On arrival at air port / rail way station in Cochin you will be met and transported to Hotel at Cochin, the famous port of Kerala also known as “The Queen of Arabian Sea.” In the afternoon depart for a sightseeing of Cochin. Highlights include visit to the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch palace, St: Francis’s Church, where Vasco De gama was cremated, Chinese fishing nets at work and spend the evening for shopping and watching classical dance performance of Kathakali by night return to the hotel for over night stay.
Distance : 50 Km
Early in the morning we will make our way to the lowland forests of Thattekkad, set on the shores of the Periyar River. The journey will take you through the spice gardens that have made Kerala famous all over the globe. On arrival you will be staying at a resort on the riverside. Jungle camp is the prefect setting for an evening of relaxation as you listen to the sounds of the forest.
Today is a day of climbing to the heights at Munnar at over 1700 meters. We will pass through high altitude forests, manicured tea gardens, cardamom plantations and winding roads as we make it to our resort.
Day 05: Munnar – Chinnakkanal Distance 30 Km
After breakfast we will start our cycling trip today. Munnar, is lush green and one of the finest Hill stations in Kerala. It is situated at over 1500m. Munnar is famous for it’s tea plantations and scenic beauty. We will start just out side the town area through the tea gardens. We will have lunch en-route and reach our destination called Chinnakkanal. We will spend the night at the resort after camp fire and dinner.
Day 06: Cinnakkanal – Vandanmedu
Distance: 60 Km
Morning we will proceed after breakfast around the beautiful Anaerangal lake through the tea estates to Vandanmedu. Today we can see that climate changes lit bit and it reflects in the cultivation also, tea estates give their way to, cardamom estates and spice gardens. In the evening, check into the magnificent resort at Vandanmedu, set amidst a cardamom & tea estate.
Day 07: Vandanmedu- Thekkady
Distance: 20 Km
Our destination is only at a distance of around 20 Km, of short morning ride.
We will pass through forests, tea gardens and spice plantations. We will reach at Periyar by lunchtime where we can either relax our legs or go for a boating though the lake. Periyar is one of the best wildlife reserves in India and has large herds of Asiatic elephants, Indian Bison as well as tigers. For the ornithologists it has over 330 species of birds including the majestic Great Hornbill.
Periyar is one of the best wildlife reserves in India and has large herds of Asiatic elephants, Indian Bison as well as tigers. For the ornithologists it has over 330 species of birds including the majestic Great Hornbill. Today we see a little of the tribal population and their lifestyles before we eat and retire for a fine nights sleep. Overnight Stay.
Day 09: – Thekkady – Vagamon
Distance 45 Km
Vagamon set against the grasslands of the Western Ghats and the cycling route passes through spectacular sights of the tea gardens that have made this place so beautiful. We will settle down at a resort overlooking the Western Ghats Mountains.
Day 10: Vagamon – Kumarakom
Distance 80 Km
Today is the ride to our final destination, the backwaters town of Kumarakom. Morning we proceed through narrow roads winding through beautiful tea plantations . By evening we reach kumarakom and check-in the houseboat for a cruise on the world-renowned rice boats – a luxurious way to see the backwaters & see the life in the backwater countryside villages. Watch village life unfold before you, almost in slow motion while your boat quietly glides through canals that wind across houses and paddy fields. Buy fish just caught from the lake and have it cooked to your taste on the boat. Overnight stay in the boat.
Day 12: – Departure
Bike Hire: Free