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Total no. of days : 09
Best Season : October to March
 
 

Day 1: Arrive Cochin

Meet and assist on arrival and transfer to hotel. After a chance to relax and freshen up we have lunch. In the evening, a trip to Fort Kochi for seeing the historical city.  Its historic links can be seen in the Colonial Bungalows, an old Synagogue, Chinese fishing nets, the oldest European Church in India and the Dutch Palace Museum.



 
 
Day 2: Cochin/ Munnar ( 127 kms)
In the morning transfer to Munnar, a tea town founded by the British over a hundred years ago. Its agreeable climate & tea gardens is indeed a refreshing sight. In the afternoon, check out the bikes. If time permits, a trip to Rajamalai for watching the endangered Nilgiri Tahrs. Overnight at a hotel.

 
 
Day 3: Munnar-Chinnakanal (35 km)
The first part of the biking takes you through tea estates & thick forest patches, criss-crossed by mountain streams. By evening we will reach Chinnakanal where we will stay at the comfortable resort.

 
 
Day 4: Chinnakanal-Vandanmedu (55 km)
The most spectacular sceneries around the Anaerangal Lake, cardamom forests & winding village roads along mountain tracks will be the main attractions of the day. By late evening we will reach Vandanmedu – the main auction center for cardamom for centuries; where we will stay for overnight. If the route gets too strenuous, we will transfer the team by coach.

 
 


Day 5: Vandanmedu-Periyar. (30 Kms)

A relaxed day of biking through country roads of the hills to Periyar – famed for the Periyar Tiger Reserve – one of the best managed sanctuaries for protection of the tiger. We will check into one of the best resorts in Kerala. In the evening a boat ride on the Periyar Lake for watching wildlife.




 
 
Day 6: Periyar-Murinjapuzha (35 km)
This morning we start to see the rolling grasslands of the foothills of the southern Indian mountain ranges – called High Ranges here. The route takes through rolling grasslands & roads that are most of the way downhill. We will reach  our resort at  Murunjupuzha for overnight saty, a wonderful retreat based on the ancient architectural style of Kerala & set amidst a vast coffee estate overlooking the Periyar valley.
 
 
Day 7: Murinjapuzha-Vagamon  (40 km)
Bike through tea estates, cardamom plantations to reach Vagamon – a hill station set amidst the rolling grasslands. These are ecologically fragile grasslands and windswept most of the year around. We will be staying at the beautiful Resort.
 
  Day 8 : Vagamon-Erattupetta (35 km)-Kottayam
Today we will leave the hills & reach the plains. The journey is through a totally different eco-system – that of rubber & spice plantations of Central Kerala. After we get to Erttupetta, a spice growing center, we will proceed to Kottayam in our coach. But we will break en-route at a spice villa for a typical Keralan lunch. Overnight  at hotel.
 
 
Day 9 : Kottayam-Kumarakon (20 km)
This is the last day of cycling. We will go along the beautiful backwater roads, villages set amidst the estuaries & lagoons and see the simple lifestyles of people along the way. At the end of the day, we will be at a resort for a well deserved break after a week on the roads of Kerala.  Overnight at  hotel.

 
  Either they stay back at Kumarakom for Ayurveda treatment or we can suggest  beach extensions to Kovalam  / Marari Beach / Poovar Island Beach Resort
 
 
 
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