This is a cycling adventure from Kochi to Goa, which will take you through some of the best stretches along South India covering 4 South Indian states. Less traffic and good climate are the additional points that will force you to take this wonderful tour. Experience all kinds of natural wonders along the route from mountains, forests, waterfalls to beaches. Enjoy the wonders of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Goa states on the go.
|DEPARTURE||Cola Beach, Goa|
- Visit to Dutch palace, Jew Synagogue, St Francis’ Church, Dutch Cemetery, Chinese Fishing nets and Santa Cruz Cathedral at Fort Kochi
- Kayaking at Periyar River
- Tea-plantations and spice plantation walks
- Golden Temple visit
- Wild life safari and trek at Lakkavalli
- Cycling the Western Ghats
- Waterfalls and Forests
- Sandy Beach of South Goa
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. Hurray! You’re biking up north of Cochin today.
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: 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. 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.
Cycling Distance : ~ 60 Kms // Hotel : Kaivalyam Retreat // Meals : B / L / D
Day 4: Pollachi
Refresh yourself with Yoga class at Kaivalyam in Early morning. Today you will be transferred to Pollachi, passing coconut groves and the villages of Tamil Nadu. The warmth after the cool air in the hills is a sudden relief. Your stay today will be nestled in a large coconut grove. Shenbaga Vilasam is a treasure trove of cultural heritage with the blend of tradition and modernity into a wonderful tapestry of vibrant colours where the homely aroma of rural India mingles with the rich flavours of royal heritage. Experience the essence of village charm through the magical windows & activities at Coco Lagoon.
Cycling Distance : ~ 100 Kms // Hotel : Shenbaga Vilasam // Meals : B / L / D
Day 5: Ooty
Situated approx. 2000m above sea level Ootacamund aka Udhagamandalam or Ooty is a colonial little town known for its English styled cottages that have unique teak floors, tiled roofs and chimneys, almost like a movie scene from another era. The excellent botanical garden at Ooty which is over 160 years old is home to not only a great variety of exotic flora but also many endemic birds.
From the local needle factory to small quilt making cottage industry, from the lush tea gardens all around Ooty to the famous chocolate fudge sold at Kingstar Bakery at Charing Cross to the barracks at Wellington and prestigious boarding schools, this capital of in the Nilgiris has inspired excellence in many fields.
Today, after breakfast you will visit an ancestral home and as you kayak through the palm-fringed backwaters, it will make you understand why this place is so appealing to tourists globally. After a picnic lunch, you will arrive at your destination to rest and relax.
Cycling Distance : ~ 60 Kms // Hotel : Taj Savoy // Meals : B / L / –
Day 6: Ooty
On the second day we will take the Nilgiri Montain train to Mettupalayam, this train is also known as Toy train. This Nilgiri rail system is unique as it is the steepest one in Asia. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO during 2005. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is the only mountain railway that operates on a daily basis in South India. From Mettupalayam you will cycle back to Ooty. Please note you can always use the backup vehicle in case you find it difficult to climb.
Cycling Distance : ~ 20 Kms // Hotel : Taj Savoy // Meals : B / – / –
Day 7: Coorg
After a short transfer from the city, the tour starts towards the Coorg countryside that boasts of coffee estates, tea plantations, and forests. The next two days at a plantation would be serene amid the coffee plantations.
Today you will taken through the narrow lanes bordered by maize fields and hamlets that ends up in colourful temples of the Namdroling Monastery which has some vivid mural depicting scenes from the Tibetan mythology and brass statues of the Buddha. After visiting this village of Bylakuppe which is also known to be one of the largest Tibetan settlements in India, you will be taken back to the countryside. You can take a walk through the countryside in the evenings as well.
Cycling Distance : ~ 80 Kms // Hotel : Plantation Trails // Meals : B / – / –
Day 8: Hassan
As you cycle through country roads shaded by the flaming orange of the ‘Flame of the Forest’ trees and an occasional Banyan and coconut groves, you will be able to capture the essence of rural India, its diversity, beauty, and culture which will finally take you to a theme resort.
Cycling Distance : ~ 60 Kms // Hotel : Hoysala Village // Meals : B / L / D
Day 9: Mudigere
Day 9 cycling has two stopovers: Belur, and Halebid. Both the places are of great historic significance, Belur being home to the Chennakeshava Temple, which is a testimony to the Hoysala architecture and Halebid which is the capital of the Hoysala Empire. The monolithic Nandi, the Mount of Lord Shiva, and the detailed carvings are famous and these temples are Unesco World Heritage Sites.
After the history and architecture blended Hoysala villages, today you will pedalto Mudigere,which is in the hills where you get to see the virgin countryside covered hills, dense forests, coffee plantations, wild flowers that grow in abundance, and Orange Minivets. The night will be spent at a homestay.
Cycling Distance : ~ 70 Kms // Hotel : Linger at Belur // Meals : B / L / D
Day 10: Lakkavalli
The first 10 kms of the ride takes you uphill through an undulating terrain but by the time we reach the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, you will be cycling on flat roads. The sanctuary is a protected area being a tiger conservation sanctuary and over 30 tigers are supposed to be living in this sanctuary. Here you have options to do jeep safari, trek, and spend the evening in the ‘Gol Ghar’.
Cycling Distance : ~ 70 Kms // Hotel : Bhadra River Tern Lodge // Meals : B / L / D
Day 11: Lakkavalli
Second day enjoy doing the activities conducted by the resort itself, including jungle safari.
Cycling Distance : ~ Nil // Hotel : Bhadra River Tern Lodge // Meals : B / L / D
Day 12: Jog Falls
After an early start on day 12, you will pedal through the verdant tropical forests, uphill and downhill and reach one of the biggest waterfalls in India – the Jog Falls, which is inside the Sharavati Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The waterfall that cascades from a height of 250 m consists of four cascades known as Raja, Rani, Rover, and Rocket. They join together to form this one big waterfall which is locally known as the Geruoppe Falls. That night you will be transferred to your destination.
Cycling Distance : ~ 60 Kms // Hotel : Sharavathi Adventure Camp // Meals : B / L / D
Day 13: Gokarna
Passing the Jog Falls again, you will go towards Gokarna which is a remote town with a few secluded and pristine beaches. Gokarna is famous for the Om Beach is revered site for Hindus. Backpackers flock here for the eerie calmness of the beach.
Cycling Distance : ~ 60 Kms // Hotel : Om Beach Resort // Meals : B / L / D
Day 14: South Goa
Today we go along the beach side with some cliff dropping that gives a beautiful view of the beaches below. This area is also famous for its juicy ‘Alphonso’ Mangoes and hence known as the mango belt. We go through Karwar, an ancient place of sea trade, the beautiful Sadashivgad Fort; located by the Kali River and ride into the picturesque and exotic beaches of Goa.
Cycling Distance : ~ 30 Kms // Hotel : Dwaraka Beach Resort // Meals : B / L / D
Day 15: Depart Panjim
After a relaxed breakfast go for a stroll around the area before departing to the airport at Panjim, Goa. Your tour leaders and drivers will assist with luggage and transfers.