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Cycling in South India

It is a country with a variety of landscapes, embedded in a long and interesting history. An eviable culture that embraces the arts, nature, heritage, religion, innovation and a strong sense of justice for all.

Bangalore - Cochin - Parambikulam - Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary - Marayoor - Kanthalloor - Kundala - Munnar - Devikulam - Kailasapara - Nedumkandam - Periyar - Kuttikanam - Elapara - Wagamon - Teekoy - Kottayam - Kumarakom - Muhamma - Kovalam - Trivendrum - Bangalore

09 Nights / 10 Days

Day 1

Bangalore

Valparai Tea Estates

Upon arrival at Bangalore airport met our representative and then transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2

Bangalore Cochin - Parambikulam

Early morning flight to Cochin, and then drive about 7 hrs to Parambikulam via Sholayar Forest and Valparai Tea estates. The road winds you through the stunning views over the Western Ghats. Upon arrival, check into the forest lodge. Rest of the day free to relax or stroll around the forest.

Day 3

Parambikulam - Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary to Marayoor

After breakfast we drive (10kms) towards the first forest check post to start our cycling trail via Annamalai Wildlife sanctuary. The next 30 kms we cycle through the villages of Tamil Nadu through paddy fields, coconut farms. (Village road). After 30kms we reach the main road to Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and next 05 kms will be through the Chinnar WLS. We cycle for next 16kms to reach Marayoor for our campsite. The terrain is interesting with gradual ascent and descent with Western Ghats on the western side of the road. Overnight at camp.

Day 4

Marayoor to Kanthalloor to Kundala to Munnar

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Morning after breakfast we start our cycling towards Kanthalloor (15kms) (in between 08kms is rough road), the road passes through the proposed Mannavon Chola National Park and reach Kundala dam (16kms). The views are stunning and when we reach near to Munnar, we feel the natural beauty of tea plantations. The stretch between Kundala dam and Munnar is 25 kms. Overnight at camp.

Day 5

Morning after breakfast we cycle towards Kailasapara (about 62kms) through the view point of Munnar - Lockheart Gap. The road winds you through the plantations of tea, coffee, pepper and tea. Our camp will be in 1500 acres of land with cardamom, spices and they also have a tea factory of their own. Overnight at camp.

Day 6

Kailasapara to Nedumkandam to periyar

After breakfast cycle towards Periyar via Nedumkandam (60kms). Upon arrival, we will camp in a beautiful site among the spice plantations. Overnight at camp.

Day 7

Periyar to Kuttikanam to Elapara to Wagamon to Teekoy

Cycling to our beautiful camp site at Teekoy (about 66kms). The terrain is beautiful with plantations, tea estates, and other countryside. In some extend the roads will have deep ascent. Rest of the day free to relax. Overnight at camp.

Day 8

Teekoy to Kottyam to Kumarakom to Muhamma

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Morning after breakfast cycle towards Kumarakom (about 69kms), through the tea estates, rubber plantations and tranquil countryside. Upon arrival in Kumarakom, we proceed to Muhamma (about 24kms), which will be our finishing point. Upon arrival in Muhamma, we drive towards Kovalam to relax. Overnight at camp.

Day 9

Kovalam

Full day excursion of Kovalam. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10

Kovalam - Trivendrum Departure

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Bikes: Mountain Bikes

Bike Sizes: 13-21

Bike Hire: Includes on Tour Cost. You may bring your own bikes, but in this case let us know in advance. Other equipment provided: Pedals, helmet, water bottles.

Accommodation

Accommodation is offered at all locations. Most of the hotels are Culture Resort, Eco Resorts & family run hotels - all with a common line of quality in service. Our costs are based on 'twin-sharing' foundation. For those who wants single room, we offer single room, but at extra cost.

Terrain

The landscape includes flatlands, mountains, backwaters and village streets.

Climate

The variety of the regional features of this country has led to a corresponding variety in environment. The Great Varies have awesome environment throughout the year, while the flatlands are warm and moist. The common level of yearly rain fall is superb in Kerala, Sikkim and some of the Northern Eastern Declares of Native India, when compared to other Native India. July to Aug is the monsoon season, with heavy downpours. It is always recommended to check weather and temperature at websites.

Transportation/Support Vehicles

All transport is involved in the cost. We provide backup vehicle at all times during cycling trip. The vehicle can be used to boat your baggage & yourself as required.

Food

Food is a very essential part of these trips. We make sure that the meals we offer is method delicious, unless you ask for dull meals. You are also permitted the choice of veggie or non-vegetarian meals. We suggest that you consume only the canned standard water. Please make sure that the container is enclosed.

What to bring

Footwear

  • Bike shoes
  • Sun cream lotion
  • Relaxed shoes for walking
  • Shoes for other sightseeing
  • Socks

Clothing

  • In Indian, the conventional of outfit is more traditional. We counsel you to prevent very short shorts/skirts and limited tops/tanktops when viewing small non-urban places, temples, mosques or other sacred sites as this may limit your access.
  • A hotter set of outfits (Fleece, Coat, hat and gloves) are required for visits going through Munnar and other thin air places.
  • Water resistant jacket.
  • Riding a bike equipment like safety gloves and shorts.

Others

  • Torch
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Eyewear, cap
  • Sun lotion of spf at least 35
  • Individual Bike riding equipment like bar finishes, pedals, chairs and headgear
  • Helmets for riding a bike

Health

Water is higher risk; hence we suggest that you drink only nutrient water in bottles during your trip. A cage of standard nutrient water is always focused for in the start of the vehicle during trips as an urgent evaluate. Despite the high requirements, it is worth providing basic OTC medications for disappointed tummies, complications, pest attacks etc. Indian is a financially creating democratic republic and has worked very hard to control illnesses. Sufficient medical care is available in the major inhabitants' facilities, but is usually limited in the non-urban areas of the country. Many western worlds are utilizing the state-of-the-art healthcare services available in Indian. The cost of treatment is much less expensive here in comparison to the same features available in innovative nations.

The most important cause of sickness of tourists in Indian is food and water-borne illnesses. Malware, bacteria, or harmful bacteria can cause diarrhea. Attacks may cause simple diarrhea and throwing up, high temperature, or, in extraordinary instances, liver organ damage (hepatitis). Malaria is a avoidable disease that can create trouble if neglected. One can prevent disease by taking recommended anti-malarial drugs and defending against insect attacks. The areas you will be passing are Malaria-free. Make sure that your insurance provider includes illnesses and injuries overseas.

Precautions

  • Bring all the important medications and OTC medications. Do not ignore to have the brands as well as the general titles of the medications one needs to have.
  • Use a sun hat when revealed.
  • Consume a lot of liquids. Don't drink tap water. Use only bottled water which is always kept in the back of your automobile.
  • Bring your personal medical kit and pest resilient.
  • To avoid fungus and parasitic attacks, keep legs clean and dry, and do not go without shoes.
  • Do not eat food bought from road providers.
  • Do not drink drinks with ice.
  • Do not eat milk products unless it is known that they have been pasteurized.
  • Prevent managing creatures (especially apes, pets, and cats) to avoid attacks and serious illnesses.

Medical Information Update

Details given above are liable to change every now and then and one should contact the Native India tasks of the specific country or the government vacationer offices for more details.

Shopping

You will get possibilities en-route to do a bit of purchasing. However unless particularly requested for, our guide will not suggest any particular store. Neither we nor our driver/guides take any percentage on purchasing.

Spending Money

Every visitor will have different cash specifications and varying personal costs. Please assess your own spending routines while enabling for beverages, purchasing and falling. Also keep aside cash for extra costs like:

  • Foods which are not included
  • Emergencies
  • Optionally available activities /additional sightseeing
  • Shopping/Souvenirs

Foreign Exchange

As Indian currency value tend to go up and down, make reference to the following website for daily return rates: www.xe.com.

Airport Taxes

There is no airport terminal or leaving taxation from any airport terminal of India.

Exclusions

  • Insurance Policy - Please take your own Insurance
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Laundry
  • Telephone bills
  • Cycles
  • Support Vehicle, parking, toll, driver's allowances
  • Cycling guide
  • Breakfast at all destination
  • All Accommodation on Full board
  • First Aid Kid
  • Backup of Support Vehicle