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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Day 1

Mysore

Make your own way to your hotel in Mysore to join your group. This afternoon there will be a full briefing and fitting. (L)

Day 2

Mysore

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)

Day 3

Mysore - Bandipur National Park

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)

Day 4

Bandipur National Park - Mudumalai National Park

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)

Day 5

Mudumalai National Park - Ooty

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)

Day 6

Ooty - Guruvayoor

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)

Day 7

Guruvayoor

The morning is spent cycling on rural roads in the Thrissur district. (B)(L)

Day 8

Guruvayoor - Cochin

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)

Day 9

Cochin

Today is free in Cochin. (B)

Day 10

Cochin - Alleppey

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)

Day 11

Alleppey - Varkala

Explore Alleppey town before boarding a Keralan houseboat for your overnight journey. (B)(L)(D)

Day 12

Varkala

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)

Day 13

Varkala

A free day to relax on the beach and eat the delicious seafood. (B)

Day 14

Varkala

Your small group journey ends after breakfast. (B)

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