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Motorcycle road trip India / Southern India

The Big Crossing


From the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal, mixing nature and culture, this standout motorbike trip fuses laidback Kerala living with rich Tamil culture.

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Our roaming biker still avidly ventures far and wide to discover sublime routes and share his stories – of which he has quite a stock.

A unique crossing that links two mythical cities: Fort Kochi and Pondicherry. Some 1,120km (695 miles) away from the mainstream routes, this itinerary is a discovery of the riches of Southern India. In the saddle of your Royal Enfield, savour constant diversity. From Kerala’s tea plantations to the jungle of Tamil Nadu, we’ll reveal our secret roads and boutique hotels. Admire the distinctive architecture of multi-coloured Tamil temples and the palaces of the Chettinad region. This motorcycle trip through Southern India ends with a bang in Chennai, where you’ll have the chance to tour the Royal Enfield factory!

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Period January to March
Duration 13 days incl. 9 days' riding
Level Intermediate
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Comfort or Boutique
From 3260€/pilot
2960€/pillion

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Your Motorcycle Tour in South India 13 stages - 1120 Km


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D1 / Arrive in Kochi

You’re met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Fort Kochi. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

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D2 / Kochi - 90km

Unguided tour of Fort Kochi, a quirky mix of medieval Portugal, Holland and English countryside, with the tropical coast of Malabar as your backdrop. We also acquaint ourselves with our bikes. Free time.

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D3 / Kochi - Periyar - 180 Km

Your first day in the saddle. Ride through backwaters – a maze of lakes and canals – then take the winding road that climbs into the hills of Periyar, amid lush vegetation.

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D4 / Periyar - Munnar - 90 Km

We visit a spice garden, then head straight north on beautiful mountain roads, through verdant tea plantations. We gain altitude to reach Munnar, which is surrounded by the tallest mountains in Southern India (reaching 2,600m/8,530ft).

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D5 / Munnar - Elephant Valley - 220 Km

Cross the state border into Tamil Nadu. The less humid climate and the farmed countryside contrasts with the forests of Kerala. Then the road climbs in spectacular style to Kodaikanal, in the Palani Mountains.

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D6 / Elephant Valley - Madurai - 120 Km

The road drops down to the large plain of Coimbatore, offering superb vantage-points. We ride through coconut plantations and wheat fields before reaching Madurai, a key Hindu pilgrimage site. Tour of Meenakshi temple and the bazaar.

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D7 / Madurai - Chettinad - 100 Km

A short and sweet stage. The route runs through typical small villages, where curious residents happily chat with passing travellers; and winds between the granite-needle formations characteristic of Tamil Nadu.

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D8 / Chettinad - 50 Km

You’ve got the morning to relax. In the afternoon, we’ll head out to visit the surrounding villages and discover a culture unique in India. Visit to the fort in Thirumayam.

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D9 / Chettinad - Tanjore - 140 Km

An early start, riding through the Chettiar countryside amid cotton and rice fields and irrigation ponds. Arrive in Tanjore. We’ll visit the great temple of Brihadesvara, more than 1,000 years old, and take a walk in the old town.

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D10 / Tanjore - Southern Pondicherry - 220 Km

Your last bike stage, on a wonderful litte road as far as Kumbakonam. The route then continues east, to the coastal village of Tharangambadi, a former Danish trading post.

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D11 / Pondicherrry

An early transfer by private vehicle to Pondicherry. We tour the city, and discover its coastline - a stretch of paradise. We sleep 10 miles north of town, on the shores of the Gulf of Bengal, and savour our eco-resort's exceptional setting.

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D12 / Pondicherry - Chennai

Free morning and relaxation. After lunch, we depart by private vehicle for Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu. En route, we stop off at Mahabalipuram to visit its famous temples, carved from the rock. Arrive in Chennai in early evening.

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D13 / Chennai

This morning, we are expected at the gates of the Royal Enfield factory, on the coast north of the city. Guided tour of the factory. Lunch in Chennai, then transfer to the international airport based on your flight-departure time.

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The riders' opinions

Neil
Great Team offering quality ride experiences at a fair price

“Well managed tour offering a wide choice of riding experiences. Quality bikes that are well maintained with friendly lead staff , mechanic and guide”

Suresh Yeraballi
Lifetime experience riding across Rajasthan, India.

“Vintage Rides represented by Denise had tailormade a bike route in Rajasthan for four of us and I should say they have planned the trip so meticulously that everything went so seamlessly and gave us an experience of a lifetime, in terms of riding and the stay at some awesome places. They have mint condition bikes and an excellent team onboard, who are best in what they do and a note of thanks to the team leader Sid and support staff Ashraf, without whom the trip would have been incomplete. Cheers!”

stephen buskell
Vintage Rides SrI Lanka

“I was born in Sri Lanka but I was taken to parts I didn't know existed. Excellent knowledge of which routes to take to avoid the sometimes hellish traffic. The bikes were great fun : this is despite me being 125 kilos on a 350 - impressed ! They seem to be constantly reviewing their hotels which can only mean a better experience I would recommend this company to my biking friends”

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