Complementing our previous tour, this journey explores a different side of Southern India featuring distinct yet equally fascinating destinations and local attractions at a comparatively easier medium pace. Starting out from Mysore and ending up in Trivandrum, we witness a magical mélange of traditional towns, mountainous and coastal landscape, endless white-sand beaches punctuated by sensational South Indian cuisine. This easy-paced cycling journey through Kerala, Karnataka and part of Tamil Nadu is a great way to explore a part of India that’s almost untouched by time. Our trail passes through the cool heights of the Western Ghats past the wildlife sanctuaries at Bandipur and Mudumalai offering us a glimpse of wild elephants, tigers and leopards in their natural habitat of Jungles and bamboo forests.
Pedaling through quaint Ooty, high in the Nilgiri Hills, across the rolling hillside, we descend into Kerala, where we cycle past old forts and religious rock shrines as well as through timeless villages. Heading south again, we spend a day in the ancient post of Kochi and enjoy a homestay and an overnight houseboat cruise on the backwaters, Kerala’s vast network of channels and lakes, before the final coastal ride to Varkala for a chance to laze on the beach and reflection an unforgettable experience of rural India.