SpiceRoads Cycle Tours introducesDiscover Kerala by Bicycle, a four-day tour which explores the backwaters and back roads of the southern state of Kerala. This state, on the tropical Malabar Coast, is known for its greenery and wildlife reserves, its tea and spice plantations and exotic cuisine.
“Bicycling in Kerala is a delight: the roads are peaceful, the climate temperate and the landscape exotic with magnificent tea and spice estates to ride through. And if you are a foodie, you will love this tour,” says Struan Robertson, CEO SpiceRoads Cycle Tours.
What to expect
Cycling on mainly paved country roads, this tour starts with a visit to Paniyeli Poru, home to beautiful natural waterfalls and small rivers. Passing aromatic spice farms and shady rubber plantations the tour leads to the historic town of Thoduphuzha dating back to 300 BC, then into the Syrian Christian heartland of Kerala and spends a relaxing time drifting along the picturesque backwaters in an old converted rice barge. Evenings will be spent in beautiful riverside resorts, friendly farm stays and a romantic houseboat, as well as dining on scrumptious food, seasoned of course, by local spices.
- Relaxing at the waterfalls of Paniyeli Poru
- Spending the afternoon cruising Kerala’s picturesque backwaters
- Indulging in delicious local dishes
Go the distance
This 4-day tour includes three and a half days of cycling from 50 km to 60 km per day clocking up a total of 225 kms. The tour, which starts and ends in Cochin, is on paved roads with some climbing, but distances are not too strenuous.
The trip is fully supported and led by expert guides. Their knowledge of the area and terrain means that you always know what is coming up in terms of distance and difficulty. An air conditioned bus with a constant supply of cold drinks and fresh fruit will be on hand to pick up riders in need of a break.
Departs every Tuesday.
What are the costs?
The tour costs US$750 (Dec 20-Jan 10 US$825), US$175 single supplement
Bike hire is included.