Rating in India
$ 2763

Southern India Coast to Coast Ride

Cycling
Cycling
min $ 2763
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Fort Kochi, Madurai, Western Ghats, Puducherry
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 2763
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  • At a glance
  • Itinerary
  • What's included
  • Dates & prices

At a glance

Your chance to
Discover India's diverse culture, religion and people
At a glance
10 nights hotels, 1 night houseboat and 2 nights in Indian grand homes; one of these is a palatial wedding mansion built by the Chettis and the other is a 19th Century plantation owners family home
Cycle through two distinctively different Indian states
The two southernmost states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala perfectly depict the contrasting nature of India. Seeing them on two wheels gives the opportunity to soak up the rich culture and appreciate the different landscapes as we cycle by. We pass some of the most impressive sites of southern India, including the former French colony of Pondicherry and the magnificent Meenakshi Temple at Madurai. After the cooler highlands and tea estates of the Western Ghats we reach the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, where a relaxing houseboat cruise offers the chance to reflect on a memorable journey.
Cycling profile
Daily distance in km/miles:

Day 2 32.0km/19.9miles
Day 3 101.0km/62.8miles
Day 4 68.0km/42.0miles
Day 5 102.0km/63.4miles
Day 6 99.0km/61.5miles
Day 7 40.0km/24.9miles
Day 9 70.0km/43.5miles
Day 10 82.0km/51.0miles
Day 11 35.0km/21.7miles
Day 12 57.0km/35.0miles


Number of days cycling:
10
Pace:
Moderate: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour
Terrain:
Low altitude, 100% tarmac

Itinerary

Itinerary
1
Day 1
Start Chennai; transfer to Pondicherry via the shore temples of Mahabalipuram.

2
Day 2
Circular ride passing the spiritual commune of Auroville. After lunch in the old quarter the afternoon is free.

3
Day 3
Pleasant ride along village roads to experience the rural life of Southern India. Our afternoon ride heads to Chidambaram, famed for its bronze deity casting.

4
Day 4
Riverside ride to the 16th Century Nayak's capital of Thanjavur; afternoon free to visit the town and Royal Palace.

5
Day 5
Long ride through the Tamil Nadu heartland to Chettinad, renowned for it palatial mansions.

6
Day 6
Scenic ride to Madurai, a highlight of any trip to India.

7
Day 7
Free morning to visit this magnificent temple city. Transfer to lunch then ride past Indian vineyards before a final ascent into the Western Ghats and our night stop at Thekkady.

8
Day 8
Free day to relax and stroll around this hill station or visit the nearby Periyar N.P.

9
Day 9
A hilly days ride through the tea estates with a refreshing stop at a tea factory; after lunch ride one of the most scenic roads in Kerala to Vagamon.

10
Day 10
Cycle through rubber and spice plantations to Kottayam, the Syrian Christian heartland of Kerala.

11
Day 11
Free morning to explore or relax by the lake before boarding a houseboat for a stunning backwater cruise.

12
Day 12
Final ride along the coast road to Fort Cochin.

13
Day 13
Free day in Fort Cochin with its Chinese fishing nets.

14
Day 14
End Cochin.

Guided Group
This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
Activity level
You are moderately fit and have an interest in remote or challenging environments. Some previous experience is required for activity based trips.

What's included

What's included
13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 8 dinners
What's not included
Travel insurance

Dates & prices

These are ‘land only’ prices which require you to book your own flights and join the rest of the group on Day 1 of the trip. For more information please see Trip Notes

Date Price excl. flights (pp) from
Sun 06 Nov 16 - Sat 19 Nov 16

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,425
Sun 27 Nov 16 - Sat 10 Dec 16

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,425
Sun 18 Dec 16 - Sat 31 Dec 16

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,535
Sun 08 Jan 17 - Sat 21 Jan 17

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,525
Sun 12 Feb 17 - Sat 25 Feb 17

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,425
Sun 26 Feb 17 - Sat 11 Mar 17

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,425
Sun 12 Mar 17 - Sat 25 Mar 17

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,425
Sun 15 Oct 17 - Sat 28 Oct 17

 

Diwali Festival (see Trip Notes)

 

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,525
Sun 05 Nov 17 - Sat 18 Nov 17

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,525
Sun 19 Nov 17 - Sat 02 Dec 17

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,525
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Exodus
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