COAST TO COAST
We look forward to welcoming you soon on our South India Coast To Coast cycle tour. Riding from the Bay of Bengal over the mighty mountains of the Western Ghats to the palm fringed beaches of the Arabian Sea. The tour takes in the tropical South Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. We pedal on idyllic back country roads taking and overnight in outstanding hand-picked accommodation. We ride through places of special historical and scenic interest giving enough time to take in the temples, tea plantations, backwaters, historic cities and the best of the sights that make Mountain Bike Kerala’s Coast to Coast ride so unique.
WHO SHOULD COME?
The tour is suited to enthusiastic cycle tourists with a keen sense of adventure and ready for a challenge. Riders should be of a good cycling fitness. Some stages; especially in the mountains are quite challenging with big climbs and some long days in the saddle. Stage distances vary day to day with the maximum being just over 100km.
Tours start in Chennai and finish in Cochin so an open jaw ticket would work best. Both Chennai and Cochin are well served by international carriers with Emirates amongst others offering well priced deals. Check airlines for luggage allowance and what their policy is regarding cycles.
You will need a valid visa for India. Check for current India Visa requirements for you country of residence.
Get in touch with your GP well in advance of your departure for latest information on vaccinations etc
Get insured. It is a condition of our trips that you are adequately insured. Policies must cover cycle touring and the potential risks of a cycle tour holiday.
All our accommodation has been hand-picked to be just about the best there is. Boutique hideaways, plantation stays, converted palaces and luxury hotels all feature in our tour. All rooms are based on twin or double occupancy. Single rooms are available on request. If you are a single person and have not requested an “own room” option we will endeavour to match you up with a compatible room-mate for the duration of the trip.
Our tours are schedules when the south India climate is at its best with daily sunshine almost guaranteed. Temperatures will be up to 30c during the day while nights maintain a balmy air. Temperatures drop considerably in the mountains with evenings and nights being cool.
South Indian food is a highlight of any trip and simply does not get any better than the hidden eateries that we have discovered over our last 20 years of India riding experience. If you fancy a break from Indian food then there is a wide choice of western food to keep your taste buds happy.
We have full vehicle support for the duration of the tour. Riders who are tired or just wish for a quick break from the cycling will be able to take time out in the support vehicles.
The roads are in good condition by Indian standards with the majority of the roads being recently metalled and smooth. We would recommend a hard tail mountain bike or touring bike with slick tyres.
We will have a range of Trek/Scott hardtail bikes supplied with touring tyres available for this trip. Contact us for availability.
THINGS TO BRING
- Spare spokes for your bike
- A spare mech hanger.
- Spare set of brake pads.
- Riding gear
- Multi tool
- Tyre levers
- 2 tubes
- Camel back or bike bag space to store extra cycling layers.
- Head torch
- A set of warm clothes for nights spent in mountains
- Universal electric plug
- Mosquito Repellant
WHAT WE PROVIDE
- All accommodation
- All scheduled transfers
- Tour leader, guide costs.
- All scheduled entry fees
- Vehicle support
- Personal travel insurance
- Evening meals, snacks, soft drinks etc
- Personal expenses
- Tips, gratuities
ATM’s are available in all our destinations. Visa is the most widely accepted. Cash and Travellers Cheques can be exchanged at the airport Foreign Exchange booths. Food items, snacks, gift items are all inexpensive; expect to pay £2-5 for an evening meal or just over a £1 for an alcoholic drink.
LOCAL EXPENSES, KITTY AND TIPS
We normally use a kitty system for mineral water, snacks etc to be collected at the start of the trip. Our local drivers, cooks, cleaners etc do not expect tips from our Mountain Bike Kerala guests but they would greatly appreciate them. Our guides do not expect tips but feel free to tip at your discretion if you feel the service has been good.