Scenic Kerala Cycling Tour

Scenic Kerala Cycling Tour

Scenic Kerala Cycling Tour

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From $1,292USD

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Highlights

Explore the rural culture and scenery of Kerala by bike

Ride to an array of spice farms, coconut groves, and rubber plantations cloaking the lush scenery as you travel from village to village.

Look out for the 275 birds, 76 butterfly species, and reptiles and wildlife roaming the Thattekkad lowlands.

Immerse yourself in local culture at your homestay in Palai, where the host family will introduce you to their way of life.

Cycle 35-45 km daily—passing seaside spots, backwaters, lush fields of green, farms, and remarkable views en route.

Embark on a leisure road biking tour through rural Kerala on the Scenic Kerala Bike Tour, where beaches, forests, rubber plantations, and spice gardens await your exploration. Fusing leisure with activity, the 9-day Scenic Kerala Cycling Tour magically propels you to feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and relaxed (even though you’ll spend 35-45 km winding along countryside roads each day).

This soothing whirlwind of a tour explodes with glances of India’s storied rural culture, local interactions, and breathtaking views. It’s the ideal adventure vacation for anyone who wants to stay active and learn about a new culture while basking in the chilled-out vibes that often accompany a holiday. Book the Scenic Kerala Cycling Tour today to start exploring India!

Scenic Kerala Cycling Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Kochi

Arrive in Kochi and meet and greet a tour representative and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy some rest and breakfast before hopping on your bike and exploring Fort Kochi. As you cycle, check out the Dutch palace, synagogue, spice yards, secret art galleries, and trendy cafes! In the evening, watch a Kathakali dance show. Admire the vibrant costumes as they perform. Then, head to the hotel and catch up on some sleep.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Kochi
Distance
45 km
Meals
None

Day 2 Cycle to Cherai

Get ready for an early morning! Begin with a short transfer by ferry to Vypin. Hop on your bike and start cycling. Pedal past coastal villages, along the beach, through fish farms, paddy fields, and coconut groves. Eventually, you’ll reach Muziris, an ancient port. Along with stunning scenery, you will also visit remarkable buildings: Chendamangalam synagogue, Cheraman mosque, and Palace of Palliath Achan. After, you’ll ride to your quaint hotel for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Cherai
Distance
45 km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 The foothills of the Western Ghats

Hop on your bike early and start riding to the Western Ghats' foothills, where spice farms and rubber plantations are set amid the rolling green hills. Upon arrival at your destination, admire the charming, scenic views, escalated by the soothing sound of the Periyar river roaring down the mountains.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Paniely Poru
Distance
40 km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Bird watching in Thattekad

Bird watching lovers unite! Today you will cycle to the lowlands of Thattekkad, where over 275 bird species, numerous butterflies, reptiles, and wildlife live. Enjoy a tasty traditional lunch in a gazebo overlooking the river before cycling through the lush rainforest located on the other side of the river. Once you’ve returned, put your bike aside and embark on a pleasant walk through the village, where you’ll witness farmers of rubber, coconut, and spices in action.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Thattekad
Distance
40 km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Cycle to Thodupuzha

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before cycling to the charming Thodupuzha, where you’ll ride by spice farms and rubber plantations. Continue cycling until you reach a picturesque resort situated on the river bank. Get off your bike and go on a delightful stroll through spice gardens growing nutmeg, cinnamon, and pepper vines.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Thodupuzha
Distance
40 km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Cycle to Palai

Get ready for another lovely day of cycling through lush green scenery, fields, plantations, and quaint countryside villages! Eventually, you’ll reach a farmhouse styled with the century-old Keralan architecture. This is where you’ll stay for the night! Here, you’ll get to integrate with locals: Joseph and his family. Joseph will take you on walks through the farms and hills blanketing the area. He’ll also introduce you to other locals. Expect to learn about Syrian Christian cooking as well!

Overnight Location
Homestay in Palai
Distance
35 km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Cycle to Kumarakom

Cycle by canals, temples, and fields en route to Kumarakom. Once you settle into your hotel for the night, opt to let your legs relax and go for a pleasant canoe ride. Notice the locals along the shore and performing daily tasks.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Kumarakom
Distance
35 km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 Cycle back to Kochi

Meander along a scenic route with the sea swirling on one side and coconut plantations and fishing villages on the other. Upon arrival at your hotel, spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing at your leisure.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Kochi
Distance
35 km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 Depart Kochi

Head to the international airport for your flight. Safe travels home!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
None

Scenic Kerala Cycling Tour Price and Dates

This guided biking tour to Kerala in India is always run as a private tour for your group only and the price depends on the size of your group. Please note that the prices might increase during public holidays.

Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 2: $1,385USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3: $1,350USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 4-6: $1,292USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 7+: on request
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Accommodation on Scenic Kerala Cycling Tour

This tour will have you staying in 2-4 star hotels that boast of modern necessities to keep you comfortable. Do note that rooms are double occupancy, but you can always upgrade to single occupancy for an additional fee. Single travellers are also required to pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may be swapped for other similar accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $531USD to have a private room in a hotel. It’s also possible to match single travellers up.

No. 18 Hotel in Kochi

Bask in total luxury at the No. 18 Hotel, where business meets boutique. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, amplified by the soothing backwaters.

Sea Lagoon Health Resort in Cherai

Enjoy a relaxing night in this luxurious hotel, tucked between the Arabian Sea and backwaters. Take a dip in the pool and admire the scenery.

Whispering Waters in Paniely Poru

Set in a vibrant, lush setting and on the water banks, Whispering Waters grants a relaxing, soothing stay. Opt to cool off in the swimming pool here!

Hornbill Camp in Thattekad

Hornbill Camp offers guests a rustic, comfortable stay amid the jungle. Expect to watch a lot of birds fluttering throughout the camp!

River Banks in Thodupuzha

Revel in total peace and tranquility at this picturesque resort! Escape the sounds of the city and immerse in nature here.

Mundackal Plantation Homestay in Palai

Get the total local experience in this cozy, friendly homestay! Your hosts will introduce you to the local way of life during your stay.

Kurialacherry House in Kumarakom

Nestled amid verdant scenery, the Kurialacherry House grants guests’ comfort and the necessary amenities to elevate relaxation.

No. 18 Hotel in Kochi

Bask in total luxury at the No. 18 Hotel, where business meets boutique. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, amplified by the soothing backwaters.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Scenic Kerala Cycling Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 6 dinners are included. Light snacks, refreshments, and water will be provided as you cycle.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 8 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation is included for transfers to pick-up and drop-off spots throughout the tour. A support car will follow behind you as you cycle.

Also Included

  • Cycling guide
  • Local guides for villages
  • Support vehicle following the riders (it will also carry extra bikes in case something happens to yours)
  • High-quality mountain bikes and e-bikes (Giant brand)
  • Helmets

Not included

  • Flights to and from Kochi
  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Tour guide gratuity
  • Personal necessities such as drinks during mealtimes and laundry

Optional Extras

  • Optional tips for crew

Frequenty Asked Questions about Scenic Kerala Cycling Tour

How hard is the Scenic Kerala Cycling Tour?

This tour is rated as a 3 / 5. You will bike 35-45 km a day, so appropriate fitness is required.

Do I need a visa to travel to India?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Scenic Kerala Cycling Tour?

7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 6 dinners are included on this tour. Light snacks, refreshments, and water will be provided as you cycle.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Kochi to start this tour?

You can fly to Cochin International Airport in Kochi, where you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

Is the Scenic Kerala Cycling Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guides speak English.

Where does the Scenic Kerala Cycling Tour end?

The tour ends in Kochi, where you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Can I rent a bike?

Bike rental is included in your tour booking (Giant model, mountain bike or an e-bike).

Can I bring my own bike?

If you prefer to use your own bike, you can bring it.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to India?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for India?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to India for this tour?

The best time to travel to Kerala in India for trekking is from October to March when the weather is mild.

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This tour is rated as a 3 / 5. You will bike 35-45 km a day, so appropriate fitness is required.


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