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Cycling Tour in South India - 13 Days

Description

Trip Highlights:
Experience the countryside & interact with people from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Kerala.
Colonial toy train ride in Ooty & experience the colonial lifestyles and mountain air in the area.
Visit textile mills in Pollachi.
Experience overnight stay on Luxurious Houseboat cruise.
The hill country and tea plantations in Ooty, Conoor & Munnar.
Experience traditional art forms & Kathakali dance in Kerala.
Jungle walks, spice plantation visits & yoga.
Healthy local Indian food.

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About The Tour

Places covered Inclusions Exclusions
   Karnataka     Modern Cycles      Travel Insurance
  Tamil Nadu     Tour leaders     Flights
  Kerala     Accommodation     Laundry
       Activities as mentioned     Alcohol
       Meals as mentioned     Shopping
        Bottled water and refreshments    
        Backup Vehicle ( Tempo Traveller )    
        Airport pick and drop     
        Licenses and govt taxes    

Detailed Day Wise Itinerary

  • Day : 1 Bangalore

    Arrive at Bangalore, assist and transfer to hotel in the city. Later in the evening we are out into cosmopolitan Bangalore to sample a mug of finely made Indian craft beer at one of the many breweries in town. Bangalore happens to be the craft beer capital of India. IPA, Russian Imperial Stout, Blonde, Raging Elephant, Basmati Ale, Pumpkin Ale, Belgian Tripel, Classic Pilsner, and such are available to sample and experiment right in the heart of the city. One of the most beautiful cosmopolitan cities of India, Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka. The third largest city of the country, Bangalore was famous as the Garden city. The city has attracted the Information Technology business and has thus become the Silicon Valley of India. The city is brimming with attractions, you will have a good time visiting Bangalore and experiencing the charm of the place.

  • Day : 2 Mysore

    After breakfast at Bangalore we are transferred to Mysore (4 hours drive). In the late afternoon visit the famous Mysore Palace with its durbar hall and the golden royal elephant throne. Mysore is an ancient city with more than 600 glorious years of legacy. Known for its glittering royal heritage, bustling markets, magnificent monuments, cosmopolitan culture and a friendly populace, it is also a thriving centre for the production of premium silk, sandalwood and incense. In case cycling through rural India sounds like a good option we are all set and ready for a fun 30 kms ride past Sorghum and silk farms set amidst the rural countryside.
    Cycling Distance : ~ 30 Kms // Hotel : Hotel Southern Star // Meals : B / L /

  • Day : 3 Mudumalai

    Early morning and we are up to bike up the Chamundi Hills and visit the temple deity where we can see an ancient temple and get a panoramic view of the city. Later on & after a transfer enter into 2 famous wildlife sanctuaries in South India Bandipur and Mudumalai. These form a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere and are devoted to conserving the endangered Tiger habitat. Endemics like the Malabar Giant Squirrel, Malabar Parakeet, Malabar Lark and Grey-headed Bulbul are commonly seen. Seasonal streams, along the river Kabini, are watering holes for the abundant wildlife of the region. We make our way to Jungle Hut set along the fringes of the forest for an ubiquitous stay.
    Cycling Distance : 40 Kms // Hotel : Jungle Hut // Meals : B / L / D

  • Day : 4 Ooty

    Situated approx. 2000m above sea level Ootacamund aka Udhagamandalam or Ooty is a colonial little town known for its English styled cottages that have unique teak floors, tiled roofs and chimneys, almost like a movie scene from another era. The excellent botanical garden at Ooty which is over 160 years old is home to not only a great variety of exotic flora but also many endemic birds. From the local needle factory to small quilt making cottage industry, from the lush tea gardens all round Ooty to the famous chocolate fudge sold at Kingstar Bakery at Charing Cross to the barracks at Wellington, and prestigious boarding schools, this capital of in the Nilgiris has inspired excellence in many fields.
    Cycling Distance : 35 Kms // Hotel : Taj Savoy // Meals : B /

  • Day : 5 Pollachi

    This morning we board the historic Toy Train for a remarkable rail journey with spectacular vistas as we descend to the popular hill station of Coonoor. From here we take a scenic bike ride to Mettupalayam a small Indian town located at the foothills of the Nilgiris. We then journey by road to a fascinating area near the town of Pollachi. Toy Train: The breathtaking Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a railway in Tamil Nadu, India built during the British Rule in 1908. The railway still relies on its fleet of steam locomotives and is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
    Cycling Distance:50 Kms // Hotel : Coco Lagoon // Meals : B / L / D

  • Day : 6 - 7 Munnar

    Though seemingly gentle, this ride is definitely alive; taking you to Munnar, branded for its pristine tea estates, cool breeze and breath-taking views. It is one of those attractions that contributed to Keralas reputation as a certain travel destination among domestic and foreign travellers. Kaivalyam Retreat for your next stay is situated close to town bit hidden away in the vallleys that surround Munnar. Kaivalyam offers a wonderful balcony for sit-out, early yoga sessions and plantation walks. This apart from cycling back to Munnar from Top Station from where you can view the worlds highest working tea factory. Munnar, situated at the confluence of three mountain streams Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, is perched about 1600 m above sea level and used to be the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in South India. Your stay will be in classic bungalows/estates growing tea, cardamom and other plantation crops. Indulge in a niche experience with the use of local/farm fresh products to supplement your food requirements.
    Cycling Distance : ~ 105 Kms // Hotel : Kaivalyam Retreat // Meals : B / L / D

  • Day : 8 Periyar

    This morning, we start off early from Munnar, and bike to Lockheart Gap & Bison valley. We will visit a famous temple; giving you an experience of the India you ought to know. Past Chinnakanal and youre off the road and off your bike to click away with the colorful, all-smiles tea pickers of Munnar. Our lunch spot is atop a lonely hill from where we get to view the plains in the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu; in full glory. A plantation tour later that day in the Cardamom hills and its all more than a dream come true on your Spices journey in Kerala. With packets of fresh produce in hand youre already in wonderland; after which our night-out is at the best wildlife spot in South-India. Welcome to the Periyar National Park! Good morning from the jungle today! We either take a jungle walk in search of the wild for sightings of animals such as the barking deer, mouse deer, Dholes (Indian wild dogs), mongooses, foxes, wild pigs and elephants.
    Cycling Distance: ~ 60 Kms // Hotel : Abad Green Forest // Meals : B

  • Day : 9 Vagamon

    Early this morning we venture into the national park. Mannans are among the oldest indigenous group of people to inhabit Periyar. As late as the 1940s, they lived in the remotest areas of the reserve seeking out a simple life, fishing in the lake and cultivating a few crops, today they are the main conservators of the forest. They will escort us through the forest and help you discover the remarkable flora and fauna of the region. From Periyar we will head to Vagamon the sleepy town with its scenic valleys, beautiful green meadows, enchanting pine forests, mists, fogs, tea estates, waterfalls with the overall greenery is really striking. The route is consisting of a perfect mountain biking country with a great scenic view that consists of small spice growing hamlets dotting the landscape and undulating roads through tea estates and forests. Your destination is a resort set amidst the tea estates and a quiet retreat after a hard day of cycling.
    Cycling Distance: ~ 50 Kms // Hotel : Wintervale // Meals : B / L / D

  • Day : 10 Alleppey Back-Waters

    Cycling downhills got to be the best way to have fun. After a quick and lovely descent we transfer out of town to Alleppey for the epitome of your bi-cycle holiday. A luxury rice-barge moored on the Vembanad Lake awaits our arrival. Festive lunch on boat, music in the background, youre next in charge steering the boat through vast stretches of blue waters. The backwaters extend far into the countryside as deep or shallow canals or channels, and are navigated by ketuvallam or boats, ranging in size from a one person ketuvallam to large open goods transporters.
    Cycling Distance : ~ 30 Kms // Hotel : Houseboat // Meals : B / L / D

  • Day : 11 Marari

    Morning at 9am and after breakfast youre out onto beautiful stretches of acreage. Goodbyes to your backwater crew and youre set to learn some Coir (coconut fiber) making from a local outfit, the traditional way! Biking on narrow routes through numerous villages, churches & temples we head to Mararikulam, a fishing village by the beach. In fact it is rated as one of the worlds top five Hammock Beaches by National Geography. This part of Kerala has the largest number of bi-cycle users and youd be surprised to find others join us to our destination. Rest of the day is free for you to relax on the beach
    Cycling Distance: 25 Kms // Hotel: Abad Turtle Beach // Meals : B / L / D

  • Day : 12 Fort Kochi

    Hurray! Youre biking to Cochin today. Past backwater & coastal villages, fish farms and coconut plantations the route is scenic and charming. The villages you bike into throw light on the life-styles and living standards of the Keralan people. Women making lunch on open fires, men working on their fishing nets, happy kids waving out to you in unison or just elderly men and women engaged in their traditional way of life. Theres alot happening today be it the numerous colonial buildings, spice godowns, the art galleries stranded all along Fort Kochi or the breath-taking show of Kathakali(you can also see the face painting before the show). In bed and youre sure to be transported into a dreamy concoction of rural life, colonial art and spices.
    Cycling Distance: 45 Kms // Hotel: Fort House // Meals : B / /

  • Day : 13 Cochin International Airport

    After a relaxed breakfast walk to the neighbouring villages as well as participate in traditional Syrian Christian cooking classes. Your tour leader and driver will assist you to the airport depending on your flight timings.
    Cycling Distance: Nil // Hotel: Nil // Meals : B /

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Tips Before Travel

Bring copies of your passport

Make sure your passport and visa are up to date

Register with your embassy

Check for travel warnings and advisories

Always have local cash

Buy travel insurance

Customer Testimonials

  • Sara Alabri

    We had a wonderful experience! Everything well organized and prepared. Enthusiastic driver who was really committed to a successful tour and showed us so many places in Kerala. Beautiful country and lovely people are in our heart. Tour was brilliant and all hotels selected were comfortable and luxurious! Excellent value for money, Team airborne we will come back to you again

  • Musab Al Mazruii

    I would like to thank you for the lovely experinces that you have provided. Excellent choice of hotel , services and location including the special package you have provided. We will definitely visit Sri lanka again and other countries with your assistant. This trip wouldn’t have gone very well without your advice and recommendation.

  • Mohammed Irshad

    The trip was awesome and well organised. Tour Guide is so friendly. Explaination about the places we visited is good and understandable. He is having some good knowledge in almost all the places in Georgia. Also we have experienced with some of the Georgian foods with him which was not in our plan and really liked that. Regarding the hotel, we are much happy with that. I would like to say special thanks for your surprise gift 🎁 that we got on second day of tour. Thank you very much for all your service. We really enjoyed our holidays with you.!!! Surely I can recommend your travel agency for the holidays. Keep it up..

  • Kalidas Iyer - 14/07/2018

    We had an pleasant trip with no complaints. We are extremely happy that we chose Georgia and Airborne as our partner in making this trip happen. Firstly, we want to compliment the service and warmth of Mr Edward, our tour guide. He was caring, flexible and informative at the same time. We would strongly recommend his presence to any of our friend's tours to Georgia. Further, our stay was very comfortable at Citadines with ease of access to nearby mall, restaurants and shopping areas ; not to ignore aspects of security. Our iterinary was drawn well too, with choice of iconic places, mix of nature and architecture with optimum time for rest between travel times. Overall, we had our happy moments and made great memories during the six days. We will be more than happy to recommend Airborne and your help specifically to our circles in their travels to Georgia and beyond. Thank You once again.

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