Chinese fishing nets in Fort Kochi, Kerala, India. Photo via Flickr:Chandrika Nair

Cattle market in Kerala, India. Photo via Flickr:Julia Maudlin
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Rural Kerala, India

India Bike Tours

The heart of India

  • Your bike tour through rural Kerala, India will feature routes splashed with peaceful stretches of backwaters and canals, serene beaches, exotic wildlife, forests, spice gardens, and rubber plantations. After visiting this exotic land, we feel that Kerala should be on everyone's radar! Its unique geographical features have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia and it was selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of the thirteen paradises on the earth.

    This tour covers almost every aspect of the cultural and natural beauty that draws people to Kerala.

    Highlights:
    Fort Kochi
    Ancient port of Muziris
    Lowland forests
    Bird watching in Thattekkad

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    2019

    Number in group246810
    Double/twin £ 1084 $ 1,858 1357 NOK 13008 kr 12008 $ 1,561 £ 1042 $ 1,787 1305 NOK 12508 kr 11546 $ 1,501 £ 1015 $ 1,739 1270 NOK 12175 kr 11238 $ 1,461 £ 945 $ 1,620 1183 NOK 11342 kr 10469 $ 1,361 £ 903 $ 1,549 1131 NOK 10842 kr 10008 $ 1,301

    Single supplement: €310

    **There will be a 15 % season supplement for bookings from December 15 to January 15.

    extra options

    Electric bike: €60

    please note

    Rates are per person 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

    Airport transfers are included in your tour

    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.

    Passport/Visa information: Please make sure that your passport is still valid for at least six months at the end of the tour. An electronic visa (e-visa) is available for passport holders of 150 countries including Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA and citizens of EU countries, with the application and the fee submitted. Fees vary depending on nationality. The visa is valid up to 60 days from the date of arrival. Visit here to apply and for the full list of eligible countries.  For citizens of countries not specified a visa must be acquired before arriving in India. Please contact your local Indian embassy to receive a standard tourist visa. Locations on embassies worldwide are available here. 

    Mandatory vaccinations?
    There are no compulsory vaccinations although it is strongly recommended that you are vaccinated against: Typhoid; Hepatitis A and B. Tetanus and polio vaccinations should also be up to date at the time of travel. Please speak to your doctor/physician for the most recent information.


Where You’ll Stay

You will be delighted by the unique accommodations on this tour, ranging from a British style heritage hotel, to a pioneering birding and adventure camp, the river side resort complex

What’s Included

  • Airport transfers
  • 8 nights accommodations
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfers as indicated
  • 21-24 speed, mountain bike Trek/Merida/Cannondale (incl. water bottle holder, helmets) (7 days bike rental)
  • Cycling guide and support vehicle
  • Mineral water and refreshments during cycling
  • All applicable taxes

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From$1561 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019
Every Saturday with minimum of 2 people.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Rural Kerala, India Map

2019

Day 1: Arrival Fort Kochi
Day 2: Bike fitting/ride around Fort Kochi
Day 3: Cycling to Cherai
Day 4: Cycling to Paniely poru
Day 5: Cycling to Thattekad
Day 6: Cycling to Thodupuzha
Day 7: Cycling to Kanam
Day 8: Cycling to Alleppey
Day 9: Depart

Day 1: Arrival Fort Kochi
Upon arrival at Kochi International Airport you will be transferred to your accommodations at Fort Kochi. Overnight at Fort Kochi.

Day 2: Bike Fitting, explore Fort Kochi, optional 31 mi. (50 km)
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.
Activity: Optional bike ride, local sightseeing. B

Day 3: Fort Kochi - Cherai Beach, 28 mi. (45 km)
Starting the day early, you will start your cycling, first going past the coastal villages along the beach and then the long stretches of the Kochi backwaters on either side. You will be riding through paddy fields, fish farms, coconut groves and long stretches of beaches until you reach the site of the ancient port of Muziris, once all powerful as the center of world of spices. You will be going around the restored Chendamangalam synagogue, the Cheraman mosque and the renovated palace of Palliath Achan - the erstwhile rulers class of Kochi. Thereafter, you will ride into a quiet country home surrounded by the backwaters. B,L,D
Activity: Cycling to Varapuzha

Day 4: Paniely Poru, 25 mi. (40 km)
You will be starting the day early and ride towards the foothills of the Western Ghats. The ride will pass through the rural Kerala countryside and soon will give way to spice farms and rubber plantations. Your destination is a beautifully laid out resort within hearing distance of one of Kerala’s famous rivers, the Periyar with its rapids thundering down the mountains. 

Day 5: Thattekad, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today you will be riding towards one of the best bird watching destinations in India,  the lowland forests of Thattekkad with over 275 species of birds, 76 species of butterflies 30 species of reptiles, besides wildlife such as elephants, Sambar deer, wild Dogs, civet Cat among others. Your stay would be at the rustic Hornbill camp set along the shores of the river Periyar opposite the sanctuary. After a traditional lunch at the common gazebo overlooking the river, you will get an opportunity to go through to the rain forests on the opposite side of the river. The lush rain forest also harbors endemic birds like the brilliantly colorful Malabar Parakeets and the Malabar Trogons. After your return, there is a walk planned through the local village to see how the farming community lives amidst their plantations of rubber, coconuts, and various spices like pepper and ginger. The villages are friendly places and you will be welcomed in their midst.

Day 6: Thodupuzha, 25 mi. (40 km)
From Thattekkad, this cycling tour of Kerala continues along the banks of the Periyar River, and up to Thodupuzha, a picturesque little town. The roads meander through spice farms and large rubber plantations. You will cycle along this scenic route to a resort located on the banks of the river. You will get to walk through spice belts located here, getting a chance to spot spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper vines. 

Day 7: Palai, 22 mi. (35 km)
After breakfast you will make our way through the villages and countryside to an organic spice farm. The route is spectacular and soon you will be passing rubber plantations and paddy fields as you ride into a farm house built in the typical Keralan architectural style over a century ago. This is the Mundakkal Plantation homestay. The villa set amidst paddy fields & spice plantations. The homestay is where Joseph and his family reside. Their son is a naturalist and will take you around on walks through the farm and the village. There are good hills to climb, walks around the village, meet up with local residents and lots to learn about the intricacies of Syrian Christian cooking,  especially meats and pickles. The nearby Ayurvedic center is ideal for Ayurvedic massages.

Day 8: Alleppey, 28 mi. (45 km)
Waking up to a spectacular sunrise in the village, you can watch as the villagers begin their day – school children on their way to schools, farmers tilling the fields, and toddy tappers at work bringing down the coconut sap to be sold as toddy for the masses. You will once again make your way through the narrow country roads to a backwater heritage villa located along the shores of the backwaters - a great place to enjoy a Kerala Ayurvedic massage as you relax in the evening and a perfect end to your rural cycling adventure in Kerala. Transfer from Kumarakom to Alleppey. 

Day 9: End of tour and departure

This marks the end of this exciting tour in Rural Kerala. 

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  • Jennifer D. 1 month ago

    The friendly people of Kerala, the heat, the hills, our wonderful guide and driver, the beautiful colourful saris, so many wonderful memories in a glorious part of India.

  • Allison M. 1 month ago

    This trip to Rural Kerala despite the recent problems with the massive flood exceeded our expectations in terms of scenery, things to see and do, the
    varied accommodation, our outstanding guide and very competent driver and the way the whole trip was managed. Great memories for us was contact with the local people, families, children, men, women, all very welcoming despite some difficult circumstances for many of them. Great and varied cycling, and loved our visits to the national parks and Tea plantations.

  • Allison Martin 2 months ago

    We have just returned from this tour in Kerala, (September 2018) it was customised for the two of us to include 3 nights in Munnar. The tour exceeded our expectations, was extremely well organised by Kalypso Adventures, we had an outstanding guide and competent driver, learnt much about the area, culture, the people and how they live what is grown in the area and so much more. The cycling was great, amended slightly in distance and route because of the recent devastating floods but this in no way detracted from the experience. Accommodation was varied and always excellent, food delicious. We would certainly recommend this tour. We are an older couple from New Zealand.

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