Hennie biking among the tea plantations in Munnar, Kerala, India.

Uncle John's Ice Cream truck in Kerala, India. Photo via Flickr:Vinoth Chandar

Exotic Kerala, India

India Bike Tours

Luxury coastal bike tour in India’s deep south

  • India! How do we begin to describe a bike tour in India? It is a country that is an exotic blend of color, charm, and, yes...chaos.

    However, this bike tour in Kerala, a state in Southern India, will showcase the best of the country, far from the frenzy of the urban centers. The people here refer to their home as "God's own country" and for good reason. It is a tropical paradise.

    There is 600 km of glorious Arabian Sea Coast that ribbons the west and on the east, tower the mountains of the Western Ghats, whose slopes support tea, coffee, and spice plantations. In between, is a lush green landscape, emerald Backwaters, and a network of 44 rivers.

    National parks like Eravikulam and Periyar, plus Wayanad and other sanctuaries, are home to elephants, langur monkeys, and tigers.

    Step out of your comfort zone, and into another, on this exotic adventure in India.

    Highlights:

    • Tea plantation
    • Munnar
    • Fort Kochi
    • Kumarakom and the backwaters

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  • * Twin/double: £ 2096 $ 3,343 2201 NOK 22008 kr 20315 $ 2,641    INR 1.79500

    *Prices above are based on 4 people and on exchange rate on March 24, 2017. Price in US dollars fluctuates with exchange. We will prepare your final invoice in US dollars based on exchange at that time. See our Reservation Information Page  for currency exchange information.

    extra options

    September dates are offered at 10% discount.
    (INR:1.6350)

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    The closest major airport to Kochi, India is Cochin International Airport (COK / VOCI). This airport is in Nedumbassery, India and is 39 km from the center of Kochi, India.

    Local Travel

    An airport transfer is included in your tour price

    Climate

    Bestowed with a pleasant and equable climate throughout the year, Kerala is a tropical land with the coast running down its entire length and the Western Ghats forming a protective barrier against the dry winds from up north. The monsoons (June-September & October-November) and summer (February-May) are the seasons markedly experienced here, while winter is only a slight drop in temperature from the normal range of 28-32°C. A good website to explore regional weather including average high/low temperatures and average rainfall is weatherbase.com.


Tour Dates

2017:
February 18, March 4, September 16*, October 14, November 18, and December 2, 2017
2018:
January 13, February 10, February 24, September 15*, October 13, November 10, and December 8,  2018

*Discounted dates

**minimum of 4 is necessary to confirm tour, if less than 4, please request pricing from us.

Where You’ll Stay

On this unique and exotic tour, you will overnight in heritage villas, hotels, homestays, luxury cottage tents, and an air conditioned deluxe rice boat, all with private facilities.

What’s Included

  • 13 nights accommodations
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Refreshments and mineral water while cycling
  • Airport transfers
  • Support vehicle
  • Cycling guide
  • 21 to 24 gear Cannondale bike rental with bike bag, water bottle cage and water bottle, gel saddles
  • Helmets are available, but it is advisable to bring your own

What’s Not Included

  • Insurance
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length14 days
From$2641 Rates
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Skill Level

We are rating this tour moderate to difficult but please do not let this stop you from experiencing this once in a lifetime tour. There is a support vehicle at all times available for those who wish to take a break from cycling.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Kochi
Day 2: Thattekkad, 37 mi. (60 km)
Day 3: Muthuvaankudi, 37 mi. (59 km)
Day 4: Muthuvaankudi
Day 5: Munnar, 18 mi. (29 km)
Day 6: Periyar, 44 mi. (70 km)
Day 7: Periyar
Day 8: Kulamavu, 50 mi. (80 km)
Day 9: Kulamavu
Day 10: Houseboat, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 11: Alleppey, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 13: Marari, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 14: Departure

Day 1: Kochi
Your exotic cycling adventure begins with your arrival to the historic city of Fort Kochi. After checking in, you have the remainder of the day to see this historic city with its ancient churches, the synagogue, and museums at your leisure. One highlight is the Chinese Fishing Nets at the harbor. Said to have been introduced by traders from the court of Kublai Khan, these cantilevered nets, set up on teak and bamboo poles, are physical remnants of Fort Kochi's ancient trade with the Far East. Fishermen work the nets all day long, lowering them into the water and then hauling them up using a remarkably efficient pulley system.  Tonight you will overnight in the Brunton Boatyard, located right on an historic stretch of the harbour. In the evening, you will enjoy a classical dance performance of Kathakali, a guided city tour, and harbor cruise. (D)

Day 2: Thattekkad, 37 mi. (60 km)
Early in the morning, you will make your way to the lowland forests of Thattekkad, set on the banks of the Periyar River. The journey will take you through the spice gardens that have made Kerala famous all over the globe. On arrival, you will be staying at the luxury tented Hornbill Camp, set amidst a coconut grove on the banks of the Periyar river. The camp consists of cottage tents built on raised platforms and overlooks the lowland forests of the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Thattekkad. The tents are spacious with rustic luxury as well as modern living standards. This jungle camp is the perfect setting for an evening of relaxation as you listen to the sounds of the forest.
(B, L, D)

Day 3: Muthuvaankudi, 37 mi. (59 km)
Today, after breakfast, you will set off again, along the banks of  Periyar River, through the dense low altitude forests of Neriyamanagalam. These are the forests where reed is extracted for manufacture of traditional household items such as baskets and mats. The view is filled with forests of redwood trees and mountain peaks. Towards the end, it’s the time to challenge yourself as the roads get much steeper before reaching your accommodations, a well appointed Eco boutique resort , the Eco Tone, where you are promised an ethnic experience in tune with nature and local tradition, sure to enlighten. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Muthuvaankudi, 37 mi. (59 km)
You can explore the village more in depth as it has many stories to tell; culture, tradition, and the cultivation of spices.You can spot many varieties of birds and fruit trees. Use this opportunity to learn tips from the local people while they prepare food in their traditional methods. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Munnar, 18 mi. (29 km)
Today is a day of climbing to the heights at Munnar, famous for its exotic flora and fauna, at over 1600 meters. We will pass through high altitude forests, manicured tea gardens, cardamom plantations and winding roads to a family owned resort within a cardamom forest.  Munnar is famed for its trekking routes or you can go on a cycling trip through the wonderfully laid tea gardens in absolute serenity through the quiet country roads. Accommodations this evening is in the Tea County, a premium hill resort. There are opportunities to sight wild animals especially Nilgiri tahr (mountain goat), elephant, bison etc. Highlight will be a visit to the Tea Museum. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Periyar, 44 mi. (70 km)
Today is a challenging day as you continue biking around the beautiful Anaerangal Lake (literally meaning the 'lake where the elephants come down') and through 'manicured' tea estates to the day's destination, the world famed Periyar Tiger Reserve, Periyar is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India. It is a repository of rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna. You will overnight in the Spice Village, a resort located in the hilly tea and spice growing region of Thekkady and it is couple of minutes from the entrance gate of the Raft at the Periyar Lake. The resort is constructed like a tribal village and has several varieties of spices and fruits growing on its sprawling grounds. Its location, within minutes away from the entrance gate of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, makes it the perfect gateway to exploring the area (B, L, D)

Day 7: Periyar
You will have a couple of options this day, either a wildlife safari or a visit to a tribal village and spice plantations at Periyar. You choose! Overnight once again in Spice Village.(B, L, D)

Day 8: Kulamavu, 50 mi. (80 km)
Another long day is ahead of you but perhaps the best day of the trip. It is the most challenging day of the week with many ups and downs but the view is magnificent and you are surrounded by spice plantations. You will pass the famous arch dam of Idukki on the way and just before you reach the destination for the night, Lulamavu, You will cross the beautiful Kulamavu dam. The last bit is a tough climb and a worthwhile challenge to the Greenberg Resort, your accommodations for the next two nights. Kulamavu is located in the Western Ghats,  a green paradise with hills, meadows, lush green trees, and beautiful lakes. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Kulamavu
You have a free day at the resort to explore Kulamavu. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Houseboat, 34 mi. (55 km)
What a treat is in store for you today! Your destination leads to the famed backwater town of Kumarakom. The ride through the plains passes through settlements of rubber plantations, farmlands, fruit yards, and market places. In the afternoon you will be ready for the highlight of the tour, a cruise and overnight on one of the world-renowned rice boats, a luxurious way to see the backwaters and see the life in the backwater countryside villages.  (B, L, D)

Day 11: Alleppey, 19 mi. (30 km)
Once again we will make our way through the narrow country roads to a  villa on the backwaters near the ancient city of Alleppey - a perfect place to take in a Kerala Ayurvedic massage as you relax for the next two evening at the Punnamada Resort. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Alleppey
You will have one more day at the backwater to explore the villages and the local markets. Alleppey possesses a large network of inland canals which provide its lifeline. It was one of the busiest centers of trade in the past with one of the best-known ports along the Malabar coast. Perhaps you would be interested in a visit to the lovely church filled town of Kottayam, and the town of Aranmula, famous for its historic Aranmula Snake Boat Race which is an annual event. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Marari, 19 mi. (30 km)
Today's route passes through country roads and small villages where we will see coconut husk being processed and made into coir ropes and mats and then, cycling a beach road, you will arrive to your destination for the day at the Marari Beach Resort. (B)

Day 14: Departure
Transfer to Kochi International Airport.

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