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12 Day Cultures of South India Private Luxury Guided Motorbike Tour

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Guided Motorcycle Tour of South India

Embark on the motorcycle tour to South India and explore the most beautiful destinations of southern Indian Peninsula. The distinctive cultures of Southern India lend itself to a number of unique and fascinating attractions. Ride a Royal Enfield motorbike on the beautiful and curvy roads of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to peek into the land of cultures, traditions and spices. Connect with nature while riding on these roads, covered with dense greenery on both the edges. Take a dip into the South Indian way of life. Ride through Go's own country and introspect a god within.

Key information

  • Terrain: 90% paved, 10% unpaved
  • Bike: rental bike (Royal Enfield 500 CC)
  • Mileage: 990 kilometers / 56 miles
  • Daily rides: 50 - 165 kilometers / 31 - 103 miles
  • Riding gear: available to rent: helmet, knee guards, and jacket
  • Meals: all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) and beverages

Meet the guides

Ronak & Hiren
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Highlights

  • Starts in Bangalore and ends in Cochin
  • Discover Periyar Reserve and the spice plantation at Thekkady
  • Experience a night at a houseboat in the rustic Kerala backwaters, Alappuzha
  • Visit the Kalapathy temple, the garden Malamphuzha Rock, and Palakkad fort
  • Ride to Ooty, a small mountain resort located on the Nilgiris mountain range
  • Ride to Cochin through scenic fisherman village
  • See the Ashtamudi backwaters
  • 11 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


7 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
Group size: 4-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Kempegowda International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

You will be accommodated on a twin sharing basis at a 3 to 4-star hotel/resort throughout the tour.

Program

Day 1: Arrival at Bangalore

Welcome riders to the city of IT city Bangalore. Welcome you to India. The representative ensures your transfer to the hotel. In the evening you will gather for orientation and group meet up. Learn all about the road trip in the orientation-the roadmap, riding etiquette, pitfalls, and rules followed by motorcycle allocation. Inform the team of any issues on the motorbike, followed by welcome dinner.

  • Transfers: transfer from airport to hotel
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel
  • Included meals: lunch, snacks, dinner

Day 2: Bangalore - Mysore (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

Let's go! You are leaving for Mysore, known as Garden City and the Coty of Palaces. You will ride on the state highway 17 (SH-17) between the two cities through a well maintained and extremely popular highway, this route is truly a treat if you are a fan of exploring the numerous facets of rural India including its art, tradition, culture and cuisine. When you arrive at Mysore, visit the Chamundi Temple & the Maharaja Mysore Palace, rebuilt in 1912 after the ravages of 1897 fire, arguably the most beautiful in India, mastered by Henry Irwin, a British architect; blending several styles (the Indo-Muslim, oriental, and Dravidian).

  • Accommodation: 4-star hotel
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner

Day 3: Mysore - Ooty ( 130 Kms)

It is the day when you ride to Ooty, a small mountain resort located on the Nilgiris mountain range, leaving Kerala through a winding road of Coonoor Ghat is one of the most scenics in South India. It offers you a superb view of the plains and splendid forests of palm trees and other trees. After 3 hours of ride, you arrive in Ooty. Enjoy this small mountain resort.

  • Accommodation: 4-star hotel
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner

Day 4: Ooty - Coonoor - Ooty (50 kilometers / 31 miles)

After a good breakfast, it's time to explore Nilgiri Mountain Railway experience one of the highlights of your tour. board a train to Coonoor through the mountains. The remarkable journey is packed with splendid breath-taking views which include the dense shola forests, a myriad of birds, varied species of plants, forested hills, gushing waterfalls, meandering rivers, and mist-clad mountains. Visit the town. Later, you return to Ooty and visit Dodabetta peak, it offers a scenic view of the valley around it. Enjoy the hot cup of Ooty Tea in the clouds.

  • Accommodation: 4-star hotel
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner

Day 5: Ooty - Palakkad (165 kilometers / 103 miles)

Today, you drive to Palakkad, the gateway to God's own land due to the gap between the western ghats which connects Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The district is known for its granary, forests, mountain streams, and dams. Palakkad Fort is famous for its rich history from the zomorian rule to Mysore sultans and eventually by British. for which it is featured in all tours.

You will visit the Kalapathy temple, the garden Malamphuzha Rock and Palakkad fort. The main highlight of today is the stay, you will be staying at Kandath Tharavad, is the ancestral home of the Kandath family set on the edges of rice paddy fields in rural Kerala. The house is over 200-year old and a gem in terms of domestic architecture and is constructed primarily of mud and teak.

  • Accommodation: Kandath Tharavad (premium homestay)
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner

Day 6: Palakkad - Munnar (165 kilometers / 103 miles)

The ride begins in the countryside to ride in the national park to the Jungles of Kerala; the route is flanked by mountains on both sides. Ride through the magical lands of Tamil Nadu and enter into Kerala again to enjoy the coffee and tea gardens of Munnar. Enjoy the beautiful views of spice plantation and drive in the magical landscapes of Kerala

  • Accommodation: 4-star hotel
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner

Day 7: Munnar

After good breakfast, you explore the spice markets of Munnar. Kerala has an excellent mix of spices and other Ayurvedic products for shopping. Later visit Mattupetty, which is famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss livestock project. Later Visit Pothamedu, which offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee, and cardamom plantations in Munnar and Tea Museum.

  • Accommodation: 4-star hotel
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner

Day 8: Munnar - Periyar (100 kilometers / 62 miles)

You take the road to Periyar, through some truly spectacular scenery. You pass through the rice paddies before starting the ascent through the rubber and tea plantations of the Cardamom Hills and Southern Ghats, will-surfaced roads until you reach the Periyar. On arrival check-in, hotel, and relax. Later, enjoy a shower with him and also take a walk in the market and do some spice shopping and enjoy the resort.

  • Accommodation: 4-star hotel
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner

Day 9: Periyar - Alleppey (160 kilometers / 99 miles)

After breakfast, you leave the green lands of elephants towards the famous backwaters of Kerala. The ride isn't the most scenic of the lot as it passes through lots of busy towns and chaotic villages. Upon arrival, check-in the houseboat and relax. It will be a unique and exclusive experience in your lifetime You will be cruising along the village sides and paddy fields witnessing the core life of the Kerala Villages.

  • Accommodation: 4-star hotel
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner

Day 10: Alleppey - Cochin (70 kilometers / 44 miles)

It's the last day of motorcycle tour to South India. Start your last day ride to Cochin through scenic fisherman village and also enjoy a motorbike ride along the sea. After check in to a hotel, visit the Church of St.Francis and the Basilica Santa Cruz. You will discover the Fort Kochi area to visit the huge Chinese fishing nets hanging.

  • Accommodation: 4-star hotel
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner

Day 11: Cochin

After breakfast, you leave for the visit of Mattancherry's palace, also called Dutch Palace, was built in 1555 by the Portuguese and gifted for the King of Cochin, Veera Kerala Varma. Despite its western origins, the palace is built in the Indo-Kerala style, with beautiful wrought ironwork, magnificent coffered ceilings and roofs reminiscent of Chinese pagodas. In the afternoon, you will visit the Kochi Synagogue, the oldest by age.

  • Accommodation: 4-star hotel
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner

Day 12: Cochin - hometown

You mark the end of the fabulous journey with a great breakfast. Soon after, you will check out to go back to your lives. Namaste! Bye-Bye!

  • Transfer: transfer hotel to the airport
  • Included meals: breakfast

Skill level(s) required for this tour

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

Ronak Upadhyay

Hiren Patel

Location

This tour will cover various destinations in India including Bengaluru, Mysore, Ooty, Coonoor, Palakkad, Munnar, Periyar, Alleppey and Cochin.

Food

During this tour, you would find continental breakfast along with Indian cuisines: paratha, poha. Lunch serves on the way to running a restaurant and local food joint with Indian taste (soup, noodles, vegetable, rice with dal (beans, pulses) or on your choice (meat as per availability) and dinner at the hotel. Expect a change of flavor with Indian spices! You will be served with chapatis, curry, and rice for dinner along with your routine taste. For special dietary requirements, it is a good idea to communicate it with the organizer before making a reservation.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Enjoy an Ayurvedic massage in Periyar
  • Take away Kerala’s famous souvenirs
  • Backwater houseboat tour experience

Spa treatments

The spa is available in most places at an additional cost.

What's included

  • Royal Enfield 500 CC motorcycle for the tour
  • 11 nights twin sharing accommodation (premium homestay, 3 and 4-star hotel)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) and beverages (bottled water, juices, tea, coffee) on all days
  • Fuel, oil, and routine maintenance
  • Backwater houseboat tour experience
  • All tolls and monument entry charges
  • Experienced road captain
  • Experienced mechanic
  • One spare rider in case if required
  • First-aid kit containing adequate stocks of the most frequently needed medicines
  • Support vehicle for carrying luggage and other essentials
  • Private pick up from Bangalore and drop at Cochin airport
  • All inner line permits for restricted area
  • Activities and visits to make the experience truly memorable

What's not included

  • Applicable government GST tax
  • Your two-way travel to Bangalore and Cochin
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Indian visa
  • Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses (laundry, porter, etc.)
  • Any major spares you consume during the ride
  • INR 10,000 refundable security deposit for the motorcycle
  • Single occupancy add-on
  • Optional rental for a helmet, knee guards, and jacket
  • Any medical / travel insurance coverage
  • Any tips for the guide, driver, and mechanic
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions section
  • Any hotel, subsistence, or other cost incurred prior to the official start date of the tour and after the official end date of the tour
  • Multilingual tour guide available on request with additional cost

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Kempegowda International Airport (BLR). The transfer is included from this airport.

Airport: Kempegowda International Airport Airport transfer included: Kempegowda 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 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

You may also pick your own tour and date as a custom tour with your group. the tour required a minimum 4 person group and a maximum 10 person group 

 

 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

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