- Cycle through two distinctively different Indian states
- Sample regional dishes served on a banana leaf
- Cruise on a traditional Keralan houseboat
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.
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
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 or visit the nearby Periyar N.P.
Day 9: Ride through tea estates; tea factory stop; continue on 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
Day 14: End Cochin.
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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 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 07 April 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 07 April 2023, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 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. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
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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