The Munnar Ride is our unique idea of setting out to show the discerning traveller a bit of the rural India. Beautifully manicured tea gardens, colourful flowers, shola forests, vegetable farms, fruit orchards and jungles form a part of “The Munnar Ride”. Routes sometimes take you off the tourist circuit, taking you into villages past national parks, dams, lakes and tea factories.
- Biking past long stretches of irrigation canals.
- Kayaking along the Periyar river in the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary.
- Tea-plantations and spice plantation walks.
- Supporting local spice farmers.
- Camping in a Cardamom Plantation – Suryanelli
Day 1: Thattekad
Leaving Fort Kochi early we surprise you to a spot north-east, 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. End your day with Kayaking on the longest river in Kerala followed by plantation walks.
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. Through this extraordinary experience, you will stay at exquisite resorts/camps basking in the natural and effortless splendor of Kerala.
Cycling Distance : ~ 30 Kms // Hotel : Hornbill Camp // Meals : – / L / D
Day 2: Munnar
Today you wake up early morning for the 2 hour transfer to Munnar’s Photo point from where you start your biking deep into Munnar. You’ll pass a few dams, many tea estates before turning into the highest road South of the Himalayas. On the fringes of the the Pampadum Shola National Park to take a final strenuous climb to Top Station. You will pass tea plantations, vegetable farms , national parks and shola forests. What better way to revel in nature!
Cycling Distance : ~ 50 Kms // Hotel : Kaivalyam Retreat // Meals : B / L / D
Day 3: Suryanelli
A good Indian breakfast and fresh tea at Kaivalyam amidst the mist, birds and cool breeze is an experience in itself. We head for a short up-hill to Lockheart Gap to the scenic view point called Bison Valley. Back on bikes you’ll enjoy the downhill all the way before turning in to reach your camp at Suryanelli atop a hill. Be sure to check out the stars and the amazing food. The camp can be cold at night – please carry any essentials such as sweaters and gloves.
Cycling Distance : ~ 30 Kms // Hotel : Anaerangal Camp // Meals : B / L / D
Day 4: Depart
Packing bags our tour leader and driver transfer you to Kochi 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.
Meals : B / L / –