- UNESCO World Heritage Site Mahabalipuram & Thanjavur
- Pristine Beaches of Marari
- Cycling along the Cardamom Hills Reserve in Kerala.
- Exquisite healthy and local Tamil Nadu/Kerala food all along.
- Professional Cycling guide & local experts.
- Premium Houseboat cruise at Alleppey.
- Cycle through Munnar Tea Garden.
- Chance to meet and spend time with locals.
Day 1: CHENNAI – MAHABALIPURAM
You arrive in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. Our driver or team leader meets you at the airport and drives you away from the hustle and bustle of Chennai to the historic town of Mahabalipuram. Located on a strip of land about 56 km (a one-and-a-half hour drive) south of Chennai, Mahabalipuram is renowned for a number of religious monuments dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries. Due to its location and topography, this town has been an important centre of sea trade for millennia.,,Its location and topography have made it a significant hub for maritime trade for centuries. Our first day in Mahabalipuram is a day of leisure and rejuvenation as we relax at a comfortable hotel. You'll be introduced to the biking team and have the opportunity to meet other cyclists in the group. If you choose, you can take a short ride around the town to try out your bicycle. Our dinner and accommodations will be at the hotel or we may go out for dinner in city restaurant.
Cycling Dist: No Cycling Today, Meal Plan : Dinner
Day 2: MAHABALIPURAM – PONDICHERRY
After a day of ease, we buckle up for a long haul as we leave Mahabalipuram and bike southwards to the union territory of Pondicherry, also called Puducherry. The route takes us along the south-eastern coastline of Tamil Nadu, through many small fishing villages, paddy fields, and palm groves. The road is mostly tarmac and makes for a pretty smooth and enjoyable ride.,,We stop by at a highway restaurant for lunch and press on for Pondicherry. As we approach the town, its rich colonial heritage becomes all too apparent in the architecture of the buildings. We check into a hotel and rest awhile before stepping out for a short city tour.,,Pondicherry, city tour can glimpse the French Quarter, which boasts stunning colonial buildings, trendy boutiques, and lively cafes. Moreover, visiting the Aurobindo Ashram, which fosters spiritual development and inner stability, is also a must-see. Moving forward south, tourists can visit Paradise Beach and Serenity Beach, famous for their clear waters and golden sands.
Cycling Dist: 90 Kms. Meal Plan : Breakfast and Dinner at hotel, Lunch in Midway or Picnic Lunch
Day 3 : PONDICHERRY – Karaikal
On the third day, you will be cycling through the delta region of the great Cauvery River, which is home to many villages where the locals make their living through rice cultivation and animal husbandry. This area is known for its expertise in cultivating large quantities of paddy and is often called the granary of South India. The coastal track between Pondicherry and Karaikal offers many sightseeing attractions for travellers. Beginning from Pondicherry, sightseers can glimpse the French Quarter, which boasts stunning colonial buildings, trendy boutiques, and lively cafes.,,Moving forward south, tourists can visit Paradise Beach and Serenity Beach, famous for their clear waters and golden sands. Besides, Karaikal is known for its quaint town vibe, and sightseers can explore its numerous temples and churches, including the magnificent Nithya Kalyana Perumal temple. So your destination for the day is Karaikal, which is a beautiful beach location that tourists do not overrun. You can relax in your hotel and enjoy the local cuisine for dinner.
Cycling Dist: 100 Kms,Meal Plan : Breakfast and Dinner at hotel, Lunch in Midway or Picnic Lunch
Day 4 : Karaikal – Kumbakonam
On day four, you will continue cycling past vast stretches of paddy fields and villages, exploring the heart of South India's granary. Your destination is Kumbakonam, also known as the "city of temples." This vibrant city is a hub of cultural activity and is believed to be a powerful energy source. With its rich history, art, and culture, Kumbakonam is a place of deep reflection and exploration. Your hotel for the night is as refreshing as the destination, promising to make your stay unforgettable.
Cycling Distance : 65 - 70 Kms,Meal Plan : Breakfast and Dinner at hotel, Lunch in Midway or Picnic Lunch
Day 5 : Kumbakonam – Tanjore
Our next destination is Tanjore, a town where classical art forms continue to thrive. Stroll around town and appreciate the 9th and 12th-century stone sculptures on display. The Saraswati Mahal Library, founded in the 1700s, houses ancient manuscripts on palm leaves, medical works, and rare treatises.,,The stretch between Kumbakonam and Tanjore is home to some of the most majestic sightseeing attractions in the area. One of the most well-known temples in the area is the Brihadeeswara Temple, also known as the Big Temple, in Tanjore. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its spectacular architecture and lofty vimana (temple tower), which rises to over 200 feet. In addition, Tanjore is famous for its Tanjore paintings, which were developed in the area. We'll also visit the Swathi Mahal Palace, Art Gallery, and Brihadeeswara Temple.
Cycle Distance : 50 Kms,Meal Plan : Hotel breakfast and dinner, lunch at a midway stop, or picnic lunch
Day 6 : Tanjore – Karaikudi (Chettinad)
Today, we'll cycle to Chettinad, renowned throughout South India for its delectable Chettinad cuisine. It's an excellent spot for cycling, where you can experience the Dravidian culture, people, and customs. You'll see men in lungis and women draped in saris going about their everyday lives on the bustling streets.,,We will also explore the lively markets and bustling lanes of Karaikudi, known for its exceptional Chettinad delicacies and magnificent handicrafts. Other prominent sights in the area include the Thanjavur Royal Palace, the Saraswathi Mahal Library, and the Athangudi tile factory, where visitors can glimpse the classic art of tile making. Religion and culture are highly valued in Tamil Nadu. Karaikudi is known for its traditional mansions, some of which have over a hundred rooms.
Cycling Dist: 90 Kms,Meal Plan : Breakfast and Dinner at hotel, Lunch in Midway or Picnic Lunch
Day 7 : Karaikudi - Madurai
On day 7, we'll head to Madurai, the temple city, and visit the Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple. This temple was established during the Sangam period and featured stunning architecture of gods and goddesses. Madurai is also renowned for classical Carnatic music and Bharatnatyam dance. The temple is the soul of the 2,500-year-old city of Madurai and a significant symbol for the Tamil people. As you head towards Madurai, you'll come across the Thirumayam Fort, a historic monument that dates back to the 17th century. The fort offers stunning scenic panoramas of the surrounding terrain and is ideal for photography enthusiasts. Another prevalent attraction near Madurai is the Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple, an ancient temple devoted to Lord Murugan. Other prominent attractions in Madurai comprise the Thirumalai Nayak Palace, a 17th-century palace that combines Islamic and Dravidian styles, and the Gandhi Memorial Museum, which houses an array of artefacts and exhibits related to the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi.
Cycling Dist: 100 KMS,Meal Plan : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at hotel
Day 8 : Madurai - Athoor,Alleppey
On Day 8, the cycling tour ventures into Tamil Nadu, heading to a typical farming village near Dindigul. The scenic countryside will be filled with sugar cane fields and coconut groves, and Athoor is known for its flourishing farming community.,,Travellers can relax and soak in the peaceful ambience of the village by staying at a humble county home, meeting local farmers, taking walks, and watching the coconut palm plantation workers on their daily routines. It's a much-needed break from the challenging cycling conditions in Tamil Nadu's plains, offering a chance to enjoy the fresh mountain air and calmness of the hills.,,Other prominent attractions in Madurai comprise the Thirumalai Nayak Palace, a 17th-century palace that combines Islamic and Dravidian styles, and the Gandhi Memorial Museum, which houses an array of artefacts and exhibits related to the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi. On the other hand, Athoor is a serene hill station located in the Western Ghats that offers visitors a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Cycling Dist: 60 Kms,Meal Plan : Breakfast and Dinner at Hotel, Lunch in midway.
Day 9 : Athoor - Kodaikonal
Can you believe we are already on day 9?,,Today our adventure will start with a strenuous 1200 meter climb on a bicycle to the cooler hill station town of Kodaikanal. After a challenging climb, we complete our day's cycling. Well, that's not it, you will receive a reward with breathtaking views of hilly landscape and the grasslands beneath.,,Imagine spending some leisurely time cycling while surrounded by beautiful flora and a nice breeze. This offers the ideal atmosphere for vacationing away from traffic noise and pollution, right? This beautiful scene you can witness at Kodaikanal.
Cycling Distance : 90-95KMS,Meal Plan : Breakfast and Dinner at Hotel, lunch in midway.
Day 10 : Kodaikanal - Palani
One of the most renowned Murugan shrines, as it is worshiped by the Hindu sect known as the Kaumaram, is located at Palani. Additionally, do you know that Palani hills are referred to as the princess of hill stations? Isn’t it amazing? Trust us it is a beautiful place for a cycling tour. So today we will start out with a 5 km descent before joining an uneven road for 30–35 miles. At a low of 300 meters, we begin our lengthy, traveling bicycle downhill away from forests and coffee plantations to the dry plains.,,The bicycle tour continues to Palani, a heavily populated Hindu pilgrim town, after a break for lunch. Tourists can stop by the temple in the evening to see the Golden Chariot Procession, which is an optional addition. The temple is situated on a mountaintop that is accessible by cable car and offers a stunning view of the towns nearby. Also, you can visit the Palani Murugan Temple, located close to Palani, is another well-known tourist destination. One of the six homes of Lord Murugan, this ancient shrine is dedicated to him. Anyone passing through the region must see the temple because of its exquisite architecture, beautiful sculptures, and rich history.
Cycling Distance : 60 - 65 Kms,Meal Plan : Breakfast and Dinner at hotel.
Day 11 : Palani - Munnar
After leaving Palani, we travel on peaceful roads that take us through quaint towns and across vast monolithic landscapes. We continue cycling (32 km) via the national parks of Indira Gandhi and Chinoor to Marayoor. It is beautiful and romantic to visit, explore, and enjoy the natural beauty of Munnar, a well-known hill resort in south India.,,Munnar is a lovely place because of the clean mountain air and the views of the tiny villages and hills covered in mist. There are bamboo woods, sugar cane fields, cave temples, Neolithic stone burial sites, and caves.,,Gorgeous, right?,,It is the only location in Kerala where sandalwood trees naturally thrive. Also diverse varieties of flora and wildlife inhabit its untamed sanctuaries and woods, together with an endless stretch of tea plantations, scenic valleys, and mountains. Well, this region's native flower is the rare Neelakurinji. Let’s not forget about the spice-scented cool and fresh air.
Cycling Distance : 50 Kms,Meal Plan : Breakfast and dinner at hotel, lunch in midway.
Day 12: Munnar
On the twelfth day of the trip, we will be exploring Munnar. You have the option of sightseeing the tea plantation by car, cycling to Munnar town and the tea garden, which will cover a distance of approximately 50 km, or resting at the hotel in the morning.,,We recommend a thrilling high-altitude mountain cycling expedition to Munnar for those who are up for an adventure. This ride will take you through quiet yet exhilarating back roads, with stunning views of the high edge, sloppy mountain and lush jungle scenery. Munnar boasts some of the best roads for cycling in South India, so be sure to take advantage of the opportunity. Before embarking on this adventure, ensure you are well-rested and have enough energy, as the ride requires significant grit and endurance. Take pleasure in cycling around the magnificent landscape of Munnar and allow the excitement to take over you completely.
Cycling Distance : 50 Kms,Meal Plan : Breakfast and dinner at hotel, lunch in midway.
Day 13 : Munnar - Alleppey
On day thirteen, we will have an early breakfast and embark on a thrilling 30 km descent through the tea and cardamom estates. We will take a quick break before being transferred out of town to Alleppey. Here, we can enjoy a festive lunch on a luxury rice barge moored on the Vembanad Lake. With music in the background, we will steer the boat through vast stretches of blue waters, surrounded by coconut palms, temples, and villages on the horizon. We can even take the opportunity to sketch or write a poem while gazing at the million stars in the night sky. Let the breeze silently steer us into God's own waters.
Cycling Distance : 40 Kms,Meal Plan : Breakfast at hotel, Lunch and dinner at Houseboat.
Day 14 : Alleppey - Marari
After breakfast at 9 am, you'll embark on a scenic bike ride through vast stretches of land. You'll bid farewell to your captain and crew and head to a local establishment to learn the traditional way of making coir (coconut fiber). Cycling along narrow paths that weave through temples and villages, you'll arrive at Mararikulam, a charming fishing village by the beach. National Geography rated this beach as one of the top five Hammock Beaches. Interestingly, this region has the highest number of bicycle riders, and you may even encounter others joining you on the journey. After a sweaty ride, you'll arrive in time for lunch and be ready to relax on Marari Beach in Mararikulam.,,The beach reflects the soul of the local fisherfolk in simple and apparent ways. Our visitor bungalows are designed to replicate their homes, while our cuisine embodies the cooking techniques of these people, whose lifestyles and sensibilities are shaped by the oceans. Please note that the cycling tour will end in Marari, and we will drop you off at your pre-booked Marari hotel.
Cycling Distance : 40 Kms,Meal Plan : Breakfast at hotel, lunch in midway.
Day 15: Marari
You will have a free day to enjoy the beach. Overnight stay at the resort. There will be no cycling on this day.
Meal Plan : Breakfast Only.
Day 16 : Marari - Kochi Airport Drop
Well, here comes an end to this unforgettable cycling tour! Your tour guide and driver will help you get to the airport following an enjoyable breakfast. We hope you will enjoy this fabulous cycling tour with us for 16 days.
Meal Plan : Breakfast Only.
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Departure date : Based on your inquiry
Tour Cost : Contact us
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.
Mostly dry depends on which month of the year you are travelling.
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.
What to bring
- Bike shoes
- Water Bottle
- Sun cream lotion
- Relaxed shoes for walking
- Shoes for other sightseeing
- In Indian, the conventional of outfit is more traditional. We counsel you to prevent very short shorts/skirts and limited tops/tanktops when viewing small non-urban places, temples, mosques or other sacred sites as this may limit your access.
- Water resistant jacket.
- Riding a bike equipment like safety gloves and shorts.
- Mosquito repellent
- Eyewear, cap
- Sun lotion of spf at least 35
- Individual Bike riding equipment like bar finishes, pedals, chairs and headgear
- Helmets for riding a bike
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.
- Bring all the important medications and OTC medications. Do not ignore to have the brands as well as the general titles of the medications one needs to have.
- Use a sun hat when revealed.
- Consume a lot of liquids. Don't drink tap water. Use only bottled water which is always kept in the back of your automobile.
- Bring your personal medical kit and pest resilient.
- To avoid fungus and parasitic attacks, keep legs clean and dry, and do not go without shoes.
- Do not eat food bought from road providers.
- Do not drink drinks with ice.
- Do not eat milk products unless it is known that they have been pasteurized.
- Prevent managing creatures (especially apes, pets, and cats) to avoid attacks and serious illnesses.
Medical Information Update
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:
- Foods which are not included
- Optionally available activities /additional sightseeing
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.
Tour Cost Includes:
- Hotel Based on Twin Sharing
- Bikes for complete Tour (Cycling Part Only - Trek Bikes)
- All Meals(Please check Itinerary)
- Lunch in Midway restaurant/City Restaurant or Pack Lunch
- Expert Cycle mechanic throughout the tour
- Back up AC vehicle for complete tour
- Canoe ride in Kumarakom
- Overnight Houseboat Stay
- Periyar Boat Ride
- Fresh Fruits/Snacks (Only Cycling Part)
- Unlimited water during cycling (Only Cycling Part)
- All road and transport taxes
- Driver Allowance
- Toll and Parking charges
- 5% Government Taxes
Tour Cost Excludes:
- Any Domestic or International flight tickets
- Monument or Sightseeing entry fees
- Still/Video camera fees
- Tips and Gratitude
- Travel insurance
- Any Hard and Soft Drink