Arrival & Departure note:
Arrive in 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.
Depart from Trivandrum International Airport (TRV)
Meeting time and Location:
On day 1, meet your trip leader at 8:30 am at 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 is good to pick a hotel in Fort Kochi area.
Day 1: Kochi to Alleppey
We start with a short transfer and on to the bikes! 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. What you take back from this beautiful ride is a true village experience spiced up with few untold local stories.
Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 25mi*
Day 2: Alleppey
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 in a local village restaurant. Get the best picture imprinted to your memory on this last day of the Kerala adventure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Kayaking : half-day
Day 3: Kollam
Spend the night on (and we do mean on) Vembanad Lake aboard your own private houseboat. The houseboats, converted rice barges, come with a captain, cook and crew; we just sit back and relax under the blanket of stars.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 & 5: Kovalam
This is not a hectic day except for the humidity in the air, which may exhaust you a bit. Arrive at the Kovalam Beach, one of serene fishing village. This day, you can just relax or walk on the beach, watching the fishing boats coming in and the place bursting with activity as the catch is sorted.
Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi*
Day 6: Trivandrum Airport (TRV)
For a leisurely final morning in Kovalam Beach, consider taking a stroll along the beach and see the sights. Your leaders will make arrangements for transportation to the Trivandrum International Airport.