Total tour distance: 463 miles
Daily tour distance: 66 miles
Difficulty: 70 / 100
Kerala is an attractive state with a wide range of scenery, from coastal canals to the highlands of the Western Ghats. It is extremely fertile and grows a huge range of spices and teas. You will see the occasional elephant, monkeys, deer and perhaps the elusive tiger. Highlights include the Tattekad Bird Sanctuary and a night on a house boat.
Accommodation comprises character lodges, including the 4-star ayurvedic Spice Village, and a night on a houseboat.
This tour can be combined with our Rajasthan tour.
Day 1 Fort Cochin.
Time to settle in at our heritage hotel, then explore the spice markets, watch the fishermen using Chinese fishing nets, and explore the European heritage of this fascinating port.
Day 2 Thattekad.
Pass rubber, banana, coconut and pineapple plantations on the way to the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, one of the most important bird sanctuaries of India with both forest birds and water birds.
Day 3 Munnar.
Enjoy a glorious descent through a forest before a challenging climb to the famous tea plantations of Munnar. With the gain in altitude you will notice the significant drop in nighttime temperatures.
Day 4, 5 + 6 Kumily.
Ride past rice fields, coffee and cardomom to Kumily. Take an organised hike though Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Finish your stay with a late afternoon trip on Lake Periyar to see more wildlife such as deer, buffalo and elephants. We cycle to neighbouring Tamil Nadu where you will see many bullock carts and perhaps working elephants.
Day 7 Kumarakom.
A spectacular day's biking to our resort on the edge of Lake Vembanad. Kumarakom is a paradise of mangrove forests, paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals.
Day 8 Houseboat.
Spend a lazy afternoon cruising the lakes and canals, then spend the night on the houseboat.
Day 9 + 10 Cochin.
Bike back to Cochin for an afternoon tour of the city and harbour, followed by a farewell group dinner to celebrate your achievements.