Southern India Coast to Coast Ride

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4.8 Based on 47 Reviews
  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-95 yrs
  • max group size 14
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-7730
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Chennai, India
  • Ends Chennai, India
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Cycle through two distinct Indian states
  • Sample regional dishes served on a banana leaf
  • Cruise on a traditional Keralan houseboat
The tour "Southern India Coast To Coast Ride" starts from and ends in Chennai. It is a bicycle tour that takes 14 days taking you through Chidambaram, Thekkady, Vagamon and 7 other destinations in India. "Southern India Coast To Coast Ride" is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

The two southernmost states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala perfectly depict the contrasting nature of India. Seeing them on two wheels gives us an excellent opportunity to soak up rich culture and appreciate the different landscapes as we cycle. Tamil Nadu sees far fewer visitors than other Indian states, but this is part of the attraction as we follow quiet backroads from the fertile coastal plains in the east to the remarkable hills of the Western Ghats, which form the border with Kerala. Our ride takes us past some of the most impressive sites in southern India, including the former French colony of Pondicherry and the magnificent Sri Meenakshi Temple at Madurai. After cycling through the cooler highlands and tea estates of the Western Ghats, we reach the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, where a relaxing houseboat cruise offers the chance to unwind and reflect on a memorable journey.
  • Day 1: Arrive Chennai; transfer to Pondicherry via the shore temples of Mahabalipuram
  • Day 2: Circular ride passing the spiritual commune of Auroville. Enjoy lunch in the old quarter.
  • Day 3: Pleasant ride along village roads to experience rural life. Afternoon ride to Chidambaram
  • Day 4: Riverside ride to the old Nayak capital of Thanjavur; afternoon visit to the town and Royal Palace
  • Day 5: Long ride through the Tamil Nadu heartland to Chettinad
  • Day 6: Scenic ride to Madurai, a highlight of any trip to India
  • Day 7: Morning to explore Madurai. Transfer to lunch; ride past Indian vineyards; final ascent into the Western Ghats and Thekkady
  • Day 8: Free day to relax or visit Periyar National Park
  • Day 9: Ride through tea estates; tea factory stop; continue to Vagamon
  • Day 10: Cycle through rubber and spice plantations to Kottayam
  • Day 11: Morning to explore or relax by the lake; board a houseboat
  • Day 12: Final ride along the coast road to Fort Kochi
  • Day 13: Free day in Kochi
  • Day 14: End Kochi
  • All accommodation, including houseboat
  • All breakfasts, 11 lunches and eight dinners
  • Local bike hire
  • All entrance fees to monuments and national parks as per the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single supplement
  • E-bike hire
4.8 - Excellent
Based on 47 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Mar 13 2020
5 - Excellent
A great holiday
This trip was pretty much exactly what it said on the label. A varied ride through contrasting states. Well organised and well run. No problems and a lot of fun. A good balance of riding and relaxation.
  • Anonymous
  • On Jan 20 2020
5 - Excellent
A wonderful holiday
This was our third cycling trip in India and lived up to all expectations. There is a great sense of achievement in cycling Coast to Coast from the Bay of Bengal to the Arabian Sea. It is wonderful cycling through the... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 09 2019
5 - Excellent
Bay of Bengal to Arabian Sea in about 500 smiles
This was such an excellent trip from start to finish. We experienced all types of weather from baking hot sun to cyclonic rain and along the way were constantly amazed by the friendliness and generosity of the local people.
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 08 2019
5 - Excellent
What a fantastic trip!
Wow, what a great trip. I had a fantastic time and I am so glad that I did it. There were so many highlights. To start with the cycling was varied and interesting combining flat, uphill and undulating sections along the way as... Read more
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Southern India Coast to Coast Ride tour. You can cancel the tour up to 93 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 92 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 25 July 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 25 July 2024, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 92 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Southern India Coast to Coast Ride tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this Southern India Coast to Coast Ride tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
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