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6 Day East Coast Trail Guided Motorcycle Tour

Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Cultural Motorcycle Tours India

The East Coast Trail will bring you across the Coromandel Coast from Chennai to Tranquebar via Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Pichavarm, and Chidambaram. Motorcycle enthusiasts can take the thrilling experience of a guided tour in a Royal Enfield Classic. Visit a heritage village, witness rock-cut temples and World Heritage Sites, go boating in mangroves, and experience the past through the spectacular feel of architectural sites. This tour has been designed to stimulate all the five senses!

Key information

  • Terrain: 98% asphalt and 2% off-road
  • Bike: personal bike or rental (Royal Enfield Classic & Thunderbird)
  • Mileage: 735 kilometers / 456 miles
  • Daily rides: 60 - 300 kilometers / 37 - 186 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmet
  • Meals: all meals included

Meet the guides

Vijay
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Highlights

  • Exciting temple visits
  • Starts and ends in Chennai
  • Fun stopover at a heritage village
  • Boat trip through Pichavaram Mangroves
  • Thrilling tour around historical sites
  • Included services of a tour guide
  • Royal Enfield Classic rental
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


6 riding days
Airport transfer included: Chennai International Airport
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be staying in accommodations chosen for you by 5 Senses Tours. For nights one to five, rooms are available on single occupancy or a twin sharing basis.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: DakshinaChitra (65 kilometers / 40 miles)

You will take the East Coast road from Chennai towards Mahabalipuram and make a stopover at Dakshin Chitra, the heritage village that showcases art, crafts, and architecture of all four southern states of India. You will spend the next three hours experiencing puppet shows, Kanchipuram silk saree weaving, basket weaving, pottery, and 17 heritage houses from all across South India.

After a lunch break, you will proceed to the World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram. End the day with a fantastic orientation of what to expect in Mahabalipuram, over a 7D theater.

Day 2: Mahabalipuram (120 kilometers / 74 miles)

You will start the day at the Shore Temple. The eighth-century structural temple is made of granite and served as a beacon for seafarers at the time. Next, you will visit Arjuna’s Penance, a 100-to-45-feet bas relief where an entire masterpiece from the Mahabharata epic had been carved.

The next halt is at Krishna’s Butterball, a curious sight of a five-meter-diameter ball-shaped boulder which is perched precariously on a slope and seems to defy Newton and the laws of gravity! Pancha Rathas or “The Five Chariots” is your next destination. Those are rock-cut monolith temple structures dedicated to Draupadi and the five Pandavas from the epic Mahabharata.

After lunch, you will move to Pondicherry, famous for its French connection, Sri Aurobindo, and a lovely beach. You will visit the Aurobindo Ashram which is dedicated to Sri Aurobindo Ghosh, the philosopher and revolutionary from Bengal, and his disciple Mirra Alfassa, popularly called “The Mother.”

Day 3: French connection in Pondicherry (60 kilometers / 37 miles)

The day begins in Auroville, the radical concept of a global village where thousands of people from across the world have given up their nationalities and are living as global citizens in the tranquil place. Visit Matrimandir, an architectural masterpiece and spherical meditation center. After a French-Indian lunch, you will go further along the coast to the scenic Pichvaram and Chidambaram, the temple town.

Day 4: Pichavaram Mangroves and Chidambaram (130 kilometers / 80 miles)

The mangroves of Pichavaram will beckon you in the morning. Boating through the mangroves is a mesmerizing experience through a maze of canals, gorgeous backwaters, and silver beaches. The mangroves are home to some rare and precious shells and fin-fishes. The boat ride will take you close to snipes, cormorants, egrets, storks, herons, spoonbills, and pelicans!

Post lunch, you will head to the temple town of Chidambaram. The temple of Thillai Nataraja is a spellbinding experience. The temple is more than a thousand years old and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. You would find Nataraja, the dancing posture of Lord Shiva in the temple. An interesting legend about the temple is that it was consecrated by Patanjali himself, the father of yoga.

Day 5: Danish connection at Tranquebar (60 kilometers / 37 miles)

After breakfast, you will check out of Chidambaram and move to Tranquebar, a sleepy fishing village on the Coromandel Coast. Tranquebar is a forgotten town today but it used to be a prosperous trading post of the Danish in the early 17th century. You will spend the day experiencing a heavenly beach, magnificent specimens of Danish architecture, a church where the first Bible was printed in the Tamil language, and the 400-year-old Fort Dansborg.

Day 6: Return to Chennai (300 kilometers / 186 miles)

The journey back to Chennai would take around seven hours as you go back 300 kilometers all along the coast. The tour ends at around 4:00 p.m. after you reach Chennai.

Skill level

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Included excursions

  • Cultural experience in DakshinaChitra
  • Explore the World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram
  • Nataraja Temple tour
  • Pichavaram Mangroves boating trip
  • Spend a day in Tranquebar and Fort Dansborg
  • Trip to Auroville, Matrimandir, Pichavaram, and Chidambaram
  • Visit to Aurobindo Ashram
  • Witness the Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance, Krishna’s Butterball, and Pancha Rathas

Guides

Vijay

Location

This tour will take you exploring the routes from Chennai to Tharangambadi through Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Chidambaram, and Pichavaram.

Food

During this tour, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided daily. The local cuisine of the region is usually offered to guests. In most places, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian would be offered while in a few, only vegetarian food is served.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals
  • Royal Enfield Classic motorcycle
  • Helmet and fuel
  • Services of a tour guide
  • Escort rider for motorcycle guests
  • Mentioned activities and experiences
  • Entrance charges

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chennai International Airport (MAA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. 5 Senses Tours will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Chennai International Airport Airport transfer included: Chennai International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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