Kerala Backwater Houseboat Cycling Tour - 5 Days

Kerala Backwater Houseboat Cycling Tour - 5 Days
Tour Itinerary

Kerala Backwater Houseboat Cycling Tour - 5 Days takes off in the town of Fort Kochi, which is sure to intrigue you with its rich Portuguese, Dutch and British heritage. The route will have you cycle right along the seafront, with the deep blue Arabian sea on one side and the fishing villages with their paddy plantations and coconut groves on the other. Our itinerary for this special Kerala cycling holiday has been chalked to give you an up-close look at local life and culture. On this biking tour, you will visit an ancient 5th century church, watch the traditional dances of Kerala, and even enjoy a canoe ride in the narrow backwater canals of Kumarakom. Despite the relatively short duration of five days, you won’t feel being rushed around. One whole evening is reserved for leisure at the beautiful, clean Marari beach.

Day 1 : Kochi Arrival

We pick you up at Cochin International Airport and transfer you to our hotel at Fort Kochi. You meet up with the cycling tour guide and driver, and get to check your bikes.If time permits, you can step out to explore Fort Kochi, a heritage town with a long history of Portuguese, Dutch, and British colonial occupations. You won’t miss the touch of European architecture and design in the old houses that line the streets of Fort Kochi. You may visit the 16th century church where the Portuguese explorer and sailor Vasco Da Gama was once buried, or you may drop by at the ancient synagogue or Jain Temple. Not to be missed are the famous Chinese Fishing Nets, a big draw among tourists on holiday in Kerala, for they are unique to only a few Indian coastal towns. In the evening, we see a performance of classical dances of Kerala. The experience primes you up for the biking tour ahead.

Hotel Arches/ or Similar, Meal Plan: Dinner

Day 2 : Kochi - Marari Beach

We have an early breakfast and begin our cycling for the day. Leaving behind the bustling town of Fort Kochi, we hit the beach road that takes us through a picturesque country, with endless sea on one side and fishing villages and coconut plantations on the other. Cycling through this stretch should be a breeze, given the bracing air, the good road, friendly people, and pretty sights.We expect to reach our destination for the day, Marari, by afternoon, and check into the hotel for lunch. If delayed, we will lunch at a mid-way restaurant. The afternoon and evening will be reserved for the gorgeous Marari beach, after which we dine at the hotel to call it a day.

Hotel Abad Turtle/ or Similar, Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Distance : 45Km

Day 3 : Marari Beach - Alleppey (Houseboat)

This will be an easy-breezy day of cycling. We have a relaxed breakfast and check out of the hotel at ease. The distance to be covered for the day is not long, but along the way you find much to stop for. The cycling route winds through small villages where you witness coconut husks being processed and spliced into coir ropes and mats. Soon we hit the backwaters and cycle along till we reach our destination in Alleppey: a houseboat. We lunch at the houseboat and spend the rest of the day taking in the beautiful surroundings at leisure. If you wish, you may buy fresh seafood and give it to the chef to cook for your dinner. We overnight at the houseboat.

Houseboat, Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Distance : 20Km

Day 4 : Alleppey - Kumarakom

We leave the houseboat after breakfast and hit the road for Kumarakom. Veering off the beaten track, we cycle down the less travelled routeto pass through swathes of paddy fields and backwater canals. We meet locals and even pay a visit to the famous Champakulam Church which was first built in AD 427 and has since been rebuilt a few times. One of the oldest churches in India, Champakulam was once under Niranam Church, which was founded by none other than the Apostle St. Thomas himself. The church was recognized as a basilica by Pope Francis in 2016 and holds out great attraction for both the faithful and non-believers. We reach Kumarakom by afternoon. In the evening, we enjoy canoe rides in the narrow canals of Kumarakom.

Lake Song Resort/ or Similar,Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner,Distance : 40Km

Day 5 : Departure day

We check out from the hotel after breakfast. Hereon, you may cycle your way to Kochi, or if you want, we will transfer you directly to Cochin Airport for onward journey. The tour ends.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Distance : 90Km

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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.


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.

Transportation/Support Vehicles

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
  • Sun cream lotion
  • Relaxed shoes for walking
  • Shoes for other sightseeing
  • Socks


  • 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.
  • A hotter set of outfits (Fleece, Coat, hat and gloves) are required for visits going through Munnar and other thin air places.
  • Water resistant jacket.
  • Riding a bike equipment like safety gloves and shorts.


  • Torch
  • 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


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.


  • 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.

Spending Money

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
  • Emergencies
  • Optionally available activities /additional sightseeing
  • Shopping/Souvenirs

Foreign Exchange

As Indian currency value tend to go up and down, make reference to the following website for daily return rates:

Airport Taxes

There is no airport terminal or leaving taxation from any airport terminal of India.


  • Insurance Policy - Please take your own Insurance
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Laundry
  • Telephone bills
  • Cycles
  • Support Vehicle, parking, toll, driver's allowances
  • Cycling guide
  • Breakfast at all destination
  • All Accommodation on Full board
  • First Aid Kid
  • Backup of Support Vehicle
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