Southern India Coast to Coast Ride

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5.0 Based on 16 Reviews
  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Chennai, India
  • Ends Kochi, India
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Cycle through two distinctively different Indian states
  • Sample regional dishes served on a banana leaf
  • Cruise on a traditional Keralan houseboat
The trip Southern India Coast To Coast Ride starts from Chennai and ends in Kochi. It is a bicycle trip that takes 14 days taking you through Chidambaram, Chettinad, Pondicherry and 7 other destinations in India. Southern India Coast To Coast Ride is a guided small group trip 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 the rich culture and appreciate the different landscapes as we cycle by. 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 of 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.
5 - Excellent
Based on 16 reviews
India Coast to Coast
5 - Excellent
“India Coast to Coast on a bike is the way to go. The people in the countryside were so lovely, friendly and their big smiles really made my day. This is a great way to see a country and meet the people. The best food was always the little hole in the wall places along the bike route. We stayed at some incredible places, especially in the countryside.”
from the Indian Ocean to the Arabian Sea
5 - Excellent
“This was an amazing holiday and has completely converted me, before the holiday pretty much a non cyclist and very much a novice, to taking more cycling holidays. I love India and this was such a good way to get to see a lot of the real rural India. Cycling through villages, avoiding dogs, goats, cows, other cyclists and pedestrians, as well as the inevitable motorbikes, tuk tuks and buses and not a few potholes and speed bumps, was always fantastic, as the children all wave and shout hello, as do quite a lot of the adults. Its a complete joy.”
Incredible India Indeed – a wonderfully memorable holiday
5 - Excellent
“This was our first visit to India so we were excited yet apprehensive in equal measures. Our holiday could not have been better and we are already looking at a return trip.”
Fun and Enjoyable
5 - Excellent
“This was my fourth exodus cycling trip and the 'routine' was the same, across different countries. I'm impressed by the way Exodus find the excellent leaders and support staff. The bikes do the job, but don't expect perfection - even so I wouldn't contemplate bringing my own bike. The cycling is easyish for the fit and challenging (but doable) for others given the heat, especially. The main hill with all its bends I would equate to Alpe d'Huez. Some had to hop on the bus - but don't let that put you off. India and its traffic is unique and not for the nervous rider, but ride in a straight line and follow the cyclist in front and be aware and you will come to enjoy the manic experience. But there were lots of byways and some great views over the mountains at times. We had some excellent food,much better than on the Rajistahn (don't let me put you off) trip and in some 'interesting' local roadside eateries. Eat before inspecting the kitchens is my advice! I came to no harm.”
  • Day 1: Start Chennai; transfer to Pondicherry via the shore temples of Mahabalipuram.
  • Day 2: Circular ride passing the spiritual commune of Auroville. After lunch in the old quarter the afternoon is free.
  • Day 3: Pleasant ride along village roads to experience the rural life of Southern India. Our afternoon ride heads to Chidambaram, famed for its bronze deity casting.
  • Day 4: Riverside ride to the 16th Century Nayak's capital of Thanjavur; afternoon free to visit the town and Royal Palace.
  • Day 5: Long ride through the Tamil Nadu heartland to Chettinad, renowned for palatial mansions.
  • Day 6: Scenic ride to Madurai, a highlight of any trip to India.
  • Day 7: Free morning to visit this magnificent temple city. Transfer to lunch then ride past Indian vineyards before a final ascent into the Western Ghats and our night stop at Thekkady.
  • Day 8: Free day to relax and stroll around this hill station or visit the nearby Periyar N.P.
  • Day 9: A hilly ride through the tea estates with a refreshing stop at a tea factory; after lunch ride one of the most scenic roads in Kerala to Vagamon.
  • Day 10: Cycle through rubber and spice plantations to Kottayam, the Syrian Christian heartland of Kerala.
  • Day 11: Free morning to explore or relax by the lake before boarding a houseboat for a stunning backwater cruise.
  • Day 12: Final ride along the coast road to Fort Cochin.
  • Day 13: Free day in Fort Cochin with its Chinese fishing nets.
  • Day 14: End Cochin.
  • 10 nights hotels, 1 night houseboat and 2 nights mansions , All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 8 dinners 
  • 10 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • Transfer for group flights
  • Group normally 4 to 14, plus local cycling leader and driver. Min age 16 yrs
  • Local bike hire
  • Any international flights to Chennai and from Kochi are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Southern India Coast to Coast Ride tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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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 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


A deposit of 350 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 20 December 2020 full payment is required.

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. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


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 travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

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