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Kerala Cycling Trails

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.

Kochi - Thattekkad - Hornbill Camp - Thodupuzha - Dewalokam Resort - Ramapuram - Spice Plantation Villa - Kumarakom - Rice boat - Alleppey - Heritage Villa

07 Nights / 08 Days

Day 1

Kochi

Dutch Palace

On arrival at the Kochi International Airport , we will be received and transferred to our hotel at Fort Kochi - arguably the ideal starting point for exploring the vast diversity and beauty of Kerala. Set on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas, Kochi is a city of cultural diversity. After checking and fitting out our bikes, we can spend the rest of the day exploring Fort Cochin, visit the synagogue and the Dutch palace, buy a few nick nacks at the Jew street and marvel at the Chinese fishing nets. We end the evening with a cultural extravaganza of classical dances of Kerala.

Day 2

Thattekkad - Hornbill Camp

From Kochi we commence our ride and head for Thattekkad. The route passes through rubber, coconut and spice plantations. Thattekkad is where the world famous 'Salim Ali Bird sanctuary' is located. We should reach the Hornbill Camp, an adventure and birding camp set on the side of the river Periyar by late afternoon. Hornbill Camp is an eco lodge with luxury cottage tents overlooking the bird sanctuary - a quiet retreat into nature. With over 275 species in such a small area, most of them endemics, Thattekkad offers a rare view into the world of birding in Kerala.

Day 3

Thattekkad - Hornbill Camp

Today we will cycle to Edamalayar, a region of thickly forested areas and quiet rides along the country roads. After exploring the rain forests here, we will head back to the Hornbill Camp. For those interested in kayaking, the Hornbill camp offers great outings to discover the lowland forests on the opposite bank of the river.

Day 4

Thodupuzha - Dewalokam Resort

Cycling Tour to Kerala

From Thattekkad we will cycle along the banks of the Periyar river and head to Thodupuzha - a picturesque little town. Our ride takes us through winding roads built amidst farmlands and rubber plantations. Our destination today is Dewalokam - an exceptionally beautiful farm on the banks of Kannadipuzha in the lower ranges of the Western Ghats . Here we can take a walk around the farm that is forested with well yielding rubber trees and littered with huge teak, mahogany and fruit bearing trees like mango and jack fruit. We can also take a closer look at a typical spice garden with nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper vines.

Day 5

Ramapuram - Spice Plantation Villa

We will continue our cycling towards Ramapuram, a small hamlet set amidst rubber plantations and spice gardens - a typical Keralan village. Our stay will be at a spice plantation bungalow surrounded by rubber trees, spreading their lovely cool shade everywhere.

Day 6

Kumarakom - Rice boat

We start the day's cycling from Eeratupetta town and cycle through the rubber plantations. We take a break next to a natural pool under a huge rock formation. The next bit of cycling will be on the highway and we will head for Ettumanoor Town, famous for the Ettumanoor Appan Temple. From Ettumanoor we will cycle through the village roads along the paddy fields till we reach Kumarakom where we will finish our ride and embark the world famous and luxurious Rice Boat for unique experience of cruising down the backwaters.

Day 7

Alleppey - Heritage Villa

Ayurvedic Massage in Kerala

We wake up to a spectacular sunrise on the backwaters. Watch the village life along the backwaters begin their day as we head for shore. The Rice boat will take us through the tranquil backwaters giving us a closer view of village life that is centered on these backwaters. Once again we will make our way through the narrow country roads to a backwater heritage villa on the backwaters near the ancient city of Alleppey - a perfect place to take in a Kerala Ayurvedic massage as we relax in the evening.

Day 8

End of Tour

Depart for onward journey.

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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