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Motorcycle road trip India / Southern India

The New Spices Route


Welcome to Kerala! Explore this wild and luxuriant land of spices on a dazzling motorcycle trip in Southern India.

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His smile and boundless energy are constants. From Ladakh to Kerala, our American tour leader spreads his cheerful vibes to everyone on his path.

Once upon a time there was Fort Kochi, a former colonial city with Portuguese and Dutch influences: a spice-trade crossroads and the starting-point for your Indian motorcycle trip. Immerse yourself in an endearing, idyllic region bursting with flavours and treasures. Ride roads that twist through tea plantations, explore wildlife in national parks, and relish the cool air of the Nilgiri Mountains. Kerala will charm you with its spicy cuisine; its lagoons and its magical backwaters; its relaxing massages and smiling residents. A motorcycle trip through Southern India for all nature-lovers seeking an acute sense of elsewhere and an easy-paced introduction to India’s diversity.

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Period November to March
Duration 12 days incl. 9 days' riding
Level Intermediate
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Comfort
From 2320€/pilot
2070€/pillion

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Your Motorcycle Tour in South India 12 stages - 1200 Km


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D1 / Arrive in Kochi

You’re met at the airport and taken to your hotel in Fort Kochi. Free time, and night at the hotel.

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D2 / Kochi - Changanassery - 100 Km

We head towards Changanassery on little quiet roads which allow us to enjoy the beaches. We also ride through backwaters and spot the city of Allepey, the “Venise of the Kerala”.

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D3 / Changanassery - Kumily - 110 Km

We ride to Periyar, a small border town located between Tamil Nadu and Kerala, well-known for its spice gardens and mountainous landscapes. We first cross the coastal plain and its palm trees before riding uphill the chain of Nilgiri mountains.

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D4 / Kumily - Munnar - 90 Km

After breakfast, we take the bikes to cross Nilgiri mountains on small roads to attain Munnar and its tea plantations.

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D5 / Munnar - Kodaikanal - 180 Km

A gorgeous mountain road winds down the plain and goes back up very quickly to Kodaikanal. At an altitude of 1,000 meters (3,280ft), you can enjoy a relaxing day in the heart of this beautiful natural sanctuary.

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D6 / Kodaikanal - 50 Km

Enjoy this day, where the land and rivers are blessed by an incredible diversity of fauna and flora. You’ll have the possibility to go for a trek at the discovery of these rich lands, or to go back on the motorcycles for a 70km loop which will allow you to explore Kodaikanal and its surroundings.

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D7 / Kodaikanal - Palakkad - 200 Km

Again beautiful mountainous roads to ride into the plain and enter the state of Tamil Nadu. We will see Palani and its famous temple. We will then enjoy the landscapes until Palakkad.

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D8 / Palakkad - Ooty - 160 Km

After breakfast we continue our adventure through plains and going around Elivai Malai massif. We ride up to Ooty, village nested at the foothills of Doddabetta, highest mountain of the Nilgiris (2,637m/8,651ft).

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D9 / Ooty - Cheruthuruty - 180 Km

Today we take splendid little roads through Mukurthi National Park. Many forests and plantations punctuate our journey. Then we descend into the plain to reach Chithuruti and enjoy the hotel by the river.

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D10 / Cheruthuruty - Vypin Island - 120 Km 

We head towards the coast and cross the town of Guruvayur before following the coastal road to Vypin Island.

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D11 / Vypin Island - Kochi - 30 Km

Free morning between beach and palm trees, or taking a walk between the local salt ponds. In the afternoon, we take the ferry with the motorcycles back to Kochi.

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D12 / Kochi - International Airport

The end of your motorcycle tour in South India. Your hotel room is booked until 10am. Transfer to the airport, or the next step of your trip.

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The riders' opinions

Todd
Best trip. Ever.

“Excellent, almost effortless trip. We were looked after well. The route was a wonderful combination of easy riding and modest challenge. The staff was tolerant beyond any reasonable human's capacity. Lodgings both exotic and comfortable. A better trip can not be imagined.”

Johnny, Newbury (UK)
Excellent organisation

“Excellent organisation. I found everybody that I dealt with to be very professional and most helpful, both at the planning stage and during the trip. I'd definitely recommend Vintage, and will undoubtedly use them for any future trips I'm able to undertake.”

Greg
I would recommend Vintage Rides to any …

“I would recommend Vintage Rides to any rider contemplating a guided motorcycle tour. Right from my initial email with Denise, the professionalism and attention to detail was reassuring. Everything was organised for us and our tour guide Josh was fantastic from start to finish. The Royal Enfields were a lot of fun and suited the type of riding we did, the scenery was simply mind blowing and the tour was the best holiday and adventure ever. On top of all this, the value for money was excellent. I will be touring with Vintage Rides again. I did the Trans Himalayan in India.”

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From November 19th 2017 to November 30th 2017
From February 3rd 2018 to February 14th 2018
From November 18th 2018 to November 29th 2018
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