All over the world, Bike and boat tours are tours of choice for families and friends looking for an exclusive and relaxing holiday. Kalypso Adventures brings you this amazing Kerala Boat and Bike tour, a unique opportunity to experience the natural wonders of Kerala in a manner chosen by you –a combination of Kalypso’s trusted cycles and Kerala’s famed rice boats. Cycle during the day and relax aboard the houseboat by noon and cruise to your next day’s cycling point. This experiential tour will take you through the meandering backwaters of Kerala and the coconut palm-fringed country roads of the kuttanad region that surround the backwaters to discover a lifestyle and culture that prides itself on its simplicity and dignity. This is indeed a chance for you to catch up on genuine Keralan cuisine, watch people go about their daily chores often joining them in their festivals, culturally immersing yourselves all the way! This is also a cycling tour for those who like a highly relaxed cycling or even skipping it if they simply want to stay on board to enjoy a cruise on the boat. You also have the boat entirely to yourself to avoid the hassle of any fixed timings or being pressed for time. This is an exclusive offering from Kerala – no one else offers this tour! Extensions to the nearby places for wildlife or walking the mountains at Munnar are also available.
Day 1: Alleppey
The day starts early as you cycle through the old quarter of Fort Kochi to the erstwhile Southern port town of Alleppey. Most of the ride is through the back roads that meander along between the backwaters and the Arabian Sea. You pass through numerous fishing villages and coconut groves before you stop on the beach front at Andhkaranazhika beach. After refreshments, set course once again towards the beaches of Marari. Here you get to see the natural fibre ‘coir’ being made from coconut husks, fishermen go on their daily trips and small village schools. Turning off onto the road to Alleppey you should arrive at the waterfront to board your houseboat by noon for a sumptuous sea food lunch cooked on board with local spices. The cruise will end by sunset at Pallathuruthy and you could settle in to a glorious sunset framed against the swaying coconut palms and chorus of bird songs.
Day 2: Backwaters – Manapra
The day’s cycling begins typically, after breakfast on the houseboat. The cycling routes are the backroads cutting through the heart of rural backwater region. The backwaters, such an intrinsic part of life here, is also the scene of constant and varied activities – be it clothes being washed or bathing or fishing. As you cycle along roads that are abutted by lush green paddy fields, don’t forget to lend a keen ear to the shrill chatter of birds. On arrival you will be welcomed at a homestay located on the banks of the river. Here you will see the various activities like toddy tapping and other farming activities before a delicious lunch at the homestay. You board the houseboat at noon for another leisurely cruise to Thakazhy for the rest of the day and come alongside to watch the magnificent sunset and enjoy dinner which is freshly made local fare.
Day 3: Backwaters – Viapuram
Thakazhy’s position in the literary world of Kerala is made famous by the writer Sivasankar Pillai, a doyen of novels in Malayalam, the local language. Today you will be riding through some of the most beautiful country roads that are as safe as they are scenic. But watch out for that brace of ducks as they waddle across the road to an unknown rhythm or the cattle that roam the fields. Men and women hard at work in paddy fields is another fascinating sight. Dotting the roadsides are the local teashops where tea is often served laced with some spicy gossip or the latest political trends. Equally ubiquitous are the local toddy shops that serve freshly tapped toddy along with spicy Keralan food. You are now in the Kuttanad region that is synonymous with below-sea-level paddy cultivation. You will certainly find the famous Kuttanad Duck Roast as unique as its place of origin. By noon you will be aboard the houseboat which will take you through the tranquil backwaters of Alleppey to your next cycling point at Karuvatta – a quiet sleepy little village.
Day 4: Backwaters – Thottapilly
The final day of cycling will be an exhilarating ride through rural roads. The unique scenery on display all along the roadside is both breath-taking and real. The still backwaters timeless in their beauty, bordered by thick coconut groves and the daily humdrum of human life eking out the minutes – whether an occasional canoe passing by with a couple of school children or office-goers on board, or a busy housewife washing clothes, ducks gliding by self-importantly in a line or fisherwomen in coracles, even men and women hard at work in their backyards creating coir- they all blend seamlessly into the landscape. You will be visiting the Mannarasala Temple, an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Nagaraja or the serpent god. Snake worship is unique to Kerala and is as innate to its culture as the land itself. Passing by endlessly picturesque coastal roads and quiet fisherman villages, you will finally arrive at a spillway onto the backwaters where the cycling ends. The houseboat waiting there to transport you back to the start point will also offer the magic of a sunset cruise. You could reflect on the vivid pictures of the day imprinted on your mind over a hot cup of tea or coffee and some crisp banana fritters.
Day 5: Alleppey
Cruise back to Alleppey. Disembark boat. Tour ends.