South India Heritage & Luxury e-Bike Tour

Destination

South India

Duration

11 Days

Activity

e-Bike Tour

Grade

Intermediate

Stays

Luxury

Price

$2950

South India Temples, Spices and Culture on e-Bikes

Welcome to our captivating Heritage and Culture e-Bike Tour through the mystical land of South India! Immerse yourself in the rich heritage, ancient temples, and vibrant culture as we explore the gems of Kerala and Tamil Nadu while staying at the best luxury and experiential Resorts / Hotels in South India.

Our journey begins in the historic town of Mahabalipuram, where we arrive and dive straight into the wonders of UNESCO Heritage sites. Spend the afternoon exploring the magnificent stone carvings and architectural marvels that adorn this ancient site, including the iconic Shore Temple. From Mahabalipuram, we embark on an exciting cycling adventure to the charming town of Pondicherry. Ride along the scenic Odiyur Lake, enjoying the coastal breeze as we make our way to this French-influenced enclave. Explore the charming French Quarters, stroll along the promenade, and immerse yourself in the unique blend of Indian and European cultures. A visit to the tranquil and spiritually uplifting Auroville is also on the itinerary, where you can witness its serene beauty and architectural marvels. Next, we pedal our way to Kumbakonam, a town famous for its rich cultural heritage. Witness the art of silk saree weaving and delve into the intricate craftsmanship behind this traditional art form. Explore the town and discover its historical significance. Our adventure continues as we visit the Great Living Chola Temples in Tanjore and Kumbakonam, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at the grandeur and architectural brilliance of these ancient temples, which are a testament to the rich history and religious significance of the region. As we cycle to Chettinadu, get ready to be transported back in time. This region is renowned for its magnificent mansions and unique culinary heritage. Take a heritage walk through the streets of Chettinadu, exploring the opulent architecture and immersing yourself in the cultural heritage of the place. Next, we pedal our way to the ancient city of Madurai, known for its awe-inspiring Meenakshi Temple. Explore the intricate carvings and vibrant sculptures as you soak in the spiritual aura of this sacred place.

Experience the vibrant energy of the bustling streets surrounding the temple. Our journey then takes us to the picturesque hill station of Munnar. Cycle through the lush green tea plantations and visit a tea museum to learn about the history of tea cultivation in Munnar. Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the surroundings and breathe in the fresh mountain air. From Munnar, we continue our adventure as we cycle to Thodupuzha. Take a walk through an organic spice plantation, immersing yourself in the aromas and flavours of Kerala’s spices. Learn about sustainable farming practices and witness the natural beauty of the region. As we approach the final leg of our tour, we make our way to the tranquil backwaters of Kumarakom. Cycle through the idyllic landscapes and indulge in a canoe ride or a mesmerizing sunset cruise, immersing yourself in the serene ambience of Vembanad Lake. Our adventure concludes in the historic city of Fort Kochi. Ride through the streets and immerse yourself in the charming atmosphere of this colonial enclave. Explore the historical sights, marvel at the architecture, and soak in the cultural vibrancy that makes Fort Kochi truly unique.

Join us on this captivating Heritage and Culture e-Bike Tour, where every pedal stroke brings you closer to the rich history, ancient temples, and vibrant culture of South India. Discover the hidden gems and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Tour Highlights

Unesco Heritage Sites Mahabalipuram

UNESCO Heritage Sites of Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is renowned for its exquisite rock-cut temples, intricately carved sculptures, and ancient architectural marvels that date back to the Pallava dynasty. Exploring the magnificent Shore Temple, the monolithic rock-cut chariots, and the famous Arjuna's Penance panel offers a glimpse into the rich historical and artistic heritage of Mahabalipuram.
French Quarters Pondicherry

Heritage of Pondicherry

Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry, reflects a unique blend of French and Indian heritage, evident in its colonial architecture, tree-lined boulevards, and quaint French Quarter. Exploring the French Quarter, visiting the iconic Aurobindo Ashram, and strolling along the Promenade Beach offer a delightful experience, immersing visitors in Pondicherry's rich cultural tapestry.
Brihadeeswara Temple

Great Living Chola Temples

The Great Living Chola Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, include the Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur, Airavatesvara Temple in Darasuram, and the Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple, all of which showcase the architectural brilliance of the Chola dynasty. These temples, with their towering vimanas (towering structures) and intricate stone carvings, stand as a testament to the grandeur and cultural legacy of the Chola Empire.
Chettinadu Palace

Heritage of Chettinadu

Chettinadu, located in Tamil Nadu, is renowned for its distinctive architecture, opulent mansions, and rich cultural heritage. Exploring the grand Chettinadu mansions, known for their unique architectural style and elaborate woodwork, provides a glimpse into the affluent lifestyle and cultural heritage of the Chettiar community.
Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Madurai Meenakshi Temple

The Madurai Meenakshi Temple is a magnificent temple complex dedicated to the Hindu goddess Meenakshi, showcasing the architectural brilliance and religious significance of South India. With its towering gopurams (entrance towers), intricate sculptures, and vibrant ceremonies, a visit to the temple provides a spiritual and cultural experience like no other.
Tea Plantation Munnar

History of Tea Cultivation in Munnar

Munnar, nestled in the Western Ghats, holds a significant place in the history of tea cultivation in India. Visiting the tea estates, learning about the process of tea production, and enjoying a cup of freshly brewed tea amidst the misty hills of Munnar offer a delightful experience for tea enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
Spice Plantation Walk

Organic spice farmstay of Thodupuzha

Thodupuzha, in Kerala, offers the opportunity to experience an organic spice farmstay, where visitors can immerse themselves in the aromatic world of spices, learn about organic farming practices, and indulge in traditional Kerala cuisine. Exploring the spice gardens, engaging in farm activities, and experiencing the warmth of Kerala hospitality make the organic spice farmstay in Thodupuzha a unique and memorable experience.
Village Experiences

Backwater Village of Kumarakom

Kumarakom, located on the banks of Lake Vembanad, is a picturesque backwater village that offers a serene and tranquil escape. Cruising through the meandering backwaters, witnessing the rural charm of Kumarakom's villages, and experiencing the local way of life provide an authentic glimpse into the backwater culture of Kerala.
Jew Street Fort Kochi

Colonial Heritage of Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi, with its rich colonial history, charming streets, and eclectic architecture, is a treasure trove of heritage in Kerala. Exploring the narrow lanes of Fort Kochi, visitors can witness the remnants of Dutch, Portuguese, and British influences, including the iconic Chinese fishing nets, centuries-old churches, and colorful colonial-era buildings.
Brunton Boatyard Fort Kochi

Stay at Luxury and Experiential Hotels in South India

South India offers a range of luxury and experiential hotels that combine world-class amenities with unique cultural experiences. Whether it's a heritage hotel in a historic city, a luxury resort amidst tea plantations, or a boutique hotel by the backwaters, these accommodations provide a perfect blend of comfort, luxury, and immersive experiences.
Kerala Banana Leaf Sadhya

Authentic Cuisines of Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Kerala and Tamil Nadu are known for their distinct and flavorsome cuisines that showcase the diversity and culinary traditions of the region. From the rich and creamy coconut-based curries of Kerala to the aromatic and spicy dishes of Tamil Nadu, sampling the authentic cuisines of these states is a delightful journey for food lovers.

Itinerary

Day 1: The UNESCO Heritage Sites of Mahabalipuram

Activity: Arrival, Airport Pickup and Transfer to Mahabalipuram Hotel, Afternoon visit to UNESCO Heritage sites and Shore Temple
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Five Rathas Mahabalipuram
Pondicherry to tarangampady

Day 2: Cycling to Pondicherry

Activity: Cycling along coastal villages and lakes, Transfer to Hotel, Pondicherry Sightseeing: visit French Quarters and Auroville
Activity Distance : 60 Kms
Terrain : Flat Backroads
Meals: Breakfast, Enroute Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cycling to Kumbakonam

Activity: Cycling along irrigation canals and paddy fields, Transfer to Hotel, Witness silk saree weaving
Activity Distance : 60 Kms
Terrain : Flat Backroads
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Chidambaram to Thanjavur
Brihadeeswara Temple

Day 4: Great Living Chola Temples

Activity: Visit the Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, the Brihadisvara Temple at Gangaikondacholapuram and Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cycling to Chettinadu

Activity: Cycling through rustic villages, Heritage walk, Cooking demo on Local Cuisine
Activity Distance : 60 Kms
Terrain : Flat Backroads
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycling to Chettinadu
Cycling to Madurai

Day 6: Cycling to Madurai

Activity: Cycling through rustic villages, Transfer to Hotel, Visit Meenakshi temple and local market, Visit Thirumalai Naik Palace, Taste authentic food from Murugan Idly Shop popular for different varieties of Masala Dosa, taste Mushroom Masala Dosa & Gigarthanda etc
Activity Distance : 60 Kms
Terrain : Flat Backroads
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Cycling to Munnar

Activity: Cycling through villages & Ghat roads, Transfer to Hotel, Visit Tea Factory and Tea Museum Enroute, Tea plantation walk
Activity Distance : 60 Kms
Terrain : Flat and Uphill
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Munnar
Vagamon

Day 8: Cycling to Thodupuzha

Activity: Cycling through tea plantations and Villages, Transfer to Farmstay, Organic Spice plantation Walk
Activity Distance : 60 Kms
Terrain : Downhill
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Cycling to Kumarakom

Activity: Cycling through villages along plantations and paddy fields, Transfer to Hotel, Canoe Ride or Sunset Cruise
Activity Distance : 60 Kms
Terrain : Flat and Undulating
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
9 Alleppey
10 Marari

Day 10: Cycling to Fort Kochi

Activity: Cycling through coastal villages, Fort Kochi sightseeing, Optional Kathakali Dance Performance
Activity Distance : 45 Kms
Terrain : Flat
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Tour Ends

Activity: Airport Drop, Its time to say Goodbye till the next Adventure, Departure
Goodbye Image

Route Map

South India Heritage Tour Route Map

Inclusions

  • Accompanying English Speaking Guide
  • Branded e-Bikes (Range on Pedal Assist: 60 to 70 Kms)
  • Accommodation in Twin Room
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Snacks, Beverages and Drinking Water
  • Activities as mentioned
  • Entry Fees at Forest, Monuments, Plantation, Museums etc
  • Transfer in AC Vehicle
  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • Toll, Vehicle Permit & Parking
  • Government Taxes

Exclusions

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratitude

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