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Cycling is the ideal way for the more active traveller to explore India. Taking you off the main roads, and through little visited villages, it allows a privileged and authentic encounter with the
friendly local population. If cycling is one of the best ways to discover the real India, Kerala, with its tropical greenery, backwaters, wildlife reserves, tea and spice plantations is the best place to do it.  Accompanied by your own private guide and a backup van and mechanic, you will cycle an average
of 40 km per day through lush green misty hill stations, sloping tea plantations, blue lagoons and tropical rainforests, before exploring the beautiful inland waterways and exotic beaches. On this tour you will stay in a mix of beautiful heritage hotels and eco lodges, and spend a night on a comfortable
houseboat. This fantastic tour is not only about cycling; it is about holidaying with a difference.
The Spice Trail - Kerala
cycling tour

Holiday Length: 11 days
Start City: Cochin
End City: Cochin
Departure dates: daily

Private Holiday extension

 
 
  Day 1
   

Cochin Arrival
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Cochin Airport and transfer to your hotel.
Accommodation: Eight Bastion (or similar) in Cochin

                             
 
  Day 2






Fort Kochi
This morning view St Francis Church, Dutch Cemetery, Jew Synagogue, Spice Markets, Mattanchery Town, Dhobi Ghat and the Chinese Fishing nets - with an informative narrative from the government guide, before lunch at a hidden gem in Fort Kochi.  A short ride to Vypin Island after lunch before returning to view the colourful, ornate and stylised Kathakalli dance and Kalaripayattu (martial art) show.
Accommodation: Eight Bastion (or similar) in Cochin                                 Distance Cycled: 40 kms

     
  Day 3






Thattekad
Depart early to a hamlet called Cherukunnam.  This village is interspersed with canals, creating enjoyable cycling.  Continue to the Edamalayar Forests and the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary.  Covering 25 sq km the sanctuary is home to more than 200 varieties of birds including falcons, fowls, water hens and hornbills.  Also view the the scenic dam site at Bhoothathankettu reputed to be built by ghosts. 
Accommodation Hornbill Camp (or similar) in Thattekad.                            Distance Cycled: 40 kms

     
  Day 4 & 5







Munnar
Take the ride to Munnar past tea estates and breath taking views whilst enjoying the cool breezes.  Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams and is perched 1600 m above sea level.  It was the summer resort for the former British Administrators of South India who travelled here to escape the extreme heat of the cities.  You will stay at an estate that grows tea, cardamon and other crops.  During your time here cycle to local attractions such as Eravikulam national Park, Anaimudi Peak, Mattupatty & Kundale dams, Pallivasal, Top station and the famous Tea Museum. 
Accommodation: Winderemere Estate (or similar) in Munnar               Distance Cycled: 105 km in total

     
  Day 6





Thekkady
Start early from Munnar and bike to Lockheart Gap and Bison Valley past lush paddy fields.  Stop to visit a local temple.  Take time to photo the tea pickers in the fields.  Lunch is atop a hill enjoying a spectacular view of the plains of Tamil Nadu.  Later in the day enjoy a plantation tour in the Cardamon hills.  Spend the night in Periyar National Park
Accommodation: The Elephant Court (or similar) in Thekkady (Periyar)        Distance cycled: 65 kms

     
  Day 7

Kuttikanam
Today either take a jungle walk or a bamboo raft trip to spot animals such as the barking deer, mouse deer, Indian wild dogs, mongooses, foxes, wild pigs and elephants.  Four species of primates are also found at Periyar.  After the morning excursion and lunch set off for your nights accommodation to experience the history of the 'British Sahibs'.
Accommodation: Misty Mountain Plantation (or similar) in Kuttikanam            Distance cycled: 10 kms
     
  Day 8

Kuttikanam
Start the day finding out more about plantation crops and tea pickers and labourers.  After lunch set out on an unspoilt and beautiful cycling trail.
Accommodation: Misty Mountain Plantation (or similar) in Kuttikanam            Distance cycled: 30 kms
 

  Day 9

Kumarakom
After a late breakfast set out on a thrilling 22 km descent to Mundakayam.  Visit a rubber factory enroute and learn all about rubber taping & rubber production.   After a quick ride through the rubber estate you will be transferred to Kumarakom for lunch on board your houseboat on Lake Vembanad.  Take a turn steering the boat past coconut palms, temples and villages.
Accommodation: Air conditioned Houseboat on the backwaters                     Distance cycled: 30 kms
     
  Day 10






Mararikuam
After breakfast farewell your captain and crew and depart to learn about Coir (coconut fibre) making the traditional way.  Cycle on narrow routes through villages and temples towards Mararikulam - a beach fishing village. (Rated one of the worlds Top 5 Hammock Beaches by national Geography). Enjoy a beachside fresh seafood lunch served on banana leafs.
Accommodation: Marari Beach Resort (or similar) in Mararikuam                 Distance cycled: 40 kms

     

Day 11

Mararikulam - Cochin
Transfer to Cochin Airport and departure

     


  Inclusions









• Accommodation in a mix of heritage, first and deluxe class hotels and eco lodges
• All meals from day 2 (fruit lunches on riding days)
• All transfers and transportation in A/C vehicle
• Geared mountain bike hire (Firefox, Trek, Scott or similar) with helmet

• Two bottles of mineral water per person per day and re-hydration supplements
• Entrance fees
• Cycling guide
• Backup vehicle (for spare parts & baggage)
• Daily bike maintenance at the end of each day 

 

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