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Trip Highlights
  • Four wildlife parks where you can view herds of elephants
  • Relaxing on Kerala’s famed backwaters on a houseboat
  • The historic and beautiful town of Kochi
  • Stunning countryside including lakes, reservoirs, forests, and tea plantations

 

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Explore Kerala Cycling Holiday

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What we love About Explore Kerala Cycling Holiday

We love...Lush Green Countryside
Tea plantations carpet the hillsides and the fragrant smells drift over lush green Kerala. The countryside you will visit in India is like no other in the country. You will ride through forests, past lakes and into green and fragrant hills.
We love...Fresh & Fragrant Food
Do not mistake English Indian food for real Indian food. When you ride through Kerala, you will taste fresh, tasty and light ingredients. Flavours and colours are in abundance and your meals will be infused with the freshest of local spices.
We love...Staying Aboard A Houseboat
Kerala is famed for its backwaters, a networks of lagoons and rivers at the mouth of the Arabian Sea. You will stay aboard a houseboat one night where you can watch the sun set over the backwaters.

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Day by Day

Day 1Arrival

Arrive in Kochi, a vibrant seaport town that is the perfect jumping off point for our exploration of Kerala.

Day 2Cycling to Thatekkad
Total distance62kmTotal climb1500m
You will ride into the countryside, passing a temple, crossing the Periyar River, where you may see elephants bathing. We head to the Thatekkad Bird Sanctuary and overnight in deluxe and unique house tents.
Day 3Cycling to Kallar
Total distance55kmTotal climb1500m
Cycling from the hotel, you will follow the Periyar River to the Valara forest reserve, gradually climbing to the overnight stay.
Day 4Cycling to the Munnar Hill Station
Total distance27kmTotal climb910m
A morning climb takes you to the Munnar Hill Station. You will ride past lakes, reservoirs, forests, and several tea plantations carpeting the hillsides. The afternoon is free for exploring the town and bazaar.
Day 5Munnar Loop
Total distance72kmTotal climb1480m
Today you will ride to the Top Station for panoramic views over the Kerala countryside. You will climb gradually through very little traffic and you get the awesome descent after the station.
Day 6Munnar to Periyar
Total distance80kmTotal climb1750m
Today’s ride is a stunning one, out to Munnar on undulating country roads. You will pass through small villages with wonderful views to Kattapana town. Your overnight stay is in a tranquil resort set in a spice plantation.
Day 7Cycling to Periyar National Park
Total distance26kmTotal climb495m
Today’s 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.
Day 8Rest Day
Today is a day to rest your legs and explore the Kerala countryside. Spend the day relaxing or go on one of the treks or boat safaris at the park.
Day 9Cycling to the Mavady Estate
Total distance55kmTotal climb1120m
From the hotel, you will descend on a scenic road through cardamom and tea estates, stopping to visit the Connemara Tea Factory. You will ride on until you reach your overnight stay at an authentic and enchanting old plantation house.
Day 10Cycling to Kottayam
Total distance85kmTotal climb1400m
Today is all about the descent. The first 20kms sees you freewheel taking in stunning views. You will then have a flat ride for most of the rest of the day through rubber and spice plantations to India’s second largest lake.
Day 11Rest Day & Houseboat Cruise
The morning is free before one of the highlights of the trip, a splendid backwater cruise. Aboard a converted rice barge, you will cruise down the Kerala backwaters.
Day 12Cycling to Kochin
Total distance60kmTotal climb615m
Your houseboat cruise sees you disembark at Alleppey and ride along an old canal road, passing historic buildings. You will take the beach road north to Marari Beach for a sea-food lunch and relax by the sea before ending our ride at Fort Cochin.
Day 13
Today there is an optional morning cycle ride around old Cochin or you can simply relax before a  farewell dinner.
Day 14Departure

We will take you back to the airport for your homeward travel.

Key Stats

14day holiday
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55km avg
Expect to ride up to 55km per day
1085m avg
Expect to climb up to 1000m per day

How's the Weather? in Kerala

The WinterNovember to February
The winter months are the best time to visit Kerala. Temperatures near the coast are still extremely high and aren't different from those experienced in the summer months. You can escape the heat in the mountains where the weather will be dramatically cooler. Winter in Kerala sees very little rain or humidity. They are in fact the driest months of the year. Winter is also the sunniest time in Kerala, more so than summer.
The SummerFebruary to May
Summer usually welcomes high temperatures and humid weather. Summer is usually cooler than elsewhere in the country but it's still incredibly hot.

The end of summer sees rain and storms as the start of the monsoon season arrives so visit early in the season.
Southwest MonsoonJune to August
The southwest monsoon provides torrential rains which usually last for around three months. June is particularly wet. Whilst the sun is still out a great deal, getting drenched each day is not ideal for cycling so avoid this season.
Northeast MonsoonSeptember to October
The monsoon season continues, albeit from the north east, and heavy rainfall continues into September and October. The rains usually subside in the first two weeks of November. This monsoon usually sees clear and sunny mornings with rains appearing in the afternoon but clear evenings.

Area InformationFor Kerala

With its languid network of glistening backwaters, tea plantations dotting the hillsides and spiced scents drifting through the misty Western Ghats, the frenzy of the rest of India is untraceable in Kerala. Spend some time cruising on a houseboat after your ride, watch as an elephant trundles past as you cycle and get a true taste of utter tranquillity in this phenomenal cycling region.

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