Glimpse of Kerala Bike Tour
Ride through the God’s Own Route and leisurely float across the backwaters of Kerala on this timeless Kerala safari. With its evergreen mountains, dense forests, swift-flowing rivers, abundant wildlife, extensive backwaters, and blue lagoons, Kerala looks like a fairyland.
This safari offers a rich mix of diverse terrains from tall mountains and deep valleys to endless backwaters and wide sandy beaches. You will be cycling through roads flanked by thick forests, breezy seashores, tea & coffee carpeted hills, and by a long canal. Apart from the diverse topography, this cycling trip will be a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Keralan life.
Thattekad | 16:00hrs
50km or 30mi
scenic backroadsRide through the God’s own scenic backroads
|DAY 1||Thattekad||Hornbill Camp||D||20km / 12mi|
|DAY 2||Munnar||Aranyaka||B,l,d||65km / 40mi||cycling|
|DAY 3||Munnar||Aranyaka||B,L,D||40km / 24mi||cycling|
|DAY 4||Thekkady||Wildernest||B,L,D||60km / 37mi||cycling|
|DAY 5||Alleppey||Pamba Heritage Villa||B,L,D||45km/28mi||cycling|
|DAY 6||Kochi||The Killians||B,L||50km / 31mi||cycling|
Accommodation - Casual Inns
Small luxury and boutique hotels that are true to their heritage and character and reflect local ethos are listed here as Casual Inns. They hold within them an unassuming charm and regional character that is an extension of the destination itself. Most of them fall under the 3-star or 4-star category with a possible mix of homestays.
We have chosen them carefully so that you are well-rested; get a drift of the local character or an enthralling view from your verandah. The above brief itinerary gives you a clickable list of hotels for your perusal.
Day 1: Thattekad
You easily hire a taxi from the Kochi airport for Thattekad. Arrive and check into our snug and comfortable Swiss tents. Meet your trip leader post-lunch, at 4:00 pm at your Camp and we will do a short warmup ride to the bridge over the Periyar river.
Hornbill Camp offers Kayaking in the Periyar River, bird watching, and plantation walking around the property. The stay gives you a taste of the wilderness of Kerala along with all the comforts. The camp is situated in the environs of a tropical forest where you have nothing but birdsong for company.
Day 2: Munnar
Today we ride into the countryside and follow the Periyar River. A scenic route, along a river, is perfect to see birdlife and the verdant environs of real Kerala. The gradual rising trail winds its way through rubber and pineapple plantations to the Idukki forest reserve. We continue our gradual climb towards our lunch stop at a local restaurant. After lunch, bike amongst enormous grass plants, and eucalyptus trees, and past alpine tea plantations in the rugged Munnar hills to your hotel.
Day 3: Munnar
Munnar is a pleasant contrast to the beach-lined destinations or backwaters of Kerala. A hill station, which has been immortalized by movies, Munnar is great to cycle in. The routes are undulating and sometimes challenging, but you will find an equal amount of downhill slopes to bring relief to steep climbs.
We head out to Top Station, a viewpoint of great touristic eminence. The riding stretch to Top station is one of our favorite cycling routes in Kerala. As we ride all the way up to Top Station, you will be stunned by a brilliant view of the stacked mountains and deep valleys below. After this ride, you would have certainly earned yourself a hot crisp cup of tea.
Roll down the hills and we end the cycling near Mattupetty dam. A short transfer and we reach Munnar town. If you are interested in visiting markets, the Munnar market is good to explore.
Day 4: Thekkady
We bid adieu to Munnar and head towards the cardamom hills of Kerala, a small town of Kumily. We take in the spectacular views of tea-clad western ghat mountains, near Lockhart Gap. As you are riding, the 360 degrees view of the lush tea plantations will be forever etched in your mind. The smell of cardamom draws you quickly from the tea-lined mountains to the unmanicured mish-mash of cardamom plantations, interjected by pepper vines clinging to Tall trees.
After cycling, the last stretch is covered in the shuttle.
Day 5: Alleppey
It’s a long day towards Alleppey and we need to start early. This is going to be a beautiful ride – from the Cardamom Hills to the backwater plains. A hilly ride, with both dips and steep climbs, but the cool weather helps you grapple with this challenging ride better.
We stop cycling around noon and post-lunch take a van transfer to Alleppey.
Day 6: Kochi
On the last biking day, we ride along the beach road and the journey will be refreshing and easy. We ride past fishing villages and numerous Christian churches along the coast and reach Fort Kochi.
One of the foremost trading hubs on the western coast of India, Fort Kochi drew colonial interest with its aromatic spices. Along with traders from China, Portugal, Arabs, and Holland came a cocktail of religions, cultural practices, and diverse food. Kerala owes its cosmopolitan vibe to the traders who braved the seas to come to this land.
In the evening, we recommend seeing the traditional dance form, Kathakali (you can also see the face painting before the show).
Day 7: Departure
Depending on your time in the morning you can explore Fort Kochi and learn more about the history of this old port city.
Please make your arrangements for onward travel.
Dates and Prices
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We offer private departures on almost all our itineraries, and for groups of four or more, they cost the same as our standard trips!
All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).
Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.
Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.
A Van support that follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.
Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.
Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.
Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.
When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Our fleet majorly consist of the below bikes as a part of this tour. However, sometimes due to height or availability constraints, we may provide a different but similar quality bike.
Included in your trip price
Airport pickup and drop
We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.
Some meals may not be included. Please check your itinerary.
Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.
Reviews from our friends
Peter Mc Leod from AU5.0
A fantastic and memorable ride through the back roads of Kerala
Dibin was the perfect guide - very keen to ensure we enjoyed the trip, a lovely person to spend time with and a fountain of knowledge on the local area and the many questions about India that we peppered him with. The 6 day route through Kerala was full of the beauty of the country, the people, the food and the local way of life. All of which we were able to experience up close and personally with Dibin's expert local knowledge. Fascinating. Our driver and support person Raju, was also the best, a skilled and careful driver, very polite and concerned for our safety and enjoyment. This trip ranks as one of the highlights of our many years of travel.
Bruce Whitear from CA5.0
We had the most amazing cycling trip
We had the most amazing cycling trip on the backroads of Kerala with this company. We were on a nine day trip with a guide and driver who were the most amazing people to spend time with, looked after us and kept us safe, and taught us so much about the culture and food. And while some areas had been badly affected by floods this year, this did not affect our trip. The cycling allowed us to see and visit areas that otherwise we would have been unlikely to have seen, on good quality, well-maintained bicycles. We stayed in homestays which were beautiful and individually chosen by the team, and received a warm welcome everywhere. We can genuinely say this was the best trip we have ever been on, and want to experience more of what they offer in other parts of India.
Susanna from UK5.0
such a magical place
Central Kerala bike tour was a great way to see Central Kerala. It is such a magical place. My highlights included Kaivalyam Retreat, the endless hills of tea plantations, riding through the hills and cardamom field, Abraham spice plantation and the overnight houseboat stay.