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The Cycling Kerala's Backroads tour starts and ends in Kochi (formely known as Cochin). The Cycling Kerala's Backroads is a Bicycle Tour that takes 14 days taking you through Kochi (formely known as Cochin), India and other destinations in India.

Kerala, a narrow Indian state sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the mountainous Western Ghats, is known for its tropical greenery, backwaters, wildlife reserves, and tea and spice plantations. Along the way, you will be staying at beautiful heritage hotels, eco-lodges as well as a rice barge converted to a luxurious accommodation. We'll have our fill of ethnic and delicious food, seasoned by local spices. Then the climbing begins as we head up to areas known for its tea plantations and spice estates.

Four wildlife parks are visited on this tour, where we will most likely be able see a herd of elephants. We then head towards Kumarakom from where we spend a relaxing afternoon plying the backwaters on a houseboat, where we'll also spend the night. From here it is a flat ride back to Kochi with time to explore this fascinating historic town. Its location near the equator combined with the sea breezes and cooler temperatures in the highlands makes it perfect for bicycling and lives up to its tagline–God's Own Country.

This tour include a total ascent of 8,926 m and descent of 8,452 m.

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“Cycling Kerala's Backroads was an amazing experience all around. Challenging cycling, delicious food, great guides, and countless interactions with locals. The warmth and fun of the people was the best. Solid mix of doable distances, with cultural experiences. Cooking at the Barbeque in Mannar was a wonderful experience.

Shibu and Hareesh were excellent guides for our ride. This was our third tour with SpiceRoads. All have been outstanding experiences. Safety, comfort, and communication have all been well managed. These two had great senses humor and were impressed with our ability to move across the terrain as efficiently as we did. We all had a renewing ride in Kerala. Charmed by the many people we met. Led by two great guides. Thanks to Shibu and Hareesh.
Arrive in Kochi, a vibrant seaport town that is the perfect jumping off point for our exploration of Kerala.
We ride into the countryside, passing a temple, crossing the Periyar River, where we may see elephants bathing. We head to the Thatekkad Bird Sanctuary and overnight in deluxe and unique house tents.
Bird watchers rise early to see as many bird species as they can. Cycling from the hotel, we follow the Periyar River to the Valara forest reserve, as we gradually climb to our hotel.
A morning climb takes us to Munnar Hill Station. There are lakes, reservoirs, forests, and several tea plantations carpeting the hillsides. The afternoon is free for exploring the town and bazaar.
Ride to Top Station for panoramic views after climbing 500 m gradually through little traffic. Then there's the downhill.
Today's stunning ride out of Munnar on an undulating country road goes through small villages with wonderful views to Kattapana town. We overnight at a tranquil resort set in a spice plantation.
The ride to Periyar National Park, a rich bio-diversity spot and sanctuary for more than 40 tigers, is on small roads through deciduous forests all the way to our resort at the park’s edge.
Have a free day to relax or go on one of the treks or boat safaris at the park.
From the hotel, we descend on a scenic road through cardamom and tea estates, stopping to visit the Connemara Tea Factory. We overnight at an old plantation.
Stunning views with a major descent makes this probably the best ride of the trip. We ride through rubber and spice plantations to India's second largest lake.
The morning is free before we board our houseboat, a converted rice barge, for a splendid backwater cruise.
We disembark at Alleppey and ride along an old canal road, passing his-toric buildings. We take the beach road north to Marari Beach for a sea-food lunch and relax by the sea. The afternoon ride ends at Fort Cochin.
There is an optional morning cycle ride around old Cochin. The afternoon is free to relax before we meet up for our farewell dinner.
Onward travel.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Hotels
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transport
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
Guide
  • English-speaking guide
Bike Hire
  • Mountain Bike US$ 300
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Kochi (formely known as Cochin) are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Cycling Kerala's Backroads tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Duration 14 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 16 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Kochi (formely known as Cochin), India/ Kochi (formely known as Cochin), India
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A deposit of 911 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 44 days before departure. For any departures within 10 August 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Cycling Kerala's Backroads 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.

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For this Cycling Kerala's Backroads 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.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Cycling Kerala's Backroads tour. You can cancel the tour up to 45 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 44 days of departure.
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