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India - Kerala

Itinerary

Day 1: Trivandrum

redspokes Kerala and Tamil Nadu cycling tour begins in Trivandrum. Whatever your arrival time on Day 1 of the tour, you will be met and transferred to your guesthouse. We will have a group briefing this afternoon and assemble our bikes for a short ride of 15km to Kovalam Beach.

Cycling Distance: 25km
Accommodation: Hotel (D)


Day 2: Trivandrum to Madurai

There is time this morning to wander along the beach here amongst the fisherman as they sell their catch of the day before we take a train to Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The journey will give us an insight into South Indian daily life. We travel along dense palm tree-lined track, with views from your carriage of village women tending to their washing and men playing cards outside brightly painted houses. Our bicycles will be transported by road.

Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D) 


Day 3: Madurai / (Nilakottai) - Vathalagundu

We begin the day with an early morning visit to the magnificent Meenakshi temple. After breakfast at our hotel and a short vehicle transfer, our cycling begins through the rural villages of Tamil Nadu. We will stop for a packed lunch then continue riding to Athoor village along an old narrow road which rises from the plains as we cycle up into the hills enjoying views across semi-desert land interspersed with lush green palm plantations.

Cycling Distance: 65km (43.8 miles)
Cycling Climb: 1,419m (4,655ft)
Cycling Descent: 326m (1,070ft)
Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)

 


Day 4: Vathalagundu to Kodaikanal

Today redspokes Kerala and Tamil Nadu tour continues with a stunning 1200 metre ride to the cooler climate in the hill station town of Kodaikanal. There is a long climb to finish this afternoon's cycling. Our exertions will be rewarded with dramatic scenic views of the plains below as we end the day.

Cycling Distance: 87km (54 miles)
Cycling Climb: 1,394m (4,573ft)
Cycling Descent: 810m (2,657ft)
Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)


Day 5: Kodaikanal Rest Day

You have the chance to relax in pleasant surroundings today after yesterday's cycle or go walking. Known as 'the princess of hill stations' Kodaikanal has beautiful views, forested areas and waterfalls. You can take a boat ride on the man-made star shaped lake. 

Altitude:2,1,33m (6,998ft)
Accommodation: Hotel (B)


Day 6: Kodaikanal to Palani

Our day begins with a 15km undulating ride before we cycle a continuous 40km downhill. We continue our long, winding cycle downhill away from forest and coffee plantations to the arid plains at a low of 300 metres. Just outside Palani town we will have lunch at a local restaurant. Palani is a famous and densely occupied Hindu pilgrim town.

Cycling Distance: 61km (38 miles)
Cycling Climb: 350m (1,148ft)
Cycling Descent: 2,326m (7,631ft)
Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)


Day 7: Palani to Marayoor

Today we cycle through Indira Gandhi National Park and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary to Marayoor. In the Malayalam and Tamil languages 'mara' means hidden and 'oor' means land. The fresh mountain air and views of mist-clad hills and hamlets make this a beautiful location.

Cycling Distance: 75m (46.5 miles)
Cycling Climb: 1,046m ( 3,432ft)
Cycling Descent: 383m (1,256ft)
Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)


Day 8: Marayoor to Chinnakanal

Another fantastic cycle ride through the fabulous tea plantations to the hotel near Chinnakanal on the road to Thekkady. Chinnakanal is a part of the Munnar Hills. In the local language Munnar means three rivers referring to the confluence of Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly waterways. After lunch at Munnar we will be transferred by vehicle to our hotel. 

Cycling Distance: 55km (34 miles)
Climb/Ascent: 1580m (5,184ft)
Altitude Gain: 1,014m (3,415ft)
Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)


Day 9: Chinnakanal to Thekkady

Leaving the tea plantations, we cycle down through the Cardamom Hills from Chinnakanal to Thekkady. This is a hilly 30km ride. We are likely to be greeted along the way by the local children with a polite 'good morning' in impeccable English. We will stay 2 nights close to the Periyer National Park.

Cycling Distance: 90km (56 miles)
Climb/Ascent: 1,480m (4,856ft)
Down/Descent: 2,120m (6,955ft)
Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)


Day 10: Thekkady - Rest Day

Non-cycling day. After a leisurely breakfast you have to opportunity to explore Periyar National Park, a beautiful area of lush evergreen and deciduous forest serving as home to various animals such as deer, elephants, sambar, Nilgiri Langurs. There is a watch tower within the park that offers wonderful views of the surrounding area. You could take a guided tour of a spice plantations. You might want to visit nearby town Kumily and take a walk through the market where you will find spiced chocolates, spiced preserves, specialty teas and coffee, or have a rejuvenating ayurvedic massage.

Accommodation: Hotel (B)


Day 11: Thekkady to Vagamon Village

The first 25km of our journey is along well surfaced rolling road through tea plantations. We can stop along the way to visit a plantation. After lunch, on our route towards Vagamon village, we follow quiet twisting back roads through moorland, complete with dry stone walls. The area bears an uncanny resemblance to a British moorland, with the exception that the bushes are tea plants rather than gorse.

Cycling Distance: 53km (33 miles)
Climb/Ascent: 1,055m (3,461ft)
Down/Descent: 840m (2,756ft)
Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)


Day 12: Vagamon Village to the Inland Waterways

We enjoy a morning of easy riding as we cycle from Vagamon to the Inland Waterways passing through quaint rubber plantations. We will board houseboats in time for lunch and begin a cruise of the beautiful inland waterways. One of Kerala's highlights.

Cycling Distance: 89km (55 miles)
Climb/Ascent: 639m (2,096ft)
Down/Descent: 1,727m (5,666ft)
Accommodation: Houseboat (B,L,D)


Day 13: Alleppey to Cochin

We disembark at Alleppey late morning and begin a ride through shady coconut palms and sleepy agricultural areas inundated by the backwaters making this one of the only areas where rice paddys grow below sea level. We take a break from cycling, stopping for a picnic lunch you have the opportunity to cool off with a dip in the Arabian Sea. This afternoon we cycle a coastal route through fishing villages to reach Cochin on the Malabar Coast. The town is an intriguing mix of Indian and Chinese influences with fading remains of British and Portuguese architecture. You can visit the Dutch Palace and the 400 year old synagogue or explore spice warehouses and antique shops. There is also an interesting folk lore museum.

Cycle Distance: 60km (37 miles)
Climb/Ascent: 497m (1,630ft)
Down/Descent: 460m (1,509ft)
Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)


Day 14: Cochi

redspokes cycling tour of Kerala and Tamil Nadu ends today. There will be a transfer to the airport for your flight home.


Tour Mileage

Between 35 - 90 kilometres per day (Please note: There are 7 days where the elevation gain is between 1,000m - 1,700m)

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