This is a multiactivity adventure cum leisure tour for those in search of an active short holiday and enjoy the flavour of countryside in Kerala. The highlights of the tour are the back roads cycling, Rubber / Spice Plantation Walk, the thrill of kayaking through the Periyar river, short trek to Thommankuthu Waterfalls, and visit to backwater village Kumarakom and sun kissed Marari beach!
Rural Cycling in Kerala
Show More Show Less Day1: Arrival at Kochi On arrival, you will check into a hotel at Fort Kochi. After briefing about the entire tour and fitting up the cycles, evening will be used to discover this amazing city of Kochi. Kochi (Cochin as it was known in colonial times) is a major port on the west coast of India, set on a cluster of islands surrounded by sparkling blue lagoons and backwaters. Its historic links can be seen in the Colonial bungalows, an old Synagogue, Chinese fishing nets, the oldest European church in India and a medieval Portuguese palace. Day2: The lowland forests of Thattekkad After breakfast you will start off on your cycles making the most of the pleasant temperature early in the morning, heading towards the foothills of the Western Ghats towards the lowland forests of Thattekkad. You will pass through a scenic countryside of temples, spice gardens, paddy fields and rubber plantations. You will reach the spectacular eco-lodge on the banks of the River Periyar. You can also take a walk around the plantation areas that surround the camp or go kayaking through the river in the company of your guide. Day3: The trading town of Thodupuzha After short ride, you will visit the famous Thommankuthu Waterfall located near Thodupuzha. View of the 7 cascaded waterfall is a feast to your eye and will require a small trek into the wilderness. Afterwards, you will be discovering more of the rural Kerala as you cycle through the sylvan Keralan countryside towards the trading town of Thodupuzha located at the foothills of the Western Ghats. Here the countryside is a mix of rubber plantations and spice growing villages. Day4: Gateway to the backwaters - Kumarakom Today you will cycle along the country roads in the Kumarakom village, the gateway to the backwaters. You will be seeing numerous temples, paddy fields, watery canals along the village route. After reaching Kumarakom, you will settle into a beautiful resort on the banks of the Kumarakom lagoon and enjoy canoeing in the waters of Vembanad Lake during afternoon to discover the lives of the people that dwell along the meandering backwaters rivers, lagoons and lakes that make up the legendary backwaters of Kerala. Day5: Sun kissed beach village Marari After an early breakfast, you will commence cycling through the narrow country roads to Marari. Along the ride, you can watch as the villagers begin their day – school children on their way to schools, farmers tilling the fields, townships and coconut plantations. U can see coconut husk being processed and made into coir ropes and mats for livelihood by the villagers. You will interact with these villagers to see how this cottage industry works. You will also go to the nearby Fisherman Village and wind down the ride by spending the afternoon on the beach. Day6: Depart Your countryside cycling, kayaking and beach holiday in Kerala ends here.
- Accommodation on twin share room basis: inclusive of all applicable taxes at the time of quoting
- Most Meals
- Cannondale Cycles
- Accompanying Vehicle throughout
- Airport transfers
- Service of an English speaking cycling guide accompanying
- Assistance on arrival and departure at each destination
- All taxes
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 kind of terrain can I expect?
The terrain consists of both level roads.
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?
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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