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Cycling Kerala's Backroads
Cycling on paved country roads, this tour starts with a visit to the Thatekkad bird sanctuary, one of three wildlife reserves you'll explore on this tour. Then the climbing begins, heading up to the highlands and to Munnar, known for its tea plantations and spice estates. After taking the amazing views from Top Station, descend to Periyar and have a rest day to explore the park where you're likely to see a herd of elephants, but unlikely to spot one of the tigers in residence. The tour then heads towards Kumarakom, to spend a relaxing afternoon plying the backwaters on a houseboat. From here, a flat ride back to Kochi with time to explore this fascinating historic town. And always your fill of delicious food, seasoned with local spices.
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration14 days
- Culture LevelOut There
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level4 - Challenging
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance333.7 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance33.6 miles
Kerala, a narrow Indian state sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the mountainous Western Ghats, is known for its tropical greenery, backwaters, wildlife reserves, and tea and spice plantations. Along the way you will be staying at beautiful heritage hotels, eco-lodges, and one memorable night, on a rice barge converted to a luxurious accommodation. You'll have your fill of delicious ethnic food, seasoned by the local spices. Then the climbing begins as the tour heads up to areas known for their tea plantations and spice estates.
Four wildlife parks are visited on this tour where you will most likely be able to see a herd of elephants. The tour then heads towards Kumarakom, from where you'll spend a relaxing afternoon plying the backwaters on a houseboat, where you'll also spend the night. From here it is a flat ride back to Kochi with time to explore this fascinating historic town. Its location near the equator combined with the sea breezes and cooler temperatures in the highlands makes it perfect for bicycling and lives up to its tagline – God's Own Country.
This tour include a total ascent of 10,880m and descent of 10,806 m.