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India Cycling Tour: Kerala and Tamil Nadu

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 5 - 16 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: October - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1395 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1395 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Kerala in India, is home to one of the world's oldest civilisations and commonly known as 'God's own country'. A beautiful, memorable destination for a bicycle holiday, with rich and varied cultures, Kerala is included in the National Geographic Traveller as one of the world's 50 must-see destinations. Kerala has long held a fascination for travellers, what better way to explore this wonderful region than a mountain bike tour?

The terrain here is geographically diverse, with the Arabian Sea to the west and the mountains of the Western Ghats to the east, offering a great variety of cycling. On the redspokes Kerala bicycle holiday you will visit stunning beaches on the Malabar coast, lush green hill stations shrouded in mist, sloping tea plantations, blue lagoons and tropical rainforests, before finally exploring the fascinating and beautiful inland waterways. The serene ambience of the Alleppey backwaters is one of the unique attractions of Kerala.

Our tour includes the unforgettable experience of a night on board a luxury houseboat or 'Kettuvalom'. The following morning we enjoy a leisurely cruise through the tranquil small lakes and amazing surroundings. Another highlight of our India cycling trip is the food. Distinctive Keralan cuisine is flavoured with diverse natural herbs and spices, great for vegetarians and far less fiery than the style of curry to be found further to the north of India. The India cycling tour through Kerala and Tamil Nadu is rich in experiences and will give you a great insight into this fantastic region and its culture, all from the unique vantage point of a bicycle.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Trivandrum. Whatever flight you choose to get, you will be met and transferred to our hotel. Arrive in Trivandrum. Transfer to our guesthouse near Trivandrum. Assemble bikes for a short ride to Kovalam Beach. Accommodation: Hotel.

Day 2: Trivandrum to Madurai. Local day ride to Neyyar Dam. Depart late afternoon on the train to Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Cycles transported by road. Accommodation: Hotel. Cycling distance: 35 km.

Day 3: Madurai to Vathalagundu. Breakfast at hotel followed by visit to magnificent Meenakshi temple. Explore town. After lunch, there is a short vehicle transfer to where our cycling begins. Vathalagundu which is surrounded by the hills of the Western Ghats is our final destination. Accommodation: Hotel. Cycling distance: 45 km.

Day 4: Vathalagundu to Kodaikanal. A stunning but tough days ride as we leave the steamy plains of Tamil Nadu and get to a cooler climate at the hill station town of Kodaikanal. It is a long climb at the end of the day but we are offered some scenic views of the plains below as we end this stunning day. Accommodation: Hotel. Cycling distance: 83 km. Altitude: 2,133 m.

Day 5: Rest Day. Optional half day cycle ride, go walking or relax by the lake. Accommodation: Hotel. Altitude: 2,133 m.

Day 6: Kodaikanal to Marayoor. Lots of downhill from the Kodai tour lunch stop near Palani. You can opt for a 1½ hour vehicle transfer to the entrance of Indira Ghandi national park or cycle all the way. Afternoon cycle through Indira Ghandi and Chinoor national parks (32 km) to Marayoor. Stay 2 nights. Accommodation: Hotel. Cycling distance: 119 km or 84 km.

Day 7: Marayoor. Local day ride to explore the beautiful area around Marayoor. Accommodation: Hotel. Cycling distance: 32 km.

Day 8: Marayoor to Chinnakanal. Another fantastic cycle ride through the fabulous tea plantations to the hotel near Chinnakanal on the road to Thekkady. Not a ride to hurry. Accommodation: Hotel. Cycling distance: 64 km.

Day 9: Chinnakanal to Kumily. Leaving the tea plantations, cycle down through the Cardamom Hills from Chinnakanal to Kumily. Stay 2 nights close to Periyer National Park. Accommodation: Hotel. Cycling distance: 97 km.

Day 10: Kumily. Non-cycling day. Early morning boat ride on Periyer Lake, there is a possibility of spotting elephants and other wild animals, followed by guided tour of the spice plantations near Kumily. We will also have time to explore the small town of Kumily or have a rejuvenating ayurvedic massage. Accommodation: Hotel.

Day 11: Kumily to Vagamon Village. An undulating cycle ride to Vagamon village. Accommodation: Hotel. Cycling distance: 59 km.

Day 12: Vagamon Village to inland waterways. Lots of downhill and easy riding this morning. Cycle from Vagamon to the inland waterways. Board houseboats in time for lunch and begin leisurely cruise of the beautiful inland waterways, one of Kerala's highlights. Accommodation: Houseboat. Cycling distance: 85 km.

Day 13: Alleppey to Cochin. Disembark at Alleppey late morning. Visit a factory, then enoy a coastal ride through shady coconut palms and sleepy fishing villages with an opportunity for a dip in the Arabian Sea. We will have a picnic lunch before we cycle through prawn farms and rice paddies to Cochin on the Malabar Coast. Stay 2 nights. Accommodation: Hotel. Cycling distance: 51 km.

Day 14: Cochin. Sightseeing in Cochin. Guided tour of Dutch Palace and Synagogue. Explore spice warehouses and antique shops. Afternoon at leisure/prepare bikes for journey home. Accommodation: Hotel.

Day 15: Home. Tour ends. Early morning transfer to airport for your flight home.

Tour Mileage: Between 65 - 120 kilometres per day (some long climbs!).

Supplemental Tour Information:
Notes:
- All meals are included on cycle days
- Breakfasts and evening meals (vegetarian and fish options always available) will be taken at the guesthouse/hotels
- Full board is provided on the houseboats.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Vehicle transfers to and from airports and vehicle support with baggage transfers are included
- Overnight train from Trivandrum to Madurai and 13 nights accommodation in mid-range/good hotels/guesthouses with air conditioning/ceiling fans and en-suite facilities
- One night will be on a houseboat (2 or 3 twin bedrooms with private facilities on board). All rooms are based on two people sharing.
- The services of an English-speaking guide throughout the tour along with all visits/trips as per the itinerary.

Price Excludes:
- International flights
- Meals on non cycle days (Light lunch and refreshments are provided by our back up crew on cycle days)
- Visa costs (£30)
- Gratuities (these are at the discretion of the tour participants)
- Any personal expenses
- Travel insurance.

About This Supplier
Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Mar 2011

M20818 is a specialist company taking small groups of cyclists to spectacular, remote areas of the world. We offer a unique blend of physical challenges, cultural experiences and cycling camaraderie, at highly competitive prices. M20818 guides are experienced cyclists and tour leaders. Destinations include Laos,...

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