Cruise down Kerala's water in style
Taste the freshly caught local dishes
Cycle through rubber and spice plantations with stunning views

Discover Kerala by Bicycle

Duration
4 days
Site savings
$27
From
$853 USD

Kerala is a young state on India's southern tropical Malabar Coast known for its greenery, wildlife reserves, tea and spice plantations, palm-lined beaches and exotic cuisine. It's a world away from the hustle and bustle of elsewhere. Famed for its backwaters and home to a network of hydro-highways popular for sightseeing cruises, it's hard to deny Kerala's liberal use of the slogan 'God's Own Country', when traveling through the peaceful region.

  • Category
    Easy-going & Leisurely
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    4 days
  • Culture Level
    Adventurous
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Hilly
  • Distance
    129.9 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    37.3 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    4 days
  • Main Destination
    India
  • Distance
    129.9 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    37.3 miles
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Hilly

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Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Cochin – Paniyeli Poru

    The tour starts by picking you up from your central Fort Cochin hotel at 8 AM. After a trip briefing you are transferred to Puthankurisu where you hop on the bikes and ride to Paniyeli Poru, home to some of Kerala's most beautiful natural waterfalls. Poru in Malayalam means 'fight' and the waterfall was thus named because here the three tributaries of Periyar come together and seem to be engaged in a battle. There will be a few rises on our route, but nothing steep.

    Spend the night at Whispering Waters, a serene riverside resort boasting a front row view of the surrounding rivulets and unspoiled nature.

    • 34.2 - 37.3 miles
    • 32.8 ft
      1,378 ft
      1,345.1 ft
    • Whispering Waters Resort
    • Lunch and Dinner
  2. Day 2Paniyeli Poru – Thodupuzha

    After breakfast, continue your cycle tour in India with a ride to the ancient town of Thodupuzha. Passing fertile spice farms and rubber plantations along the way, make your way to the historic town dating back to 300 BC when the Buddhist and Jain religions first made their inroads into Kerala. You will ride through undulating terrain, rubber plantations, forests, cross a river and visit a local village. The destination today is Madaparambil resort – an exceptionally beautiful riverside resort.

    • 29.8 miles
    • 88.6 ft
      1,440.3 ft
      1,351.7 ft
    • River Banks Madapparambil Resort
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  3. Day 3Thodupuzha – Kumarakom

    Continuing on the journey, transfer to Pala to begin cycling towards Kumarakom. You are rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding area as you ride through rubber and spice plantations. Soon you'll  arrive in Kottayam, also known as the Syrian Christian heartland of Kerala. Here grand churches dot the landscape with whitewashed facades and distinct guild ceilings. The ride will finish for the day as you hit the water's edge and the highlight of the tour. The backwaters of Kerala are expansive and the best way to explore their beauty is by sitting back and relaxing on a houseboat.

    Revamped rice barges, these boats now have modern amenities, including air con and a comfortable bed. What better way to see the lakes and lagoons as you leisurely cruise to meet our bikes again.

    • 29.8 miles
    • -150.9 ft
      2,618.1 ft
      2,769 ft
    • Houseboat
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  4. Day 4Alleppey – Cochin

    The group will dock at Alleppey, and find your bikes waiting for the last leg of the bicycle trip. This morning's ride will be flat as you take an old canal road, passing historic buildings and taking in the serene view of this small city. You'll ride toward the final destination of Cochin, passing by fishing villages on the way. Now that your adventure cycling in India has come to an end, enjoy a farewell lunch at Fort Cochin together.

    Those looking to extend their time here after this India bike tour will have plenty to see and do. Spend your time swimming at the beach, sailing through the backwaters, or shop the day away at the Broadway market stalls. It is recommended that you stay at one of Cochin’s elegant heritage hotels rich with history and beautiful architecture.

    • 36 miles
    • 13.1 ft
      685.7 ft
      672.6 ft
    • Breakfast and Lunch