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India - Kerala

Itinerary

Day 1: Trivandrum

Arrive Trivandrum. Whatever time your flight arrives on the arrival day, you will be met and transferred to your guesthouse near Trivandrum where we will have a group briefing this afternoon. We will 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 daily Keralan life. We journey 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

Breakfast at hotel followed by a visit to the magnificent Meenakshi temple. Later this morning you have time to explore the town. After lunch, and a short vehicle transfer, our cycling begins. This is a lovely ride to Vathalagundu Village along an old narrow road which rises from the plains up into the hills with views out across semi-desert land interspersed with lush green palm plantations and a lake.

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

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, but we are rewarded with 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 5km downhill ride before we join undulating road for 30-35km. We continue our long, winding cycle downhill away from forest and coffee plantations to the arid plains at a low of 300 metres. After lunch we head to Palani, a 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 (32 kms) 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. Thekkady is the country's sole tiger reserve, with a bountiful array of tropical flora and fauna, and is home many endangered species and a rich tribal culture.

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 Kumily

Leaving the tea plantations, cycle down through the Cardamom Hills from Chinnakanal to Kumily. This is a hilly 30km, 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: Kumily - Rest Day

Non-cycling day. After a leisurely breakfast you have to opportunity to take a guided tour of the spice plantations near Kumily. There will also be time to explore the town, 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: Kumily 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 inland waterways

Lots of downhill and easy riding this morning. We cycle from Vagamon to the inland waterways. 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 coastal ride through shady coconut palms and sleepy fishing villages. Stopping for a picnic lunch you have the opportunity to cool off with a dip in the Arabian Sea. This afternoon we cycle through prawn farms and rice paddies to Cochin on the Malabar Coast. The town is an intriguing mix of Indian and Chinese influences with fading remains of British and Portugese 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

The tour 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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