Cycle Kerala & Tropical India

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  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 14
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Mysore, India
  • Ends Varkala, India
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  • Cycle through striking countryside with tea plantations Discover Hindu temples and Christian churches
  • Cruise the Keralan backwaters on a traditional houseboat
The trip "Cycle Kerala & Tropical India" starts in Mysore and ends in Varkala. It is a bicycle trip that takes 14 days taking you through Varkala, Guruvayoor, Kochi and 4 other destinations in India. "Cycle Kerala & Tropical India" is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Beautiful landscapes, fascinating towns, stunning beaches and superb food, southern India is an excellent place to explore by bike. From the cool heights of the Western Ghats, where the sanctuaries hide excellent wildlife, to the quiet backwaters of Kerala, where Hinduism has produced elaborately decorated temples, this trip offers the chance to cycle through colourful villages where rural life has remained little-changed for centuries. The final coastal ride to Varkala rewards us with time to relax on the beach and reflect on an unforgettable experience.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 23 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Feb 02 2020
5 - Excellent
A trip for your bucket list.
“I have done many cycling trips with Exodus and without doubt, this is the best of the lot. If you want a good mix of cycling with plenty of time for afternoons by the poolside, this is the trip for you. The climb to Ooty is exactly as described on the tin and its tough. The rest of the tour is all within the average cyclists capabilities. Only one 4 hour bus transfer during the trip, the rest pretty much involved finishing the days ride at your destination hotel. The whole trip ran like clockwork and thats no accident all thanks to our first class tour guide Joseph, Maneesh and Kam, our excellent bike team. We were a mixed group of 13 like minded people and it worked perfectly.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jan 28 2020
5 - Excellent
Wonderful experience
“This was a fantastic couple of weeks. Joseph and his team are absolutely first class. The cycling is easy apart from that climb up to Ooty! Lots of magical memories.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jan 21 2020
5 - Excellent
Simply sensational
“My husband and I had an amazing time on this cycling trip. From the start in Mysorevisiting stunning temples and cycling through manic traffic to the backwaters of Kerala and the tranquil pace to the national parks and tiger and elephant sightings it was a wonderful experience.Safi and his team were first class guides - there to help in every way they could and to enhance each experience and always with a smile on their faces. Nothing was too much trouble and the added extra of being impromptu guests at an Indian wedding was an experience well never forget.The cycling was accessible to us as occasional cyclists and sometimes challenging. Climbing the hill to Ooty was certainly physically demanding but we had plenty of time and support on route and the midway tea point provided some much needed respite. The roads are, as described in the trip notes, mostly good but with some rough patches but taking our time we all navigated these without too much difficulty.Its hard to pick out the top highlights because there were so many varied and different experiences but for us the night on the houseboat (where we all dressed in traditional outfits) and seeing a tiger at close range were two. The food was also exquisite.However, itll be the smiles of everybody we met and the hospitality of people who couldnt do enough for us that well remember.We cant recommend this trip highly enough,”
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 23 2019
5 - Excellent
“This really was a holiday of heightened senses: the most brilliant colours, the noisiest roads, the most intense flavours, the brightest smiles, the biggest views and everything experienced in the thick of it, either from a bike or on foot. Vehicle transfers are few and far between, meaning theres nothing between you and your environment (including a tiger, if youre lucky enough to see one which sadly we werent).The great thing about Exodus at their best is that they can organise things we could never do on our own: not just carefully picked hotels and restaurants, but also temple and palace tours, a safari, a houseboat trip, a bespoke lunch in a bay of the Indian Ocean and much more. That not only makes this trip great value it also makes a lifetime memory.And then, of course, there are the guides. The unfailing cheerfulness and knowledge of Joseph and our support driver Maneesh were a constant bonus that contributed to this being not only our best Exodus trip to date (it was our fourth) but one of the best holidays of our lives. Cycling aside, in fact, a highlight was a lesson in Bollywood dancing from Joseph who is incredible at it!”
  • Day 1: Start Mysore.
  • Day 2: Ride to Srirangapatnam ruins; return to Mysore; afternoon explore the city including the Maharaja Palace.
  • Day 3: Cycle on the back roads of Mysore Plateau to Nanjangud; transfer to Bandipur N.P.
  • Day 4: Ride to Mudumalai N.P; free time
  • Day 5: Optional ascent to Ooty hill station (13km climb), former summer capital of the Raj; free afternoon to explore the town.
  • Day 6: Western Ghats descent through tea plantations; transfer to Guruvayoor in tropical Kerala.
  • Day 7: Morning ride to Guruvayoor Temple and Palayoor Church; continue along country roads to our beachside hotel in Cherai.
  • Day 8: Cycle along coastal roads lined with coconut palms; ferry to Fort Cochin.
  • Day 9: Free day in Cochin to explore the bazaars and the old harbour.
  • Day 10: Cycle past old Portuguese houses; continue to Vambanad Lake and Muhamma.
  • Day 11: Explore Muhamma town before backwater boat trip; overnight on Keralan houseboat.
  • Day 12: Cliff-top ride to laid-back Varkala.
  • Day 13: Free to relax on the beach and try delicious seafood.
  • Day 14: End Varkala.
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 10 lunches and 4 dinners included
  • Transfer for group flights
  • Local bike hire
  • Any international flights to Mysore and from Varkala 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 Cycle Kerala & Tropical India 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 Cycle Kerala & Tropical India 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.


For any tour departures within 28 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 28 November 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Cycle Kerala & Tropical India 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 Cycle Kerala & Tropical India 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.

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.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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