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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Depart for onward journey.
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 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.
The landscape includes flatlands, mountains, backwaters and village streets.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
As Indian currency value tend to go up and down, make reference to the following website for daily return rates: www.xe.com.
There is no airport terminal or leaving taxation from any airport terminal of India.