Kerala, quiet aptly known as “God’s own country” behold you with its idyllic environs, laid back and pulsating cultural vibe. The locals take great pride in their traditional roots and this imbues every aspect of life-be it food, architecture, language or art forms. Visually Kerala is one of the most destinations in India.
If palm lined beaches, verdant jungles and spice scented hills are what delight you then we urge you to explore this idyllic countryside on 2 wheels.
What better way to soak in its diverse cultures through performing arts, Ayurveda, lip smacking cuisine and lush landscape on a bicycle while you stop off and step into perhaps a quaint Museum in Fort Kochi, or slow down to hear that rare bird call in Thattekad, pedal over into that spice scented garden and pick cardamom’s off the shrub in Thekkady.
Wait, if that does not delight you yet, why not hop on over to a boat and waddle through Venetian backwaters in Kumarakom taking an overnight cruise boat to Alleppey sharing stories and experiences with fellow travellers. Spend a whole day by the beach or enjoy a relaxing Ayurvedic massage at the specialty Ayurvedic resort you will be staying in and ready yourself to saddle up and cruise past one of the country’s most coveted route to Fort Kochi called the Beach road along the coast line of Allapuzha/Alleppey beach.
- Backwaters on a Houseboat in Alleppey
- Chinese Fishing Nets in Fort Kochi
- Planters Bungalows and Spice trails in Thekkady
- Rubber Plantation visit and Rubber making in Thattekad
- Ride by the Periyar River
- Colonial Heritage, For Kochi
- Stay in the largest Bird Sanctuary in Peninsular India, Thattekad
Fort Kochi – Attractions
Best way to reach Fort Kochi is via Ernakulam city. Fort Kochi is about 15 kms from Ernakulam. One can spend the day riding to the beach and explore the spice-scented and Dutch Heritage lingered streets of Fort Kochi. Spend a day to mingle culture, heritage and the arts and perhaps sprinkle a tad of toddy as you walk past beaches lined with cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, the antique stores on Jew street, the spices on Mattancherry.
If you have time, take a cruise to Vypin island the largest fishing harbor in Fort Kochi and return to spend an evening exploring Vintage bars, quaint art cafes. At Fort kochi, you can also enjoy a Kallaripayattu and Kathakali performance. Indulge the “Artist” in you and sigh up for a Kathakali make up session.
Thattekad – Things to do
Thattekad is also known as the ‘Flat forest’. Your journey to Thattekad will take you through the wealth of Kerala as you ride past rubber and pineapple plantations, along the trail of the Periyarriver.
Do not miss a visit to the Salim Ali Bird sanctuary (the richest bird habitat in peninsular India) named after the famous ornothologist who compared the region’s bio diverse wealth to that of the Eastern Himalayas.
This place is a dream come true for all wildlife and photography enthusiasts. We’ll start our day early to catch up with some fine winged wonders of Thattekad with a trained birder and perhaps spot the elusive Ceylon Frogmouth but certainly meet with the Drongo cuckoo and the Indian Pitta that breeds in the sub Himalayas and winters in the very region of our ride in southern India. Bring your cameras out and get your hands dirty as you explore a quaint rubber-manufacturing unit and relish some freshly picked pineapples from a farm.
Kumily – Kumarakom
Rise and shine wake up to the smell the spices. Walk through the heartland of spices with a guided spice plantation trail, learn the “roots” of cardamom’s, pepper, vanilla, cloves, nutmeg and many more lesser known flavors that have tingled the taste buds of natives and outsiders alike. Apart from delighting your senses we will also get an insight into growing, harvesting and processing of spices that adorn our plates day after day.
The backwaters of Kumarakom can best be enjoyed in an over-night cruise boat. The party begins here and ends on the other side in Allappey.
After you have experienced the quintessential Kerala on the green backwaters through Vembanad, disembark from your cruise at Alleppey, best known as “Venice of the East”. Check in to your specialty Ayurvedic resort and spend the day at leisure or explore the canalled pathways, perhaps even ride up to the Marari beach or sit back and enjoy a massage and “saadhya” meal as you relax by the gliding, placid backwaters.
If this adventure excites you, write to us to be a part of our beautifully crafted Southern Spice Trail through Kerala. If you are a group of 4 participants or more, we’ll be able to help you organize your own tour through God’s own Country Kerala.