Glimpse of Kerala bike Tour

  • Ride through the God’s own scenic backroads
  • Get to see the very best of Kerala – sandy beaches, meandering backwater canals, the lush green hills and thick wilderness

Ride through the God’s Own Route and leisurely float across the backwaters of Kerala on this timeless Kerala safari. With its evergreen mountains, dense forests, swift flowing rivers, abundant wildlife, extensive backwaters and blue lagoons, Kerala looks like a fairyland.

This safari offers rich mix of diverse terrains from tall mountains and deep valleys to endless backwaters and wide sandy beaches. You will be cycling through roads flanked by thick forests, breezy seashores, tea & coffee carpeted hills and by a long canal. Apart from the diverse topography, this cycling trip will be a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Keralan life.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    6 days / 5 nights

  • Start / End

    Kochi / Kochi

  • Price

    From $1995 pp dbl. occ.

    + $530 for sgl. occ.

  • Hotels

    Premiere Inns

  • Riding Style

    Easy Rider

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Group Departures

PRIVATE TRAVEL

Make it a private tour or further customize if you already have a group or the dates shown above do not coincide with your travel plans.

ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceHotelDuration~ Cycling DistanceNon-Cycling Highlights
1 – 2Kochi to MunnarWindermere Estate245km / 28mi*
40km / 25mi*
Mighty & green Western ghat mountains covered with Tea plantations
3ThekkadySpice Vllage160km / 37mi*Thick green forests and spice plantations
4KumarakomCoconut Lagoon145km / 28mi*Backwaters of Kerala and it’s way of life
5Vembanadu lakeHouseboat1Rest DayOvernight in a houseboat floating on backwaters
6Kochi50km / 31mi*

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival Note:

Cochin(Kochi, COK) has direct connecting flights via Middle East & few destinations in Southeast Asia. Direct domestic flights can be connected to Cochin either from Mumbai or Bangalore. 

Meeting time and Location:

Meet your Trip Leader at 8:30 am our Kochi shop. We recommend to do bike fit at least a day before departure. If you plan to arrive early, please contact your trip consultant for a list of suggested hotels at Kochi, if required; It’s good to pick a hotel in Fort Kochi area in such case.

If you arrive during late morning on day 1 of the tour, we can pick you from airport and get the tour started right away. In case, if you reach Kochi airport during midnight or early morning, the best option will be to check-in to a hotel just opposite Kochi airport area.

Day 1: Kochi to Munnar

We start with a 2 hours shuttle bus to get out of traffic jammed roads till we reach the scenic stretch. The first 15kms we ride through rubber plantations. The road is smooth with occasional climbs to get you warmed up for the rest of the day. You also get to see a lot of pineapple farms and cocoa plantations along the route. The ride is a scenic one with short stretches of canal and varying terrain. We ride for another 20km before we stop for a lunch break. The next part of the ride has gradual climbs as we head towards Munnar. We ride through wild plantations and get glimpses of the Periyar river along the way. All you can see here is a ridiculous amount of green – refreshing after a day of cycling.

We head straight to the British styled farm retreat, Windermere Estate. Stylish cottages with their plantation ambience intact are inviting after a hard day of cycling. Enjoy the copious cups of tea, relax in the library or if you are feeling energetic enough, head out for a plantation walk. Enjoy a goodnight’s rest here so you are ready to explore Munnar the next day.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 24mi*


Day 2: Munnar

Munnar is a pleasant contrast to the beach lined destinations or lagoon backwaters of Kerala. A hill station, which has been immortalized by movies, Munnar is great to cycle in. The routes are undulating and sometimes challenging, but you will find equal amount of downhill slopes to bring relief steep climbs.

Enjoy a morning of Yoga if you please and head out to Top Station, a viewpoint of great touristic eminence. The riding stretch to Top station is one of our favourite cycling route in Kerala. As we ride all the way upto Top Station, you will be stunned with brilliant view of the stacked mountains and deep valleys below. After this ride, you would have certainly earned yourself a hot crisp cup of tea.

Roll down the hills to then visit the Tea Museum – this is a historic treasure and takes you through the journey of Munnar’s metamorphosis as a tea destination in late 1800s when A.H. Sharp planted the first sapling. You can also pick up handmade jam, tea leaves and recycled paper products as souvenirs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 40km/25mi*

Day 3: Thekkady

We bid adieu to Munnar and head towards the cardamom hills of Kerala, a small town of Kumily. We take in the spectacular views of tea clad western ghat mountains, near Lockhart Gap. As you are riding, the 360 degrees view of the lush tea plantations will be forever etched in your minds. The smell of cardamom draws you quickly from the tea-lined mountains to the unmanicured mish-mash of cardamom plantations, interjected by pepper vines clinging to silver oak trees. The last stretch is covered in the shuttle before we reach the wonderful award winning property of Spice Village.

Eco conscious nuances of Spice Village seamlessly bound with modern comforts is what makes Spice Village special. If you have the energy, head out for a short spice plantation walk. Else, you can relax by the pool or get a drink at the historic library bar of the resort.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 37mi*

Day 4: Kumarakom

This is going to be a beautiful ride – from the Cardamom Hills to the tea gardens of Vagamon. A hilly ride, with both dips and steep climbs, but the cool weather helps you grapple with this challenging ride better. Vagamon is an enchanting hill station where we will stop by for lunch.

From Vagamon, we take a van transfer to Kumarakom. Kumarakom is one of the finest backwater destinations of India, as it lies at the edge of the massive Vembanad Lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 45km/28mi*

Day 5: Vembanadu Lake or Kerala backwaters

We check-in into a houseboat today. These floating wonders are luxuriously furbished, with all modern facilities. After all the cycling, there is no better way to relax other than floating in the tranquil waters of the massive Vembanad Lake. The boat also takes you through hyacinth carpeted canals, which meander close to the villages; a great way to see the backwater countryside and habitat near the water. We spend until next morning here and then it’s off on the bikes again.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rest Day

Day 6: Fort Kochi

On the last biking day, we ride along the beach road to Fort Kochi and stopover at Marari beach for a refreshing dip. Your leaders will make arrangements for transportation to the Cochin International Airport or your hotel in Kochi.

Meals: Breakfast
Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 31miles*

*with shuttle – short transfers

Premiere Inns

windermere munnar

The Windermere Estate: Munnar (2 nights)

The pleasant weather of Munnar weather can only be complemented by a spectacular place to stay to enjoy the place – and for this, Windermere Estate is perfect. The English styled cottages, a cosy wooden themed restaurant, fireplaces and sprawling tea plantations are delightful.

spice village thekkady

Spice Village: Thekkady (1 night)

An erstwhile ranger’s home, Spice Village blends all modern comforts with a deliberately rustic ambience, with a heavy inclination towards eco consciousness. With use of local materials to build the rooms, vegetables, fruits, un-treated water for the pool and use of solar energy, Spice Village has notched up the standards for an experiential stay.

coconut lagoon kumarakom

Coconut Lagoon: Kumarakom (1 night)

Standing next to the vast Vembanad Lake, with waters of the canals criss-crossing the area, Coconut lagoon gives you a feel of life in Kerala backwaters. Added with Kerala home-style cooking, you are sure to awaken your taste senses.

India-Kerala-Houseboat

Houseboat: Alappuzha (1 night)

Houseboats in Kerala traditionally made from local Angili or jackfruit wood. Stitched together by coconut rope and protected from elements by cashew oil, no nails are used in their construction.

* if the above stated hotel is not available

REGION

insightful details

Terrain

The tour covers mainly two landscapes of central Kerala, the lowlands and highlands. The lowlands stretches are flat and are very close to the coastal line and backwaters. Highlands includes hills and mountain with moderate to challenging climbs for a beginner, followed by refreshing downhills.

Altitude range: From below sea level in backwaters to 2000m in western ghats

Overall ride distribution:
25% through low land areas with 0% slope gradient
50% through hills with 1-4% slope gradient
25% through the mountains with 5-8% slope gradient


See

Fauna:
Egrets(little, moderate, large), Cattle Egrets, Cormorants, Brahminy kites, Pond Heron, Kingfisher, Mynah, Ducks, House crow, Goats, Cows, Water buffaloes, Bonet macaque(common monkey), Wild boar, Asian Elephant and a Great Hornbill(if lucky!)

Flora:
Plantations – Coconut, Banana, Rubber, Pineapple, Tea, Eucalyptus, Cardamom
Forests – Bamboo, Figs, Lantana, Trumpet, Flame tree Farms – Paddy farms, Fish farms, Spice farms(pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric)


Experience

Food: Keralan spicy fish curry along with boiled tapioca sauteed with little turmeric and mustard Kerala vegetarian meal on banana leaf, variety of spiced-up local side dishes and curries prepared with beef, chicken, mutton, clams or prawns

Drink: Chaaya(milk tea), Sulaimani (a black tea), toddy(naturally fermented sap brewed from coconut flower bud)

Art: Cultural show with traditional dance forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Theyyam, Ottanthullal and Kalaripayattu, Kerala’s own martial art

Culture: Hinduism, Fort Kochi with its fusion of 7+ communities, profuse influence of Christianity along the coast, backwater village life, tea plantation culture.


Recommended Reading List

  • “Nine Lives: In search of the sacred in modern India” by William Dalrymple – explores the lives of 9 people in India and their religious paths.
  • “Potrait Kerala” by Aruna Nambiar – presents kerala, it’s land, people, faith, rituals, artforms through more than 200 photograhs
  • “God of small things” by Arundhati Roy – a story set in backwater village of Kerala, capturing aspects on communism, Kerala Syrian christian way of life and caste system
  • Kerala – land of palms” by I.H. Hacker, a peek into life in Kerala during early 1900

INCLUSIONS & MORE

we go the extra mile

Beautiful Hotels

On this Casual Inn tour, experience the best of small boutique hotels at each destination. They are chosen carefully so that you are well rested, get a drift of the local character or an enthralling view from your verandah! Under circumstances of non-availability of hotel, we will put in equivalent or a better hotel. Any extras at hotel are at your expense.

Quality Bikes

When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Most of our tours in Kerala run on some of the best hybrid bikes in the cycling tour industry. Upright position, good traction and optimal balance between performance and comfort are some of the characteristics.

Outstanding Food & Refreshments

Local food plays an integral part in experiencing the culture of region and we make sure that you get plenty of this. The inclusion of daily meals is highlighted in detailed itinerary. Drinking water and soft drinks such as juice, tea/coffee is included while riding. Refreshments such as fresh fruits, biscuits, cakes, salted chips is provided.

Charming Guides

Our most visible and perhaps most important role is played by a Trip Leader, the folks who make a trip exciting, comfortable, knowledgeable and who are able to steer you towards the real experience! In most of the trips, we have two guides riding with you. One is leading the group of riders and other is closing at the back.

Comfortable Support Van

A Van follows the group of riders throughout the trip and carries all belongings. If at any point riding seems a little hard, the van takes you for as long or as little as you wish it to. It also provides you refreshments along the way and sometimes a chilled beer.

Guaranteed to Depart Tours

We run most of our tours with minimum 2 people traveling and sometimes even with 1 person, without any extra fee. Rest assured, your trip is always guaranteed to depart. If for some reasons you don’t wish to join a tour then you can always transfer to another trip or we’ll give you a credit which you can settle against any future trip.

Entrance Fees & Transportation

Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, temples & other exclusive events and transportation from rendezvous to final drop-off is always included in your tour price. Our tour designers give as much focus on non-cycling activity as on cycling.

Deep Local Knowledge & Presence

Presence of operations in Kerala, local associations and ad-hoc field network allows us to leverage local know-how and deliver on what is promised to you without any culture and communications barrier.

Singles Friendly

It is applicable in cases where you want to opt for a room alone or we don’t find a room partner. In other cases, we will try to club you with another person, preferably of same sex.

YOUR BIKE

Scott, Marin, Giant, Trek

When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. All our bike tours in Kerala run on some of the best hybrid bikes in the cycling tour industry (and we maintain them meticulously). Upright position, good traction and optimal balance between performance and comfort are some of the characteristics.

MEET THE LOCAL SPECIALIST

Dibin Devassy

Dibin Devassy

From Art of Bicycle Trips

After six years, Dibin was happy to leave Dubai’s clinically clean environs and come home to exploring the wonderfully unkempt and thickly green landscape of good old Kerala on his cycle. Amongst the diverse Kerala experiences, Dibin loves the traditional cuisines and organic farming methods the most! If he’s not scouring through the Kerala trails, you will find him hooked to movies with an intellectual tug; Into the Wild is his favourite! He is a native of Thrissur, Kerala.

REVIEWS

from our friends

“Our 5 day Kerala backroads bicycle tour was fun and informative, the tour guide and driver were excellent. We really experienced the culture, the people, and the landscape while riding. A great way to see India!”

Robert SwenUSA

“Central Kerala bike tour was a great way to see Central Kerala. It is such a magical place. My highlights included Kaivalyam Retreat, the endless hills of tea plantations, riding through the hills and cardamom field, Abraham spice plantation & the overnight houseboat stay.”

SusannaAustralia

“I loved the trip. Of all the organized tours and activities I did in India this one was by far the most well orchestrated. Dibin really went above and beyond the call of duty.”

Christian EbersolUSA

“We did the 6 day Central Kerala trip as a couple along with a 3rd person who we hadn’t met, guided by Dibin and chauffeured by Deepu. It couldn’t have been better. This is a brilliant way to see so many aspects of Kerala in only 6 days and gives you a taste of the coast, the highland tea plantations and then more than enough time cruising the backwaters on a houseboat. It’s suitable for accomplished cyclists (i.e., people who own lycra) but isn’t arduous; unless you want to do more, which Dibin will accommodate! Dibin goes out of his way to accommodate your own seat, pedals, gear, comfort etc. and goes the extra mile before, during and after your tour in being a travel agent to help you plan other aspects of your trip that have nothing to do with the cycling. We’ve previously done 5 star bike tours in Czech R, California and Colorado and for different reasons, this was the equal of any of those. The bikes were very comfortable and reliable, accommodation and food were of a very high standard given the price, and general comfort and security on the roads in the hands of Dibin and Deepu was never an issue. If you really want to get to know the place in a short space of time then you couldn’t do better than to observe it at street level at 20 kph on a bicycle. I recommend this very highly.”

Philippa & CraigAustralia

It was truly amazing. We got the appropriate amount of information beforehand. The equipment was in good shape. The hotels were great. The distances were appropriate. The scenery was amazing. The staff were great. Food was delicious (lunch stops weren’t amazing but they were clean and affordable at least). I loved every minute of it! Thank you!”

JenniferUS

“Great trip, great food and accommodation, would highly recommend this short trip to anybody who like us doesn’t have too much time and wants to experience as of Kerala by bike as possible in 6 days.”

Tracy & AlanUK

INSPIRATION FROM THE ROAD