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South India Cycling Tour
South India Cycling
South India Cycling Tour (KC - 13)
Region : South India
14
Days

Activity

Comfort

Cost per Person

US$  2030

Based on a minimum of 2 people travelling

Tour Overview

The South India Cycling Tour is a mountain biking holiday through the highest regions of the Western Ghats. The Southern part of India differs from the Northern part in terrain, culture, people, languages, cuisine and much more. Starting from historic Mysore, this tour traverses through many of the well-known and picturesque towns in this region. You get to cycle through this highly mountainous terrain, exploring the wildlife at Mudumalai National Park and Periyar Tiger Reserve and enjoying the ride through the tea gardens of Ooty & Munnar. You will also get to cruise through the backwaters of Kerala on houseboats. This South India Cycling tour ends with a ride to the historical Fort Kochi.

South India Cycling Tour

Day1: Mysore
Your South India Cycling tour starts from Mysore, the third largest city in Karnataka. After checking out your cycles, you will get a chance to visit the famed Mysore Palace, known for its ornate durbar hall, a ceremonial meeting place for the royal court. Another major attraction is the beautiful golden royal elephant throne, encrusted with precious stones and jewels, and the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery. If time permits, you might also get to go to the Chamundi Hills nearby, to see the ancient temple before retiring for the night. 
Day2: Mudumalai
You will start cycling a short distance away from the city to avoid traffic, to one of the best wildlife reserves in south India, Mudumalai National Park. The park is nestled away in the foothills of the Nilgiris (The Blue Mountains) and is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Here, you can take a jeep safari deep into the midst of this dry deciduous forest, to observe herds of wild Asiatic Elephants, Leopards, Bison, Tigers, the elusive Sloth Bear and primates like the Langur, Bonnet Macaque and Slender Loris, all in their natural habitats. This reserve has achieved many a milestone in conservation efforts, which is evident from the growing number of tigers.
Day3: Ooty
Today, your South India cycling tour starts with cycling through the winding mountain roads of the Nilgiris, toward the hill station known as Ooty. On your cycling route, you will get to see the forests that abound, the bluish haze of the mountains in the far horizon and sundry wildlife and birds, many of them endemic. Your destination, Ooty, is a picturesque and popular hill station, with a large number of historical places of attraction such as the Ooty Mountain Railway. Ooty still preserves the old world charm of the colonial times. The excellent botanical garden here, which is over 160 years old, is home to not only a great variety of exotic flora, but also many endemic birds. 
Day4: Pollachi
Today you have a chance to board the heritage train down to the town of Coonoor. Thereafter, you will cycle mostly downhill all the way to Mettupalayam, a small town at the foothills. You will leave this busy town behind, and travel on our vehicle to Pollachi, near the city of Coimbatore. At Pollachi, you will spend the night at a beautiful resort set amidst a coconut grove. 
Day5: Munnar
On this day, you will hope on to your cycles to make your way to Munnar, a quaint and popular hill station in Kerala, known for its tea estates. En-route you will come across the dry scrub land forests of Chinnar and the sandalwood forests of Marayur, before the climb begins to Munnar, which is at 1500 metres high in the mountains. The air permeates with the flavour of tea and spices, and the roads weave upwards towards Munnar. You can travel by vehicle if required or ride the whole distance, whilst enjoying a ringside view of the spectacular Western Ghats mountain range. 
Day6: Vandanmedu
 Start your mountain biking expedition after early breakfast. You will circle around the picturesque Anaerangal Lake, through the tea estates, to Vandanmedu. On this route, you will be able to set your sights on the cardamom estates that gave these hills their name. The thick aroma of the spice gardens and the beautiful forests will be the highlight of today's ride through the Cardamom Hills. You will spend your night in a magnificent resort at Vandanmedu, set amidst cardamom and tea estates.
Day7: Periyar
 The Cardamom Hills are famed all over the globe over millennia as the centre of spices of the world. Today, you will cycle through the shadow of these hills, which also boast of pepper, cardamom and tea plantations. These hills are a source of the best spices you can get anywhere and have many plantations lining the forests and roads. Cycling in the Cardamom Hills involves wonderful mountain roads infused with the rich aroma of spices. You will reach Periyar by the evening.
Day8: Vagamon
 On this day of the South India Cycling tour, you will take the winding roads down to edge of the Western Ghats at Vagamon. The route is consists of a perfect mountain biking country with a great scenic view that consists of small spice growing hamlets dotting the landscape and undulating roads through tea estates and forests. Your destination is a resort set amidst the tea estates and a quiet retreat after a hard day of cycling.
Day9: Kumarakom
Today, you will be taking a downhill ride through the mountain passes to the plains and from there through the rubber country of Palai to Kumarakom, the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. Here, you will settle into a beautiful resort on the banks of the Kumarakom lagoon. 
Day10: Alleppey- Houseboat
You will cycle through the roads towards the small villages set against the water world that makes up the backwaters. Here, you will clamber on to one of Kerala’s most luxurious forms of accommodation and transport, the houseboat. Reclining on cushions and drifting through quiet canals, you will pass through paddy fields grazed by ducks, floating markets, local toddy shops, temples and churches 
Day11: Alleppey
At Alleppey, you will disembark and make your way to a heritage villa along the backwaters. Cycling through this route gives you a close look at the life of the people living along the backwaters. Upon arrival, you would know that this is the perfect spot to unwind. Whether it is reading in a hammock, dangling your toes in the water, getting an ayurvedic massage or trying out the local tea shop, you can shake off the exhaustion of your journey with great options presented to you in this villa. You can also visit the fruit and vegetable market, the ancient temple or the local pottery factory. A more adventurous choice would be to go cycling through the necklace of the villages of Kuttanadu, walking through the countryside or learning to cook in the family kitchens. 
Day12: Marari
Pedal towards our next destination after breakfast. The route passes through country roads and small villages where we will see coconut husk being processed and made into coir ropes and mats. We will hit the beach road that will take us to our destination for the day, a beautiful beach villa. Today's ride will take us along the fishing villages and coconut plantations on one side and the sea on the other. We will reach in time for lunch at the villa. Wind down by spending the afternoon on the beach. 
Day13: Historic Fort Kochi
You will ride to Fort Kochi, via a fabulous beach and countryside ride. After a chance to unwind, you will have lunch, and then spend the rest of the afternoon discovering a little of this amazing and historically significant city. Fort Kochi is known for its pretty cobbled streets, multi-coloured houses, Jew Street and a synagogue, beautiful churches, and the Chinese fishing nets that have been a fixture thanks to the flourishing trade in these parts. In the evening, you can enjoy the performances of traditional dance forms of Kerala like the Kathakali and Mohiniyattam. 
Day14: Depart
Your South India Cycling tour comes to an end on this day. You will be transferred to the airport for your journey home. 

Inclusions

Accommodation, Most Meals, Transportation by AC vehicle with carriers, multi-geared bicycles, Accompanying Biking guide, Bottled water & Refreshments during cycling, All applicable taxes.

Exclusions: Tips, personal expenses, beverages. 

Holiday Feedback

I'm now at the Delhi airport soon heading home after another GREAT Kalypso adventure. Thank you so much for all you do to make this possible. Everyone was very happy. Francis, Roger and our driver each did a terrific job. I'm sure it was a bit challenging for them because my friends included a couple of beginning bikers. I can hardly wait til the next time!  Peggy Sax 2016-10-31

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FAQs

Q. Are  cycles provided for this tour?

Cycles are provided for the tour

 

Q. What type of  cycles are provided?

We provide  CANONDALE /  TREK / GIANT cycles.

 

Q.  Will I get choice of my size?

 We can provide frame sizes from 13” to 21”.

 

Q. Can I get my own cycle?

Yes, you can, but do let us know in advance.

 

Q.  What other equipment are provided?

Standard items provided with the cycles are Pedals, Bar ends, water bottles and Helmets. We however recommend you bring your own helmets and camelbaks.

 

Q. What about transfers?

All transportation is included in the cost including airport pick up & drop at the nearest airport. The vehicle is also used to ferry your luggage , cycle & yourself as required.

 

Q. What kind of terrain can I expect?

The terrain consists of  both  level roads and  mountainous terrain.

 

Q. What are the distances cycled each day?

We will send you this with the detailed itinerary.

 

Q. Are meals included in the package?

Most meals are included. The itinerary will have the details.

 

Q. What do I do if I’m too tired to cycle?

There is a vehicle that accompanies you throughout the trip. You can load the cycle on to carriers  and take a ride it till you are ready to cycle again.

 

Q. Are panniers provided?

No but can do on specific request.

 

Q. Do we have a guide who cycles with us?

Yes, our guide will cycle with you throughout the trip.

 

Q. Do we get to shop  along the way.

Yes, you will get opportunities en-route to do a bit of shopping. However, unless specifically asked for, our guides will not recommend any particular shop. We or our guides do not take commissions on shopping.

 

Q. Do we get to interact with local people?

You will get lot of opportunities to interact with local people and the itinerary specifically designed for such interactions.

Q. Does our visit help the local community in any way?

Yes, Most of the places you would be staying at are in  small homestays, family owned resorts or camps and eco lodges managed by local community members . Your guides are selected from amongst the locals.

 

Q. Are entries into national parks, treks, elephant rides etc. included in the package?

No, all entries and activities will be charged extra but at actuals.

 

Q. Is the water available en-route safe to drink?

We recommend that you drink only the bottled water provided by us or if you are buying water, ensure that the bottle is sealed and has an ISI mark (India Standards Institute).

 

Q. How spicy is the food?

Typically Kerala food is spicy. We ensure that the food we provide is medium spicy unless you ask for bland food. Any special food requirements can be met if sufficient advance notice is given.

 

Q. Do we get an option of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food?

Yes

 

Q.  What is the type of accommodation?

Accommodation  provided is a combination of heritage villas, Eco Lodges & luxury Tents - all with a common thread of excellence in service.  Most are family owned and run with great care and love. Food is a very important part of these journeys and we have ensured that Keralan cuisine is a part of this adventure.  Our prices are based on 'twin-sharing' basis. For those interested, we provide single rooms, but at additional cost.   While staying at the camp we provide all essentials including sleeping bags. A open-air barbeque around  camp fire is another highlight of this adventure.

 

Q. What are the Exclusions ?

                    Insurance  - Please take your own insurance

                    Tips to the guide and driver

                    Personal expenses like beverages, laundry, telephone bills etc..

                    Airport departure taxes (if any)

 

Q.      Do we need a VISA ?

    Yes, visitors to India must obtain a Visa before departure.

 

 

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