Kerala Backwaters Bike Tour

  • Bike and kayak in the God’s own country of South India
  • Get to see the backwaters, its meandering canals, the birds and people life
  • Local food is an integral part of this trip

Ride along the coast of Kerala on a bike and kayak in the backwaters!  The mix of beautiful places to stay and the combination of bike and kayak will make this short tour a memorable one for you.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    4 days / 3 nights

  • Start / End

    Kochi / Kochi

  • Age

    Suitable for adults and excellent trip for Families with kids 9-12 year old (height 4’2″+).

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Easy Rider

Group Departures


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Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceCasual InnsDuration~ Cycling Distance
1Kochi to KumarakomAbad Whispering Palms Lake Resort140km / 24mi*
2AlleppeyPamba Heritage Villa130km / 18mi*
3EzhupunnaVilla de Parrai1Kayaking
No cycling today
4Kochi25km / 15mi

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival note:

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

Meeting time and Location:

On day 1, meet your trip leader, 08:30am 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 is good to pick a hotel in Fort Kochi area.

Day 1: Kochi to Kumarakom

Caught between the backwaters and Arabian sea, this is simply the best rural biking trail combined with village life experiences around Kochi. It’s a day-cycle ride that lets you feel the charm of simple Keralan backwater villages. We ride through vast paddy fields, fish farms, coconut tree canopies to reach one of the backwater edges. Learn about fish farming, traditional boat making and other local traditions. A beautiful ride today takes us near to spectacular Vembanad Lake.

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

Day 2: Alleppey

Enjoy stunning vistas in all directions. Small canals, country canoes, fisherman throwing nets into the water, a coconut climber climbing up the coconut tree, women working in the rice fields, all come into scene one after the other. We ride to the lowest altitude region in India called Kuttanad, known as rice bowl of Kerala.

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

Day 3: Ezhupunna

We step into a kayak today. Soon you will be kayaking the backwaters, through inland canals, with people living very close to the water edges. See the village life in action and hear the stories from our local guide. Enjoy a simple lunch. We reach the beautiful backwaters countryside of Ezhupunna today.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kayaking : 4 hours sunrise tour, starting 06:30am

Day 4: Fort Kochi

Today morning we cycle back to Kochi and tour ends as we reach Fort Kochi by noon.

Meals: Breakfast
Distance cycled: ~ 25km / 15mi

*with shuttle – short transfers

Extend your holiday: You can extend your holiday in the backwaters of Kerala by opting for a stay in houseboat, floating in Vembanadu lake.


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.


from our friends

My wife and I had a wonderful time on our tour of the Kerala backwaters with Art of Bicycle. Especially as the tailored our trip to include some of the less travelled minor tracks. Among many highlights was a short canoe ferry across one of the canals.

Our trip included a four hour kayak through the backwaters along canals inaccessible to house boats. This was very special.

I’m also pleased to say that we met no other tourists while cycling.

The accommodation and food were all extremely good, and had character.

All in all a great adventure.

David B.