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Glimpses of South India: Cycling Tour

(14 Nights / 15 Days)

Highlights of Kerala Trip - 6 Days
Serene Kerala Trip - 10 Days
  • Tour Cost on Twin-share CATEGORY-1 HOTELS: US$ 2995 OWN ROOM SURCHARGE: US$ 675
    CATEGORY-2 HOTELS: US$ 4255 OWN ROOM SURCHARGE: US$ 1850
  • Tour TypeGUIDED WITH SUPPORT VEHICLE
  • Bike Hire INCLUDED
  • Cycling 12 DAYS (Approx 750 KM)
  • Tour Start / End BANGALORE / COCHIN
  • 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

Most of India still lives in small villages in the countryside and nowhere is the countryside more picturesque than in South India. This cycling trip of South India includes popular as well as off-the-beaten track destinations in the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. During this trip you will ride through stunning countryside, view wildlife and discover quaint little villages.
We start the cycling tour at the garden city of Bangalore and then move on to Mysore, a culturally rich town. We move south-west to Nagarhole National Park, home to diverse forms of wildlife including the majestic tiger. From Nagarhole we cycle south to Sultan Bathery which is located in the stunning Western Ghats. We continue south to the state of Kerala and visit its highlights. In between cycling in Kerala we briefly cross over to the state of Tamil Nadu to visit the magnificent Meenakshi temple at Madurai and the enchanting mansions at Chettinadu.


THE ITINERARY

BANGALORE (1 NIGHT), MYSORE (2 NIGHT), NAGARHOLE (1 NIGHT), WAYANAD (2 NIGHT), PALAKKAD (1 NIGHT), COCHIN (2 NIGHT), MUNNAR (1 NIGHT), MADURAI (2 NIGHT), THEKKADY (1 NIGHT), HOUSEBOAT (1 NIGHT)

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Day 1: Arrive Bangalore

Arrive in Bangalore today. You will be received at the airport by our representative and taken to the hotel. Bengaluru combines a quaint old world charm with the hustle and bustle of a modern metropolitan city. It is a delightful place with an amalgamation of various rich cultures, crafts, and heritage centers.

Day 2: Bangalore - Mysore

This morning we will explore Bangalore in a half-day tour (non-cycling). Later we will drive to Mysore (3 hours). Often called the city of palaces, Mysore combines traditional grandeur with modernity.






Day 3: Mysore

We spend today trying out the cycles and riding around Mysore. We first ride to Mysore palace; formerly the residence of the Wodeyar family. Later we ride to Brindavan Gardens, Somnathpur and Chamundi Hill. Cycling 15-20 KM.

Day 4: Mysore - Nagarhole/Kabini
Cycle to Nagarhole National Park, which is a part of a larger national park that includes the neighbouring wildlife sanctuaries of Bandipur in Karnataka, Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu and Wayanad in Kerala. The park is 643.39 sq. km in area and lies north to Kabini River. Total distance 80-90 KM (cycling as desired).







Day 5: Nagarhole/Kabini - Wayanad

In the morning we will go for a game drive inside the park which has large groups of gaur, elephant, sambar, chittal; tiger and leopard are also occasionally seen. Post lunch, we cycle to Wayanad. Cycling 70-80 KM.

Day 6: Wayanad
Post breakfast, we cycle to Mepaddi, from where we trek up to Chembra peak (2100m), the highest peak in Wayanad. We have a picnic lunch. And cycle back to the hotel. Cycling 30-40 KM.






Day 7: Wayanad - Palakkad

Post breakfast, we cycle to Palakkad and stay in a home-stay set in the lush rice paddies of rural Kerala. Total distance 190 KM (cycling as desired).

Day 8: Palakkad - Cochin
This morning we cycle to Cochin. Total distance 144 KM (cycling as desired). In the evening, enjoy Kathakali dance performance, Kerala's own dance drama.






Day 9: Cochin

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. Cycling 10-15 KM.

Day 10: Cochin - Munnar
Cycle to Munnar, a hill station with sprawling lush green hills, tea plantations, picture-book scenery and winding lanes. We will visit a tea plantation and a tea museum where we will taste tea. Total distance 128 KM (cycling as desired).






Day 11: Munnar - Madurai

This morning we will cycle through vast stretches of lush paddy fields to Madurai. In the afternoon we will visit Sri Meenakshi Temple, one of the most stunning living temples in the country. Total distance 155 KM (cycling as desired).

Day 12: Madurai - Chettinadu - Madurai
Day excursion to Chettinadu, known for its mansions, embellished with marble and Burma teak, wide courtyards, spacious rooms. In lunch, we will sample the unique Chettinad cuisine that has transcended the boundaries of the state to carve a worldwide following. Total distance approx 250 KM (cycling as desired).






Day 13: Madurai - Thekkady

Cycle to Thekkady. Total distance 150 KM (cycling as desired). Post lunch, we will walk through a spice plantation with a Naturalist and see the cultivation and harvesting of coffee, cardamom, cloves and pepper.

Day 14: Thekkady - Alleppey
Cycle to Alleppey and board Houseboat for an overnight Backwaters cruise. Many of the villages are isolated and entirely dependent on the canals for means of livelihood, transportation and communication…and the best way to explore these hamlets is by houseboat. Total distance 146 KM (cycling as desired).






Day 15: Alleppey - Cochin - Onward Journey

This morning drive to Cochin airport (1 hour) for your onward flight. A wide range of ayurveda and beach resorts are available in the region and you may extend the trip to spend few days at leisure by the beach.










INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodation on twin-share basis in the mentioned or similar hotels
  • 14 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Arrival and departure transfers with our representative
  • Entrance fees to cultural sights
  • Culture Guide for sightseeing in Bangalore
  • 1 Game Drive in Nagarhole National Park with a Naturalist
  • Kathakali Dance Performance in Cochin
  • 1 Spice Walk in Thekkady with a Naturalist
  • 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


EXCLUSIONS:

  • 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.


Bangalore: The Justa

Justa - The Residence, the Small Hotel tucked away in the quite lanes of MG Road in the heart of Bangalore.
Room: Superior

Bangalore: The Oberoi

Recognised as a pioneer amongst luxury hotels in Bangalore, it is an oasis of calm in the heart of the city.
Room: Deluxe

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Mysore: Green Hotel

The Chittaranjan Palace, built for Mysore's princesses, has been lovingly restored as a charming hotel.
Room: Standard

Mysore: Metropole

A four star grand heritage hotel, Royal Orchid Metropole is steeped in the history and culture of Mysore.
Room: Heritage Wing

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Nagarhole: Jungle Inn

An eco-friendly resort located just 1 km away to the main entrance to the park at the same time overlooking the dense forest.
Room: Standard

Kabini: Orange County

Experience wildlife like never before in the picturesque resort of Orange County Kabini with panoramic vistas of the jungle.
Room: Jacuzzi Hut

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Wayanad: Aranyakam

A homestay, Aranyakam nestles in plantations and offers a quintessential experience of Wayanad.
Room: Suite

Wayanad: Tranquil Plantation

A luxury home stay that offers personalized experience of living on the plantations.
Room: Standard

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Palakkad: Tharavad

A home-stay set in the lush rice paddies; it is 200-year-old and constructed in traditional style.
Room: Standard

Palakkad: Tharavad

A home-stay set in the lush rice paddies; it is 200-year-old and constructed in traditional style.
Room: Suite

Hotel Website...



Cochin: Casino Hotel

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

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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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

Munnar: Windermere Estate

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

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Madurai: GRT Regency

A tastefully designed hotel noted for its service & professionalism. There is a lovely swimming pool to relax after a day of cycling.
Room: Superior

Madurai: Gateway Hotel

Perched atop the Pasumalai hill, amid 62 acres of peaceful, landscaped gardens.
Room: Executive

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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

Thekkady: Shalimar Spice G

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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Alleppey: Houseboat

Lakes & Lagoons is the first and only ISO 9001 - 2000 certified Houseboat Tour Company in Kerala.
Room: Deluxe Houseboat

Alleppey: Houseboat

Lakes & Lagoons is the first and only ISO 9001 - 2000 certified Houseboat Tour Company in Kerala.
Room: Premium Houseboat

Hotel Website...



Trip Notes:

  • CYCLING: Daily cycling ranges between 40 to 100 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 interests and capabilities vary. The remaining distance can be covered in the support vehicle.
  • TERRAIN: In South India 100% of the roads are asphalt, however, the surface conditions vary each year. The surface may not be 100% smooth in villages and interior country roads. The terrain on this tour will be quite diverse – cycling in culturally rich towns like Mysore, Cochin and Chettinadu, in the periphery of wildlife reserves, mountains of Western Ghats, lush green hill stations, aromatic spice plantations and finally the serene Backwaters - all offering 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 South India. 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. The remaining months are hot and humid and unsuitable for cycling. For detailed travel kit recommendations, please refer to our FAQ section.

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