A Great Tour for cyclists of every level with a starting altitude of 1,650m, the longest leg is 55 km and is mostly downhill through spice and tea plantations with breathtaking scenery all along the way - scenic overlooks, valleys, waterfalls - set your own pace, enjoy a picnic lunch, relax in the fragrance of the Cardamom Hills. A thoroughly enjoyable way to experience the wonderful outdoor world of Kerala. End it all relaxing on a houseboat and winding down on the shores of the Arabian Seacoast.
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Duration: 9 Nights / 10 Days
Route: Cochin -Munnar -Suryanelli -Vadanmedu -Periyar-Alleppey -Mararikulam -Cochin
You will be met in Cochin by a KeralaToursCo Representative who will then escort you to your hotel where you'll spend the next two nights. In the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance show on the harborfront overlooking the Chinese Fishing Nets.
Spend the day seeing the sights which may include a visit to the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica or a boat tour of the harbor islands.
After breakfast, you'll be driven through the Cardamom Hills to Munnar - famous for rolling hillsides of tea plantations. Dinner and overnight in Munnar.
The first leg of the bike tour begins - traveling 27 km downhill along winding estate roads through tea gardens and forests, along the Lockhart Gap overlooking the spectacular Bison Valley. Enjoy a picnic lunch en-route and reach the Suryanelli by late afternoon. Accommodations include very comfortably furnished cottage tents. In the evening, relax around a campfire after a sumptuous barbeque dinner.
With an early morning start, the bike tour continues around the beautiful Anaerangal Lake through the tea estates to Nedungadom. The route passes through thick forests, cardamom estates and spice gardens - hence the given name, Cardamom Hills. In the late afternoon, arrive at the magnificent Carmelia Resort in Vandanmedu nestled in spice plantations and tea gardens.
This last leg of the bike tour is just a short ride away through forests, tea gardens and spice plantations. Reaching Periyar by lunch time, relax or venture into the jungles of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Home to more than 300 species of birds, including the majestic Great Hornbill, the Sanctuary is a bird watching paradise. Visit local tribes on the way back to town. Spend the night at the Wildernest Eco Lodge.
Spend the morning exploring Periyar/Thekkady and the neighboring spice town of Kumily. Later, enjoy the downhill drive the backwaters of Alleppey where you'll board your private houseboat for the night.
Leave the backwaters behind and arrive at one of the most isolated and pristine beaches of Kerala - Marari.
Golden sand, swaying palms, sounds of the surf, a wonderful resort to cater to your every need, fresh seafood...pure relaxation on the shores of the Malabar Coast.
Transfer to Cochin to your point of departure.
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We would be happy to assist with additional travel and hotel arrangements. Changes to this tour can be added as an inclusive part of the package.
Twin Sharing Basis & Includes Daily Breakfast
|PLACE||NO. OF NIGHTS||HOTELS||ROOM TYPE|
|Cochin||02||NO. 18||Standard Room|
|Munnar||01||Devonshire Greens||Standard Room|
|Vandanmedu||01||Carmelia Haven||Standard Room|
|Marari||02||Abad Turtle Beach||Beach Cottage|
This architectural charm with its stone pathways, traditionally inclined terracotta roofs and its colonial bungalow outline stands much alone and unmatched by the Heritage Zone junction. Much alone and very much like the ancient and mighty rain tree which has spread its canopy over No.18 as though gesturing a secret sign of eminence toward this truly special place.
Devonshire Greens, Munnar is a sophisticated boutique resort placed in a quiet and peaceful locale. Guests are welcomed with true hospitality that allows them to fully unwind in its serenity. Being a cozy abode, it exudes elegant interiors and vibrant atmosphere that will capture the guests heart at once. This impressive lodge invitingly caters to the needs of the leisure and business travelers leaving them fulfilled with its wellness features. With its amphitheatre, library and health club the guests are sure to be departure with rejuvenation.
The Anaerangal Camp - a cottage-tented camp overlooking the spectacular Anaerangal Lake - beckons those in search of a quiet retreat amongst the mountains of Munnar. The camp is ideal for cyclists, trekkers, birders and those simply looking to escape the torrid plains below and the hectic life in today's world.
Anaerangal Camp is indeed a perfect place to unwind, explore the hills and enjoy the personalised service of the local community members who manage the camp.
Carmelia Haven is a stylish, eco friendly resort set amidst a tea and cardamom plantation where guests will be in communion with many of nature's many splendored charms. Situated close to the village of Vandanmedu, a half hour drive from Thekkady along the Thekkady - Munnar road, the area is the world's largest producer of premium quality cardamom.
Wildernest, in Thekkady is a beautiful country inn built with simple stone and exposed bricks. Cradled amongst resplendent surroundings, this unique hotel offers gratifying hospitality and exceptional service. The well-appointed cosy rooms with spacious sit-outs and lush green garden allow guests to simply kick back and relax. The array of contemporary amenities and the inviting aroma of delicacies add to a cherished relaxed holiday.
The houseboats of the present the gigantic, slow moving, remarkable vessel used for relaxation are the modified ‘kettuvalloms’ of the bygone. The kettuvallom meaning ‘boat with knots’ was so called because the complete boat was held together with coir knots only, without even a single nail for construction. The boat is made of planks of jack-wood attached jointly with coir. This is then coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kernels. A portion of the kettuvallom was roofed with bamboo and coir to serve as a restroom and kitchen for the crew. Food would be cooked on board.
ABAD TURTLE BEACH
Spread across 13 acres of land at Mararikulam, a fishing village in Alleppey District about 30kms from Fort Cochin, Abad Turtle Beach stands on the sugar white sands of the Marari Beach, with a rivulet flowing on one side. This seaside resort has 29 spacious, air-conditioned rooms with en-suite toilets and individual patios, and equipped with TV, telephone, fridge, tea/coffee maker and individual safe deposit lockers, and is ideal for a relaxed beachside experience.