Beaches To Hills Of Kerala
13 Days | Biking 10 Days
Suitable for families with young children
Highest point/ Max altitude
5-7 hours activity per day with steep uphill and downhill sections or high passes. Some days at high altitudes, good level of physical fitness recommended.
A rewarding two-week discovery of all the best that this beautiful green corner of India has to offer. Get close to the real Kerala with an off-the-beaten-track two-wheeled exploration of its backroads and byways, and some well-deserved relaxation on a tropical beach.
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- Cycle the Kerala coastline beside magnificent tropical beaches
- Explore the magical waterways around Kollam and Mancombu
- Stay in the charming hill station of Wagamon
- Visit the attractive old town and sights of Cochin
- Relax on the beaches of Kovalam
- Explore Varkala, an unspoiled village with a lovely beach
- Flexible tailor-made booking options
This narrow Indian state sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the mountainous Western Ghats is known for its tropical greenery, quiet backwaters, spectacular wildlife reserves and endless tea and spice plantations. Our carefully constructed two-week itinerary gives you the freedom to stop wherever you like, to interact with the local villagers – to get close to the soul of the place.
The tour begins with a relaxing stay in Kovalam, with its sandy beaches and lively markets, before we set off up the coast to the picturesque clifftops and traditional fishing community of Varkala. It’s a gentle ride on to Kollam, the southern gateway to the Kerala backwaters – mile after mille of stunningly beautiful palm-lined inland waterways. We’ll navigate this quiet, green world aboard wooden canoes from our base in the village of Mancombu.
Our route then heads inland, into a landscape of spice, tea and rubber plantations, to reach the charming hill station of Wagamon at 1,200 metres altitude and surrounded by picturesque waterfalls. We’ll enjoy some challenging hill cycling, and stop by at Periyar National Park where there’s the chance to see wild elephants, leopards and other rare wildlife, before returning to the coast via the hill station of Kuttakkanam. The last two days are spent in the delightful old city of Cochin, with its colonial mansions and laid-back ambience.
Please note: You can use this itinerary as a guide to fully customise this tour as per your budget and requirements. Flexible options include travel dates and duration, places, activities and experiences, hotel category (star/rating) and any specific requirements that you may have.
DAY 01 - Kovalam
Arrive Trivandrum and transfer to Kovalam then to hotel
Upon arrival at the Trivandrum International airport, our KVT’s representative will welcome and assist you at the airport. Later board the vehicle and drive towards Kovalam (Distance: 14 km appx); reach Kovalam and check-in to the hotel. Kovalam is the beach resort of Kerala and is very popular tourist destination. Kovalam beaches are very popular due to shallow waters and low tidal waves. In the late afternoon you will try out your bikes with the help of mechanic and make any necessary adjustments if requires.
DAY 02 - Kovalam
Morning a short cycle ride and rest of the day is free (Cycle 8 Kms)
This morning we begin a short and relaxing introductory cycle ride through the local fisherman’s villages around Kovalam and get an opportunity to watch the local fisherman’s lifestyle. Afterwards you can walk on the beaches or can relax in a beachside café and try some delicious sea foods made with Kerala recipes. Some of the leisure activities options are diverse-sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages with range of oils and herbs to treat a number of ailments. (Cycle approx. 8km)
DAY 03 - Varkala
Drive to Veli Lagoon, visit Anjengo Fort and cycle to Varkala (Cycle 40 Kms)
This day after finishing breakfast we drive towards Veli Lagoon from here we cycle for some 20 km till we reach the estuary; where Veli Lake meets the Arabian Sea and makes a good tourist attraction for boating. Then we head to Anchuthengu which is a coastal town and there we visit Anjengo Fort, it was built in 1695 by the British East India Company and it was the first British trading post on the Malabar Coast. The Fort has historic importance as well as naturally beautiful settlement. Later we cycle towards Varkala which is another beautiful beach destination and a famous pilgrimage centre for the 2000 year old Janardana Swami Temple also known as Varkala Temple. It is a picturesque place with a long stretches of cliff that is adjacent to the Arabian Sea. Reach there and check-in to the hotel and relax. (Cycle approx. 40km)
DAY 04 - Kollam
Cycle through villages, to Kollam (Cycle 36 Kms)
Today morning we have breakfast and then cycle through some fisherman’s villages watching their day to day life and their traditional houses. Then we will visit some coir-making workshops where we will get a chance to watch how coir (natural fiber) is extracted from the husk of coconut and being used in different kinds of products. Later we take a short canoe trip on the backwaters which will take us to Kollam situated on the edge of Ashtamudi Lake. Kollam is surrounded by coconut palm trees and also very popular for its traditional cashew business; reach there and transfer to the hotel for check-in. (Transfer | Cycle approx. 36km)
DAY 05 - Kollam
Boat trip, cycle through Kollam villages towards Mancombu (Cycle 20 Kms)
In the morning we will be transferred to Kollam jetty to board the boat to travel through backwaters to Kayamkulam; this is the best way to explore the waterways. The locals use these boats for their daily transportation and these boats play an important role in their life. En-route we stop for lunch and reach Kayamkulam from here we start cycling until we board a boat to take us over to Kochi and from here we take a bus to the Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple. After the visit we will be transferred to the hotel in Mancombu. (Boat | transfer | Cycle approx. 20km)
DAY 06 - Mancombu
Explore Mancombu villages by cycle and afternoon canoe trip (Cycle 45 Kms)
Morning after finishing breakfast we explore the villages by cycle and get a good opportunity to watch the village life; interact with villagers, visiting churches and temples. In the afternoon we proceed for the canoe trip; we can leave the main channel and head towards smaller waterways to explore more. The villagers survive on narrow spits of land, keeping cows, Pigs, chickens and cultivating vegetable gardens. (Cycle 45km)
DAY 07 - Vagamon
Mancombu to Vagamon by drive and cycle (Cycle 30 Kms)
This day we leave coastal backwaters by mix of driving and cycling to reach our next destination; Vagamon (1100m) which is a hill station and the climate is very pleasant here, Vagamon has so much to offer like scenic valleys, magnificent green meadows, pine forests, tea estates, waterfalls and many more. The cooler climate is a welcome change from the lower levels. We reach there and transfer to the hotel for check-in. (Transfer | Cycle 30km)
DAY 08 - Vagamon
Exploring Vagamon surroundings by cycle (Cycle 12 Kms)
Today we will do a gentle bike ride through the plantations around Vagamon and while riding we enjoy the greenery of tea gardens, fresh cool air, small waterfalls, breathtaking meadows and valleys. Depending on the season, we may get a chance to bathe in rock pools before an optional visit to Poonjar Palace, a 900 year old residency of the Maharajah and his family. (Cycle 12km)
DAY 09 - Periyar
Drive through hilly terrain and later cycle to Periyar (Cycle 26Kms)
This morning the drive ascends through some steep sections of roads and later we continue cycling through rubber plantations and spice gardens to reach Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area and also notable as an Elephant reserve and a Tiger reserve. It was declared as the Periyar National Park in 1982 and it is set in the high ranges of Southern Western Ghats in Cardamom Hills. There is an artificial lake known as Periyar Lake which makes the park more beautiful. Reach there and check-in to the hotel. (Transfer | cycle 26km)
DAY 10 - Periyar
In and around Periyar (Cycle 20 kms)
Early morning, we will go for a jungle walk in the park accompanied by our forest guide, this walk will take us through tropical evergreen and moist deciduous forest, providing us the beautiful opportunity to watch the flora and fauna closely. In the afternoon visit spice garden and evening is free to relax.
DAY 11 - Cochin
Drive to Kuttikkanam then cycle to Malayattor and drive to Cochin (Cycle 25 Kms)
We start the day with a drive to Kuuttikkanam & from here we start cycling downwards to reach our next destination Malayattor. Reach there and then we continue by bus to the bustling port of Kochi, with its beautiful natural harbour that earned it the title of, Queen of the Arabian Sea. As well as being the oldest European settlement in India, with its mix of English, Dutch and Portuguese influences, Kochi is also home to the famous Kathakali dancers. Its origins came from traditional temple rituals and from an art form known as Koodiyattam. The dancers can take up to three hours painting their faces - the features are heavily emphasized as it is the facial expressions and co-ordinated eye movements which are important in the dance. The dances usually portray events from the Ramayana and Mahabharata, great Indian epics. (Cycle 25 Kms)
DAY 12 - Cochin
Full day sightseeing of Cochin
In the morning after breakfast we proceed for the sightseeing tour of Kochi, we start with Fort Kochi which is believed to be the earliest European settlement in India. Fort Kochi was built in 1503 and reinforced in 1538. Later visit The Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi, it is a very popular tourist attraction. These nets are fixed land installations, which are used for a very unique and unusual method of fishing. Then we head to Mattancherry Palace also known as the Dutch Palace, It was built by the Portuguese and presented to Veera Kerala Varma (1537–65), Raja of Kochi, in 1555 AD. Visit Jewish Synagogue, it is the oldest synagogue in all the Commonwealth of Nations and was built by Malabar Yehudan People, or Cochin Jewish community and later we explore the town of Kochi, its bazaars and old harbor area.
DAY 13 - Cochin
Now today you will be assisted by our representative while checking out at the hotel then you will be transferred to Kochi International Airport to board the flight for back home.
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