditional flavors. Ultimately, it has to cater to both your palate as well as health ! The products presented here are generally not found off-the-shelf in a supermarket . Whether your are a food adventurer or a connoisseur ,we hope to delight you and guide you to the unique cuisine of Palakkad’s rich food heritage.
“Good food is like music you can taste, colour you can smell. There is excellence all around you. You need only to be aware to stop and savour it.” - Ratatouille (2007)