Get close to the real Kerala with an off-the beaten-track exploration along its back lanes and byways, and glorious beaches. Enjoy the freedom of a carefully designed itinerary that lets you stop at will, interact with local villagers and get a real taste of the region, known for its tropical greenery, quiet backwaters, spectacular wildlife reserves and endless tea and spice plantations.
We begin is Kovalam with its sandy beaches and lively markets, and then set off up the coast towards picturesque hills, biking through the fishing villages of Varkala. It’s a gentle ride on to Kollam, the southern gateway to the Kerala backwaters – mile after mile of stunningly beautiful, palm-lined inland waterways. We navigate this quiet and green world aboard wooden canoes from our base in the village of Mancombu, and then head inland, past spice, tea and rubber plantations, to reach the charming destination of Erattupetta. Revel in some challenging hill cycling before stopping by Periyar National Park to catch a glimpse of wild elephants, leopards and other rare wildlife, before returning to the coast via hill station of Kuttikkanam. Delight in the thriving port city of Kochi over the last two days, with its colonial architecture and rich cultural heritage.