Kerala Backwaters Bike Tour

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This cycling trip offers a unique way to experience life around the backwaters of Kerala. We will be cycling through roads flanked by thick forests, breezy seashores, interior backwaters trails, and along the canal.

With routes mostly remaining flat and staying in a mix of beautiful places by the river, lake, and backwater, this cycling tour perfectly suits families with kids and beginner riders.


Fort Kochi | 07:30hrs


Fort Kochi | 18:30hrs





Avg. dist. cycled

40km or 24mi

Group size

Min. 2, Max. 12


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Get to see the backwaters, its meandering canals, the birds and people life


Brief Itinerary

DayPlacecasual Inns or similarMealsDistanceActivity
DAY 1Fort Kochi to ThodupuzhaJohn's Farm StayL,D45km/27micycling
DAY 2KumarakomLakesong ResortB,L,D50km / 24micycling
DAY 3AlleppeyEmerald IsleB,L,D40km / 24micycling
DAY 4Fort KochiB40km / 24micycling

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Fort Kochi to Thodupuzha

This morning we start with a 1 hr transfer to get out of traffic-clogged roads. We start cycling along the canal route to Oonukal. This first tryst with Kerala on the wheels will enthrall you. A scenic route along a canal is perfect to see birdlife and the verdant environs, passing fertile spice farms and rubber plantations along the way, we make our way to the historic town Thodupuzha, with a short transfer towards the end. Thodupuzha is an ancient town dating back to 300 BC when the Buddhist and Jain religions first made their inroads into Kerala. Our destination today is Madaparambil resort – a beautiful riverside resort.

Meals: L,D
Cycling Distance: 45km/27mi
Accommodation: John's Farm Stay
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Day 2: Kumarakom

We ride through vast paddy fields, fish farms, and coconut tree canopies to reach one of the Vembanad lake edges, the largest backwater in Kerala and a habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species. We are rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding area as we ride through rubber and spice plantations and finish our ride of the day when we hit the water's edge. What you take back from this beautiful ride is a true village experience spiced up with a few untold local stories. Today look forward to your stay at Lakesong Resort, set in a beautiful natural environment on the banks of the pristine Vembanad Lake.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 50km / 24mi
Accommodation: Lakesong Resort
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Day 3: Alleppey

Today enjoy stunning vistas in all directions. Small canals, country canoes, fishermen throwing nets into the water, a coconut climber climbing up the coconut tree, and women working in the rice fields, all come into the scene one after the other.

Our stay today is at a stunning Emerald Isle, a 150 years old ancestral Country House set in 9 acres of secluded grounds in the beautiful waterways and backwater of the Kuttanad region of Central Kerala.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 40km / 24mi
Accommodation: Emerald Isle
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Day 4: Fort Kochi

A classic ride along the Kochi coast with glimpses of unevenly spread backwaters accompanying you all the way. Cycling through small fishermen villages and lush coconut trees, we reach one serene end of the backwaters. Hop on to a kayak and immerse yourself in the beautiful backwater sceneries, while we row together through expansive stretches of backwaters. Enjoy a short break in a village before the tour comes to an end.

Meals: B
Cycling Distance: 40km / 24mi

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Essential Info



All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).

trip leader

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 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.


Airport pickup and drop

We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.


Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.


Gratuities for your guide team are not included in the trip price.


With varied terrain, starting from below sea level in coastal plains to 1900m in the mountains, Kerala has a diverse climate. A typical tropical climate remains cooler in the highlands and hot and humid in the coastal plain throughout the year.

Mid-November to the end of February is the winter time in Kerala, which is best experienced in the highlands with a pleasant climate in the mornings and temperature falling below 10°C at the night. A fleece jacket or warm sweater and long pants may be needed for the cooler evenings and mornings in hill stations. The temperature in plains averages between 25°C to 31°C during this time.

From the beginning of March till the end of May, it is summer. The temperatures go above 40°C during some days in coastal pains and generally remain very hot and humid. The highlands still offer some relief during this time with comparatively cooler climates.

The start of June is the beginning of the Monsoon season in Kerala. Kerala receives two cycles of Monsoon. From June till September, it’s the southwest monsoon, which brings heavy rainfalls till mid of August and it slowly weakens towards the end of September. The second cycle, the Northeast monsoon, starts from the beginning of October till mid-November with light to heavy showers mainly during the evening hours.


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