14 Days | Biking 09 Days
Suitable for families with young children
Highest point/ Max altitude
Moderate and strenuous 6-8 hours activity per day with occasional longer days on peaks or high passes. Expect high altitudes, difficult terrain and changeable weather patterns. Previous experience desirable but not vital, good physical fitness and preparation recommended.
With its vivid green landscapes, fascinating towns and villages, Southern India is a wonderful place to explore by bike. Our two-week itinerary is tailor-made for keen cyclists, combining extensive two-wheeled touring in the hills and national parks with a variety of cultural attractions and coastal beauty to get to the heart of this colourful tropical region.
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We begin in the fascinating old city of Mysore, with its spectacular Maharaja’s Palace and venerable old temples. The area around the city is explored by bike, before we embark on a long ride into the hills and Bandipur National Park – once the hunting ground of the Mysore maharajas. We’ll spend a night here, with a visit to nearby Mudumalai on offer, too.
After a trip to the famous old hill station of Ooty we descend towards the coast, with a stay in the town of Guruvayoor: a highlight of the trip is a visit to the Krishna temple to see an authentic Hindu religious ceremony.
Down on the palm-lined Kerala coast, we’ll spend a day in the attractive old port of Cochin, before continuing on to Alleppey in the heart of the backwaters region. There will be an enjoyable cycle ride through the labyrinthine network of interconnected canals, rivers and inlets, and also a relaxing boat trip.
A final coastal ride takes us to Kovalam and a well-earned chance to laze on the beach – as well as reflect on an unforgettable experience of rural India.
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 - Mysore
Arrive Bangalore, transfer to Mysore, visit Mysore Palace
Arrive at Bangalore International airport, our KVT’s representative will meet and greet you there and also he would assist you at the airport. Later board the vehicle and drive towards Mysore (Distance: 143 kms appx). Mysore is known as the ‘Sandalwood City of India’ and served as the capital city of Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 until 1947. We reach there and check-in to the hotel; later we visit The Palace of Mysore also known as the Ambavilas Palace. The Palace was the residence of royal family of Mysore and now one of the most visited historical monuments in India after the Taj Mahal. The Palace is a three storied structure which houses Durbar Halls (ceremonial meeting halls); interiors are richly carved with intricate designs, colorful and architecturally mind-blowing.
DAY 02 - Mysore
Explore Mysore city and surroundings by cycle (Cycle 48Kms)
This morning we start cycling and visit Srirangapatna located on a river island formed by river Kaveri. The Ranganathaswamy temple is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindu devotees and the name of Srirangapatna derives from this temple. The town is famous for its ruler Tipu Sultan of the “Kingdom of Mysore” who is also known as “Tiger of Mysore” and remained an implacable enemy of the British East India Company. Allying himself to the French, his 17 year reign was finally ended in 1799, when he was killed during the bloody battle of Seringapatam. We visit to the Summer Palace and Tipu's mausoleum before driving back to Mysore. Later we head to Chamundi Hills where located the famous Chamundeshwari Temple and the five meter granite statue of Shiva's sacred bull, Nandi in front of a small Shiva Temple. (Cycle 48km)
DAY 03 - Bandipur
Cycle to Bandipur National Park via Nanjangud (Cycle 50Kms)
In this morning after finishing breakfast we start cycling towards Bandipur National Park en-route we stop at the town Nanjangud where we visit the spectacular ancient temple The Srikanteshwara Temple; located on the right bank of river Kapila and the temple is dedicated to the Hindu God, Shiva. After the visit we carry on cycling to Bandipur; afternoon we reach there and proceed for the Jeep Safari in the park. There in the park we will get a good opportunity to observe the wildlife like spotted deer, monkeys and possibly some elephants. (Cycle 50km)
DAY 04 - Mudumalai
Cycle to Mudumalai National Park (Cycle 33kms)
Today morning we are free to relax or an optional visit to Bandipur National Park can be arranged because morning is the best time to spot some birdlife. In the afternoon we ride to Mudumalai National Park; we will have the opportunity to observe wildlife such as monkeys, deer and peacock. It's a fantastic ride with jungle both side and some well-surfaced roads. (Cycle 33km)
DAY 05 - Ooty
Cycle through the winding mountain roads to Ooty (Cycle 25Kms)
After finishing breakfast we start cycling to the astonishing ride through the Nilgiri Hills towards the beautiful hill station Ooty (2240m) in the Indian state Tamil Nadu. Ooty is also known as the “Queen of Hill Stations” as it is situated in the heart of the Nilgiris Hills; Ooty has so much to offer for its visitors like sparkling waterfalls, gurgling brooks and lush green tea gardens, this tranquil haven is sure to capture the hearts of every visitor. We reach Ooty in the afternoon and free to explore this beautiful town, situated in the cool climate of the Nilgiri Hills which gives us a break from the hotter plains below. (Cycle 25km)
DAY 06 - Guruvayur
Cycle to Guruvayur through tea plantation (Cycle 87Kms)
This day the ride is outstanding as the road meanders through the tea plantations in the Nilgiri Hills; we ride through tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats all the way downhill to the coastal area with some mesmerizing views. We reach Gudalur which is the gateway to Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka (Indian states); then we continue cycling through rain forest covered hills to the end point from where we drive towards Guruvayur. (Cycle 87km)
DAY 07 - Guruvayur
Cycle through rural roads and evening attend Hindu puja ceremony (Cycle 56Kms)
Morning after breakfast we start cycling through rural roads and visit Anakotta and Punnathurkotta; where elephants are kept and being taken care; these elephants are associated with Hindu Temples and have roles in certain rituals. Both these places including the elephants are owned by Guruvayur Temple. Then we carry on cycling to the villages and exploring the village life; in the evening we attend a Hindu puja ceremony at the temple. (Cycle 56km)
DAY 08 - Cochin
Cycle to Kochi (Cycle 86Kms)
This morning we cycle along coastal back roads passing through traditional small villages, rice fields and heading towards a beautiful city Kochi. Kochi is also known as Cochin - the “Queen of Arabian Sea”, it is one of the finest natural and major harbor city of Kerala and it has a cosmopolitan culture highly influenced by historical trading partners. Later we take a ferry to Kochi; reach there and transfer to the hotel for check-in. (Cycle 86km)
DAY 09 - Cochin
Day free in Kochi
Today we have a day free to explore around in Kochi and its bazaar (means ‘market’) and also the old harbor area.
DAY 10 - Alleppey
Kochi to Alappuzha (Alleppey) (Cycle 60Kms)
In the morning after breakfast we leave Kochi; ride through Old Portuguese colonies and few fishing villages. The ride is amazing as we cycle along the coastal roads, passing through the coconut plantations on the way and follow the canal that would lead us to Vembanad Lake which is the longest lake in India. Later we continue our ride towards our next destination Alappuzha. Alappuzha is also known as Alleppey – the “Venice of the East”. It is an important tourist destination and famous for its backwaters, Nehru Trophy boat race, Alappuzha beach, Coir Industry. Alappuzha is a land of lush paddy fields referred to as the 'Rice Bowl of Kerala' and a few places in the world where farming is done below sea level. Reach Alleppey and we spend this night in a traditional keralan homestay where we enjoy the surroundings. (Cycle 60km)
DAY 11 - Alleppey
Explore Alappuzha by cycle, later board houseboat (Cycle 20Kms)
Today we cycle around Alappuzha and explore the surrounding villages, rice fields and the famous backwaters. Later we board the traditional houseboat and ride along the famous backwaters of Kerala and observe the everyday village life of villagers, watch birds and enjoy the night at the houseboat. (Cycle approx. 20km)
DAY 12 - Kovalam
Drive to Kovalam
This morning after breakfast we leave houseboat and drive to Kovalam (Distance: 180km appx). 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. The beaches of Kovalam are covered by fertile coconut palms; especially the southernmost part of light house beach which is the most beautiful. Some of the leisure options at this beach are diverse-sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs, catamaran cruising, etc.
DAY 13 - Kovalam
Day free in Kovalam
This day we have a day free to enjoy the idyllic soft sandy beaches, warm clear waters and wide views of the ocean horizon that Kovalam has to offer.
DAY 14 - Kovalam
Today you will be transferred to Trivandrum International airport to board the flight for back home
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