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Cycling Kerala & Tropical India

14 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Days 1-2 Mysore
Arrive in Mysore and head for the ruins of Srirangapatna, a former capital that was destroyed by the British during their final battle to secure control of southern India. Cycle back to Mysore and enjoy a fresh lunch before spending the afternoon cycling up Chaumundi Hill to view the huge five-metre rock carving of Nandi.

Day 3 Bandipur National Park
Cruise the quiet back roads of rural India and cycle past herds of white oxen and women in colourful saris carrying water pots on their heads.

Day 4 Mudumalai National Park
Saddle up once more, this time to ride into Mudumalai National Park, home to a rich and diverse animal population including wild elephants, monkeys and some Gaur (Indian bison). Cross into the fertile Tamil Nadu region and spend a free afternoon exploring ‘Wild Haven’ – a rustic planter's bungalow with superb views of the Nilgiri Mountains and the surrounding jungle.

Day 5 Ooty Hill Station
Make the ascent up the 36 hairpin bends to the historic Ooty Hill Station, the former summer capital of the Raj. After conquering the climb, take in the superb vistas and appreciate the cooler climes. While here, be sure to sample a steaming pot of the region’s cardamom tea.

Days 6-7 Guruvayoor
Cycle down to the beach to spot colourful fishing boats bobbing in the water before heading along country roads to Guruvayoor. Along the way, stop for photos of colourful landscapes, watch locals going about their business and see the significant elephant population at the Sree Krishna Temple. In the evening, delight in the nightly spectacle of pooja.

Days 8-9 Kochi
Back on two wheels, make tracks for the coast, travelling down narrow roads lined with fruit trees. After a refreshing swim, continue to a ferry port and island-hop across to Fort Kochi. Explore this culture-filled, historic town and stay in a former residency of the Raj.

Days 10-11 Kerala Backwaters
Appreciate the contrast between ancient Portuguese villas and humble fishing huts en route to Alleppey. Then, head out on an unforgettable exploration of the Kerala Backwaters aboard a traditional houseboat.

Days 12-14 Varkala
After enjoying breakfast on the boat, enjoy a dramatic cliff-top circuit on the journey to Varkala. While here, chill out on the beach, wander about in the shops or enjoy the atmosphere of beachside restaurants.
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800-680-2858 800-680-2858 All This Included
Unwind in India’s fertile South, a land dotted with spice plantations, crumbling ruins and scenic ocean shores. An active and fun way to see this relaxed corner of India, this cycling tour winds its way from Mysore to Varkala, crossing through lush national parks and laid-back Kerala backwaters. Pedal around old forts and through the colourful villages of rural India before boarding a boat and cruising through the backwaters to coastal Varkala. For those looking for an energetic way to experience the chilled-out sights of Southern India, this Cycling Kerala & Tropical India is the perfect fix.
  • 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 4x4, Bicycle, Ferry, Support vehicle
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Highlights
  • Cruise the Kerala Backwaters on a traditional houseboat
  • Cycle through rural villages where life has changed little over centuries
  • Spot wildlife in lush national parks
  • Enjoy spectacular views of mountains, jungles and tea plantations
  • Witness the laidback pace of traditional fishing villages
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Accommodations
Hotel (12 nts), Houseboat (1 nt)
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Notes
  • Min 5, Max 14.
  • Ages: Min 16.
  • Please note that a variance in our standard booking conditions applies to this trip. Departures may only be confirmed 4 weeks before the scheduled start date of your trip, rather than the standard 60 days. We recommend that you make no non-refundable travel arrangements until your trip has been confirmed.
  • You may bring your own bike, or hire one at additional cost.
  • Expect some culture shock. You'll be exposed to signs of poverty and access to services may be sporadic. The food will be quite different to home and English speakers harder to find. Respecting the local culture will make it easier to fit in and really experience the location.
  • This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required. For any ride at this level, fitness is important. This trip require confidence in your own ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is preferable, but not essential.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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