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

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

Rural Kerala, India

India Bike Tours

The heart of India

  • 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.

    Your bike ride through rural Kerala will feature routes splashed with peaceful stretches of backwaters and canals, serene beaches, exotic wildlife, forests, spice gardens, and rubber plantations.

    This adventure covers almost every aspect of the cultural and nautural beauty that draws people to Kerala and has put India on everyone's radar.

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

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  • *Below pricing is based on exchange on March 27, 2017

    2 - 3 people: £ 957 $ 1,527 1013 NOK 10050 kr 9277 $ 1,206 4 - 5 people: £ 850 $ 1,356 900 NOK 8925 kr 8238 $ 1,071 6 - 7 people: £ 841 $ 1,342 891 NOK 8833 kr 8154 $ 1,060 8 - 9 people: £ 825 $ 1,316 874 NOK 8667 kr 8000 $ 1,040 10 people:     £ 825 $ 1,316 874 NOK 8667 kr 8000 $ 1,040

    Single supplement: £ 176 $ 281 187 NOK 1850 kr 1708 $ 222

    *Prices in US dollars fluctuate 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.

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    September dates are offered at a 10% discount.

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    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

    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.


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
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Hybrid bike rental
  • Cycling guide
  • Mineral water and refreshments during cycling
  • All applicable taxes

What’s Not Included

  • Insurance
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From$1040 Rates
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Tour Dates

2017:

November 11, and December 9, 2017

2018:

January 20, February 3, February 17, September 22, October 20, November 17, and December 1, 2018

*Tour dates can be confirmed with minimum of 2 people.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Kochi, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 2: Beach and  Backwater ride, 28 mi. (45 kms)
Day 3: Ride along the Periyar River Rapids, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: The Lowland Forests of Thattekkad, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Thodupuzha, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Riceboat cruise, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Backwater Village, 25 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1: Kochi, 31 mi. (50 km)
Your first day of this exciting cycling holiday in Kerala will be spent at Fort Kochi. A transfer will wait for you  at the Kochi International Airport. Set on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas, Kochi is a city of cultural diversity. After you check in and are fitted with your bikes, you can spend the rest of the day exploring Fort Kochi, visiting the synagogue and the Dutch palace, buying a few knick-knacks at Jew street and spending the evening gazing out at the Chinese fishing nets at the harbor mouth. Your evening will end with the performance of a myriad of classical dancers from various parts of Kerala. 

Day 2: Beach and  Backwater ride, 28 mi. (45 kms)
Starting the day early, you will first be transferred the short distance on the island ferry to Vypin. From here 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  till 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 & 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)

Day 3: Ride along the Periyar River Rapids, 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. (B, L, D)

Day 4: The Lowland Forests of Thattekkad, 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.(B, L, D)

Day 5: 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 the resort located on the river bank. This is a beautiful resort on the banks of Kannadipuzha, in the lower ranges of the Western Ghats. You will get to walk through spice belts located here, getting a chance to spot spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper vines. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Riceboat cruise, 28 mi. (45 km)
You will be starting the day’s cycling from Thodupuzha and cycle through the countryside and 'bunds' of the vast waterways of the backwaters. From here you  will cycle through the village roads along the paddy fields till we reach Alleppey where you  will finish our ride and embark on to the luxurious Rice boat for a unique overnight experience of cruising down the backwaters. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Backwater Village, 25 mi. (45 km)
Waking up to a spectacular sunrise on the backwaters, you can watch as the villagers begin their day – school children on their way to schools, fisherman embarking on their day’s toils, duck rearing, coconut climbers busy with harvesting coconuts and toddy tappers at work bringing down the coconut sap to be sold as toddy for the masses. As soon as you disembark, 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. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Departure
This marks the end of this exciting rural cycling holiday along the spice trails.

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