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14 days
Availability : Jan 20’ - Dec 20’
Cochin
Marari
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 20
Tour Details

Much more than just a cycling trip, the cycling holiday in Kerala is an opportunity to experience Kerala’s culture, food and traditions. As you cycle quietly on the back roads of this green state, you will get a chance to wander off the usual tourist trails through the rugged beauty of its mountains of Munnar, the wildlife-rich rain forests of Periyar, the fascinating backwaters near the ancient port of Alleppey, the spice gardens in the lowlands and the historic city of Fort Kochi. Food is an essential component of this cycling holiday in Kerala. You will be amazed at the different types of cuisines in such a small geographic area, each characterised by the local spices and herbs of the micro-region through which you will be passing.

Departure & Return Location

Cochin International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
Please Note

NB: You can cycle as much as you wish, or choose to get on the Van.

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Cost applicable on a minimum of 4 persons travelling together
  • Cycles Accompanying cycling guide 
  • Accompanying support vehicle 
  • Activities as mentioned in the itinerary (including entry fees and local guide charges) 
  • Drinking water and refreshments during activities

Exclusions:

  • GST @ 5.0%
  • Any personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned under inclusions
  • US$  1750
Itinerary

Day 1Kochi

On arrival, you will check into a heritage hotel at Fort Kochi. After lunch, the rest of the afternoon and evening can be used to discover this amazing city of Kochi. Kochi (Cochin as it was known in colonial times) is a major port on the west coast of India, set on a cluster of islands surrounded by sparkling blue lagoons and backwaters. Its historic links can be seen in the Colonial bungalows, an old Synagogue, Chinese fishing nets, the oldest European church in India and a medieval Portuguese palace.

Day 2Kochi – Thattekkad ( Cycling: 55kms)

After breakfast you will start off on your cycles towards the slopes of the Western Ghats to reach the lowland forests of Thattekkad. Your cycling will commence a little away from city limits to avoid the morning city traffic and reach a quiet countryside where the roads are mostly level. You will pass by the scenic countryside that showcases temples, spice gardens, paddy fields and rubber plantations. After a leisurely lunch en-route, you will reach the stay on the banks of the River Periyar.

Day 3Thattekkad – Muthuvaankudi (Cycling :65 Kms)

Today, after breakfast, you will set off again, along the Periyar riverbank, through the dense low altitude forests of Neriyamanagalam. These are the forests where reed is extracted for manufacture of traditional household items like baskets and mats. The stunning views of forests, redwood trees and mountain peaks, make it an ideal holiday destination. Towards the end, it’s time for you to challenge yourself as the roads get much steeper. Cycle through different settlements to reach Muthuvankudi, where you will be staying this night, and it will bring you some well-deserved rest after the day’s uphill cycling. In this village you can have a guided walk to know about the culture, tradition and the spices they are cultivating. You can spot many varieties of birds and fruit trees. Use your opportunity to learn tips from the local people while they prepare food in their traditional methods.

Day 4Muthuvankudi – Munnar Pothamedu- Muthuvankudi (Cycling :30 Kms)

Pedal towards your next destination after breakfast. Start your journey through the small village roads, then the scenery slowly changes to small farms of spices like pepper and cardamom, tea estates and finally towards Munnar along the main road. “Welcome to the land of Neelakurinji ‘the flower which carpets the hills once in twelve years’ and the Endangered Neelagiri Thar, and be welcomed by the hills blanketed in lush green tea plantations”. Pedal all the way up to an altitude of 1600-1800Mts above sea level. Visit Tea museum in the afternoon, to learn some interesting facts about tea plantations and tea production in Munnar. Return to the hotel to retire for the day in the lap of nature.

Day 5Muthuvankudi – Suryanelli (Cycling : 11 KMs)

Today, you will cycle through the Grahams land Tea Estate and the daunting mountain pass at the “Lockhart Gap”, a testimony to the perseverance of the early planters. When you arrive at Suryanelli, your stay will be in cottage tents.

Day 6Suryanelli – Vandanmedu (Cycling: 40 Kms)

Start your mountain biking expedition after early breakfast. You will circle around the picturesque Anaerangal Lake, through the tea estates, to Vandanmedu. On this route, you will be able to set your sights on the cardamom estates that gave these hills their name. The thick aroma of the spice gardens and the beautiful forests will be the highlight of today’s ride through the Cardamom Hills. You will spend your night in a magnificent resort at Vandanmedu, set amidst cardamom and tea estates.

Day 7Vandanmedu – Periyar Tiger Reserve (Cycling : 22 Kms)

Your next destination is the Periyar Tiger Reserve. It is a famed protected area that is home to large herds of Asiatic Elephants, the Indian Bison, and the Tigers that India is renowned for. Periyar cycling involves roads surrounded by spice gardens and tea plantations. The ride is quite comfortably short and you will reach the reserve in time for lunch. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you can take a walk with the local guides into the rain forest. The reserve is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts and ornithologists, with its rich fauna, which apart from the elephants, tigers and bison’s, also includes has over 300 species of birds like the Malabar Grey Hornbill, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Blue-winged Parakeet, and the Crimson-backed Sunbird.

Day 8Periyar Tiger Reserve

The Mannans are among the oldest indigenous group of people to inhabit the Periyar Tiger Reserve. As late as the 1940s, they lived in the remotest areas of the Tiger Reserve. Their lifestyles were simple, and they made their living by fishing and cultivating a few crops. Today, they are the main conservators of the forest. You will get to walk and talk with them, as they will help you discover the tropical rain forests and wildlife. You will also gain some insight into their interesting way of life.

Day 9Periyar Tiger Reserve – Kulamavu (Cycling: 40 Kms)

Another long day ahead of you, and perhaps the best day of the trip! It is also the most challenging day of the week with undulating paths all through. The view is magnificent and you will have spice plantations on either side. You get to see the famous arch dam of Idukki on the way and cross the beautiful Kulamavu dam just before you reach your destination for the night. The last bit is a tough climb and a worthwhile challenge.You can cycle as much as you wish, or choose to get on the Van.

Day 10Kulamavu – Kumarakom ( Cycling : 60 Kms)

Today, you will be taking a downhill ride through the mountains heading towards the plains and from there through the rubber country of Palai to Kumarakom, the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. Here, you will settle into a beautiful resort on the banks of the Kumarakom lagoon.

Day 11Kumarakom – Alleppey Houseboat ( Cycling : 22 Kms)

You will cycle towards the small villages set against the amazing water world that makes up the backwaters. 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 12Alleppey ( Cycling : 20 Kms)

At Alleppey, you will disembark and make your way to a heritage villa along the backwaters. Cycling through this route gives you a close look at the life of the people living along the backwaters. Immediately upon arrival, you will realise that this is the perfect spot to unwind. Whether it is reading ensconced in a hammock, dangling your toes in the water, getting an ayurvedic massage or trying out the local tea shop, you can shake off the exhaustion of your journey with the great choices offered to you at this villa. You can also visit the fruit and vegetable market, the ancient temple or the local pottery factory. A more adventurous option would be to go cycling through the ‘necklace of villages’ of Kuttanadu, walking through the countryside or learning to cook in family kitchens.

Day 13Alleppey – Marari (Cycling : 23 Kms)

Pedal towards your next destination after breakfast. The route passes through country roads and small villages where you will see coconut husk being processed and made into coir ropes and mats. You will hit the beach road that will take you to your destination for the day, a beautiful beach villa. Today’s ride will take you along the fishing villages and coconut plantations on one side and the sea on the other. You will reach in time for lunch at the villa. You could wind down by spending the afternoon on the beach.

Day 14Depart

This day marks the end of the Cycling holiday in Kerala and you will be transported to the airport, with fond memories of your exciting activity holiday in India.

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