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Beautiful landscapes, fascinating towns, stunning beaches and superb food - southern India is an excellent place to explore by bike.
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12 nights hotel and one night houseboat accommodation, meals as indicated, transportation and activities as specified and services of an Exodus tour leader throughout.
From the incredible wildlife of the Western Ghats to the quiet backwaters of Kerala, where Hinduism has produced elaborately decorated temples, this trip offers the chance to cycle through colourful villages where rural life has remained little-changed for centuries. The final coastal ride to Varkala rewards us with time to relax on the beach and reflect on an unforgettable experience.
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Make your own way to your hotel in Mysore to join your group. This afternoon there will be a full briefing and fitting. (L)
Ride to the Srirangapatna Ruins, a fortress standing on an island in the middle of the Cauvery River. This afternoon explore Mysore including the Maharaja Palace. (B)(L)
Cycle on the back roads of the Mysore Plateau to the important pilgrim centre of Nanjangud. Continue from here by vehicle to Bandipur National Park. In the late afternoon, enjoy a jeep safari in the park for the chance to spot some wildlife. (B)(L)(D)
This morning you may choose to participate in an optional visit to Bandipur National Park for more wildlife viewing. Cycle through the park to enter the adjacent Mudumalai National Park. This is a fantastic ride although we do ask that you ride in groups as elephants sometimes wander across the roads. This afternoon, take a village walk on the outskirts of the forest and visit a local farmhouse. (B)(L)(D)
Today is by far the highlight of the trip, ascending 1251m to Ooty (Ootacamund), an Indian hill station and the former summer capital of the Raj. It’s a very steep ride, up 36 hairpin bends with stunning vistas at every turn. Although steep, there are plenty of photographic opportunities to rest at. Some members of the group may prefer to walk or enjoy a relaxed morning and take the hill in the support vehicle. (B)
After breakfast, enjoy a stunning ride across the rolling Nilgiris before starting the dramatic descent, dropping 2200m through the hills and tea-covered slopes of the Western Ghats. Continue the rest of the way by vehicle to Guruvayoor. (B)(L)
The morning is spent cycling on rural roads in the Thrissur district. (B)(L)
Cycle along coastal roads to the ferry port to board the ferry to Cochin. This town has a unique place in India’s history, and to soak up the atmosphere, you will spend the next two nights at a former residence of the Raj. (B)(L)
Today is free in Cochin. (B)
Cycle past old Portuguese houses and continue to Vambanad Lake and Alleppey. This evening you will spend the night in a traditional Keralan house. (B)(L)(D)
Explore Alleppey town before boarding a Keralan houseboat for your overnight journey. (B)(L)(D)
After disembarking the houseboat, travel by boat across the river estuary and continue by bike to Varkala, a small hippie community with coffee bars and yoga schools perched along its cliff-top. (B)(L)
A free day to relax on the beach and eat the delicious seafood. (B)
Your small group journey ends after breakfast. (B)
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