A destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things. So is Kerala – a full-fledged package of beauty and mystery, dotted with some amazing destinations. Here the practices and traditions handed down from generation to generation, alongside some of the natural wonders that we have been blessed with have attracted people to this land for centuries.
Day 1: Cochin – Paniyeli Poru (Cycling :48 Kms)
Pick-up From Fort Cochin at 8 am. After a trip briefing we are transferred to Tripunithura where we hop on our bikes and ride to Paniyeli Poru, home to some of Kerala’s most beautiful natural waterfalls. Poru in Malayalam means ‘fight’ and the waterfall was thus named because here the three tributaries of Periyar come together and seem to be engaged in a battle. There will be a few rises on our route, but nothing steep. We stay at, a serene riverside resort boasting a front row view of the surrounding rivulets and unspoilt nature.
Day 2: Paniyeli Poru – Thodupuzha (Cycling : 45 Kms)
After breakfast we will ride to the ancient town of Thodupuzha. Passing fertile spice farms and rubber plantations along the way, we make our way to the historic town dating back to 300 BC when the Buddhist and Jain religions first made their inroads into Kerala. We will ride through undulating terrain, rubber plantations, forests, cross a river and visit a local village. We Stay at a riverside Villa at Thodupuzha.
Day 3: Thodupuzha – Kumarakom (Cycling : 60 Kms)
Continuing on our journey, we transfer to Erattupetta to begin our cycle towards Kumarakom. We are rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding area as we ride through rubber and spice plantations and arrive in Kottayam, also known as the Syrian Christian heartland of Kerala. Here, you will clamber on to one of Kerala’s most luxurious forms of accommodation and transport, the houseboat. Reclining on cushions and drifting through quiet canals, you will pass by paddy fields, teams of ducks, floating markets, local toddy shops, temples and churches.
Day 4: Alleppey – Cochin (Cycling :60 Kms)
We dock at Alleppey, and find our bikes waiting for us. This morning’s ride will be flat as we take an old canal road, passing historic buildings and taking in the serene view of this small city. We then ride north along the coast to Marari beach for a seafood lunch and a bit of relaxation. We continue riding past fishing villages as we near our final destination of Cochin. We will end the tour at Fort Kochi.
NB: You can cycle as much as you wish, or choose to get on the Van.