Cycling Tour of the Magical Backwaters in Kerala


Kochi ,Thattekad ,Munnar ,Periyar , Vagamon , Kumarakom ,Alleppey , Cochin

[ 10-Days / 9 Nights ]

Pedalling across the breezy coastline of India sounds dreamy, isn’t it? Cyclomania in India celebrates the very essence of travelling across the breath-taking seaside views by crafting the most thoughtful itineraries for a cycle tour in India. The extensive cycling tour would cover an enriching experience of the serenity of nature, cultural encounters, and solace in the off-beat corners of God’s own country, Kerala.

The Kerala cycling tour is an apt choice for travellers who love basking amidst nature. On this 10 days itinerary, you will explore the quaint town of Cochin, spot migratory birds at the Eravikulam National Park or get indulged in the luxurious experience of a houseboat cruise. During this Kerala bike trip, a tour of the ancient churches oozing European architectural beauty would leave you spellbound. Besides, you will fall in love with the undulating views of the Munnar tea estates and the verdant meadows. To put it simply, you would enjoy every second of your holiday and would surely want to freeze every moment in your camera lens during the bike ride in Kerala.

Our expertise in crafting off-beater itineraries ensures the best views of the glorious serenity of Kerala. We have years of experience and successfully found the prettiest stretches that offer a mix of adventure and ecstasy. On this tour, you take in the beauty of churches, waterfalls, tea estates, Western Ghats and the majestic backwaters. The gaze of the smiling folks and the greenery along the routes would keep you fresh and awakened through the journey. You won’t regret clearing your schedule for this trip because one of the charming destinations even boasts rock paintings from the prehistoric ages. Besides, the rolling hills offer ample adrenaline kicking moments for cycling enthusiasts. Despite the uphill challenges, this holiday is hard to miss due to the leisurely cruising at a houseboat in Alleppey. In addition to this, to make the holiday memorable for curious travellers, we also included an exciting canoe ride at the epitome of natural beauty aka Kumarakom.

Day: 1 - Kochi

The memorable bike ride in Kerala begins by landing at the amazing port city, Cochin. You will be picked up from the airport by our friendly and knowledgeable guides. You can easily spend the half an hour ride with our guides and talk about the exciting days ahead. We will transfer you to a pre booked hotel in Fort Kochi where you will have a lip smacking lunch and then relax for a while. After which, you will be introduced to the rest of the tour members. The chatting session is followed by handing over the bikes. Check your bikes for any adjustments if you need. Once done, we will head out and begin touring the dreamy destination of emerald waters and quaint backdrops.

On day 1, we will explore the unmatched vibes of a heritage city, named Fort Kochi. The signs of Portuguese, British and Dutch colonies are seamlessly bending here. Visitors are always attracted to the lively streets of Fort Kochi sandwiched between old houses adorned with European architecture. Pedalling is the best way to move across the tiny lanes of this heritage city. After exploring the vibrant alleyways for some time, we will take a tour of one of the oldest European churches in India.

Built in 1503, St. Francis Church is renowned for its ambience and wow-worthy architecture. The landmark is also famous for being the burial ground for the legendary explorer Vasco De Gama. The city is filled with ancient vibes which are best to be encountered at the lively Jewish markets. Additionally, we will be covering the vantage point of Fort Kochi, i.e. Chinese Fishing Nets. Seeing the fishing nets while sipping delicious coconut water or taking in the sunset breeze are some of the popular activities of tourists. The treat of tender coconut water at the beach is followed by a dance performance by the local artists to make it a perfect beginning of the memorable bike tour of South India.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at Hotel Arches

Meals: Dinner

Cycling: no cycling

Visit: as per program

Route Weblink:

 

Day: 2 Kochi – Thattekad

After breakfast, we begin the first leg of the journey by leaving Kochi behind. We will be pedalling to cover the distance of 60 kms to reach the picturesque destination of Thattekad. The destination has a special place in the hearts of bird lovers because of the renowned Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.

We will be heading towards the northeast from Kochi to explore the natural wonders. The abundance of flora and fauna in this region offer unimaginable views of peninsular India. During this journey, you would catch soul-drenching views of the signature coconut plantations. When we reach Thattekad, the evergreen trees of the tropical forests would welcome you.

The most exciting part is a safari at the bird sanctuary to witness the marvellous beauty of ashy wood swallow, blue kingfisher, emerald dove, Indian Pitta, Jerdon’s Nightjar and 500 more species of birds along with sloth bears, elephants and leopards. If a bird watching vacation is not in your mind then we can skip the safari and spend the rest of the afternoon by strolling around the nearby spots to soak in the scenic beauty. The region is dotted with eclectic hamlets that offer many things to do in and around Thattekad. Get involved in the various activities to catch a glimpse of rural life or simply wander around to experience the cultural beauty. After spending a few hours around Thattekad, we will call it a day and take dinner at a quiet hotel.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at Birds Lagoon / Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 60km.

Visit: as per program

Cycling route map link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38632764

 

Day: 3 Thattekad – Munnar

On day 3 of thebike ride in Kerala, you would have an experience of a lifetime. After breakfast, we will leave the verdant forests of Thattekad behind and begin the uphill challenges as we are heading towards a hill station. Our next destination is Munnar, which exudes immense tranquillity which is hard to miss on a trip to South India. The delightful charm of Munnar hill station is often compared with the beauty of Kashmir. To reach this destination, we would cover a distance of 50 km and most of which is a challenging accent as Munnar is situated at an altitude of 1500 meters. The first 15kms of the trip is a fairly easy ride and once we reach Neriamangalam the ride becomes moderately challenging. The uphill pedalling excited biking enthusiasts and makes the holiday worth it. When the ascent starts, you would notice unparalleled sights of the Western Ghats.

While admiring the beauty of deep valleys and mountains, you will be thinking that the trip just can’t get any better and then there is another eye-soothing surprise for you. The endless realm of beauty can confuse travellers to pause at which spot and capture the memories in their camera lenses. The tracks begin to get narrower and biking becomes even more challenging and exciting. We always have the backup saddle with us to stop pedalling and give rest to your muscles. If you feel fine, you can continue steering your bikes to witness the multi-hued beauty on our way to Munnar to cover the rest of the distance in the cab. We will have the entire next day planned to get dazzled with the scenic beauty of Munnar. So, after reaching our destination, you can either choose to relax in your hotel room, stroll around the town or enjoy the panoramic views at nearby tea estates.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at The Leaf / Similar

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activity: Cycling: 50km

Drive:

Visit: as per program

Cycling route map link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38632776

Day: 4 Munnar

We dedicate the entire day for full sightseeing in and around Munnar. We begin by exploring the sandalwood forest at the scenic locale Marayoor. Recognized for its pre-historic sites, the destination is always on the list of tourists. On our way, we would turn our handlebars towards a UNESCO world heritage site, i.e. Eravikulam national park. The natural splendour is one reason to visit this place and the endangered species of NilgiriTahr is another. After exploring the panoramic vistas at the crown jewel of Munnar, we will be heading towards Marayoor to see the largest grove of sandalwood trees. The region is dotted with ample photogenic spots as there are plenty of ancient rock paintings and dolmens in this pristine forest. The canopy of lush green thorny scrubs makes this entire region a treat to the eyes. After a day full of sighting, we will be back to our hotel in Munnar and rest overnight.

Details:-

Accommodation:Overnight at The Leaf / Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activity: Cycling: No cycling

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :

Day: 5 Munnar – Periyar

It is going to be a day full of memories for biking enthusiasts because you will be covering 100kms of distance by pedalling. We assure you that throughout the distance you won’t have a dull moment and rolling down the roads won’t cause exertion. Although, we always have our backup saddle with us, so you don’t have to strain your bodies and hop into the cab to cover the rest of the distance. Day 5 is going to be a long day and to begin this journey, we have selected a beautiful rejuvenating spot roughly 13 kms out of Munnar. Known for the panoramic views, this cloud laden hilly area is named Lockhart Gap, which is given to the heart shape of the mountains at the viewpoint. From this spot, we can get a bird-eye view of the misty valleys and the Western Ghats.

The grassland here is perfect to unwind or to be captured into your camera lenses. Moving along the rolling hills, our next stop would be Anaerangal Lake. Pedalling through the mystical hilly terrain, we will be exploring plenty of visual treats estates and plantations for varied spices, cardamom and tea. Further, our destination for the day is Periyar. After leaving the descending clouds behind, we will take lunch and then continue the journey either by bike or by the cab. Periyar is illuminated with the glow of lush green spice plantations. To make your time in Periyar memorable, we have planned a rejuvenating safari at the tiger reserve and a walking tour of the spice plantations.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at Mountain Court Yard / Wild Corridor / Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 100KM

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :

Day: 6 Periyar – Vagamon

Our first destination for today is the quaint hill station of Kuttikanam. Nestled against the milieu of Western Ghats, this village boasts some meritorious views of the valleys. We will begin biking for day 6 from Kuttikanam, most of which is a downhill ride. The scenic surroundings would soon take us to nature’s treat Vagamon. The package of mystical realm at this town includes stunning waterfalls, mist-clad tea gardens and dams with breath-taking views. One can also enjoy the panoramic vistas from Kurusimala which is a beautiful Christian Monastery. Moving on, there is a photographer’s paradise when you pass by the pine forests which are considered as the major attraction of Wagamon. After exploring the unique charm here, we will call it a day and return to our prebooked hotel rooms.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at Vagamon Heights/ Summer / Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 50km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: : https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38632816

Day: 7 Vagamon – Kumarakom

The highlight of the trip is finally here. On this day, we will be heading towards the renowned Kerala backwaters. As we will leave the hilly region of Vagamon behind, you will notice a change in the scenery. Soon the tropical land of pine forests gets replaced by eye-soothing beauty of mangrove forests. Our destination for today is Kumarakom, but before that, we will take a quick stop at the paddy fields of Kottayam. Known for its well-kept plantations, this city is home to 15 beautiful churches. To experience the tranquillity, we will stop by St. Mary’s Orthodox Church. The ancient Syrian church was built in 1579 and is recognized as one of the well-preserved churches. European architecture makes it an ideal site to praise craftsmanship. Moving on, we will be turning our handlebars towards the scenic destination Kumarakom where the landscape will surely mesmerize your senses. Before settling in at our hotel, we will spend the evening to get some close encounters of village life and fresh flavours of authentic cuisines to delight our taste buds.

Details:-

Accommodation:Overnight at Lake Song/ Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 50km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38632822

Day: 8 Kumarakom – Alleppey

The intricate web of lagoons and lakes can be seen on day 8. By covering a short distance of just 40 kms we will arrive at Alleppey to check into a houseboat and glide along the calm and tranquil backwaters. These houseboats are equipped with hotel-like amenities, including abed, bath, kitchen and a sundeck.Houseboat cruising is an experience of a lifetime. You will fall madly in love with the serene surroundings. While sailing through the backwaters, you will be delighted to see the sun rays glistening over the azure water. The aroma of tea and spice is another reason to cherish this houseboat experience. During our expedition of the wetlands, we catch a close glimpse of the vibrant lifestyle of the locals.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at houseboat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 40km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38632825

Day: 9 Alleppey

After breakfast, we will leave the houseboat and cycle in and around Alleppey for some off-beaten experiences. The shamrock green landscape can win anyone’s heart at the first glimpse. The interconnected web of lakes exudes nothing but calmness. The hard to miss Kerala bike trip placesthat testify that it is truly God’s own country are Vembanad lake, Kuppappuram, Kainakary, Chennamkary,Nedumudy, and Pulinkunnu.

We would cover all these exuberant spots with a boat cruise and then, we will be back on rides for one last time to explore the surreal beauty ofnearby villages. The enchantment grows as we are biking across the interplay of paddy fields, backwater canals and the coconut groves. One of our stops is the very famous Chavara Shrine that oozes historic charm due to the 250 year old beacon of light which is well-preserved and is still intact in its primitive form. On our way back to Alleppey we will pass by some quaint villages to delight your senses with the mix of landscape beauty and cultural vibrance.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at Kadavil lakeshore resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 30km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link:

Day: 10 Alleppey – Cochin

Tour of the backwaters dotted with sweeping views of greenery ends on day 10. If you are not done with the blissful location, we can pedal for another 40 kms to ride back to cochin, else we can take a cab and drop you at the Cochin International Airport on your way back home.

Details:-

Accommodation: no accommodation

Meals: Breakfast

Cycling: optional

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link:

Cycling in India is the best way to explore the undisturbed beauty at off-beaten paths. 10 days amidst the lofty mountains and barren stretches are always on the bucket list of adventure seekers. For a guided itinerary of the emerald green lakes, vibrant monasteries and other attractions of the gorgeous Spiti Valley, you can count on us. Cyclomania in India presents the most thoughtfully crafted fixed departure bike tours in India. For more information on guided itineraries and tour dates, send an email on the link given below.

2 To 4 Guest: 1900 USD per person on double sharing basis

5 to 10 Guest: 1800 USD per person on double sharing basis

Single Supplement: 890 USD per person on single sharing basis

The beautiful backwaters of Kerala secured a place in the National Geographic Traveler’s list of ten paradises of the world. The mesmerizing beauty coupled with lively culture and tradition is worth spending 10 days of your life. Book a spot now to get enchanted with the visual treat of Kerala. To make any modifications in the itinerary you can contact us at the email address given below.

Tour Cost Includes:
  • Cycles
  • Support Vehicle, parking, toll, and driver’s allowances
  • Cycling guide
  • Breakfast at all destinations
  • All Accommodation on Full board
  • First Aid Kit
  • Backup of Support Vehicle
Tour Cost Excludes:
  • Insurance Policy - Please take your own Insurance
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Laundry
  • Telephone bills

Bikes: Mountain Bikes

Bike Sizes: 13-21

Bike Hire: Includes on Tour Cost. You may bring your own bikes, but in this case let us know in advance. Other equipment provided: Pedals, helmet, water bottles.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is offered at all locations. Most of the hotels are Culture Resort, Eco Resorts & family run hotels - all with a common line of quality in service. Our costs are based on 'twin-sharing' foundation. For those who wants single room, we offer single room, but at extra cost.

TERRAIN

The landscape includes flatlands, mountains, backwaters and village streets.

CLIMATE

The variety of the regional features of this country has led to a corresponding variety in environment. The Great Varies have awesome environment throughout the year, while the flatlands are warm and moist. The common level of yearly rain fall is superb in Kerala, Sikkim and some of the Northern Eastern Declares of Native India, when compared to other Native India. July to Aug is the monsoon season, with heavy downpours. It is always recommended to check weather and temperature at websites

TRANSPORTATION/SUPPORT VEHICLES

All transport is involved in the cost. We provide backup vehicle at all times during cycling trip. The vehicle can be used to boat your baggage & yourself as required.

FOOD

Food is a very essential part of these trips. We make sure that the meals we offer is method delicious, unless you ask for dull meals. You are also permitted the choice of veggie or non-vegetarian meals. We suggest that you consume only the canned standard water. Please make sure that the container is enclosed.

WHAT TO BRING
  • Footwear
  • Bike shoes
  • Sun cream lotion
  • Relaxed shoes for walking
  • Shoes for other sightseeing
  • Socks
  • Clothing

In Indian, the conventional of outfit is more traditional. We counsel you to prevent very short shorts/skirts and limited tops/tanktops when viewing small non-urban places, temples, mosques or other sacred sites as this may limit your access.

  • A hotter set of outfits (Fleece, Coat, hat and gloves) are required for visits going through Munnar and other thin air places.
  • Water resistant jacket.
  • Bike riding equipment like safety gloves and shorts.
Others
  • Torch
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Eyewear, cap
  • Sun lotion of spf at least 35
  • Individual Bike riding equipment like bar finishes, pedals, chairs and headgear
  • Helmets for riding a bike
HEALTH

Water is higher risk; hence we suggest that you drink only nutrient water in bottles during your trip. A cage of standard nutrient water is always focused for in the start of the vehicle during trips as an urgent evaluate. Despite the high requirements, it is worth providing basic OTC medications for disappointed tummies, complications, pest attacks etc. Indian is a financially creating democratic republic and has worked very hard to control illnesses. Sufficient medical care is available in the major inhabitants' facilities, but is usually limited in the non-urban areas of the country. Many western worlds are utilizing the state-of-the-art healthcare services available in Indian. The cost of treatment is much less expensive here in comparison to the same features available in innovative nations.

The most important cause of sickness of tourists in Indian is food and water-borne illnesses. Malware, bacteria, or harmful bacteria can cause diarrhea. Attacks may cause simple diarrhea and throwing up, high temperature, or, in extraordinary instances, liver organ damage (hepatitis). Malaria is a avoidable disease that can create trouble if neglected. One can prevent disease by taking recommended anti-malarial drugs and defending against insect attacks. The areas you will be passing are Malaria-free. Make sure that your insurance provider includes illnesses and injuries overseas.

PRECAUTIONS
  • Bring all the important medications and OTC medications. Do not ignore to have the brands as well as the general titles of the medications one needs to have.
  • Use a sun hat when revealed.
  • Consume a lot of liquids. Don't drink tap water. Use only bottled water which is always kept in the back of your automobile.
  • Bring your personal medical kit and pest resilient.
  • To avoid fungus and parasitic attacks, keep legs clean and dry, and do not go without shoes.
  • Do not eat food bought from road providers.
  • Do not drink drinks with ice.
  • Do not eat milk products unless it is known that they have been pasteurized.
  • Prevent managing creatures (especially apes, pets, and cats) to avoid attacks and serious illnesses.
MEDICAL INFORMATION UPDATE

Details given above are liable to change every now and then and one should contact the Native India tasks of the specific country or the government vacationer offices for more details.

SHOPPING

You will get possibilities en-route to do a bit of purchasing. However unless particularly requested for, our guide will not suggest any particular store. Neither we nor our driver/guides take any percentage on purchasing.

SPENDING MONEY

Every visitor will have different cash specifications and varying personal costs. Please assess your own spending routines while enabling for beverages, purchasing and falling. Also keep aside cash for extra costs like:

  • Foods which are not included
  • Emergencies
  • Optionally available activities /additional sightseeing
  • Shopping/Souvenirs
FOREIGN EXCHANGE

As Indian currency value tend to go up and down, make reference to the following website for daily return rates: www.xe.com.

AIRPORT TAXES

There is no airport terminal or leaving taxation from any airport terminal of India.

error: Content is protected !!