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Food & Faith Along India's Southwestern Coast

from $5,225 USD per person for 10 days, 9 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Easy Activity Level
  • Overland Adventure
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Trip Overview

Join us as we venture along the west coast of South India, exploring the rich culinary traditions preserved and continuously reinvented by the diverse communities of the Malabar region. From Kozhikode to Goa, we'll visit port cities, temple towns, beaches, and orchards, exploring the dynamic and inextricable relationship between food and faith, and the interplay between sustenance and ritual. With the guidance of local historians, expert home chefs, and temple priests, we’ll teach our tongues to listen, tracing history through flavors and textures. Between bites of biryani, sips of chai (or feni), and healthy helpings of storytelling, we’ll come to develop an understanding of how the distinct tastes of Malabar, and the communities they draw from, came to be—and continue to evolve.

  • Local Mappila cuisine
  • Excursions to verdant coastal towns
  • Dining with priest-chefs at an ancient Hindu temple
  • Prayers at a Jain temple


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info


The cost of this trip is $5,225 ($7,335 if taking the Rajasthan extension), based on double occupancy. 

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:

- Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

- Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $1,460 ($1,665 if taking the extension). After booking your trip, please request a single room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with a welcome lunch in Kozhikode on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in Kozhikode the day before, so you can settle into your accommodations and meet our guide and group in the hotel lobby at 12 p.m. on Day 1 and head on to Zain’s, in time for an introductory lunch. Our trip concludes in Goa, in the morning on Day 10. If leaving Goa directly after our tour, we recommend departing in the morning on this day. If you’d like to continue on our extended journey, the flight for Delhi departs the same morning. The extension concludes in Jaipur, in the morning of Day 13.

Activity Level

Travelers should be comfortable walking one to three miles each day, climbing stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Though our pace will be relaxed and we’ll spend most of our time in small towns and quiet villages, keep in mind that India is a bustling and crowded place, and a few of the experiences involve immersing ourselves in the buzzing energy of it all to fully understand local ways of life.

  • Nine nights of accommodation (plus three additional nights of accommodation for those taking the extension) at specified hotels.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Bottled water.
  • Transportation throughout the trip via private bus.  
  • Experienced local guides to accompany you for the duration of the trip, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • Charges for one still camera at all monuments.
  • Transportation to Kozhikode and from Goa or Jaipur.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Video camera fees at monuments.
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Travel insurance (recommended.) 
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Applying for an Indian visa, if applicable.
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Trip FAQ

The weather along the western coast of India is pleasant during the early winter months, with temperatures reaching up to 90°F during the day (the sun can be strong) and dropping to about 70°F at night. Rain showers are rare, but possible.

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Upcoming Departures

  • Nov 2–Nov 11, 2020
    from $5,225
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