Peace and tranquillity await on this journey of a lifetime
Enjoy the views of lakes, reservoirs, forest and tea plantations
Replenish your electrolytes with fresh coconuts
Board a traditional houseboat and enjoy the backwater cruise
Challenge yourself with the ascents and be rewarded by fantastic views

Cycling Kerala's Backroads

Duration
14 days
Site savings
$87
From
$2,808 USD

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.

  • Category
    Multi-Activity
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    14 days
  • Culture Level
    Out There
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed
  • Distance
    333.7 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    33.6 miles
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SpiceRoads Cycling
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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.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

  • Local English speaking cycling leader/guide.
  • Vehicle support while cycling.
  • Cycling jersey and drink bottle
  • Basic bike repair and maintenance toolset available at all times
  • Accommodations
  • Meals (as indicated in itinerary)
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Entrance fees
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • International / Domestic flights
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Free bike rental is not included. Please see the available rental options below.

Tour options and upgrades:

2 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available