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

    Kochi | 08:00hrs

  • Finish

    Kochi | 12:00hrs

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Active Rider

  • Average Distance Cycled

    50km or 30mi

  • Total Distance Cycled

    ~ 280km or 173mi

  • Bicycle

    Included

  • Support Vehicle

    Included

  • Group Size

    Min 2, Max 12

ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceCasual InnsDuration~ Cycling DistanceNon-Cycling Highlights
1 – 2Kochi to MunnarAranyaka245km / 28mi*
40km / 25mi*
Mighty & green Western ghat mountains covered with Tea plantations
3ThekkadyWildernest160km / 37mi*Thick green forests and spice plantations
4 – 5AlleppeyPamba Heritage Villa245km / 28mi*
30km / 19mi*
Backwaters of Kerala and it’s way of life
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:

In the morning of tour start day, meet your trip leader at your hotel. 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.

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 your hotel in Munnar. Enjoy a goodnight’s rest here so you are ready to explore Munnar the next day.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 24mi*
Shuttle: ~ 3.5 hours

Day 2: Munnar

Munnar is a pleasant contrast to the beach lined destinations or 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.

We 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 and we end the cycling near Mattupetty dam. A short transfer and we reach Munnar town. If you are interested in visiting markets, Munnar market is good to explore.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 40km/25mi*
Shuttle: ~ 1.5 hours

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 mind. 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 Tall trees.

After cycling, the last stretch is covered in the shuttle.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 37mi*
Shuttle: ~ 2.5 hours

Day 4: Alleppey

It’s a long  day towards Alleppey and we need to start early. A 06:30am start would be  ideal  to escape the heat and cycle in cooler hours of day.  This is going to be a beautiful ride – from the Cardamom Hills to backwater plains. A hilly ride, with both dips and steep climbs, but the cool weather helps you grapple with this challenging ride better.

We stop cycling by 10:30am and take a van transfer to Alleppey.  The transfer normally takes 3 hours to reach Alleppey.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 45km/28mi*
Shuttle: ~ 3 hours

Day 5: Alleppey

Ride through the narrow trails and experience a fabulous bird life, situated right at the edge of mesmerizing Vembanad Lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 30km/19mi*

Day 6: Fort Kochi

On the last biking day, we ride along the beach road to Fort Kochi. We will reach Fort Kochi by afternoon and the tour ends.

Meals: Breakfast
Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 31miles*
Shuttle: ~ 0.5 hours

*with shuttle – short transfers

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

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REVIEWS

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Glimpse of Kerala Bike tour
Average rating:  
 5 reviews
by Nicki and Peter Mc Leod on Glimpse of Kerala Bike tour
A fantastic and memorable ride …








A fantastic and memorable ride through the back roads of Kerala.








Dibin was the perfect guide - very keen to ensure we enjoyed the trip, a lovely person to spend time with and a fountain of knowledge on the local area and the many questions about India that we peppered him with.
The 6 day route through Kerala was full of the beauty of the country, the people, the food and the local way of life. All of which we were able to experience up close and personally with Dibin's expert local knowledge. Fascinating.

Our driver and support person Raju, was also the best, a skilled and careful driver, very polite and concerned for our safety and enjoyment.

This trip ranks as one of the highlights of our many years of travel.





by Bruce Whitear on Glimpse of Kerala Bike tour
New Year exploring the backroads of Kerala




We had the most amazing cycling trip on the backroads of Kerala with this company. We were on a nine day trip with a guide and driver who were the most amazing people to spend time with, looked after us and kept us safe, and taught us so much about the culture and food. And while some areas had been badly affected by floods this year, this did not affect our trip.


The cycling allowed us to see and visit areas that otherwise we would have been unlikely to have seen, on good quality, well-maintained bicycles. We stayed in homestays which were beautiful and individually chosen by the team, and received a warm welcome everywhere.

We can genuinely say this was the best trip we have ever been on, and want to experience more of what they offer in other parts of India.



by Shelley Swen on Glimpse of Kerala Bike tour
5 day Kerala backroads bicycle tour

We loved our bicycle tour, was an amazing way to see India's culture, people, and landscape. We had fun and learned so much, this was the highlight of our India trip. Thanks to our guide and driver for an exceptional experience!

by Christian E. on Glimpse of Kerala Bike tour
Loved the Trip



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.


by Susanna on Glimpse of Kerala Bike tour
Magical



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.