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10 Day 'West Coast Express’ Guided Motorcycle Tour from Goa to Kanyakumari in South India

Goa, India

West Coast Express Motorcycle Tour India

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Welcome aboard the West Coast Express! This motorcycle exploratory trip that starts in the heart of Susegad Goa and ends at the edge of South India's west coast - Kanyakumari. The rewards of road tripping in South India are in the slow winding curves on fast-paced roads and psychedelic hued sunsets on beaches you never heard of. ⁣Journey down south on the road that never ends!

Ride through over 1200 kilometers of India’s South Western Coast traversing the cultural and natural highlights of this eclectic region.

Explore the heritage, everyday life, and oddities that make up this region. From small temple towns & remote low key beaches to popular destinations like: the City of Spices, Fort Kochi, Kerala’s backwaters and the very edge of India at Cape Comorin.

Immerse your taste buds in the varied gastronomical gems of southern cuisine. Narrated through the medium of a motorcycle trip on slow winding curves through fast paced roads, and psychedelic sunsets on beaches you never heard of.

Delve into the language dialects and stories of this region, to uncover why South India’s west coast is a road trippers delight.

Key information

  • Terrain: 80% tarmac, 20% off-road
  • Bike: rental bike (Royal Enfield Classic 500 and Royal Enfield Himalayan)
  • Mileage: approximately 1200 kilometers / 746 miles
  • Daily rides: approximately 50-200 kilometers / 31-124 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: helmet, ankle height sturdy shoes/boots and preferably riding armor, gloves, and riding pants
  • Meals: all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners

Meet the guides

Hashim
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Highlights

  • Starts Goa and ends in Kanyakumari
  • More than 1200 kilometers of riding and exploring
  • Experience the diverse cultures of Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu
  • Backup vehicle and support team
  • Service of multilingual guide
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Internal transfer service

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


8 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Hindi, Tamil
Group size: 6-10 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:00
Check-out Time:
20:00

You will stay for nine nights in various accommodations including hotels and boutique homestays. The start of the trip sets the tone for the rest of the journey and the end of the trip is an intimate moment to reflect, relish, and basically have one big party.

The properties Karma Yatri uses at various locations, that serve as start and end points of the itinerary, are unique and carefully selected.

The properties combine the best in hospitality that the region has to offer, great food, and the ability for you all to behave like a group. Please note that although Karma Yatri provides blankets and duvets, it is recommended that you carry a sleeping bag for added comfort.

  • Night 1: Goa - Noi Varo Villa or similar
  • Night 2: Gokarna - Namaste Cafe or similar
  • Night 3: Udipi - Paradise Isle Beach Resort or similar
  • Night 4: Bekal - Kanan Beach Resort or similar
  • Night 5: Calicut - The Jackfruit tree or similar
  • Night 6: Fort Kochi - Old Harbour hotel or similar
  • Night 7: Alleppey - Backwater Farmhouse or similar
  • Night 8: Varkala - Bluewater Beach Resort or similar
  • Night 9 : Nadar Uvari Holiday Homes or similar

Program

Day 1: Arrive at Goa ( 50 kilometers / 31 miles)

A marriage of Portuguese and Indian cultures, Goa needs little introduction. From its sun-kissed beaches, the seafood, Susegad and beers by a shack, you need to experience the land of chill atleast once in your lifetime.

Check into your stay for the night, meet the Karma Yatri team, and other riders on the trip. Take in the calm of the beach, a nice meal and get set to start what is going be an epic road trip!

Day 2: Goa - Gokarna ( 160 kilometers / 99 miles)

Today you will ride to the coast line of Karnataka and a small temple town that beckons you its south; here a succession of remote low key beaches are only accessible by boat or foot. Historically, Gokarna was known as one of the seven important Hindu pilgrimage centres and sits at the estuary of the river Aghanashini.

Though the main beach is crowded, its these beaches to the south of the town, that offer a perfect place to unwind in the lap of nature, a short hike or lay back and immerse yourself in shade by the beach. Waves crashing in earshot, our journey moving further south.

Day 3: Gokarna - Udipi ( 200 kilometers / 124 miles)

Day three takes you to a region in Karnataka famous for the ubiquitous 'dosa’. Udipi is not only famous for its cuisine but also its temples and though a little inland from coast, it has its own charm. Don't forget to also try out the crispy joy of digging into some kori roti (Tulu-mangalorean cuisine) that originated not far from this town. Kori means chicken in Tulu.

Day 4: Udipi - Bekal ( 138 kilometers / 86 miles)

Continue your journey further down south to the north of Kerala's coastline and into the long, unspoilt, honey-gold beach at Bekal in the Kasaragod district. Bekal fort is another great place for a walkabout and is among the largest forts in Kerala that has been impeccably maintained.

Day 5: Bekal - Calicut ( 172 kilometers / 107 miles)

The word 'calico' means ‘typically plain white or unbleached’ fabric. The calico cloth was ‘Kora’ cotton fabric made from the fine cotton sourced through hot and dry Tamil areas, the areas near Palakkad gap in Western Ghat and also from northern Malabar villages.

The fabric is known to trace it roots back to the 'City of Spices' - Calicut; which is your destination for today. The city was once one of the great ports of the Malabar region for Indian spices and other items that made their way around the world.

Day 6: Calicut - Fort Kochi ( 171 kilometers / 106 miles)

Your ride today takes you further south from Calicut towards Fort Kochi. Harking back to the time of the Portuguese, Dutch, British, Jewish, and Chinese trader influence on the area - Fort Kochi's vibe seemingly remains framed in time, with relics of their architecture.

The result is a motley combination of medieval Portugal, Holland, and an English village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast - topped off with tourist trappings.⁣ It is nonetheless a beautiful place to spend time walking about its markets and laid back street culture.

An iconic symbol of this area are the Chinese fishing nets introduced by Chinese explorers who landed there in the 14th century. Set against a setting sun there is something picturesque about these nets standing in a row across the shore.

Day 7: Fort Kochi - Alleppey ( 60 kilometers / 37 miles)

Further down the Malabar Coast from Fort Kochi is the town of Alleppey (Alappuzha) and your destination for today. Alleppey is popular as a hub of the Kerala backwaters and moving away from its centre, you enter a vast watery paradigm of greenery.

Alleppey has a laid back pace of life in little villages by the banks, stores selling toddy, and every now and then Kerala's iconic Kettuvallams passing you by. The slow current gently lulling you into the calm and serenity of this region in God’s own country.

Day 8: Alleppey - Varkala ( 117 kilometers / 73 miles)

Today’s journey is a short ride but long stay. Relax on the pristine shores of one the prettiest beaches in the country. Sit in one of the shacks that dot the Varkala Cliff (a geo-heritage site), and soak in the hues of a mesmerizing sunset - on the southern coast.

Day 9: Varkala - Kanyakumari ( 138 kilometers / 86 miles)

Over the last few days you've traveled with you through some beautiful destinations on India's southwest coast - taking a peek into their history, cuisine, culture and sights. 1200 kilometers of road-tripping makes up the West Coast Express ride and today’s ride marks the end of our journey, at the end of India - its southernmost tip!

Kanyakumari is a small coastal town with some surreal views like the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea and if you're lucky you can even see the sun set and the moon rise at the same time over the 'sangam' of these three water bodies.

The town mostly draws pilgrims to the Temple of the Virgin Sea Goddess - Kumari Amman, and tourists to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, but the vibe still remains slightly non-commercial. As the sunsets on the coast and the ride; you're left with sublime memories of the road trip just gone by.

Day 10: Departure day

Skill level

Beginner:

  • can ride for 2-3 hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Guides

Hashim Qayoom

Location

The lure of the Western coast with its never ending beaches, gastronomic orgies, and the overall visual possibilities on two wheels beckons you on a journey! With the monsoons over, all of India has come alive and nowhere is it more evident than the Western Coast of India.

With pristine white beach sands on one side and the almost contiguous Western Ghats on the other, this journey traverses an almost parallel line right between these two geographical marvels. From beaches to mountains, spirituality to debauchery, cuisine to fashion there is a little bit for every senses.

Food

Food is a mix of local and continental, allowing you to experience the local cuisine but ensuring that your taste buds are not overpowered by the spicy Indian fare.

Chai or the omnipresent Indian tea is a very important part of your trip. From early morning starts to your numerous stops by the road, this (often) milky and sweet beverage is like a road trip elixir, providing a much-needed break for the bum sore you will inevitably experience on these roads.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

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

Things to do (optional)

Visits to local markets

Beaches/ attractions in the vicinity of accommodation for that day of the itinerary

Short ride or walk to nearby locations of interest.

What's included

  • 8 days of riding
  • Visits to multiple sights and attractions for listed destinations on the itinerary
  • Motorcycle rental (inclusive of fuel)
  • Service of multilingual guide
  • Backup vehicle (minimum of 6 people to be included)
  • Support team
  • 9 nights' accommodations
  • Meals for nine days
  • Beverages
  • Internal transfers
  • Entries and permits
  • Taxes

What's not included

  • International air travel
  • Personal shopping
  • Personal equipment
  • Camera equipment
  • Medical insurance
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Alcohol and cigarettes
  • Tips (recommended amount: 10%)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). Transfer from and to the airport is not included. Please send Karma Yatri an inquiry for more information.

Arrival by train

Depending on your starting point as there are multiple options. Please send Karma Yatri an inquiry for more information.

Arrival by bus

Take a long distance bus (Volvo Ac) to Goa. Please send Karma Yatri an inquiry for more information.

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.
10 days / 9 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Sunday January 17, 2021
(10 days / 9 nights)

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