15-day Chennai to Cochin cycling trip
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2019
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Tue, 10 Sep, 2019
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6
Thu, 12 Sep, 2019
6
Fri, 13 Sep, 2019
6
Sat, 14 Sep, 2019
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Mon, 16 Sep, 2019
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  • Trip introduction

    Test your mettle by signing up for this 15-day challenging coast-to-coast cycling trip, beginning from Chennai. You'll ride a bicycle for more than 1000 kms over varying road conditions - from paved city roads to gravel-filled mountainous roads. En route, you'll traverse dense forests and cross plantations of tea, cardamom, rubber and pepper to reach your destination. In this itinerary, you'll paddle uphill to visit the gorgeous Munnar hill station, visit the former French colony of Pondicherry, spend a night at Kuttikanam and ride along the tropical Marwari beach.

    A minimum of three travellers are required to book this trip.

    Destination

    This 15-day cycling expedition kicks off from the outskirts of Chennai on the east coast of India and terminates at Cochin on the west coast of India, stretching more than a thousand kilometres. En route, you'll ride through lush landscapes, over undulating roads and pass by dense forests, tropical jungles and several quaint villages on your way. You'll step inside a list of historic temples like the Nataraja Temple, Meenakshi Temple and the Brihasdeeswara Temple to see the quintessence of Dravidian architecture.

    You'll stay in comfortable boutique hotels, quaint village cottages and plantation stays to get a first hand insight in the local culture and tradition.

    Destination highlights

    • Cycle from Chennai to Cochin on this 15-day coast-to-coast trip.
    • Ride through plantations of tea, cardamom and rubber.
    • See the masterpiece of Dravidian architecture at the Meenakshi Temple.
    • Ascend uphill on your bicycle to reach gorgeous Munnar.
    • Stay in comfortable boutique hotels and charming plantation stays.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    Participants need to follow the instructions of the trip leader/guide at all times during the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour.

    Consumption of alcohol, drugs and tobacco products like cigarettes is strictly prohibited while cycling.

    It is mandatory to have medical and accidental insurance before beginning the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour.

    Cancellation policy

    If the cancellation is made more than 42 days before departure of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: 100% refund.

    If the cancellation is made between 28-42 days before departure of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: 50% refund.

    If the cancellation is made between 22-27 days before departure of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: 20% refund.

    If the cancellation is made between 15-21 days before departure of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: 10% refund.

    If the cancellation is made between 0-15 days before departure of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: no refund.

    In case of no show: no refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Participants will have to sign an indemnity form before starting the cycling tour.

    The operator reserves the right to modify or cancel the trip if deemed unsafe due to bad weather conditions, natural calamities or any such events beyond human control.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Chennai International Airport
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    Drop off point
    Cochin International Airport
    Mode of transport
    Jeep or Tempo
    Start point
    Mahabalipuram
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    End point
    Cochin
    Time of departure
    12:00 PM
    Time of return
    09:00 AM

    Activity Details

    Nature of cycling trip
    Mountain cycling
    Will cycles be provided?
    Yes
    Can I bring my own cycle?
    No
    Elevation at start point
    9 feet
    Maximum elevation (approx)
    5100 feet
    Minimum elevation (approx)
    0 feet
    Total cycling distance
    1100 kms
    Average cycling distance per day
    80 kms
    Support/crew on trip
    An expert guide with support mechanic and spare parts
    Cycle manufacturer/brand
    Trek or SCOTT
    Cycle model
    Hardtail mountain bike
    Cycle features
    NA
    Cycle age
    NA
    Day-wise elevation details
    NA
    Breakdown assistance
    Support mechanic with spare parts
    Instructions if bringing personal cycles
    Personal cycles are not allowed
    Maximum traveller weight
    NA
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  • Day 1 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Arrive in Chennai

    Your arrival at the Chennai airport will be followed by a swift transfer to a hotel in Mahabalipuram, located on the east coast about 1-hr drive away from the airport. You'll meet your fellow cyclists and spend the day at leisure. Rest in your room, go on a stroll to explore or visit the beach. Overnight in a hotel at Mahabalipuram.
    /Cycling Mountain Biking Idukki Kerala Kochi Tea Cardamom Plantation The Great Next Travel through a landscape replete with cardamom plantations.

    Day 2 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry

    Today, you'll start cycling from Mahabalipuram and ride on a flat, coastal road to reach Pondicherry. In the evening, you'll explore the city, take a stroll at the beach and dine at one of the best Indo-French restaurants in the city. Overnight in a hotel at Pondicherry.
    /Cycling Mountain Biking Idukki Kerala Kochi Tea Cardamom Plantation The Great Next Ride long distance on singletrack routes.

    Day 3 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Pondicherry to Chidambaram

    Continue riding southwards to reach the temple city of Chidambaram. You'll be riding against the backdrop of palm-fringed paddy fields with scenic views of the coastal farmland. In the town, you'll visit the revered Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram and click photos of a beautiful sunset. Overnight in a hotel at Chidambaram.

    Day 4 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Chidambaram to Swamilmalai

    Turn away from the coast and turn your cycles west. You'll ride amidst the vast and verdant plains of Tamil Nadu, with several quaint Tamil villages en route. Rich greenery adorns the road to today's destination of Swamilmalai, a small village on the banks of the Kaveri River. Overnight in a heritage hotel at Swamilmalai.

    Day 5 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Swamilmalai to Thanjavur

    Embark on a short ride and explore more and more of the rural landscape on the way to Thanjavur. En route, you'll spot numerous bullock carts and cycles instead of vehicles. After reaching Thanjavur, you'll visit one of the largest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Brihadeeswara Temple. The temple is an exemplary manifestation of Dravidian architecture and a great place to learn the history of Tamil Nadu. Overnight in a hotel at Thanjavur.

    Day 6 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Thanjavur to Kannadukathan

    Ride deeper into the heart of Tamil Nadu to reach the famous Chettinadu region of the state. The area is dotted with majestic mansions and palaces that indicate of the success of the 19th century Chettiar dynasty. You'll also explore the ruins of a few deserted villages before reaching your destination of Kannadukathan. Overnight in a hotel at Kannadukathan.

    Day 7 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Kannadukathan to Madurai

    Today, the plush greenery all around you gradually transforms into arid plains with rocks and ridges. After an idyllic ride through the countryside, you'll arrive at Madurai, another gem of South India. In the evening, you'll visit the holy Meenakshi Temple to explore the classic architecture with bright colours. Overnight in a hotel at Madurai.

    Day 8 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Madurai to Thenni

    Ride over the undulating roads from Madurai to today's destination of Thenni, a small village on the outskirts of the Agamalai Reserved Forest. Today's views are largely dominated by mountains of the Western Ghats. Overnight in a hotel at Thenni.

    Day 9 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Thenni to Munnar

    Today's ride will be challenging as you'll ride uphill and cross the state border into Kerala before reaching the hill station of Munnar. En route, take a break from pedalling up the hills and look back at the mesmerizing views of the vast Tamil plains from the top. You'll be riding past dense, tropical jungles and tea estates on the most exhausting and rewarding ride of the trip. Overnight in a hotel at Munnar.

    Day 10 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Munnar to Kumily

    Today will be another long and scenic ride across plantations of cardamom and pepper, with tall trees lining the roads. Thick oak trees dating back decades come into view as you reach Kumily, a small village on the outskirts of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Overnight in a hotel at Kumily.

    Day 11 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Kumily to Kuttikkanam

    You may visit Periyar Lake early in the morning to spot elephants, deer and perhaps even a tiger in the wildlife reserve. In the afternoon, you'll head out for a hilly ride to the hill station of Kuttikkanam. Overnight in a hotel at Kuttikkanam.

    Day 12 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Kuttikkanam to Thaneermukkom

    A beautiful day of cycling downhill awaits today. You'll descend from the hills of Kerala and ride past plush cardamom hills as you approach the west coast of Kerala. The famous backwaters of Kerala are the highlight of your evening at Thaneermukkom. Overnight in a hotel at Thaneermukkom.

    Day 13 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Thaneermukkom to Marwari Beach

    Head out on a short delightful ride to the tropical Marwari beach. You can spend the rest of your day relaxing on the beach. Swim in the pleasantly warm water or just dip your feet in. You can either spend the night at a hotel near the Marwari beach or head out to the Vembanad Lake for an overnight cruise with a houseboat stay.

    Day 14 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Marwari Beach to Fort Cochin

    After breakfast on the beach, ride your bicycle along the coast towards Fort Cochin. Here, you can accompany your fellow riders on an evening stroll through the historic attractions of the city or visit the spice markets and shops to pick up gifts for loved ones back home. This is the last day of your cycling adventure.

    Day 15 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Depart from Cochin

    In the morning, you'll dropped-off to the Cochin International Airport. Your trip ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Chennai
    End point
    Mahabalipuram
    Day start time
    02:00 PM
    Maximum elevation
    40 feet
    Minimum elevation
    40 feet

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Mahabalipuram
    End point
    Pondicherry
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Maximum elevation
    40 feet
    Total distance covered
    110 kms
    Total cycling time
    8 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    9 feet

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Pondicherry
    End point
    Chidambaram
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Maximum elevation
    9 feet
    Total distance covered
    82 kms
    Total cycling time
    6 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    9 feet

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Chidambaram
    End point
    Swamilmalai
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Maximum elevation
    82 feet
    Total distance covered
    83 kms
    Total cycling time
    6 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    9 feet

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Swamilmalai
    End point
    Thanjavur
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Maximum elevation
    290 feet
    Total distance covered
    47 kms
    Total cycling time
    3 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    82 feet

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Thanjavur
    End point
    Kannadukathan
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Maximum elevation
    290 feet
    Total distance covered
    101 kms
    Total cycling time
    8 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    290 feet

    Day 7 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kannadukathan
    End point
    Madurai
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Maximum elevation
    290 feet
    Total distance covered
    105 kms
    Total cycling time
    8 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    330 feet

    Day 8 - Milestone

    Start point
    Madurai
    End point
    Thenni
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Maximum elevation
    330 feet
    Total distance covered
    89 kms
    Total cycling time
    6 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    330 feet

    Day 9 - Milestone

    Start point
    Thenni
    End point
    Munnar
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Maximum elevation
    330 feet
    Total distance covered
    85 kms
    Total cycling time
    6 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    5100 feet

    Day 10 - Milestone

    Start point
    Munnar
    End point
    Kumily 
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Maximum elevation
    5100 feet
    Total distance covered
    105 kms
    Total cycling time
    8 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    2900 feet

    Day 11 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kumily 
    End point
    Kuttikkanam 
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Maximum elevation
    2900 feet
    Total distance covered
    50 kms
    Total cycling time
    3 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    3500 feet

    Day 12 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kuttikkanam 
    End point
    Thaneermukkom
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Maximum elevation
    3500 feet
    Total distance covered
    110 kms
    Total cycling time
    8 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    200 feet

    Day 13 - Milestone

    Start point
    Thaneermukkom
    End point
    Marwari Beach
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Maximum elevation
    200 feet
    Total distance covered
    25 kms
    Total cycling time
    2 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    0 feet

    Day 14 - Milestone

    Start point
    Marwari Beach
    End point
    Fort Cochin
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Maximum elevation
    0 feet
    Total distance covered
    45 kms
    Total cycling time
    3 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    0 feet

    Day 15 - Milestone

    Start point
    Fort Cochin
    End point
    Fort Cochin
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Maximum elevation
    0 feet
    Minimum elevation
    0 feet
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Airport transfers at Chennai and Cochin in a private vehicle
    • Accommodation in hotels, guest houses and plantation stays for 14 nights on a twin-sharing basis
    • All lunch and breakfasts from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 15
    • Trek, SCOTT or similar hardtail mountain cycle
    • Helmets and spare parts, if required
    • Back-up vehicle to carry your luggage
    • Services of experienced lead cyclist and support staff
    • Snacks, water and beverages during cycling
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Travel arrangements from your home city to Chennai, from Cochin to your home city
    • Upgrade accommodation in hotels to single occupancy (arranged at an additional cost of INR 18,000 per person)
    • Any meals not mentioned in inclusions (dinner, throughout the trip)
    • Costs incurred due to damage to cycle and unforeseen circumstances like bad weather etc.
    • Personal expenses such as extra meals, beverages, apparel etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Cycling shorts
    • Loose fitting sports jersey or shirt
    • Sports shoes
    • Windcheater and jacket
      What not to Wear
    • Denims or jeans (while cycling)
    • Flip-flops/slippers (while cycling)
    • Expensive gadgets or jewellery

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Trek or SCOTT hardtail mountain cycles
    • Helmet and spare parts, if required
    • Back-up vehicle to carry your luggage
      You need to get
    • Backpack
    • Sunglasses
    • Moisturizing cream
    • Napkins and towel
    • Personal toiletries
    • Water bottle

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit for this trip.
  • Day 1 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Arrive in Chennai

    Overnight at a hotel in Mahabalipuram.

    You'll arrive at Chennai airport today. Transfer to Mahabalipuram will be arranged in a private vehicle. Today's meal package includes lunch only.

    Day 2 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry

    Overnight at a hotel in Pondicherry.

    Ride from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry. Today's meal package includes breakfast and lunch only. You'll stay in a hotel at Pondicherry.

    Day 3 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Pondicherry to Chidambaram

    Overnight at a hotel in Chidambaram.

    Ride from Pondicherry to Chidambaram. Today's meal package includes breakfast and lunch only. You are required to buy dinner at your own expense every day either at the hotel you'll be staying at or any restaurants in the city.

    Day 4 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Chidambaram to Swamilmalai

    Overnight at a hotel in Swamilmalai.

    Ride from Chidambaram to Swamilmalai. Today's meal package includes breakfast and lunch only. Snacks and water will be available during pit stops while riding. You'll stay at a heritage hotel in Swamilmalai.

    Day 5 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Swamilmalai to Thanjavur

    Overnight at a guesthouse or home-stay in Thanjavur.

    Ride from Swamilmalai to Thanjavur. Today's meal package includes breakfast and lunch only. You'll stay in a guesthouse or home-stay at Thanjavur.

    Day 6 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Thanjavur to Kannadukathan

    Overnight at a guesthouse or home-stay in Kannadukathan.

    Ride from Thanjavur to Kannadukathan. Today's meal package includes breakfast and lunch only. You'll stay in a guesthouse or home-stay at Kannadukathan.

    Day 7 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Kannadukathan to Madurai

    Overnight at a hotel in Madurai.

    Ride from Kannadukathan to Madurai. Today's meal package includes breakfast and lunch only. You'll stay in a hotel at Kannadukathan.

    Day 8 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Madurai to Thenni

    Overnight at a guesthouse or home-stay in Thenni.

    Ride from Madurai to Thenni. Today's meal package includes breakfast and lunch only. You'll stay in a guesthouse or home-stay at Thenni.

    Day 9 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Thenni to Munnar

    Overnight at a hotel in Munnar.

    Ride from Thenni to Munnar. Today's meal package includes breakfast and lunch only. You'll stay in a hotel at Munnar.

    Day 10 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Munnar to Kumily

    Overnight at a guesthouse in Kumily.

    Ride from Munnar to Kumily. Today's meal package includes breakfast and lunch only. You'll stay in a guesthouse at Kumily.

    Day 11 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Kumily to Kuttikkanam

    Overnight at a resort in Kuttikkanam.

    Ride from Kumily to Kuttikkanam. Today's meal package includes breakfast and lunch only. You'll stay in a resort at Kuttikkanam.

    Day 12 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Kuttikkanam to Thaneermukkom

    Overnight at a hotel in Thaneermukkom.

    Ride from Kuttikkanam to Thaneermukkom. Today's meal package includes breakfast and lunch only. You'll stay at a hotel in Thaneermukkom.

    Day 13 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Thaneermukkom to Marwari Beach

    Overnight at a hotel in Marwari beach or houseboat.

    Ride from Thaneermukkom to Marwari beach. Today's meal package includes breakfast and lunch only. You'll either stay at a hotel in Marwari beach or a houseboat on the Vembanad Lake.

    Day 14 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Marwari Beach to Fort Cochin

    Overnight at a hotel in Fort Cochin.

    Ride from Marwari beach to Fort Cochin. Today's meal package includes breakfast and lunch only. You'll stay at a hotel in Fort Cochin.

    Day 15 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Depart from Cochin

    Your trip ends by late morning.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast only. You'll be dropped-off to the Cochin International Airport in a private vehicle. Your trip ends here.

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