Cycling Tour of South India

15 Nights / 16 Days
Category:
  • Cycling in South India
  • Cycling in Hill
  • Cycling in Kerala
  • kumbalangi fishing village, Cochin
  • Kumararkom
  • Meenakshi Temple 01
  • Shore Temple , Mahabalipuram

Description

Inclusion/ Exclusion

Package Cost Includes:

  1. Accommodation on Single or twin sharing basis in hotels / homestay.
  2. Meal as per the plan.
  3. Company support vehicle and tour leader.
  4. Meet locals & explore villages.
  5. Cooking class in various cities.
  6. Kathakali Dance Show in Cochin.
  7. Enjoy Club Farm Visit, Crab Catching at Kumbalinga Village in Cochin.
  8. Experience how harvesting of coconut is done.
  9. Experience how de-husking of coconut and coconut processing is done.
  10. Agriculture Farm visit and Chinese fish net operation.
  11. Participate in Pappad Making (Poppadom), Bee Keeping at Valiyapara in Thekkady
  12. Enjoy a magnificent Tribal Dance Performance.
  13. All pick up, drop, transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary by private air-conditioner car, including all toll tax, parking and interstate taxes.
  14. Personal language speaking guide during your sightseeing in Cochin and Chennai.
  15. All current applicable Government taxes.

Package Cost Does Not Include:

  1. Items of personal nature like Porterage, Tips, Laundry and Mineral Water.
  2. Monument entrance fee.
  3. International flight & India Visa fee.
  4. All other items and services not mentioned above.
  5. Company will not be responsible for any loss / Damage of Baggage, Train / Flight Delay or Cancellations due to technical fault or Natural disasters, Road blockage, Strike, land slide, etc.

Itinerary

Day 01 – Arrive Cochin
Arrive Cochin by International flight. Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

In evening, you will meet tour leader along with other group members. We recommend that all participants check their bike a day before final tour. If you plan to arrive early, do contact our team for pick up and accommodation.

Day 02 – Cochin
Morning after breakfast, visit Fort Kochi which is the oldest European settlement in India (1500), and has a mixture of English, Dutch and Portuguese influence. The Mattancherry Palace was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, but extensive renovations by the Dutch some hundred years later earned it the name the Dutch Palace. It has some of the best murals in India, depicting scenes from the Ramayana and other great legends. Later visit the Jew town synagogue where Kochi’s surviving Jewish community come to worship. Nearby are the interesting cantilevered Chinese Fishing nets.

In the early evening we see a performance of Kathakali, which is thought by some to be the very essence of the culture of Kerala. It is the face make up which makes this dancing so unique. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 – Cochin – Kumbalanghi Village
Today morning after early breakfast, start your biking tour as we move to Kumbalanghi Village which are on the outskirts of city. This beautiful village is appreciate by local government for its work.

We will ride through paddy fields and see how harvesting of coconut is done along with how coir fibre is made out of coconut husk.

Afternoon ride to nearby agriculture farm and followed with a visit to Crab farm. Evening enjoy traditional dance performance by local artist of village followed with Kumbalanghi cuisines with a local family which is famous for spicy and mouth-watering food. Overnight at the homestay.

Day 04 – Kumbalanghi Village – Alleppey
In the morning after breakfast, we will start our ride to Alleppey (approx. 47kms) as we head for the canals and channels that make up the Kerala Backwaters.

Upon arrival, check in at the hotel / homestay for next 02 nights. Late afternoon enjoy a traditional houseboat for 02hours through the region in the backwaters of Kerala. Sail along these narrow channels to see the life of local people and how they cultivating vegetable gardens. This evening we will stay near the banks of Vembanad Lake. Evening is free for individual activity or relaxation. Overnight at the hotel / homestay.

Day 05 – Alleppey   
Early morning you can also practice meditation and yoga in the calm surroundings of this area.

Later after breakfast, rest of the day is free to explore the village by bike and getting to know our local families. You can go for various Ayurvedic treatments, cooking classes, take gentle walks through the surrounding villages or just relax at the lake. Overnight at the hotel / homestay.

Day 06 – Alleppey – Kanjirapally
Today after early breakfast, start your ride to Kanjirapally (approx. 70kms) to know more about South Indian cuisine and village lifestyle. Will ride for 03 hours or up to the energy level and rest distance is covered by our support vehicle.

Upon arrival, check-in at the heritage bungalow and relax for a while amidst the comforts of your room. This place is surrounded by spice garden, rubber and coffee.

In the afternoon, again will go for a ride to explore farm and collect vegetables & local ingredient from market to prepare meal for tonight with the help of chef. Overnight at the bungalow.

Day 07 – Kanjirapally – Thekkady  
After early breakfast, start your ride through the Western Ghats to Thekkady (approx. 60kms), a beautiful area of tea gardens, rubber estates and coffee and pepper plantations, located high in the Cardamom hills. Will ride for 04 hours or up to the energy level and rest distance is covered by our support vehicle.

Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and relax for a while and later on visit a Spice garden where you will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of the spices are grown. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 – Thekkady
This morning our route takes us past rubber plantations and varied spice gardens to Periyar wildlife sanctuary. It’s also a one of the tiger reserve but better known for population of elephants.

We go for a walk in search of other wildlife such as the wild boar, giant malabar, porcupine and the flying squirrel. The Park have open grasslands, semi-evergreen and tropical forests with variety of habitats. It’s a tropical evergreen jungle with dense trees which grow up to 35metres.

Afternoon, will ride too few small villages close to the area. It is a great opportunity for us to learn more about the real life of locals as well as an opportunity to have some delicious home cooked food. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09 – Thekkady – Madurai
After early breakfast, start your ride through the Western Ghats as we proceed to Madurai (approx. 145kms). Madurai, known as Athens of the East, is the second largest city on the banks of the River Vaigai. The city is believed to be more than 2500 years old.

Will ride for 04-05 hours or up to the energy level and rest distance is covered by our support vehicle.

Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and some free time later in the day to explore local food shops which have real south Indian taste. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 – Madurai
After breakfast visit famous Meenakshi Sundereswar temple which is the epitome of South Indian temple cities alive and bustling with pilgrims. The temple of goddess Meenakshi houses the hall of 1000 musical pillars known for their intricate work.

Afternoon, will ride too few small villages close to the area. It is a great opportunity for us to learn more about the real life of locals as well as an opportunity to have some delicious home cooked food. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 – Madurai – Chettinad 
After breakfast, start your ride to town named Chettinad (approx. 90kms) which is famous for mansions and unique cuisine. Will ride for 04-05 hours or up to the energy level and rest distance is covered by our support vehicle.

Upon arrival, check-in at the Chettinad mansion and some free time later in the day to explore nearby villages to observe there Art & Craft skills, visit local food shops of market which have real south Indian taste. Evening is free to relax in pool or just enjoy quiet surroundings. Overnight at the mansion.

Day 12 – Chettinad – Thanjavur
After breakfast, start your ride to Thanjavur (approx. 95kms). This town is known as ancient Chola dynasty town renowned for the Brahadeeswara temple, now a World Heritage monument. Thanjavur is rich in its architecture, exquisite handicrafts, paintings, bronzes and South Indian Musical instruments.

Will ride for 04-05 hours or up to the energy level and rest distance is covered by our support vehicle.

Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and later visit the magnificent Brahadeeswara temple, where the shade of the tower will not fall on the ground. The Royal palace complex houses in important library and museums, including a superb collection of Chola bronzes. Evening is free for relaxation or individual activities. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 – Thanjavur – Kumbakonam – Pondicherry
After breakfast, start your ride to Kumbakonam (approx. 40kms) which is our first stop before heading towards Pondicherry. It’s a ride through small villages and towns of South India before taking break at oldest town which is famous for Mahamaham festival. It’s a prefect located town between Kaveri & Arasalar Rivers.

After that, we will jump on to our bus which will take us all over to Pondicherry (approx. 03 hours’ drive). It’s a French colony till 1954, Pondicherry borders the ocean & still has a distinctly French flavor to it with its open cafes & cobbled streets.

Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and rest of the day is free to relax at beach, which runs along the city. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 – Pondicherry
Today after breakfast, we will ride Auroville or the City of Dawn, an international settlement where community living is the focus of life. The sphere shaped temple or a hall of meditation is the splendid center of Auroville.

Later visit Pondicherry Museum which has an outstanding collection of artifacts. The sculpture gallery is a treasure house of Pallava and Chola art. Afternoon relax at the beach, which runs along the city. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15 – Pondicherry – Mahabalipuram  
After breakfast, start your ride to Mahabalipuram (approx. 95kms). Will ride for 04-05 hours or up to the energy level and rest distance is covered by our support vehicle.

Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and later visit the World Heritage site at Mahabalipuram. Explore the Shore Temple, ravaged by time, but now hopefully protected by a wall. Also, we will see Arjuna’s Penance, a magnificent bas relief depicting a story from the Mahabharata.

Evening is free for individual activities or relaxations. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16 – Mahabalipuram – Chennai (Depart)
Today early morning, we will take a ride around the city with its beautiful coastal road and later jump on company bus for Chennai (approx. 55kms).

Upon arrival, proceed for the sightseeing of Chennai which is known as The gateway of South India. Visit National Art Gallery and Museum (closed on Fridays) which has a selection of ancient paintings of almost all schools as well as section devoted to modern art, Fort St. George, St. Mary’s Church, Drive along Marina Beach (the second longest in the world) and San Thome Cathedral Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica.

Visit Theosophical Society – the world headquarters of the Theosophical Society formed to encourage the study of comparative religion philosophy and science. Evening is free for individual activity.

In night transfer to the airport to connect flight for onward destination.

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