South India ( Tropical Ride on Spice Route ) - Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival Kochi or Cochin (Kerala)
One representative of Motorcycle Expeditions will meet and greet you at the Airport, where the only practical way of getting to Southern India is via a long-haul flight. Kerala, known as the 'God's Own Country' is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Kerala is known for its beautiful beaches and extensive backwaters. It is a true paradise, transfer to the hotel which is located in the fort Kochi, the heart of the ancient town. Afternoon will be busy with sightseeing around this wonderful part of south India, Kerala town, overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Kochi –Alleppy (Kerala). Check-out ride to Allepy (90 Kms/ 2 Hrs.)
Today we’ll meet our back up team, motor bikes (equipment) and we’ll have a short bike check out ride to Alleppy this short ride takes you on seaside costal road throughout very impressive small fisherman’s villages. Being in Southern India is like being on a different planet. The smells of spices, the sounds, the noise - there is nothing like it in Europe. On your first day, you will get the time to acclimatise to the magic of India; the rest of the day getting used to your Royal Enfield, experiencing Indian road. Kerala is the best place in the world to have an amazing Ayurveda massage, evening we’ll experience the water land of Kerala by the typical houseboat cruising on a deluxe houseboat explore the villages and see what life is like in an Indian town. After having a delicious curry plat, we’ll have overnight at the floating traditional Kerala houseboat.
Day 03: Alleppy to Munnar (140 kms/ 5-6 Hrs.)
This is the start of the proper tour. We’ll ride throughout the busy streets of Cochin (Kochi) and gradually we’ll accumulate the height into the hills Munnar, which is remarked for its tea plantation. The best Indian tea comes from this part of India, as it’s the first day so bikers are requested to be easy on the road. On arrival at Munnar we’ll check into the hotels and afternoon we’ll have a wonderful walk in the tea plantation, overnight and dinner at the hotel.
Day 04: Munnar to Indira Gandhi national park (Topslip) (180 kms/ 6-7 Hrs.)
Into the Nilgiri Mountains, we’ll have some imaging 35 curves to ride through while riding up to Ooty, as it should be known. These hairpins are steep and great fun - completely different than riding in the plains strangely, the Enfield Bullet adds to the fun and skill is needed to avoid stalling and rolling backwards on the hairpins. Nilgiri, literally translated, means the Blue Mountains; the area is lush with vegetation and teeming with wildlife and is the source of a thousand streams and rivers. One of the most spectacular mountain ranges in South India, the Nilgiris are situated very near the rugged and magnificent mountains of the Western Ghats. They begin from the North East Corner of the State of Kerala, but the main range lies in the State of Tamil Nadu. It is a land of peaks and precipices, rolling grasslands in the foothills and dense jungles. Check into the hotel, dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 05: Indira Gandhi National Park (Topslip) – Silent Valley (170 Kms/ 6 Hrs.)
Silent Valley national park stretches as far as the east Nilgiri mountains; this part of the park is one of the most preserved tropical virgin forests of the Saliyas range. The diverse fauna comprises of elephants, tigers, panthers, wild boars, monkeys and lion tail macaques. Hill tribes inhabit most of this region. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 06: Silent Valley – Wayanad (150 Kms/ 5 Hrs.)
The Wayanad route is spectacular. We quickly leave the rich plain coast and its rivers, to make our way up the mountain on an impressively serpentine road. Overnight stay at the hotel. During the up-hill journey, the view of the plains just gets better: Down below are visible, verdant pepper, cinnamon, cumin and nutmeg plantations, and also, the endless eucalyptus forests. Created in 1973, The Wayanadpark comprises of all the natural reserves in Kerela and is also known as "The Nilgiri biosphere Reserve". Several tribal communities live in the sanctuary and around. We will probably have the opportunity to see elephant herds, rare and dangerous bisons, and numerous macaques.
Day 07: Wayanad – Ooty (100 Kms / 4-5 Hrs.)
The Nilgiri hills are the highest mountain range in Tamil Nadu (Mount Dodabetta is 2637 m high). Ooty is known among the best hill destination in of India, specially down in South India it’s the shelter from summer hit thanks to its tropical climate, which makes it an important agricultural belt, where coffee, tea, spices, flowers and rare essence is produced. This is where one of the best teas of India comes from after Darjeeling. This hill station is nestled in the heart of the Nilgiri mountains, Ooty, a charming village dominated by Nilgiri Mountains, is circled by thick eucalyptus and tea tree forests. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 08: Ooty – Kodaikanal (200 Kms / 8 Hrs.)
we’ll ride the downhill of Ooty hills, today we’ll negotiate around 20 hairpins down to the Coimbatore plain We cross the plains of Coimbatore and will continuously ride up to Kodaikanal hill we’ll ride on our thundering motorcycles the wonderful hill all the way up to Kodaikanal, this town is located at 2000 meters but we’ll be staying in the Elephant valley around 20 Kms before the town. It’s a peaceful sight full of Mother Nature’s bliss. Eventually, after riding up the winding roads of the Palani Hills, we reach the small village of Kodaikanal. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 09: Kodaikanal – Periyar (120 Kms/ 5 Hrs.)
This morning we’ll go downhill all the way down to Periyar, roads between Kodaikanal to Periyar are well maintain but this won’t stop you to enjoy the Indian roads, you’ll ride several of tiny town, noisy but colourful. After negotiating the downhill hair pins down to the valley and now its uphill all the way to Periyar, a small border town located between Tamil Nadu and Kerela.Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at an altitude between 900 and 1800 meters, in one of the most beautiful protected areas of South India where, among about ten animal species, live herds of wild elephants, and about 40 tigers. Overnight stay at the hotel. The Western Ghats jungle, mostly impenetrable, is home to an extremely rich fauna: monkeys, elephants, buffalos, antelopes, sambas, tigers, bears, leopards, and thousands of species of birds.
Day 10: Periyar – Kochi (160 Kms/ 6 Hrs.)
we go down the Ghats on a charming mountain road passing through tea fields and a few colonial vestiges. Heading towards the coast, we go through backwaters and its heavenly landscapes which are a harmonious symbiosis of coconut trees, turquoise water, and colourful saris. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11: Cochin (Rest Day)
Backwater trip to discover the Kerala’s wonderland of spices agriculture, and some of very impressive typical villages. Explore Cochin, shopping day for the presents for your beloved one those who’ll be waiting back at home for your incredible Indian souvenirs and of course your south Indian motorcycle diary, evening free.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Cochin - fly home
Cochi to Europ connecting flights depart usually early morning, time to go home - hopefully, you will have had a life changing motorcycling experience with us in south India. Transfer to the Kochi airport and fly back to home. Certainly, if you want to extend your trip and see more of India, that can be arranged. We will help you sort out hotels travel arrangements etc. You have come so far so why not make the most of it!
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