This classic trip is designed to showcase Kerala in its ‘entirety’ and will mesmerize you with Kerala’s culture, food and habits. Experience a bicycling journey of backwaters, rivers and dams, of squirrels, monkeys and elephants, of leaf plates, clay pots and barbecues, of warmth, drizzles and cold, of yellow, brown and green, of plains, valleys and mighty hills.o.
- Experience the countryside & interact Keralan people.
- Experience traditional art forms of Kathakalli and cultural shows in Kerala.
- Fort Kochi highlights and guided visits to the Vasco Da Gama Church, Jew Town, Dutch Palace and the Jew Synagogue.
- Kayaking at Periyar river & Plantation visit at Thattekkad.
- Experience the hills.
- Learning the process from leaf to packet in a colonial tea factory.
- Bamboo rafting at Periyar National Park.
- Plantation walk in Munnar & Kuttikkanam.
- Quintessential house-boat cruize.
- Coir making @ the home of a local near Marari.
- Exquisite healthy and local food all along.
Day 1: Fort Kochi
Cochin is the cosmopolitan centre of Kerala. On arrival you will be transported to the colonial and heritage town of Fort Kochi which is more lively and fun than the commercial city. At your boutique hotel, your tour leader will give you options on the numerous spots and activities to visit during the evening.
Some of the best spots in Fort Kochi and Mattancherry (the more historical hub) include the Dutch palace, the Jew Synagogue, St Francis’ Church, Dutch Cemetery, Chinese Fishing nets, Santa Cruz Cathedral and so on. The old world charm infused with the numerous spice markets, antique shops and art galleries will amaze you. Enjoy Kathakali show in the evening.
Cycling Distance : ~ Nil // Hotel : Old Lighthouse Bristow // Meals : – / – / –
Day 2: Thattekad
Thattekad is a region in the district of Ernakulam in Kerala situated at the foot of the Western Ghats next to the Periyar river. Thattekad when translated means ‘flat forest’ and is regarded as one of the best spots for birding in Kerala. This may be well because of the famous Salim Ali bird sanctuary. This bird sanctuary was named after the renowned ornithologist and is one of the most important bird sanctuaries in India. This bird sanctuary covers around 25 sq km and it is home to a large variety of species of flora and fauna. Some of the birds you may get a chance to view here are the Indian Pitta, Large-Billed Warbler and Collared Scoops Owl.
Cycling Distance : ~ 50 Kms // Hotel : Hornbill Camp // Meals : B / L / D
Day 3 & 4: Munnar
Though seemingly gentle, this ride is definitely alive; taking you to Munnar, branded for its pristine tea estates, cool breeze and breath-taking views. It is one of those attractions that contributed to Kerala’s reputation as a certain travel destination among domestic and foreign travellers.
Kaivalyam Retreat for your next stay is situated close to town byt hidden away in the vallleys that surround Munnar. Kaivalyam offers a wonderful balcony for sit-out, early yoga sessions and plantation walks. This apart from cycling back to Munnar from Top Station – from where you can view the world’s highest working tea factory.
Munnar, situated at the confluence of three mountain streams – Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, is perched about 1600 m above sea level and used to be the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in South India. Your stay will be in classic bungalows/estates growing tea, cardamom and other plantation crops. Indulge in a niche experience with the use of local/farm fresh products to supplement your food requirements.
Cycling Distance : ~ 60 Kms // Hotel : Kaivalyam Retreat // Meals : B / L / D
Day 5 & 6: Periyar Tiger Reserve
This morning, we start off early from Munnar to bike on routes that border the Western Ghats and the Cardamom Hills Reserve. The area criss-crosses through verdant green country-side with view-points of the plains of the neighboring state. The ride reminds us of the drastic changes in the topography with the Western Ghats as a separator and natural border. Arrive at Periyar / Thekkady and take in the rest of the day to experience the small town of Kumily.
On day 2 we can go for Half day Bamboo Rafting, a dawn to dusk hiking and rafting programme which we can spot the Famous Periyar Lake and covers the richest part of the forest in Periyar Tiger Reserve that starts from the Boat Landing by 8am and ends by 2pm at Boat landing in which the guest is accompanied by an Armed Forest Guard and Guides. This programme is provided with Food and One litre of water. The programme is about 10km of walking and 3-4 hour rafting in the Periyar Lake in which the guest can enjoy a rich part of the forest. Animals like elephant, gaur and sambar are sighted keeping close to the edges of the lake.
Cycling Distance : ~ 100 Kms // Hotel : Wildernest // Meals : B / L / –
Day 7: Vagamon
From Periyar we will head to Vagamon – the sleepy town with its scenic valleys, beautiful green meadows, enchanting pine forests, mists, fogs, tea estates, waterfalls with the overall greenery is really striking. The route is consisting of a perfect mountain biking country with a great scenic view that consists of small spice growing hamlets dotting the landscape and undulating roads through tea estates and forests. Your destination is a resort set amidst the tea estates and a quiet retreat after a hard day of cycling.
Cycling Distance : ~ 50 Kms // Hotel : Wintervale // Meals : B / L / D
Day 8: Alleppey
Late breakfast and we’re out for a thrilling 30 kms descent and through the rubber estates is another attraction. After a quick break we transfer you out of town to Alleppey. A luxury rice-barge moored on the Vembanad Lake awaits our arrival. Festive lunch on boat, music in the background, you’re next in charge steering the boat through vast stretches of blue waters. Coconut palms, temples and villages in the horizon, you have a book out to sketch or write a poem. Amidst a million stars in the night sky, the breeze silently steers you into God’s own waters.
Cycling Distance : ~ 30 Kms // Hotel : Houseboat // Meals : B / L / D
Day 9: Marari
Morning at 9am after breakfast you’re out onto beautiful stretches of acreage. Goodbyes to your captain and crew, you’re set to learn some Coir (coconut fiber) making from a local outfit, the traditional way! Biking on narrow routes through numerous villages and temples we head to Mararikulam, a fishing village by the beach. In fact it is rated as one of the world’s top five Hammock Beaches by National Geography. This part of Kerala has the largest number of bi-cycle users and you’d be surprised to find others join us to our destination.
Cycling Distance : ~ 20 Kms // Hotel : Abad Turtle Beach // Meals : B / L / D
Day 10: Depart
After the delicious breakfast from the Hotel you will be transferred to the airport at Cochin to bid adieu to God’s Own Country.