Arrive in Kochi, a vibrant seaport town that is the perfect jumping off point for our exploration of Kerala.
We ride into the countryside, passing a temple, crossing the Periyar River, where we may see elephants bathing. We head to the Thatekkad Bird Sanctuary and overnight in deluxe and unique house tents.
Bird watchers rise early to see as many bird species as they can. Cycling from the hotel, we follow the Periyar River to the Valara forest reserve, as we gradually climb to our hotel.
A morning climb takes us to Munnar Hill Station. There are lakes, reservoirs, forests, and several tea plantations carpeting the hillsides. The afternoon is free for exploring the town and bazaar.
Ride to Top Station for panoramic views after climbing 500 m gradually through little traffic. Then there's the downhill.
Today's stunning ride out of Munnar on an undulating country road goes through small villages with wonderful views to Kattapana town. We overnight at a tranquil resort set in a spice plantation.
The ride to Periyar National Park, a rich bio-diversity spot and sanctuary for more than 40 tigers, is on small roads through deciduous forests all the way to our resort at the park’s edge.
Have a free day to relax or go on one of the treks or boat safaris at the park.
From the hotel, we descend on a scenic road through cardamom and tea estates, stopping to visit the Connemara Tea Factory. We overnight at an old plantation.
Stunning views with a major descent makes this probably the best ride of the trip. We ride through rubber and spice plantations to India's second largest lake.
The morning is free before we board our houseboat, a converted rice barge, for a splendid backwater cruise.
We disembark at Alleppey and ride along an old canal road, passing his-toric buildings. We take the beach road north to Marari Beach for a sea-food lunch and relax by the sea. The afternoon ride ends at Fort Cochin.
There is an optional morning cycle ride around old Cochin. The afternoon is free to relax before we meet up for our farewell dinner.