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Bike Tour Kerala: Serene Kerala

(9 Nights / 10 Days)

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  • Tour Cost on Twin-share CATEGORY-1 HOTELS: US$ 1750 OWN ROOM SURCHARGE: US$ 475
    CATEGORY-2 HOTELS: US$ 2350 OWN ROOM SURCHARGE: US$ 1075
  • Tour TypeGUIDED WITH SUPPORT VEHICLE
  • Bike Hire INCLUDED
  • Cycling 7 DAYS (Approx 375 KM)
  • Tour Start / End COCHIN
  • Departure Dates DAILY: JAN, FEB, MAR, APR, SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC (Supplement applicable on tours between Dec 20 and Jan 10)
  • Group Size 4 TO 10 PEOPLE
  • Given Below THE ITINERARY , INCLUSIONS / EXCLUSIONS , HOTEL DETAILS , TRIP NOTES

With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats (UNESCO World Heritage Site) towering in the east and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after destinations in the world.

An equable climate, a long shoreline with serene beaches, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, lush hill stations, sprawling plantations ...all of which offer you a unique experience. And what's more, most of these charming destinations is only a short ride away from the other.

This Kerala bike tour includes culture and art at Cochin, amazing bird and wildlife at Thattekad and Periyar, Spice mountains and plantations at Munnar and Thekkady, serene Backwaters at Kumarakom, and the azure beach of Marari - all in a span of 10 days






THE ITINERARY

COCHIN (2 NIGHTS), THATTEKAD (1 NIGHT), MUNNAR (1 NIGHT), THEKKADY (2 NIGHT), KUMARAKOM (1 NIGHT), MARARI BEACH (2 NIGHTS)

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Day 1: Arrive Cochin

Arrive in Cochin. You will be met at the airport by our representative and taken to your hotel. Evening enjoy Kathakali dance performance, Kerala's very own dance drama.

Day 2: Cochin

Morning try out your bicycles as we explore Cochin, a city sometimes referred to as a museum city for its rich and colourful blend of people and architecture. We will visit Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace and Chinese Fishing Nets. Total distance 5-10 KM.






Day 3: Cochin - Thattekkad

Cycle to Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, also known as Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in honour of the pre-eminent birder of all times in India who described Thattekad in the 1930's as the richest bird habitat in peninsular India, comparable only with the Eastern Himalayas. Total distance 76 KM.

Day 4: Thattekkad - Munnar
Cycle to Munnar. At 1600m above sea level, with its sprawling lush green hills and tea plantations, Munnar is a very popular. Here we will visit a tea plantation and museum and taste tea. Total distance 67 KM.







Day 5: Munnar - Thekkady

Cycle to Thekkady. Spice plantations are the major attraction here; different spices are cultivated in each plantation and as you enjoy a spice walk through them you are overwhelmed by the fragrant air. Total distance 86 KM.

Day 6: Thekkady - Periyar - Thekkady
Cycle to Periyar Tiger Reserve. Sprawled over an area of 925 Sq. km., it is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India. See herds of elephants and sambars and also tiger, gaurs and lion tailed macaques. Total distance 10-15 KM (more cycling can be done in the surrounding areas).






Day 7: Thekkady - Kumarakom

Cycle to Kumarakom, a serene Backwaters destination and a charming peninsula jutting into the Vembanad Lake that is dotted with plenty of traditional rice boats and canoes. Total distance 127 KM (cycling as desired).

Day 8: Kumarakom - Marari Beach
This morning cycle to the fishing village of Marari. Marari is a perfect picture of Kerala's fishing villages, its essence. We end cycling part of the tour today. Total distance 35-40 KM.








Day 9: Marari Beach

Free day at Marari Beach.

Day 10: Marari Beach - Cochin - Onward Destination
This morning you will be driven to Cochin airport (1.5 hour) for your onward flight.

We will be pleased to make additional arrangements and suggest things to see and places to stay should you wish to extend your stay in India. This could be a non-cycling tour as well. Ask us for optional add-on tours by writing to us here: contact@indiaonbicycle.com







INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodation on twin-share basis in the mentioned hotels or similar
  • 9 Breakfast
  • Arrival and departure transfers with our representative
  • Kathakali Dance Performance in Cochin
  • Spice plantation walk with a Naturalist in Thekkady
  • Entrance fees to cultural sights and wildlife parks
  • All cycling arrangements: An accompanying support vehicle, An accompanying Cycling Guide, Cycles, Spares for cycles, Bottled Water + Soft Drinks + Snacks during Cycling
  • All currently applicable taxes


EXCLUSIONS:

  • Items of personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, drinks, etc
  • Any other meals than those mentioned above
  • International airfare
  • Any insurance coverage
  • Airport or VISA fee
  • Camera charges at monuments
  • Any extra expenses incurred for reasons beyond our control such as emergency evacuation, natural calamity, etc
  • Any other item not specifically mentioned above as INCLUDED


NOTES:

  • A SUPPLEMENT, AS CHARGED BY HOTELS, WILL BE APPLICABLE ON TOURS BETWEEN DEC 20 TO JAN 10
  • ABOVE PRICES ARE VALID TILL APRIL 30, 2017

HOTELS :

Category-1 hotels are some of the finest reasonable priced hotels (heritage palaces, home-stays, modern city hotels, tented camps, resorts, etc) that have been chosen by us for their levels of quality and value for money. To be considered for inclusion in our tours, a hotel must adhere to strict quality standards and hospitality. Category-2 hotels are premier hotels that are some of the best, if not the best, at all the destinations.

If any of these are unavailable on your dates of travel, we will substitute them with similar quality accommodation.

CATEGORY1 HOTELS
CATEGORY2 HOTELS

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Cochin: Casino Hotel

One of Cochin's landmarks, offers an authentic taste of Kerala's colourful life, diverse cultures and eclectic cuisine.
Room: Standard


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Cochin: Malabar House

A boutique heritage hotel and documented part of Fort Cochin and Kerala's historical fabric dating back to 1755.
Room: Deluxe


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Thattekkad: Soma Bird Lagoon

Soma Birds Lagoon is an eco-friendly resort built in Kerala Heritage Style with its own organic garden and farm.
Room: Standard


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Thattekkad: Soma Bird Lagoon

Soma Birds Lagoon is an eco-friendly resort built in Kerala Heritage Style with its own organic garden and farm.
Room: Standard


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Munnar: Copper Castle

Situated close to town, it still offers serenity of nature away from humdrum of city. Offers lovely views of surrounding area.
Room: Superior Room


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Munnar: Windermere Estate

Windermere Estate is where the manicured tea gardens merge with the lush green forests of Western Ghats.
Room: Garden Room


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Thekkady: Wildernest

Wildernest Hotel is located in the rustic wilderness crocheted with Cardamom hills on the side in the Western Ghats.
Room: Standard Room


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Thekkady: Shalimar S Garden

Shalimar Spice Garden merges with the spice gardens that encompass it and is the verdant landscape bordering Periyar.
Room: Elegant Room


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Kumarakom: Whispering Palms

Located right on the bank of the Vembanadu Lake in natural back water surroundings.
Room: Garden Facing Cottage


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Kumarakom: Vembanad House

Boutique Home-stay with typical traditional Kerala architecture. It is surrounded by the Vembanad lake on all three sides
Room: Deluxe Room


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Marari: Turtle Beach Resort

Spread across an area of 13 acres of land, this resort overlooks the white Marari Beach.
Room: Beach Cottage


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Marari: Xandari Pearl

The name implies elegance, simplicity and tranquility. Xandari Pearl embodies these attributes on Kerala's loveliest beach.
Room: Green Pearl


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Trip Notes:

  • CYCLING: Daily cycling ranges between 50 to 80 kilometres. Instead of giving a certain number of kilometres each day, we mention total distances between the destinations and leave the choice of cycling distances to our guests as capabilities and interests vary. The remaining distance can be covered in the support vehicle.

  • TERRAIN: In Kerala 100% of the roads are asphalt, however, the surface condition vary each year. The surface may not be 100% smooth in villages and interior country roads. The terrain here is geographically diverse - with the Arabian Sea to the West and the mountains of the Western Ghats to the East - offering a great variety of cycling. From the mountains of Western Ghats, lush green aromatic spice plantations, the serene Backwaters and finally the lovely beaches - all offer a different cycling experience. You will come across numerous small settlements with little bazaars and white-washed houses.

  • WEATHER: January to mid-April and mid-September to December is the best time to cycle in Kerala. The average day temperature range between 20-30 degree Celsius. The days are generally sunny and pleasant but can sometimes be hot. Please bring a sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses. A light windproof/fleece may be necessary in the evenings when visiting hill stations or wildlife reserves. May, June, July and August are hot and humid and not suitable for cycling. For detailed travel kit recommendations, please refer to our FAQ section.

For booking or other queries, please write to us at: contact@indiaonbicycle.com