Cycle Kerala and Tropical India

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  • 2012-01-01 - 2013-12-31

See the best of southern India on a cycling tour of Kerala

Unwind in India’s fertile South, a land dotted with spice plantations, crumbling ruins and scenic ocean shores. An active and fun way to see this relaxed corner of India, this cycling tour winds its way from Mysore to Varkala, crossing through lush national parks and laid-back Kerala backwaters. Pedal around old forts and through the colourful villages of rural India before boarding a boat and cruising through the backwaters to coastal Varkala. For those looking for an energetic way to experience the chilled-out sights of Southern India, this Cycling Kerala & Tropical India is the perfect fix.

  • Cycle through rural villages where life has changed little over centuries
  • Spot wildlife in lush national parks
  • Cruise the Kerala Backwaters on a traditional houseboat
  • Enjoy spectacular views of mountains, jungles and tea plantations
  • Witness the laidback pace of traditional fishing villages

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Day 1 Mysore

The peaceful city of Mysore has a score of lovely parks, grand buildings, well-regarded yoga centres and an incredible palace, the product of its Wodeyar Dynasty heritage.

Day 3 Bandipur National Park

Once the hunting preserve of Mysore's Maharajas, Bandipur National Park is a tiger reserve and wildlife sanctuary, which is home to tigers, leopards, elephants and other threatened species.

Day 4 Mudumalai National Park

Set against the mist-covered peaks of the enchanting Nilgiri Mountains, Mudumalai National Park is one of the best game sanctuaries in India to observe diverse wildlife in close proximity.

Day 5 Ooty Hill Station

One of India's more famous hill stations, Ootacamund has spectacular views, a wonderful food market and a cool 'toy' train into the Nilgiri mountains.

Day 6 Guruvayoor

Home to one of the most visited temples in India, Guruvayur is a fascinating place to join the pilgrims and and witness the spiritual side of the town.

Day 8 Kochi

As a centre for the spice trade for centuries, cosmopolitan Kochi has an intriguing mix of cultural influences from both the Indian continent and overseas.

Day 10 Kerala Backwaters

With numerous canals linking the countryside and being the gateway to the gorgeous Kerala backwaters, life in Alleppey centres around the water.

Day 12 Varkala

Blessed by dramatic cliffs falling into the Arabian sea, Varkala is an unassuming town with a relaxed feel and some great temples, beaches and eateries.