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Tamil Nadu Tourism: Coast to Coast Bicycle Trip- Kerala to Tamil Nadu

Price: 23000.00

Awara Feet Proffer: Photo-Walk Tour

Tamil Nadu Tourism: Lets bicycle back into the old era as we pedal from backwaters and hills of Kerala to coastlines of Tamil Nadu with a slice of history, pristine coastlines, forested mountains, and small hamlets. Let's celebrate PONGAL and JALLIKATTU.

  • Reviews
  • Vacation Style
    Bicycling
  • Grade
    Moderate
  • Group Size
    20
All about the "Tamil Nadu Tourism: Coast to Coast Bicycle Trip- Kerala to Tamil Nadu"

Tamil Nadu Tourism : This trip is a package of delicious food, classical dance and music, blue coastlines of sea, beautiful backwaters and traditional villages of south. We bicycle through spice farms, rubber and tea plantations, coconut groves and wild-life sancturies, the pristine beaches, exquisite rock carvings at Mahabalipuram to the famous french colony: Pondicherry. We bet you to name one things which our journey is not going to have. A vibrant bicycle tour is all that we need in our life!!!

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?
Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Accommodation

Meals, except first day only dinner is included

Transportation by AC car as per itinerary&nbsp

Multi-geared bicycles

Accompanying Biking guide

Refreshment during cycling

All applicable taxes


Whats not included in this tour.
Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Insurance - Please take your own insurance

Tips to the guide and driver

Personal expenses like beverages, laundry, telephone bills etc

Airport departure taxes (if any)

Flight tickets,Train tickets from Kochi/Chennai

Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

Awara Day 1: Kochi

All Awaras would be welcomed by Tea made in traditional South Indian style.  The first day would be meet and greet day where everybody will get to know other fellow travelers over lunch. Later everybody would be assigned the bikes. Awaras can head out to see Fort Kochi, known as a trading hub of the south. While we walk through Fort Kochi and explore it, we instantly go back in time to the old era. The place is rich in history and is a cocktail of Chinese, Portugal, Holland and Arab culture. We will come across St. Francis Church, where Vasco Da Gama was buried initially, we will see iconic Chinese fishing nets (they will surprise you for sure) and one can shop at preserved Jew market.

In the evening, all awaras will head out to watch Theyyam, one of the wildest ancient dance rituals of South India. Some rituals of Theyyam in past had a blood sacrifice. Just hold your breath and wait for it!! Welcome aboard AWARAS to Tamil Nadu Tourism !

Meals: Dinner


Awara Day 2: Kochi - Alleppey (Alappuzha)

Get ready for the classy bike ride with two contrasting scenery, one side would be white sand beaches and the other side would be serene backwaters. On our way, we would be spotting beautiful bird species: Egrets, cormorants, kites, kingfishers, herons, ducks, etc. A short stop would be made at ‘Kettuvallom’ to witness the art of making traditional boats which will be spotted at Allepey. On our ride towards Allepey, we are going to experience the culture of villages we would be crossing, the local fish markets, auction centers, coconut trees, women selling fishes outside houses and Christian churches. For Lunch, all awara riders would be stopping at a beautiful beach site, eating and enjoying the view.

Once we reach Allepey, we will park our bikes and spend the rest of the evening sailing on the boat at beautiful backwaters of Vembanad Lake. The rest of the evening is only meant for chilling and relaxing while we watch the sun go down sipping on the wine provided on-house.
Overnight stay at Alleppey Boathouse.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Drive: 3 hours/54Kms


Awara Day 3: Alleppey - Vagamon

From backwater and rice fields to rubber plantation and valleys, we see the transformation as we ride from Allepey to Vagamon. Vagamon is a hill station of Kerala with spectacular views. On reaching one can either chill sipping on tea enjoying the view or can indulge in small activities like paragliding, small hikes and trail or explore cafes around. Vagamon is famous for tea gardens, Marmala Waterfall and Vagamon Lake. Mundakayam Ghat is the sunset view of Vagamon with a blue sky and a smoky grey sky. On mutual agreement of the group, a small bike tour to Idukki Dam can be done. Enjoy Tamil Nadu Tourism. You will not regret going there, for sure!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Drive: 3.5 hours/ 98.5Kms


Awara day 4: Vagamon to Thekkady

The hills of Thekkady are famous for the queen of spices ‘Cardamom’. The ride is going to be spectacular from tea gardens of Vagamon to forest and spice plantation of Thekkady. We would be staying at Kumily, which is an offbeat village on the countrysides of Thekkady with exuberant jungles and spice and tea plantation. One can also visit the Chellarcovil viewpoint at the time of sunset to enjoy the view of shimmering sunlight reflecting on the waterfall.

Overnight Stay at Kumily, Thekkady
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Drive: 2 hours/46.2Kms


Awara Day 5: Thekkady to Madurai

We drive to Madurai to witness the famous Jallikattu sport (a type of bullfighting) which is part of Pongal Festival. Jallikattu is celebrated on the third day of Pongal, the bulls are released on streets and men try to tame the bull and take over it. The festival is quite controversial and has been time to time disapproved by the animal rights group. On the ride from Thekkady to Madurai, you will be left awestruck with the 360-degree views on the way.

Overnight stay at Madurai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Drive: 4 hours/137Kms


Awara Day 6: Madurai to Chettinad

In the morning one can visit the famous Menakshi temple before we start heading towards Chettinad. Chettinad is famous for its cuisines, architect, and temples. The evening is left to explore the festivities and traditions of the Pongal festival around Chettinad.

Overnight stay at Chettinad
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Drive: 2.5 hours/89.2Kms


Awara Day 7: Chettinad to Thanjavur

Thanjavur is popularly called the cradle of performing arts and is famously known for bobblehead dolls which are the most popular cultural exports of town. Apart from this Thanjavur also holds famous UNESCO world heritage site, Brihadeeswarar Temple. In the evening, awara riders will witness the state dance of Tamil Nadu, Bharatanatyam organized by Awara Feet. The village is also known for beautiful bronze paintings which can be bought as a souvenir.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Drive: 2 hours/94.Km


Awara Day 8: Thanjavur to Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam is famous for its sacred trails and coffee filter. While riding Kumbakonam, the aroma of filter coffee will fill up your lungs. Navagraha trail dedicated to planets is the most famous trail. Amidst the green fields and a cluster of small shops are silent villages, each village has an ancient shrine with artistically carved pillars.

Must Eat: Kumbakonam Degree Kaapi at Murali’s café.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Drive: 2 hours/39.7Kms


Awara Day 9: Kumbakonam to Puducherry

Today is the day we ride for French Colony of India which still has colonial ambiance intact in it, beautiful bright cafes and architecture. The evening would be at leisure for all travelers today. Enjoy the café, sit by beach in the evening or drive around the beautiful French town.  One can stroll through rock beach and pay a visit in sacred Basilica of the sacred heart of Jesus, a church known as a pilgrim of Roman catholic.


Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Drive: 4 hours/131Kms


Awara Day 10: Puducherry to Auroville

In this journey, Today we drive to explore and live in a town that follows: no government, no money, no religion, no skyscrapers, no newspaper with headlines of war or poverty. Tamilnadu Tourism: Auroville has been inhabited by people from all over the world who are living in peace and harmony. Yes, unbelievable right? Such a place does exist in India. We would be exploring different communities in Auroville and will also visit Matrimandir, a golden shaped ball around which all of the Auroville has been established.
Enjoy the day at leisure on Auro Beach, café and ride around the village to explore more. We enjoy the last night at one of the community stays at Auroville and bid goodbyes to fellow awara travelers with a promise to meet again.


Must visit: Svaram (a place where musical instruments are let open in field and trees) Overnight stay at Auroville
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Drive 30 minutes/11Kms


Awara Day 11: Auroville to Chennai

After having early morning breakfast, we ride to Chennai.  The trip comes to an end in Chennai. We recommend to explore Chennai if you have time, it’s a perfect blend of contemporary life Tamil Nadu Tourism and traditions.

Meals: Breakfast
Drive: 3 hours approx.

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Are cycles provided for this tour?

Yes, cycles will be provided.

What kind of cycles will be provided?

We provide CANONDALE / TREK / GIANT cycles.

Will I get choice of my style?

We can provide frame sizes from 13” to 21”.

Yes, you can, but do let us know in advance.

Yes, you can, but do let us know in advance.

What other equipment are provided?

Standard items provided with the cycles are Pedals, Bar ends, water bottles and Helmets. We however recommend you bring your own helmets and camelbaks.

What about transfers?

All transportation is included in the cost including airport pick up & drop at the nearest airport. The vehicle is also used to ferry your luggage , cycle & yourself as required.

What kind of terrain can I expect?

The terrain consists of both level roads and mountainous terrain.W

Are meals included in the package?

Most meals are included. The itinerary will have the details.

What do I do if I'm too tired to bicycle?

There is a vehicle that accompanies you throughout the trip. You can load the cycle on to carriers and take a ride it till you are ready to cycle again.

Are panniers provided?

No but can do on specific request.

Do we have a guide who cycles with us?

Yes, our guide will cycle with you throughout the trip.

Do we get to shop along the way?

Yes, you will get opportunities en-route to do a bit of shopping. However, unless specifically asked for, our guides will not recommend any particular shop. We or our guides do not take commissions on shopping.

Do we get to interact with local people?

You will get lot of opportunities to interact with local people and the itinerary specifically designed for such interactions.

Does our trip help the local community in any way?

Yes, Most of the places you would be staying at are in small homestays, family owned resorts or camps and eco lodges managed by local community members . Your guides are selected from amongst the locals.

Are entries into national parks, treks, elephant rides etc. included in the package?

No, all activities and entries would be carged extra but at actual rate. 

Is the water available en-route safe to drink?

We recommend that you drink only the bottled water provided by us or if you are buying water, ensure that the bottle is sealed and has an ISI mark (India Standards Institute).

How spicy is the food?

Typically Kerala food is spicy. We ensure that the food we provide is medium spicy unless you ask for bland food. Any special food requirements can be met if sufficient advance notice is given.

What is the type of accommodation?

Accommodation provided is a combination of heritage villas, Eco Lodges & luxury Tents - all with a common thread of excellence in service. Most are family owned and run with great care and love. Food is a very important part of these journeys and we have ensured that Keralan cuisine is a part of this adventure. Our prices are based on 'twin-sharing' basis. For those interested, we provide single rooms, but at additional cost. While staying at the camp we provide all essentials including sleeping bags. A open-air barbeque around camp fire is another highlight of this adventure.

Is the food veg or non-veg?

We will only be serving veg food with eggs. 

Do we need visa?

Yes, visitors outside India need a visa. 


5 Reviews

Natasha Sharma
Natasha Sharma,
18-10-2019
The bike trip is quite beautiful and challenging. We cross through so many traditional villages of south. The best part of the tour was we got to witness Jallikattu festival. It was fun to see bulls and men on the street dodging them. I like how they made Yoga part of the trip. Everyday we use to practice 1 hour of sunrise yoga before starting to ride the bicycle, a perfect warm-up.

Alberto Ricci
Alberto Ricci,
06-02-2019
I and my Best-friend were travelling from Italy and took the Kerala Bike Tour. We witnessed true colors of Indian Festival, Jallikattu which was part of the trip. Staying at the boat house in Alleppey back-waters somewhere reminded us of Venice in Indian style. Roads were challenging and full of greenery. We highly recommend Awara Feet, they didn't allow use of plastic/garbage throughout trip and we practiced Yoga every morning before starting our journey.

Vishal
Vishal, Delhi
14-03-2019
It was a perfect blend of Yoga and Bike. The locations chosen were beautiful to ride through and the experience of living with locals was amazing. We had a ritual of watching sunsets over chai and maggi. I enjoyed travelling with Awara Feet.

Bob
Bob, Bangalore
10-02-2019
I enjoyed my trip. We rode from Kerala to Tamil. The views were amazing and it jallikattu festival was part of the trip which was awesome. I like the way these guys are taking an initiative for environment. Kudos to you all !!

Tanvi
Tanvi, Hyderabad
09-04-2019
I have always wanted to see Munnar and Alleppey and being there in nature was a good feeling. I m always going to cherish the memories of the trip. I m a big fan of yoga and they had an instructor who made us learn yoga while travelling and it was free of cost.

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