14 Days | Biking 09 Days
Suitable for families with young children
Highest point/ Max altitude
Combination of moderate and strenuous 6-8 hours of activity per day with very steep uphill and downhill sections, often at high altitudes. Some physical preparation recommended.
This rewarding trip explores the green magic of the Kerala countryside through a combination of cycling and water transport, and also includes some down-time by the beach. If you are looking for quiet roads, beautiful scenery and friendly people, then this holiday is for you.
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This exciting two-week cycle-based tour around the tropical southwest of India begins in the beautiful old city of Cochin, with its lovely old colonial mansions and palm-lined lanes.
On day three the climbing begins as we head inland by bike to Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, one of the richest bird habitats in the country. The high green hills with their rolling tea plantations, spice estates, forests and wildlife sanctuaries dominate the middle part of our trip. Pedal power will take us up to the lovely old hill station of Munnar, our base for some wonderful cycling along quiet mountain roads with stops to admire the panoramic views. We’ll make our way through isolated villages for the next couple of days, before descending back down towards the coast and the centres of Kottayam and Alleppey.
A highlight of the trip is the magical Kerala waterways, and the chance to experience a traditional houseboat, our accommodation for a night. To complete the trip, enjoy some well-earned R&R on the tropical beaches of Kovalam.
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 1 - Kochi
Arrive Kochi and transfer to the hotel; afternoon and evening free
Arrive at the International Airport of Kochi, after a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our KVT’s representative would assist you at the airport and Later board the vehicle and transfer to Kochi hotel for check-in (20-30mins drive). 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. Afternoon and evening free for us to explore the town or relax at the hotel.
DAY 2 - Kochi
Sightseeing tour of Kochi
In the morning after breakfast, we will try out our bikes with the help of mechanic and make any necessary adjustments if requires, then we proceed for the sightseeing tour of Kochi, we will take a short transfer by boat to Mattencherry and start our visit with 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. Then we visit St. Francis Church, it is the oldest European church in India and was built in the beginning of 16th century. 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. After that we return back to hotel and relax.
DAY 3 - Thattekkad
Drive to Kollencherry and then cycle to Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary (45km cycling).
After breakfast, leaving the city behind we take a short transfer to Kollencherry where our days ride begins towards Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary. You will begin cycling towards the foothills of the Western Ghats and the lowland forests of Thattekkad. You will cycle approximately 45 kms, through a countryside that evolves from towns to rubber plantations, paddy fields and spice gardens. You will be cycling till the lowland forests at Thattekkad, on the banks of the Periyar River, the longest river in Kerala. Thattekkad is located on the banks of the River Periyar and is one of the best birding destinations in India. It boasts of a large number of endemic species. This place is an ideal and quiet retreat into nature. Reach there and check-in to the hotel and relax.
DAY 4 - Munnar
Cycle across the hills and tea plantations to Munnar (45km cycling).
After breakfast start cycle ride towards Munnar. Today is a day of climbing to the heights at over 1600m, with its sprawling lush green hills and tea plantations, We will pass through cocoa, cashew, teakwood, Mango, pepper & coconut plantations. It is a beautiful hill station situated in the Western Ghats range of mountains at an altitude of 1600m above sea level. Munnar was once the summer resort of British Government in South India and it is popular for its vast tea plantations. Reach there and check-in to the hotel and relax at the hotel and enjoy the beauty of the Munnar.
DAY 5 - Munnar
Explore Munnar town and surrounding tea plantation areas by bike (30-40km cycling).
Munnar is a great place to cycle in. Today we explore Munnar and the surrounding areas. Home to some of the world's highest tea plantations, coupled with craggy peaks and tall red wood tree forests the scenery offers a stunning backdrop to our cycling route. We cycle through some of the tea plantations on route to Annamudi Village, located at the base of Annamudi Peak, at 2695m this is the highest peak in South India and dominates the skyline. After this ride, you would have certainly earned yourself a hot crisp cup of tea. After that we return back to our hotel and relax.
DAY 6 - Nedumkandam
Cycle up some steep hills to Devikulam, then a level ride to Nedumkandam (50-60km cycling).
Today morning, we begin a long descent, with a few sharper ascents to cross passes, until we reach Devikulam, a small village & hill station - the place with the lotus pond of Goddess. One of such sparkle is Devikulam Lake. It is a place where the green carpet welcomes you with the freshness of flora and fauna. Some people mention’s it also as Sita Devi lake because they believe that in the historical epic Ramayana Sita, the goddess bathed in this lake. From here it’s a fairly gentle, flat ride to Nedumkandam. A fairly new town, established some forty years ago, Nedumkandam produces a significant portion of India's cardamom and pepper and the town is thought to be the fastest growing in the region. Today’s ride passes through beautiful landscapes with mountain views, tea estates and through small villages. Reach & check-in at hotel and relax.
DAY 7 - Kulamavu
Cycle to Cheruthoni by bike, with a short transfer to Kulamavu (50km cycling).
Today morning we cycle to Kulamavu, a scenic location set in the hills of the Idukki district of Kerala. The route takes us past the busy junction of Cheruthoni but for the most part is very quiet. After that there is a short transfer from Cheruthoni to your hotel in Kulamavu. Reach & check-in at hotel. Give our bikes a break and explore the gardens on foot.
DAY 8 - Erattupetta
Cycle to the banks of Thodupuzha River and Erattupetta (40km cycling).
Today we cycle towards the banks of the Thodupuzha River. The town has been established for many centuries and the Buddhist and Jain influences are clear to be seen with intricately carved temples and relics dotted around the area. The terrain is undulating but we start with a long descent of around 18kms which gives our legs a well-earned treat. This part offers a steady ascent for almost 15kms until we reach Erattupetta, a large town with a mix of Christian, Muslim and Hindu communities and surrounded by rubber plantations. Reach & check-in at hotel.
DAY 9 - Kottayam
Cycle to Kottayam (45km cycling).
Morning after breakfast, we make our way to the backwaters, descending from the hill country and the tea plantations. We pass through agricultural land and more rubber plantations as well as small villages before we reach Kottayam, the district headquarters. The town has a majority Christian community and there are several large, ornate churches which we can visit in the afternoon once we reach there. Reach & check-in at hotel.
DAY 10 - Alleppey
Cycle to Alleppey via Kumarakom (46km cycling).
After breakfast, cycle to Alleppey via Kumarakom. Kumarakom - the gateway to the backwaters is unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways. Afterwards following country roads and passing small villages we break our journey to see coconut husks being processed and turned in to coir ropes and mats, the traditional building material of the backwaters. As we reach the backwaters we follow the banks until we reach Alleppey, a backwater heaven interlocked with lakes and canals. The network of canals is used for inland navigation. A vast stretch of paddy fields make this place as the rice bowl of Kerala. Apart from rice production the coir making and boat building is a thriving industry in this area. Houseboat or a Backwater Cruise along the palm fringed waterways of Alleppey is the most exciting holiday experience. Reach Alleppey and we spend this night in a traditional keralan homestay where we enjoy the surroundings.
DAY 11 - Alleppey
Short bike ride to boat jetty in Alleppey, board houseboat and cruise around the backwaters (Cycle approx. 20km)
After breakfast, enjoy your final day to cycle around Alappuzha and explore the surrounding villages, rice fields and the famous backwaters and ride ends at to reach the boat jetty to board the houseboat and say goodbye to the bikes. 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.
DAY 12 - Kovalam
Drive to Kovalam and relax on the beach
Morning after breakfast we drive to Kovalam (Distance: 165km), 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. Kovalam has three beaches which together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach these are Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach. The beaches are covered by fertile coconut palms; especially the southernmost part of light house beach is most beautiful. We reach there and check-in to the hotel and we relax on the beach.
DAY 13 - Kovalam
Day free in Kovalam
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 - Trivandrum
Departure transfer to the International Airport of Trivandrum
Now today you will be assisted by our KVT’s representative while checking out at the hotel then you will be transferred to International Airport of Trivandrum to board the flight for back home.
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