Kerala Backwater & Fishermen Village Cycling Tour

Kerala South Coast Cycling Holiday - Kochi to Kovalam

The South Kerala Coastal Cycling has many things to offer than any typical short holiday. The easy ride on the flat backroads along the tranquil backwaters, offbeat beaches and fisherman villages will leave you mersmerised. Starting from the historic city of Fort Kochi, the riders will pedal to the pristine Marari beach with its fishermen village and further to the backwater destination of Alleppey to stay at quaint heritage homestay along the lake. Further, we will be riding to the hidden destination of Munroe island famous for its mangrove forests and wetland ecosystem a perfect natural getaway. Here on, we will ride to the Varkala beach guarded by lofty cliffs and quiet countryside. We will ride again through the coastal roads to the scenic Kovalam beach to watch the beautiful sunset. Read the detailed trip dossier to know more about local experienced packed throughout the tour.

Tour Highlights

Tuk Tuk Sightseeing Tour Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi Sightseeing on Tuk Tuk

A tuk-tuk tour is a fun and efficient way to explore the charming streets of Fort Kochi, where visitors can witness the iconic Chinese fishing nets, the historic St. Francis Church, the Dutch Palace, and the colorful Jewish Synagogue.
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Beaches of Marari, Varkala and Kovalam

Kerala is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in India, including Marari, Varkala, and Kovalam. Visitors can soak up the sun, indulge in water sports, and even witness a stunning sunset.
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Backwaters experiences and stay at Heritage Homestay

Kerala's backwaters are a must-visit for any traveler to the state, offering a unique experience of living amidst nature and indulging in traditional cuisine. Visitors can stay at a heritage homestay, take a boat ride along the serene backwaters, and even witness the unique snake boat race.
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The Hidden getaway of Munroe Island with its wetlands

Munroe Island is a hidden gem in Kerala, known for its beautiful wetlands, lush greenery, and serene waterways. Visitors can take a boat ride through the wetlands, witness the traditional coir-making process, and even indulge in fishing with the locals.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cycling to Marari

Activity: Cycling to Marari Beach, Coir Factory visit, Fishermen Village walk
Activity Distance : 50 Kms
Terrain : Flat
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Our guide will pick you from Hotel in Kochi, then we start the ride toward the pristine beach destination of Marari. The road will be mostly flat throughout. You will be riding along the patches of wetlands, coastal village of Chellanam, Fishing Harbour of Andhakaranazhi and coconut groves. We will visit coir factory enroute to learn more about coir and coir products made by the locals here. Once, this cottage industry was a prime source of income for the locals, men and women alike. We will ride to a serene beach resort at Marari and settle down. Evening, we can go for a walk in the fishermen village nearby and chit chat with the brave sea warriors. During the 2018 Kerala floods, these good Samaritans were at the forefront to rescue stranded people with their fishing boats. You will wind up the day watching the beautiful sunset at the beach here.
Cycling to Marari Beach
Cycling to Alleppey

Day 2: Cycling to Champakulam Backwater Village

Activity: Cycling to Champakulam Backwater, Village Walk
Activity Distance : 40 Kms
Terrain : Flat
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Leaving the beach, we will pedal through the Alleppey town and visit a traditional temple enroute. The road will again be flat with some high bridges over the backwater canals with the view of houseboats traversing underneath. You will be riding along the paddy fields, fish and duck farms, coconut lagoons and canals to reach Champakulam. Here you will be greeted by the friendly host of the heritage homestay situated right on the banks of Vembanad lake. After lunch, we will go around for a village walk to see the church, toddy shop, vegetable market, local tea shop and meet the delighted villagers or explore the tranquil village on country canoe. You can opt to spend a leisurely day on the famed houseboat instead of the homestay. You can have traditional meals with fresh catch and enjoy the sunset as the reels of the backwaters life unfold before you on the houseboat.

Day 3: Cycling to Munroe Island

Activity: Cycling to Munroe Island & Explore the Island on canoe
Activity Distance : 40 Kms
Terrain : Flat
Meals: Breakfast, Enroute Lunch, Dinner
Leaving the Champakulam village, we will ride towards the hidden gem and secret getaway – the Munroe Island in the Ashtamudi lake. You will ride the flat backroads through agrarian villages, Harippad – the land of temples and many festivals. You can visit the 18th-century Krishnapuram Palace exemplifying the traditional architecture of Kerala. Now, we will change course towards the cluster of 8 backwater islands. Mangrove vegetation, wetlands, narrow intrinsic canals and the tranquil countryside makes this destination truly offbeat in every sense. We will explore the island on foot in the evening and visit the Cashew Nut processing factory.
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Day 4: Cycling to Varkala

Activity: Cycling to Varkala, Explore Beach / Leisure
Activity Distance : 45 Kms
Terrain : Flat
Meals: Breakfast, Enroute Lunch, Dinner
Today, we will ride through the most scenic route of the tour. Riding across the many branches of Ashtamudi Lake, we will head towards Paravur lake. The mangroves of the wetland ecosystem here support a great numbers of birdlife. We will pass along patches of lush green paddy fields, crisscrossing canals and the many agrarian villages. The route also offers view of the lakes and canals converging with the Arabian sea. We will ride further on a narrow strip of coastal land with view of lakes on one side and the sea on other towards the offbeat Kappil and Odayam beaches with its fishermen villages. We will end todays ride at the tranquil Varkala Beach encircled by cliffs and swatches of coconut palms. You can watch the picture perfect sunset and the beach from the hilltop resort.

Day 5: Cycling to Kovalam

Activity: Cycling to Kovalam, Explore Beach / Leisure
Activity Distance : 55 Kms
Terrain : Flat
Meals: Breakfast, Enroute Lunch, Dinner
Morning, we will ride towards Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. We will ride through the flat coastal roads via fishermen settlements, small villages, towns and the touristic Veli Beach. We will pass by Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple – one of the sacred and richest temples in South India and Attukal Bhagavathy Temple known for Pongala festival – the largest congregation of Women for a festival in the world. We will end the last day ride at a scenic luxury resort by the famous Kovalam beach. It’s time to for you to relax or sunbathe at the scenic beach, a few steps closer by the resort. The calm and serene beach offers a good chance to go swimming as well.
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Day 6: Depart

With fond memories, invaluable experiences, and great friends made in a faraway land, it’s time to pack the gears. Transport will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport. Stay tuned and we meet you on the next cycling adventure.

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