Cycling Kerala's Backroads

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US$ 2,895
14 Days / 13 Nights
544 km
Tour Code
Next departure
Number of Cycling Days10
Average Distance Per Day: 54
150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 952
2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance544 kilometres
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 300
Single SupplementUS$ 995 to US$ 1,200

All About this Tour

Kerala, a narrow Indian state sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the mountainous Western Ghats, is known for its tropical greenery, backwaters, wildlife reserves, and tea and spice plantations. Along the way, you will be staying at beautiful heritage hotels, eco-lodges as well as a rice barge converted to a luxurious accommodation. We'll have our fill of ethnic and delicious food, seasoned by local spices. Then the climbing begins as we head up to areas known for its tea plantations and spice estates.

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Day 1

Arrive in Kochi, a vibrant seaport town that is the perfect jumping off point for our exploration of Kerala.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

Ride to Top Station for panoramic views after climbing 500 m gradually through little traffic. Then there's the downhill.

Day 6

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.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

Have a free day to relax or go on one of the treks or boat safaris at the park.

Day 9

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.

Day 10

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.

Day 11

The morning is free before we board our houseboat, a converted rice barge, for a splendid backwater cruise.

Day 12

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.

Day 13

There is an optional morning cycle ride around old Cochin. The afternoon is free to relax before we meet up for our farewell dinner.

Day 14

Onward travel.

Elevation Profiles

Day 2 - Kochi - Thatekkad Ride 66km. +1,146m / -1,123m.
Day 2 - Kochi - Thatekkad Ride 66km. +1,146m / -1,123m.


Cycling Kerala's Backroads was an amazing experience all around. Challenging cycling, delicious food, great guides, and countless interactions with locals. The warmth and fun of the people was the best. Solid mix of doable distances, with cultural experiences. Cooking at the Barbeque in Mannar was a wonderful experience.

Shibu and Hareesh were excellent guides for our ride. This was our third tour with SpiceRoads. All have been outstanding experiences. Safety, comfort, and communication have all been well managed. These two had great senses humor and were impressed with our ability to move across the terrain as efficiently as we did. We all had a renewing ride in Kerala. Charmed by the many people we met. Led by two great guides. Thanks to Shibu and Hareesh.

Stephen ProudmanJanuary 2018

Fantastic holiday. The riding was great, the food unbelievable & the guides the best.

Mark OughtonNovember 2017

Spice roads equipment and guides excellent-and we toured one of the most spectacular parts of the world.Great food and accommodation. First class support.

gordon howlettFebruary 2016

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