Cycling & Trekking Through South Kerala
Kerala is known for its greenery, moderate climate and simple people. Being agriculture the main Industry the people are really warm and hospitable. Tourism is become an alternative source very recently only. We have no big cities in Kerala but you will pass through a number of small and medium cities. This cycling tour explores the green part of South India. You will be passing through plantations, wildlife parks and amazing villages. This tour will give you a totally different outlook on this small State of Kerala.
Day 01 – Cochin-Thattekkad (1.5 Hrs)
On arrival at Cochin by early morning flight, you will be transferred to an airport hotel for wash & change and rest. After breakfast, drive to Thattekkad Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, one of the low altitude evergreen forests, situated by the banks of River Periyar. On arrival, check into your hotel and later go for a cycling through the bird sanctuary and nearby villages. Overnight at hotel. Cycling: Approximate 10 kms.
Day 02 – Thattekkad to Munnar
Wake up to the call of Hornbill. After a fresh cup tea prepare for a short walk through riverside trail for birds. After breakfast, mount on your cycle to Munnar through Neryamangalam rainforest. After sun become hot, you will be picked up by pilot car and transfer to Munnar. Lunch at Munnar. After lunch prepare for a hike through spice planters village or have an off road 4x4 drives through mud roads of the plantations to reach campsite. Have a fresh cup of tea. Check in to doom tents. Continue the trek to Tahr Rocks near the camp. Watch sunset from the camp, overlooking sun-moon valley with 280 degree of Ghats view. Campfire and BBQ dinner. Overnight at Mountain Camp.Cycling:25 kms.
Day 03 – Munnar-Marayoor
Wake up to the call of laughing thrush. Enjoy sunrise from the camp with a morning tea. After breakfast prepare for a long trek to climax peak at Shiva’s Head. (2185MSL) The trek is through undulated terrain, high altitude grassland, shola forest, cliff edge etc. to reach the peak. Cross the heather land of Strobilanthus bushes. The pilot vehicle will pick you from Great Escape Gap and transfer to River Way camp at Marayur. Overnight in River Way Camp. No cycling.
Day 04 – Marayoor to Chinnar
Enjoy rugged beauty of Head River at River way Camp in natural settings of Anamudi hills. Have a spa bath in the river. After breakfast, check out and start your cycling expedition through sandal wood forest, villages, farmland and archaeological sites. Lunch at Marayur. Continue to Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary for walking safari and jungle camps. Trek to jungle camp through riparian forests watching wildlife and birds. Chinnar has tropical savannah type of forests with thorny scrub jungles. It is an elephant kingdom with 39 other species of mammals. Check in to the camp. After a tea break, prepare for a dusk walk to spot more wildlife. Overnight at Camp.Cycling:17 kms
Day 05 – Chinnar
Wake up to the call of leaf monkeys. Enjoy your tea and snacks. A full day to explore the wildlife and rugged beauty of Chinnar. You will get two sessions of 3hrs trek in morning and afternoon. Overnight at camp. No cycling.
Day 06 – Chinnar to Kolukkumalai
Check out from Chinnar after morning hike. Return to Munnar by cycle and car. Lunch at Munnar. Cycle to Kolukkumalai through Great Escape Gap. Jeep transfer to Kolukkumalai for overnight stay. Overnight at Camp. Cycling:25 kms.
Day 07 – Kolukkumalai to Korangini
View sunrise from Kolukkumalai at 2300MSL in Korangini valley. After breakfast prepare for a trek to Korangini valley at 500MSL. Through grasslands, shola, and forest streams visiting Sambalayar waterfalls. Overnight at camp in Korangini. No cycling.
Day 08 – Korangini to Periyar
After breakfast continue the trek for next 2hrs through Kottagudi ethnic village. Cycle from this village till Bodymettu. Pilot vehicle will pick you from here to transfer to Periyar through Bodymettu Ghat road. Overnight at Hotel. Cycling 15 kms.
Day 09 – Periyar
Full day explore the wildlife of Periyar. Go for a full day jungle activity which includes guided trekking in the wildlife park .You will also do a bamboo rafting in the Periyar Lake. Lunch will be served enroute. Return by evening. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 10 – Periyar-Kumarakom (4.5 Hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Kumarakom, which is famous for its backwater & scenic beauty, sprinkled with traditional houseboats, country crafts, rural lifestyles and Tranquillity. You may opt to go for a rejuvenating Ayurvedic Massage. Also you go for a village walk through the nearby villages. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 11 – Alleppey Houseboat
Enjoy your breakfast at the resort. Later you will be driven to Alleppey to board your Houseboat for a cruise through the backwater villages followed by overnight stay on board. Your meals are cooked and served on board. Explore the amazing backwater life of Kerala. Overnight on the Houseboat.
Day 12 – Alleppey – Marari Beach (1 Hrs)
Enjoy your breakfast on board. Later, checkout & drive to Marari, a relatively quiet beach paradise of Kerala. On arrival check in at the resort on the Beach.Afternoon go for a short cycling through the nearby villages. Overnight at Hotel. Cycling: 10 kms.
Day 13 – Marari
Full day at the resort. You may opt to take an Ayurvedic Massage…Visit the fishermen villages. By evening it may interesting to visit the local temple to watch the local crowd coming for worship and socialisation. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 14 – Marari - Cochin
After breakfast, check out and start your cycling towards Cochin through the village coastal road. Once you reach the main highway, you will be shifted to your vehicle to continue driving to Cochin. Afternoon go for a guided orientation tour of Cochin. Evening visit Greenix Theatre for a kaleidoscope of various art forms. Overnight at Hotel. Cycling: 20 kms.
Day 15 – Cochin Departure
Like all good things, your holiday experience comes to an end but you will always carry with you, the memories of this unique and unforgettable experience. Today, you will be assisted and transferred to Cochin International airport for your flight home.
Itinerary may change according to travelling seasons
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