God's Own Country - Kerala Cycling Tour
Day By Day
Day By Day
Today you arrive at the airport and get transferred to the hotel. Check-in, rest and feel free to explore the city in the evening. Cochin (now Kochi) is the vibrant mainland and port city of Kerala. As the‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Cochin holds a strategic value on the map of India. Kerala is also known as the ‘Spice Garden of India’ and Cochin is an important spice trading center on the west coast of this country.
We start exploring the historic town of Kochi and there is no better way to do this than from the seat of your bicycle.
- We visit the Francis Church, Dutch Cemetery, Jewish Synagogue, a Dhobi Ghat and the Chinese Fishing Nets, a common sight in the backwaters of Kerala.
- We also visit the Jew Town that hosts a Spice Market. The bustling trade of spices is evidenced in the trucks going to and away from the warehouses, loads being taken in and out using pushcarts, and the sight of workers drying, sorting and packing spices.
- An exciting surprise – The Hidden Gem of Fort Kochi – awaits us at lunch, post which we take a short ride to Vypeen Island, which is a mixture of Portuguese, Dutch and Kerala architectures.
- We end the day by watching Kathakalli – a stylized classical Indian dance-drama and Kalaripayattu - a martial art form which originated as a style in Kerala.
We start early from Fort Kochi and get to ride on the most breathtaking roads of South India.
- We will be amazed to pedal on such well-maintained roads that the smooth experience of riding on them will be etched in our memory for a lifetime.
- Our route is prominently covered with tropical rain forests and winds through some small and lonely hamlets of Kerala. The trail passes through canals, lush green paddy fields and numerous coconut trees to reach the evergreen Edamalayar Forest.
- The highlight of today is when we reach Thattekad Bird Sanctuary which houses more than 500 species of birds along with a few wild animals like elephants, leopards, porcupines, sloths, and other mammals.
- Salim Ali, one of the best known ornithologist described this sanctuary as the richest bird habitat on peninsular India.
After an early local breakfast, we embark upon a relatively tough ride towards a new town located between Cochin and Munnar – Adimali.
- We begin riding alongside one of the largest rivers in southern India, the Periyar. It is mostly an uphill ride today until we reach the Western Ghats. Here, we rest a bit and replenish our energy levels with a quick lunch.
- Well, our upward journey doesn’t end here! We continue riding further 15 km uphill till we reach the main road where our support vehicle welcomes us aboard and transports us to Adimali.
- Adimali is a scenic place with waterfalls, picturesque valleys and misty hills. It is a popular resting point on the way to Munnar.
An enthralling day awaits us today as we ride through cardamom fields and tea plantations towards Munnar - a town and hill station located in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala.
- We visit the tea museum that diligently portrays the growth of Munnar’s tea estates and enjoy shopping in Munnar’s local market which is an interesting expedition in itself. In the afternoon, you may choose to go for a relaxing Ayurvedic massage.
- Our stay is arranged at some of the finest bungalows or estates growing tea, cardamom and other plantation.
- In the time spent in Munnar, we get to indulge in a unique experience with the use of local farm fresh products to supplement your food requirements and cycle through some unique allures of this town.
Make good choices today so you don’t have regrets tomorrow – want to take rest, go hiking or go biking?
- Munnar hill station offers some of the most beautiful natural terrains ideal for trekking and cycling.
- We can either take rest, or trek through Munnar’s jade colored tea farms and rich aromatic tea plantations or choose to ride your bike up to the Top Station which is the highest point (1700m) on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road.
- The ride up is worth the effort because Top Station offers a panoramic view of the majestic Western Ghats which is a real treat to the eyes.
- Breezy skies, frequently changing weather, low-hanging clouds enveloping the hills, chilly atmosphere and strong winds coupled with wide range of flora and fauna are magnetizing, fascinating, charming and bewitching.
- We may spot Indian guars, barking deer, langurs, wild cats and sometimes even leopards and tigers on your road journey.
We make an early start from Munnar today to pedal towards Lock Heart Gap and Bison Valley.
- The Lock Heart Gap is a single lane narrow road that winds down the misty mountains into a green sea of paddy and tea plantation while the calm and serene Bison Valley welcomes us from inside its green blanket as we enjoy this amazing weather.
- Thereon we visit an ancient temple without which a trip to South India is incomplete.
- Today, we also get to click pictures with tea pickers and maybe even help them pick some tea leaves.
- Post lunch we ride off to one of the most sought after pristine environments of Cardamom Hills that host scented tea gardens and produce coffee, teak, bamboo and cardamom.
- After we’ve had enough of this ‘Spice Garden of India’, with packets of fresh produce in your hands we proceed towards the Periyar National Park.
A warm good morning from the jungle! You may choose to nature walk or go bamboo rafting on your excursion today.
- South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary, Periyar is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India. It is currently home to approximately 40 tigers. Although a tiger reserve, tourists come here to see the Indian elephants.
- Zealously guarded and efficiently managed, this reserve is a repository of rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna.
- Main animal life attractions: Tiger, Nilgiri Langur, Sambar, Barking Deer, Elephants, Gaur, Wild Pigs, lion-tailed Macaque, Python, King Cobra.
- Main birdlife attractions: Cormorants, Kingfishers, the Great Malabar Hornbill and racket-tailed Drongoes. Half a day of jungle sight-seeing and after lunch we'll be on our way to a plantation home atop misty green hills.
- Tip of the Day: Wear warm and waterproof clothing to this Disneyland-in-the-Ghats.
We pack up and get driven to our next destination – Vagamon, a hill station made up of series of hillocks, valleys and cascading waterfalls. It makes an ideal getaway for tourists.
- On our way uphill as we sip some refreshing tender coconut water, the trip leader chats away to glory about everything under the Kerala sun – right from their tea, coffee, cardamom to Kathakalli, Onam and Lungi.
- We also get to witness the local way of life by interacting with tea pickers and laborers en route.
- After having a sumptuous Keralite lunch, we set out on a cycling trail in this ‘Land of Coconuts’.
- Enjoy Kayaking in a nearby stream and hit the sack early only to be woken up by countless chirping birds next morning.
When in Kerala, the luxurious and comfortable Alleppey boat house cruises are a noted piece of interest for vacationers.
- We enjoy a smooth and easy pedal gradual downhill ride of about 50 kms as we leave behind those majestic misty mountains.
- Thereon we just hop on to the support vehicle and get transported to Alleppey through a busy road.
- Enjoy this opportunity of a lifetime traversing the backwaters of this amazingly truly ‘God’s Own Country’ and be lost in its scenic beauty only to find your beautiful inner self!
Life is but a learning journey.
- After breakfast we set out to learn coir making. Popular for being the Land of Coconut Trees, Kerala has become an ideal locale for coir industry. Learn to make coir from master craftsmen.
- We then start biking through narrow village roads and head towards Mararikulam, a fishing village by the Marari beach, rated as one of the world’s top five Hammock Beaches by National Geographic.
- Once at Marari the options are all yours – walk on the golden sandy coast, sit on it to count the waves, observe the changing moods of the sea, work up a sun tan or enjoy a spell of surfing or parasailing. The waters in Mararikulam beach are ideal for a light swim and snorkeling too and if you’re lucky—even some surfing. A spell of beach volleyball or Frisbee are equally good options to work up the appetite before you set out to savor the scrumptious fish and seafood delicacies that Marari is extremely famous for!
- At Marari, unlike other popular beaches in Kerala, we can catch a glimpse of typical Kerala village life. The fishing village still lives the way its ancestors have. The men still go out to fish every day and the women make coir mats and brushes.
Post breakfast we embark on our final ride today and rejoice in the joy riding for 50 km on a straight trail alongside the beach heading towards the southern capital of Kochi.
In the evening, we enjoy supper with friends, family and crew and walk down the memory lane to experience the freshness, fragrance and friendliness of ‘God’s Own Country’ and acknowledge the beauty of the beautiful – Kerala.
Our trip leader transfers you to the Cochin International Airport only to let you depart with a bag full of happy memories and a promise in return to come back to this ‘Land of Spices’ to replenish the spice in your day-to-day life!
Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices
We know that feeling! That great feeling of coming back home after a long ride when you want to stretch your legs, rest your back and sip some nice hot coffee. Our experiential home stays, hotels and guesthouses are carefully chosen to give you a complete experience, help you see things differently and offer a chance to learn, appreciate and respect the local surroundings. Our comfort seeking guests get to soak in the aesthetics and authenticity of our highly-curated accommodations throughout this cycling journey.
*Per person on twin sharing
- Aluminum frame mountain/ hybrid bike with helmet
- Luxury and comfortable hotel at all the locations with brekfast and dinner (MAP Bases)
- All lunch at throught out the trips
- SAG vehicle- A Van support that follows throughout the trip and carries all belongings including extra bikes.
- Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, temples and approved guides at all location.
- Nutrition halts during the cycling course everyday. We will provide protein bars, nuts and dryfruits, fresh fruits, packed water bottle, chocolates & rehydration supplements during cycle ride.
- Spare bikes and parts
- Essential first-aid kit
- All transportation from rendezvous to final drop-off
- Periyar Jungle jeep safari
- Transaction Charges and GST (Goods and Services Tax)
- Domestic Flights
- Alcoholic beverages
- Expenses of personal nature e.g. Telephone bills, laundry and spa, massage etc.
- Any adventure activity like Paragliding, rafting, ropeway etc
- Photography expenses at heritage sites
- Immediate expenses raised due to natural occurrences – landslides, weather, etc.
- Tip for crew members and hotel staff
- Any items/activity not mentioned in the list of inclusions.