Kerala has some unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations. Arabian Sea in the west, Backwaters parallel to the sea and the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the east, will give you a complete natural adventure. This tour is the best opportunity to experience Kerala in an active way.
- Tea plantations in Munnar & Vagamon
- Forest walk at Periyar National Park.
- Cycling along the Cardamom Hills Reserve in Kerala.
- Exquisite healthy and local Kerala food all along.
- Professional Cycling guide & local experts.
- Houseboat cruise at Alleppey
- Exploring backwaters on kayak.
Day 1: Fort Kochi
On arrival meet and be greeted by your tour leader & driver, transfer to hotel at Fort Kochi. It would take from 45 mins to +1 hour depending on traffic.
Cochin is the cosmopolitan center 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. Evening we will enjoy the traditional Kathakali dance performance.
Cycling Distance : Nil // Hotel : Old Lighthouse Bristow // Meals : – / – / –
Day 2: Thattekad
Leaving Fort Kochi early we surprise you to a spot north- west of Kochi, a hamlet called ‘Cherukunnam’. This little village is interspersed with canals in all directions. We bike along one of these canal bund roads amid lush green paddy fields, numerous coconut trees and lonely villages leading you to the Edamalayar forests. The Edamalayar forests and the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary are famed for the many species of birds. The birds, the air and the calm breeze boost and rejuvenate your body & mind. Spread around an area of 25 sq km, this sanctuary has more than 200 varieties of birds including the large falcon, grey jungle fowl, white breasted water hen, hornbill etc. Another attraction we head to is the Bhoothathankettu; a scenic dam site. A myth connected with the origin of this place says that this natural fortification of forests and hills was built by Bhoothams (spirit/ghosts) overnight, hence the name Bhoothathankettu (fort of the spirits). Through this extraordinary experience, you will stay at exquisite resorts/camps basking in the natural and effortless splendor of Kerala.
Cycling Dist: 50 Kms
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: Suryanelli
It’s an early start as you have to climb to a height of 2640 m where you can trek through the high altitude fog forests and grasslands and reach the peak of Meesapulimala. After taking in the beauty of the verdant forests and tea estates nestled in the valleys below, you will trek to the small and quaint hamlet of Suryanelli.
Walking Distance : ~ 10 Kms // Hotel : Anaerangal Camp // Meals : B / L / D
Day 5: BL Ram
An early morning climb to Phantom’s Head is recommended just to see how the hills come alive in the morning with the song strains of the Malabar Whistling Thrush and one can watch the awesome sunrise over the Butterfly Forest which is famous for the mass migration of butterflies in October and November. You can also visit the tribal village of the Muduvans (the back people) who have been living in the upper reaches of the Western Ghats for centuries. They are named so because of their habit of carrying their children on their backs. There is a tribal village near the serene Anaerangal Lake which is also the main source of water for farmers. The weather conditions make it ideal for a lot of spices and cardamom to grow here.
Walking Distance : ~ 10 Kms // Hotel : Campsite // Meals : B / L / D
Day 6: Periyar
Begin with a wonderful downhill followed by undulating terrain along the Cardamom Hills Reserve and spice plantations throughout and on either side of the road. Periyar Tiger Reserve is home for rare – endemic and endangered flora and fauna. This is the home range of the rare and endangered Lion Tailed Macaque, and also an excellent spot for birds & rare butterflies, as well as large herds of elephants and gaurs.
Cycling Distance : ~ 100 Kms // Hotel : Wildernest B&B // Meals : B / L / –
Day 7: Periyar
Second day we are going for bamboo raftimg in the Periyar Tiger Reserve. A dawn to afternoon range hiking and rafting programme through some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve, a mosaic of habitats will be traversed before the party gets into rafts made of bamboos. By rafting you will get a panoramic view of forest-clad hills. Animals like elephant, gaur and sambar are sighted keeping close to the edges of the lake. Afternoon you have option to explore the local town of Periyar.
Cycling Distance : ~ Nil // Hotel : Wildernest B&B // Meals : B / L / –
Day 8: 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 consist 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 9: Alleppey
Today we will proceed to Alleppey, we will cycle only 40 Kms today, rest will be a transfer in vehicle. The bike ride through rubber estatse is an attraction. After a quick break we transfer you out of town to Alleppey for the epitome of your bi-cycle holiday. A luxury rice-barge moored on the backwaters 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 : ~ 40 Kms // Hotel : Houseboat // Meals : B / L / D
Day 10: Nedumudy
Today we are starting our kayaking journey through the backwater villages. You will start moving through the backwaters, traversing the inlets, and breathing in the tranquility and calm of the rustic backwaters. The close interaction with the locals living in the area and their daily lives will fascinate you. Once the day draws to a close, you will be transported to a comfortable resort on an island nestled amidst the beautiful backwaters.
Kayaking Distance : ~ 10 Kms // Hotel : Emerald Isle Homestay // Meals : B / L / D
Day 11: Muhamma
Today, you will start the day after a traditional breakfast served in an ancestral home on the backwaters. As you move along the waters, it will make you understand why this place draws in so many tourists every season. After having lunch in the afternoon, you will be taken to the ancestral home where you can relax.
Kayaking Distance : ~ 10 Kms // Hotel : Kovilakom Resort // Meals : B / L / D
Day 12: Marari Beach
Morning at 9am after breakfast you’re out onto beautiful stretches of acreage. Today 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. Right in time for lunch and tired after a sweaty ride we’re almost beginning to feel the end of your cycling tour.
Cycling Distance : ~ 15 Kms // Hotel : Abad Turtle Beach // Meals : B / – / –
Day 13: Depart
Packing bags our tour leaders and tour managers transfer you to the Cochin International Airport only to depart with a bag full of happy and fun filled memories. As always, we make sure you’re going to come back to discover newer routes and engage with the Keralan people.
Cycling Distance : ~ Nil // Hotel : NA // Meals : B / – / –