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Cycling in South India

Cycle with us from the historic temples, forts and palaces of Mysore to the cool and lush highland town of Madikeri - dubbed the Scotland of India. Our journey continues down the Malabar Coast past fishing villages onto Portuguese colonial Fort Cochin and into Kerala's backwaters where we experience warm Keralan hospitality in a homestay and a unique night aboard a traditional houseboat. We end our ride on the relaxing beaches of Varkala.

Tour Highlights

  • Mysore - Explore the Maharaja's Palace and the fortress of Tipu Sultan.
  • Belur Temple - Visit the spectacular Chennakeshava Temple
  • The Western Ghats - Experience the verdant landscapes of the Western Ghats by bike
  • Guruvayur - Visit the magnificent Sree Krishna Temple, one of India's most important Hindu shrines
  • Kochi - The stunning 'Queen of the Arabian Sea'
  • The Backwaters - Explore Kerala's beautiful backwaters aboard a traditional houseboat
  • Varkala - Relax besides the waters of the Indian Ocean

Itinerary

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  • 1
    Join tour Bangalore and drive to Mysore

  • 2
    Explore Srirangapatna and the Chamundi Hills

  • 3
    Drive to Hassan. Cycle to Belur Temple

  • 4
    Drive to Kushalnagar. Cycle to Madikeri

  • 5
    Exploring Madikeri by bike

  • 6
    Cycle from Madikeri to Iritty

  • 7
    Cycle to Calicut, then travel by road to Guruvayur

  • 8
    Guruvayur sightseeing

  • 9
    Cycle to Kochi (Cochin)

  • 10
    Free day in Kochi

  • 11
    Cycle to Alleppey

  • 12
    Explore Alleppey by bike. Board traditional houseboat and cruise the backwaters

  • 13
    Cycle to Varkala

  • 14
    Relaxing on Varkala Beach

  • 15
    Tour ends Thiruvanathapuran

Tour notes

Each departure date has it's own dedicated tour note, detailing all you need to know about that tour. Whether you've already booked, or weighing up your options, please choose carefully the relevant itinerary for you.

We have the following different versions of the Cycling Tropical South India tour available at present.

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Why Book this tour
Unlike many other operators, we include the hire of your bike in the overall cost of the holiday: you don't need to bring your own or pay extra to hire one locally. We also provide a support vehicle, spare parts and take care of day to day bike maintenance. All you need bring is your own helmet.
Included meals 14 2 2
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Transport
Bus, Boat, Bicycle
Accommodation
12 nights Standard Hotel
1 night Simple Homestay
1 night Standard Boat
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Local Guide(s), Assistant Cycle Guide, Bike Mechanic, Explore Tour Leader / Cycle guide
Cycling Information
On this tour we cycle 667 km over twelve days (an average of 56 km per day) with further optional rides available. We travel mainly on quiet, surfaced roads though traffic levels increase closer to towns. A support vehicle accompanies the rides throughout the tour and drives us past the less interesting sections. We have graded the route as moderate to challenging.
Included Bike
21 or 24 gear Trek 4300 mountain bikes with lockable front suspension
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16