One of our all-time favourite corners of India is Wayanad, a region of high mountains and lush subtropical forest in northern Kerala. Coffee is the main crop here: the hillsides are carpeted in fragrant plantations that have changed very little in a century or more, and which retain great biodiversity. Jeep tracks outnumber surfaced roads, so cycling is the most practicable way to get around. Your guide will lead you on a tour of the local prehistoric cave art and spice gardens, identifying exotic birds and wildlife along the way, including giant Malabar squirrels and hornbills.
You can add this experience to any tailor-made itinerary that includes a night in Wayanad.