The long coastline of Kerala is inextricably entwined with the culture, life and traditions of the state. Memories of early seafarers and traders have faded, but boats of various types and styles have survived. Some of Kerala's popular beaches were rediscovered by back-packers in the sixties. That started the transformation of Kerala’s small fishing villages into busy tourist destinations.
Kerala’s coastal belt is relatively flat, teeming with paddy fields, groves of coconut trees, and heavily crisscrossed by a network of interconnected canals and rivers.
We will start the trip at Cochin, the cultural capital of Kerala. We will continue southwards visiting Alleppey, Kollam, Varkala, ending in Kovalam.
- Tour Cost on Twin-share: US$ 1295,
OWN ROOM SURCHARGE: US$ 260
- Tour Type: GUIDED WITH SUPPORT VEHICLE
- Bike Hire: INCLUDED
- Cycling: 7 DAYS (APPROX 350 KM)
- Tour Start / End: COCHIN / TRIVANDRUM
- Departure Dates: DAILY in JAN, FEB, MAR, APR, SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC (Supplement applicable on tours between Dec 20 and Jan 10)
- Group Size: 2 TO 8 PEOPLE
- Given Below: THE ITINERARY, INCLUSIONS / EXCLUSIONS, HOTEL DETAILS, TRIP NOTES
PICK UP FROM COCHIN - MARARI - ALLEPPEY - KOLLAM - VARKALA - KOVALAM - DROP TO TRIVANDRUMRequest Detailed Package
Day 1: Cochin - Marari
Today we will pick you from your hotel in Cochin and we cycle to Marari Beach. The village of Mararikulam lies on a forgotten shore, midway up the Malabar Coast, where the Indian Ocean finally decides that it has now become the Arabian Sea. Marari is a perfect picture of Kerala's fishing villages. Cycling 40-50 KM.
Day 2: Marari - Alleppey
Cycle to Alleppey. Referred to as the Venice of the East, this has always enjoyed an important place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today, it is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, marine products and coir industry. Cycling 30-40 KM.
Day 3: Alleppey - Kollam
Cycle to Kollam which is nestled among coconut palms and cashew tree plantations on the edge of Ashtamudi Lake. It is a small market town of old wooden houses with red-tiled roofs overhanging winding streets, perhaps the most typical of Keralan towns. It’s also the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. Cycling: 70-80 km.
Day 4: Kollam
Today we explore Kollam. A tour of Kollam’s principal hot spots…port, harbour, light house, cashew processing, match stick making, temple visit, local market...all rolled into one. Cycling 40-50 KM .
Day 5: Kollam - Varkala
Cycle to Varkala. Also known as Papanasam beach, Varkala is renowned for a natural spring which is considered to have medicinal and curative properties. Watch out for the fishing lines which are dragged from the calm waters at around sunset. Cycling: 30-40 KM.
Day 6: Varkala - Kovalam
Cycle to Kovalam. Kovalam beach has been a favourite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. Looking inland from the blue waters of the Arabian Sea, the Kovalam shoreline appears as a gently curving beach. Cycling 60-70 KM
Day 7: Kovalam
Today we explore Trivandrum. We will visit Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. We will continue to Napier Museum, housed in an Indo-Saracenic structure dating back to the 19th century. Located near the museum is Sree Chithra Art Gallery which displays paintings of some well known painters. Cycling: 40-50 KM.
Day 8: Kovalam - Trivandrum Airport
Today you will be taken to Trivandrum airport for yout 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. Please write to us here: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Accommodation on twin-share basis in the mentioned hotels or similar
- 7 Breakfast
- Arrival and departure transfers with our representative
- An accompanying support vehicle
- An accompanying cycling guide on cycling days
- Bicycle Rental and Spares
- Bottled water during cycling
- All currently applicable taxes
- Items of personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, drinks, etc
- Any other meals than those mentioned above
- Entrance fee to monuments
- 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
- A SUPPLEMENT, AS CHARGED BY HOTELS, WILL BE APPLICABLE ON TOURS BETWEEN DEC 20 TO JAN 10
- ABOVE PRICES ARE VALID TILL APRIL 30, 2018
If any of these are unavailable on your dates of travel, we will substitute them with similar quality accommodation. For private trips, many more accommodation options are available.
Marari: Marari Sands Beach Resort
Offers an amazing stretch of clean sandy beach, lush green palms with hammocks, meandering stone pathways leading to your private villa set in lush green grass warm and discreet service and amazing food.
Alleppey: Nelpura Heritage Homestay
The building showcases the fine features of traditional Kerala architecture and woodcarving. Dating back around 150 years, the Homestay rooms which are made mostly with seasoned timber, still retain their original grandeur.
Kollam: Ashtamudi Villas
These are a collection of secluded villas with breathtaking views from the edge of Ashtamudi Lake. They are predominantly styled on local Keralitan architecture and have been constructed using the latest in eco-friendly techniques.
Varkala: Marine Palace
This heritage style resort is set on a quite tropical paradise right on the beach.
Kovalam: Abad Harmonia Beach Resort
The resort offers tastefully designed cottages and rooms. With its tropical beauty and tranquil hospitality, this getaway is the perfect place to enjoy relaxation and rejuvenation
- CYCLING:Daily cycling ranges between 50 to 80 kilometres. If any group member wishes to cycle less, they may hop on to the support vehicle for a part of the journey.
- 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. Cycing will mostly be along the coast and on the way 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.
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