Essence of South Cycle Tour
Duration: 16 nights 17 days
Tour Type: Guided Tour (The Tour Leader will accompany the cyclists. There are support vehicles for roadside assistance and any intermediate transfers)
Minimum Riders: 2
Tour Category: Moderate (Rider cycles often and is in good physical condition)
Average Distance: 40 to 50 kms per cycling day
Route: Bengaluru - Mysuru - Mudumalai - Ooty - Mettupalayam - Guruvayur - Fort Kochi - Kumarakom - Houseboat - Alappuzha - Varkala - Kanyakumari - Kovalam - Thiruvananthapuram
Day 1 - Bengaluru
Arrival in Bengaluru airport. Meet and greet with Santos King representative in the airport and transfer to hotel in Mysuru. Overnight stay at Mysuru.
Day 2 - Mysuru
Sightseeing ride in Mysuru. Mysuru, situated on the base of Chamundi Hills, also known as the 'The City of Palaces' is a city with rich architectural history and is one of the most prominent tourist areas of India.
Places to see: Mysore Palace, Jayachamrajendra Art Gallery, Sri Chamundeshwari Temple.
Overnight stay at Mysuru.
Day 3 - Mysuru to Mudumalai
Early morning ride to Mudumalai, a declared tiger reserve on the northwestern side of the Nilgiri hills and a protected area to several endangered and vulnerable species including Indian elephant, Bengal Tiger, Gaur and Leopard. Rest of the day is free for Jeep safari ride to see wild animals. Overnight stay at Mudumalai.
Day 4 - Mudumalai to Ooty
Uphill challenging ride to Ooty, a popular hill station in the Nilgiri hills. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Ooty.
Day 5 - Ooty
Day is free to explore Ooty with the main attraction Ooty Botanical Gardens, established in 1847 with thousand species of exotic and indigenous plants. Overnight stay at Ooty.
Day 6 - Ooty to Guruvayur
Today we will go for an amazing dowhill ride to Mettupalayam along the scenic tea plantations. Later, you will be transferred to Guruvayur, where you will visit Punnathurkotta/Anakotta elephant camp belonging to the Guruvayur temple where elephants are taken care of and trained to serve and participate in many festivals that occur throughout the year. Check-in to resort. Overnight stay at Guruvayur.
Day 7 - Guruvayur to Fort Kochi
Ride through the coastal roads, villages and connecting islands to Fort Kochi. Check-in to hotel. Overnight stay at Kochi.
Day 8 - Fort Kochi
Sightseeing ride in Fort Kochi and Mattancherry covering the historic sites.
Places to see: Santa Cruz Basilica, Indo-Portuguese Museum, Dutch Cemetry, St. Francis Church, Dhobi Ghat, Chinese Fishing Nets, Church of our Lady of Life, Dutch Palace, Paradesi Synagogue, Jew Town and Spice Market.
In the evening, we will watch Kathakali show in the theatre. Overnight stay at Kochi.
Day 9: Fort Kochi to Kumarakom
Early morning ride to Kumarakom passing by sandy beaches, old churches, temples, villages, markets and the picturesque backwaters. Check-in to your backwater resort facing the vast Vembanad lake. Overnight stay at Kumarakom.
Day 10: Houseboat
Transfer to your floating houseboat (Kettuvallam), a boat with bedroom and en-suite rest room for your comfort. Enjoy unlimited surfing on backwaters, sip a coconut, get disturbed by only the chirping of birds, occasional ripples of water and savor mouthwatering delicacies prepared in from of you by your kitchen crew. Overnight stay in Houseboat.
Day 11: Houseboat
Morning ride through the paddy fields in Kuttanad, popularly referred to as 'The Rice bowl of Kerala' and one of the few places in the world where farming is carried below sea level. Rest of the day at leisure in the houseboat. Overnight stay in Houseboat.
Day 12: Alappuzha to Varkala
Early morning check-out from Houseboat and ride to Varkala through coastal road of Kerala. Evening check-in to resort at Varkala. Overnight stay at Varkala.
Day 13: Varkala to Kanyakumari
Ride through the coastal road passing by fishing villages and beaches. Later you will be transferred to your hotel in Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of peninsular India and the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.
Places to see: Vivekananda Rock, Devikanya temple, Gandhi Memorial.
Overnight stay at Kanyakumari.
Day 14: Kanyakumari to Kovalam
After watching sunrise, ride to Kovalam, an internationally renowned beach. Enroute visit to Padmanabhapuram palace. Overnight stay at Kovalam.
Day 15: Thiruvananthapuram
Morning ride to Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala.
Places to see: Napier Museum, Kuthiramalika Museum, Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Kovalam.
Day 16: Kovalam
Day at leisure. Overnight stay at Kovalam.
Day 17: Departure
Time to say goodbye after a long and memorable Cycle tour across 3 states of South India. Transfer to Thiruvananthapuram airport.
- 3 or 4 star Hotels/Resorts at Mysuru, Mudumalai, Ooty, Guruvayur, Kochi, Kumarakom, Varkala, Kanyakumari and Kovalam
- Jungle Resort at Mudumalai
- AC Deluxe or Luxury Houseboat
- Geared Bike
- Support Vehicle
- Tour Leader
- All Meals (Locally available food)
- Unlimited packed drinking water and Fruits
- Evening Tea and Snacks
- Kathakali Show Tickets