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Rural Cycling Holiday in Kerala
Cycling Along the Spice Trails of Kerala
Rural Cycling Holiday in Kerala ( KC - 01)
Region : South India
8
Days

Activity

Comfort

Cost per Person

USD 980

based on a minimum of 2 people travelling

Tour Overview

Kalypso Adventures combines the best cycling destinations in India with innovativeness, varied cultural landscapes, scenic routes and great local cuisine. Rural Cycling Holiday in Kerala is a tour that involves cycling along the spice trails for 8 days, from the city of Kochi, through Thattekkad, to the backwaters at Alleppey.

Rural Cycling Holiday in Kerala

Day1: Kochi
Your first day of this exciting rural cycling holiday in Kerala will be spent at Fort Kochi. Once you arrive at the Kochi International Airport, you will be transferred to a hotel at Fort Kochi. Set on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas, Kochi is a city of cultural diversity. After you check and fit your bikes, you can spend the rest of the day exploring Fort Kochi, visiting the synagogue and the Dutch palace, buying a few knick-knacks at Jew street and spending the evening gazing out at the Chinese fishing nets at the harbour mouth. Your evening will end with the performance of a myriad of classical dancers from various parts of Kerala.
Day2: Thattekkad
Today, you will begin your cycling adventure from Kochi, to the destination, Thattekkad, a bird Sanctuary. This beautiful biking route in Kerala passes through spice gardens, and rubber and coconut plantations, driving into you a sense of adventure. You will reach the famed Thattekkad by noon. Thattekkad is located on the banks of the River Periyar and is one of the best birding destinations in India. It boasts of a large number of endemic species and you can also join a naturalist-led trip to learn the basics of bird watching.
Day3: Thattekkad
This place is an ideal and quiet retreat into nature, where you will spend two days, allowing you to observe wildlife in its natural habitat, go on kayaks into the river exploring the rain forests, walk through the tropical lowland forests and visit the elephant rescue centre at Kodanad.  
Day4: Thodupuzha
From Thattekkad, this rural cycling holiday in Kerala continues along the banks of the Periyar River, and up to Thodupuzha, a picturesque little town. The roads meander through spice farms and large rubber plantations. You will cycle along this scenic route to the working farm. This is a beautiful farm on the banks of Kannadipuzha, in the lower ranges of the Western Ghats  
Day5: Thodupuzha
You will get to walk through spice belts located here, getting a chance to spot spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper vines. The farm is littered with herbal gardens and is located behind a rubber plantation. You can visit these and even the forest surrounding it, topping the visit with a stop in the nearby village.
Day6: Alleppey - Rice boat
The day’s cycling begins from Thodupuzha and continues through the countryside and 'bunds' of the vast waterways of the backwaters. Bunds are low walls that contain the flow of the backwaters. You will get to absorb the local culture as your route is through the village roads and paddy fields, till your destination, Alleppey. Alleppey is a town in Kerala, known for its waterways that range from canals backwaters, beaches and lagoons. You will finish your ride here, and embark on the unique experience that is cruising down the backwaters in a luxurious rice boat.
Day7: Alleppey - Heritage Villa
A breathtaking sunrise will be what you wake up to on the backwaters. You get to watch the villagers go about their lives as you cruise these tranquil waters, towards the shore. Once you disembark, you will again make your way through the narrow country roads to a backwater heritage villa, located along the shores of the backwaters near the ancient city of Alleppey. This also happens to be a perfect place to enjoy a Kerala Ayurvedic massage, letting you unwind and bask in the serene atmosphere. 
Day8: Depart
This marks the end of this exciting rural cycling holiday in Kerala along the spice trails. You will depart to Kochi from the heritage villa.

Holiday Feedback

We wanted a challenge but not wall to wall cycling where there wouldn't be a chance to 'stand and stare'. The balance was just right. Kerala is stunning, and exploring by bike gave us a connection we wouldn't have had by car. To cover the distances, we generally left early and arrived by about 2, so a chance for exploring, cultural visits or yoga or sitting! The hotels were all good, clean, mostly small enough to be friendly and intimate, and all in wonderful locations.Linda Elston 2017-03-28

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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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