South India

SOUTH INDIA-Explore Spice Route & Beaches, India, Asia

From the bustling IT city of Bangalore to charming Mysore. "If thoughts of temples and tigers appeal, then Tamil Nadu is the place to be. With a Sound-of-Music-in- India backdrop of rolling mountain scenery, craggy peaks, manicured tea estates and crisp mountain air, Munnar really hits the spot after the sticky heat of the lowlands. The real emerald jewel in South India´s crown are the backwaters that meander throughout Kerala." We will cruise them on a houseboat - "an entry in our top 10 things-to-do-before-you-die list" . Our tour finishes at the beach resort of Varkala with its stunning cliffs. (quote "lonely planet")

AT A GLANCE Touring palm groves and green hills !
DATES: December, January
START / FINISH: Bangalore / Trivandrum
DURATION: 15/16 day vacation, 12 riding days

ROUTE: Distance covered around 1000 miles / 1600 km Day rides 50 - 160 miles / 80 - 260 km.
ROADS: Tarmac
ACCOMMODATION: Comfortable middle-class hotels, houseboats,
REST DAYS: Varkala,
RIDERS REQUIREMENTS: Pretty easy ride apart from the indian traffic.
GROUP SIZE: Min. 4 and max. 10 riders - space for pillion rider in our follow up car

WHAT´S INCLUDED: All meals, all non-alcoholic beverages, all entry fees, petrol for the bikes
HIGHLIGHTS: Backwater Cruise, Mysore palace, Temples, Varkala beach, Tea Plantations and Spice Gardens.

Organised by Asia Bike Tours

South India


Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Bangalore, Hotel transfer and Welcome Dinner.

Day 2
We explore Bangalore, India´s "Garden City" and also India´s "Silicon Valley". The British Raj meets Maharaja´s India.

Day 3
A relaxed ride takes us to Mysore. South India´s center for sandalwood and culture. Beautiful palaces and markets to be explored.

Day 4
Today´s ride takes us to the base of the Nilgiri hills, to Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. One of the last refuges for elephants and bison in India.

Day 5
We wind round the hills into the "blue mountains" and enjoy a cruise among tea and coffee plantations to Coonoor.

Day 6
More nature on our ride down into the plains to Tiruchirapalli.

Day 7
Nature followed by culture in Thanjavur and later on...

Day 8
..in Madurai. Vivid temples and gaudy, bustling markets enchant here.

Day 9
Another great bike ride again up into south India´s highest mountains and breathtaking views of the plains on our way to Munnar in Kerala province.

Day 10
If someone told you to "go where the pepper grows" you´d probably end up at the Malabar coast and it´s spice trade center Cochin.

Day 11
A day to relax. On a boat we explore this labyrinthine network of waterways, passing villages set amongst lush vegetation and get glimpses of Kerala's rural lifestyle - Kerala's Backwaters.

Day 12
A short trip along the coast takes us to Varkala.

Day 13
Beach life and free biking in and around...

Day 14
...Varkala, probably Kerala's most beautiful beach.

Day15
Farewell and Goodbye!

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