BICYCLE TOURS - KERALA

  • OVERVIEW
  • ITINERARY
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • GALLERY
  • MAP

OVERVIEW

We offer you the best Kerala Bicycle Tours Packages and Bicycle Tour Holiday Packages. Choose from a wide range of tour packages based on your interests. This 11 days/10 nights cycling tour through extremely scenic terrains of Kerala, which includes coastal roads, mix of slightly hilly, uphill, undulating, partly rugged, normal rural roads, city roads, side roads, country roads and plantation roads.

ITINERARY

Arrive Cochin and transfer to your hotel in Fort Cochin area by coach. After check-in and lunch, you will be given possession of your companion for the next 10 days – locally made bicycles fitted with added gears for tackling the hilly terrain you will encounter on your trip. After checking and fitting your respective cycles you can spend the rest of the day exploring this city of rich cultural heritage and history - visit the Paradesi Synagogue[ oldest Synagogue in Commonwealth Nations] and the Dutch palace, buy a few nick-knacks at the Jew street, The St. Francis Church, centuries old alleys and narrow roads of Fort Cochin lined with picture postcard houses still retaining colonial charm of a bygone area and spend the evening at the Chinese fishing nets at the harbor mouth. We end the evening with a cultural extravaganza of classical dances of Kerala at a local theatre.

Total distance covered in the day – 80 kms + 15 local
Cycling distance – 15 kms during sightseeing in Fort Cochin.
Cycling Terrain – Plain with normal city roads, side roads.

From Kochi, you commence your ride and head for Thattekad nestled in the periphery of the high ranges and renowned for the famed Thattekad Bird Sanctuary. The route passes through spices, rubber, and coconut plantations. By noon, we will reach the resort. With over 275 species in such a small area, most of them endemics, Thattekad offers a rare view into the world of birding in Kerala. This place is an ideal and quiet retreat into nature. Not far the river Periyar meanders its way from the mountain ranges to the plains below, its waters are used to fill the man-made reservoir nearby. Rest of the day at your leisure to venture into the nearby villages or for a birdwatching trip to the sanctuary.


Total distance covered in the day – 70 kms + 10 local
Cycling distance – 45 kms enroute and 10 kms local.
Cycling Terrain – Mix of plain, slightly hilly and partly rugged, with normal city roads, side roads, country roads.

Early morning you will depart on your ride for the first big challenge – riding from 300’ to above 3600’. Ride is along the side of the river Periyar, through forests, spice plantations, countryside of pineapple plantations & rubber estates. At Neriamangalam, you will start the ride uphill through narrow mountain roads with deep chasms on its side, wilderness interspersed with lakes, spice growing villages and narrow rivulets and deep canyons, till you reach the foothills of the Western Ghats at Adimali. From here you board the coach which will take you to the destination. Arrive Munnar and check in at the Hotel.

Afternoon is free to explore the surrounding tea estates and cardamom plantations and to get yourself lost in the hustle and bustle of the Munnar town. Once a favorite summer resort town of the British, the hill town of Munnar is set amidst dramatic mountain scenery: craggy peaks, tall red wood trees, and some of the world’s highest tea plantations. The terrain is undulating but the scenic beauty of the manicured tea gardens is bound to mesmerize you while you cycle along the beautiful Tea Estates 


Total distance covered in the day – 75 kms + 20 local
Cycling distance – 40 kms enroute and 20 kms local.
Cycling Terrain – Mix of slightly hilly, uphill, undulating and partly rugged, with normal rural roads, side roads, country roads and plantation roads.

Early morning you will set out to explore the outskirts of Munnar bordering the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu, majority of the landscape is protected areas that come under the National parks and sanctuaries. Leave Munnar town towards Marayur and Kanthalloor, passing by the Eravikulam National Park.

Marayur is the only place in Kerala that has a natural growth of sandalwood trees. The Forest Department owns a sandalwood factory here and the entire area is closely guarded to protect the trees from illegal felling. The place is also important historically due to the presence of the Neolithic burial chambers called Dolmens (muniyaras) with carvings and relics from the New Stone Age. You will be carrying packed lunch and refreshments. After the visit return to Munnar in the coach or local jeeps.


Total distance covered in the day – 85 kms ( 42 kms one way ).
Cycling distance – 40 kms.
Cycling Terrain – Hilly , undulating ,rugged and partly difficult /mountainous , with normal rural roads, side roads , country roads and plantation roads.

Today will be a long day. After an early breakfast you will continue the cycling towards Periyar National Park via Chinnakanal through the Lockhart gap overlooking the spectacular Bison Valley deep down below, around the beautiful Anaerangal lake and will pass through thick forests, cardamom plantations, tea estates and spice gardens that has made these cardamom Hills world famous. The ride will end after 40 kms at Santhanpara where you will board the coach to take you through the next 02 hrs until you reach Vandanmedu. Lunch here at the Carmelia Haven.

After the lunch, you will again cycle the rest of the 25 kms to reach Periyar by late afternoon. Periyar is one of the best wildlife reserves in India noted for its Tiger Reserve, geography, diverse wildlife and scenic beauty and has large herds of Asiatic elephants, Indian Bison as well as tigers. For the ornithologists, it has over 330 species of birds including the majestic Great Hornbill.

Take a walking tour of the Spice planatation. The spice plantations of Kerala are fascinating farms to wander in, for different sections of each plantation are dedicated to different spices. Apart from spices traditionally grown in India such as pepper, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom farmers in Kerala have taken to growing spices that are used worldwide. Some of the spices cultivated in spice plantations are vanilla, oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, mint, bay leaf and sage. A must for any one who cares of taste and flavors, the spice plantation visit enables you to get a deeper understanding of how the spice used in everyday cooking throughout the world are grown, harvested and processed before they find their way to your local supermarket. The visit also provides you with a first-hand idea on the wonderful world of spices and its history, cultivation, medicinal values and economics, etc Walk through the aromatic spice gardens where the air is laden with the fragrance of nature's bounty and feel transported into a green paradise. 


Total distance covered in the day – 115 kms + 10 local
Cycling distance – 40 kms + 25 kms + 10 kms local.
Cycling Terrain – Hilly , undulating ,partly rugged, with normal rural roads, side roads and country roads.

Today morning after early breakfast, you will rely on coach to take you through a part of the route to Wagamon, almost 35 kms ride will take you to Kuttikanam the highest altitude point in the region. Here you will start cycling again to see the rolling grasslands of the foothills of the southern Indian mountain ranges – called High Ranges here. The route takes through rolling grasslands & roads that are most of the way downhill through spectacular sights of forests, cardamom plantations, grasslands and tea gardens that have made this place so beautiful to reach Vagamon – a hill station set amidst the rolling grasslands of the western ghats. These are ecologically fragile grasslands and windswept most of the year around. The ride will be tough, but the sceneries en-route will be nothing short of awe inspiring

Rest of the day is spent to explore the surroundings. It is a very ideal tourist spot surrounded by the greenery of tea gardens, beautiful meadows, deep puzzling valleys and dales. All the trekking enthusiasts will enjoy climbing this 1100 metres tall hill. This tourist place also has to offer Thangal Para, the Indo-Swiss Project and Kurisumala Ashram. The breeding centre of the Kerala. Live stock board is located here.

Grass covered hills, velvet lawns and the cool mountain air make Vagamon a perfect holiday retreat. A curious blend of religious mysticism and European legacies, this hillside village is a haven of tranquility. The chain of three hills - Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill and Kurisumala the hermitage run by Christian monks with a way of life like Hinduist traditions - is a mark of religious harmony. The dairy farm managed by the Kurisumala monks is worth a visit.


Total distance covered in the day – 80 kms + 10 local
Cycling distance – 45 kms + 10 local
Cycling Terrain – Hilly, partly downhill and steep, undulating, rugged and partly difficult /mountainous, with normal rural roads, side roads, country roads and plantation roads.

After breakfast, it is time to cycle down the hills to Kottayam - a beautiful Kerala backwater destination, among the state's more mountainous districts, provides some of Kerala's finest natural scenes sandwiched as it is between serene palm-fringed backwaters and the beautiful Vembanand Lake on the west and the Western Ghats on the east. This historic town is also famous for many churches and temples and for its role in the history of Kerala. 
Kottayam is an important trading centre of commercial crops studded with panoramic backwater stretches, lush green paddy fields, high lands, extensive rubber plantations and totally literate people which have given this district the enviable title “The land of letters, latex and lakes”. Kottayam was the first town in Kerala to achieve 100% literacy among the adult population Kottayam is also the first city in the country to launch an ‘Eco city project’.
Kottayam owes its success as a commercial centre to its strength as a producer of cash crops. Most of India's natural rubber originates from the acres of well-kept plantations of Kottayam, also home to the Rubber Board, one of the country's primary commodities board. Kottayam has played a major role in all the political agitations of modern times. 
Kottayam is in an area of great natural beauty and you're sure to be enchanted by the scenery around Kottayam. There are small towns and sleepy little villages around Kottayam that offer attractions of tourist interest in the form of exotic sightseeing, variety of flora/fauna, boating and fishing, mangrove forests, paddy fields. The picnic spots include backwater canals that offer cool cruises, quiet hill stations, wild life sanctuaries, majestic waterfalls, ancient temples, churches and mosques besides others.
Kottayam is an important center of Christianity in Kerala. There are many famous churches in Kottayam including the St Mary's church and the St Joseph's monastery. Some of the famous temples in Kottayam are the Ettumanoor Shiva Temple known for its paintings and sculptures and the Thirunakkara Mahadeva temple. You can see the historic churches and temples of Kottayam on Kerala tours with Kerala Backwater.


Total distance covered in the day – 75 kms + 10 local
Cycling distance – 40 kms + 10 local
Cycling Terrain – Hilly , partly downhill and steep , undulating ,rugged, with normal rural roads, side roads , country roads and plantation roads.

Today you will hit the road to Kumarakom - a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake well known for its Bird sanctuary, and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region – the granary of Kerala. An unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves - interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies. Enroute stop by the centuries old Syrian Orthodox Churches – Cheriapalli and Valiapalli for a peep into the history of Christians in Kerala.
You will continue cycling towards Alleppey – one of the most important tourist centers in Kerala, with a large network of inland canals earning it the sobriquet 'Venice of the east'. These large networks of canals provide Alleppey its lifeline. Alleppey was one of the busiest centers of trade in the past with one of the best-known ports along the Malabar coast. Even today it retains its charm as the center for Coir carpet industries and prawn farming. Alleppey, the nerve center of backwater tourism is known for its spectacular snake - boat race, each manned by over a hundred oarsmen held in August, every year. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the busy town and waterways or busy yourself with purchasing from the local markets. Visits can be made to a Coir Factory or a Umbrella manufacturing unit to fill up the day.
 
Total distance covered in the day – 65 kms + 10 local
Cycling distance – 50 kms + 10 local
Cycling Terrain – Part slightly hilly, plain, with normal rural roads, side roads and country roads.

Late morning today you will venture out to embark on the cruise of a lifetime to explore what has made Kerala well known internationally – the Backwaters, a unique ecological and biodiverse system formulated by the close association of the open lakes, lagoons, narrow canals and several fresh rivers flowing into the lakes. A short ride will take you to the nearest jetty in Alleppey from where you will board the famous house boats along with your cycles. Houseboats are the modern version of the old rice barges which were used to transport merchandise and goods through the waterways of Kerala in the bygone era. The present house boats are much bigger and mechanized with bedroom, attached bath, sundeck, kitchen etc. The crew comprises of a Captain, helper and a cook who will cater to your requirements. The house boat will cruise through the tranquil backwaters, wider and narrow canals passing by lush green paddy fields, villages, temples, churches, rustic houses etc. giving you an opportunity to view the life on the backwaters – it beats at its own gentle rhythm. You will step into a different world altogether – this will surely be the highlight of the tour.

The cruise will take you via the Vembanad Lake, Kuppappuram, Kainakary, Chennamkary ,Nedumudy, Mankombu and will end at Pulinkunnu. During the cruise, you will have opportunity to cycle inland and visit the famous Chavara Curch – after a short ride through the narrow village road and also at Chennamkary for yet another short ride.

The Lunch will be served on board, which will be based on traditional Kerala cuisine. After disembarking at Pulinkunnu you will cycle further along the village roads passing by the emerald green paddy fields and further to the main route leading back to Alleppey and the hotel.

Total distance covered in the day – 25 kms by road 
Cycling distance – 25 kms 
Cycling Terrain – Plain,coastal , with rural coastal roads, side roads , and narrow country roads.

Today after an early breakfast, you will commence the cycling for the day. Leaving the busy roads of Alleppey and hitting the beach road that will take to you up north towards Cochin. Today's ride will be along the fishing villages and coconut plantations on one side and the sea on the other. In time for lunch you will reach the beautiful backwater village near to Cochin called Kumbalangi, a virgin landscape unspoiled by excessive presence of tourists. Here you will find the calm, quite and tranquil landscape with warm inhabitants who depend on nature for their survival. Kumbalangi is rich with exotic local cuisines, boat building and masonry, manually operated coir looms, fish farms etc. It is identified as the first Model fisheries and tourism village in India. Arrive Kumbalangi and proceed to the Kallancherry retreat Homestay for a traditional Kerala family lunch which is waiting to tickle your taste buds. Your host will take you around the village , take your time to watch the various activities that happen in the Kumbalangi - All this while the people in her estates are still working - on the ruts that spin the golden palm fibers in to strong coir, on the crab farms catching fresh crabs and lobsters, on the countless Chinese fishing nets, called 'cheena vala', upon the coconut trees where the tappers toil to collect natural fermented liquor called toddy, upon the green fields where the men and women sing and reap their fortunes. Later cycle further to reach Fort Cochin and check in at your hotel.

 

Total distance covered in the day –75 kms 
Cycling distance – 65 kms 
Cycling Terrain – Plain,coastal , with rural coastal roads, side roads , and country roads.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Later depending on your flight, you will be transferred to the airport by coach to connect your return flight.

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11Days /10Nights