Our wandering 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!
You’re met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Fort Kochi. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“We were a bunch of mates from Norwich in the UK looking for something different on bikes. We decided to email 2 company's, Vintage rides and another Aussie outfit based in Nepal. Both company's provided a detailed route in the Mustang Valley in Nepal. The Aussie company was slightly cheaper but the bikes looked older and most importantly sending 20,000 euro's abroad to either company did not appeal to me! However Vintage rides payments are covered via our version of ABTA. The Aussie company payments were not. Easy choice for us. We arrived in Nepal to be greated by the coolest dude at the airport in leather jacket, ciggy in one hand , his name Francois. I can go on and bang on about what an experience the ride was which it was but if you are looking for a company to to have the ride of your life then Vintage rides is at the top of the game. All hotels were fantastic, we bumped into another British company half way up the Mustang valley and I have to say I was glad I had booked Vintage rides. The bike the Britsh had were all sorts of old Royal Enfields and the hotel they were in looked terrible, even the Britsh tour t-shirts they were wearing looked like they were from pound land ! Francois our gide put up with 8 middle aged blokes on a 12 day bender! One hotel we drunk dry !! Brexit was mentioned once or twice but we all decided the French are not so bad after all they can drink as well !! Francois new exactly where to take us ,he has done these trips most of his life. The support crew were 10 mins behind us all the time to fix puncures and fix bikes. Vintage rides is a company that know's what it is doiing and I would have no hesitation in booking another trip (Mongolia) again. A big thankyou to Francois and Denise for organising such a great trip. Roll on next year we are booking again. Doddy.”
“i did the nepal mustang trip in november with my son, a small amount of offroading skills is required. He had only passed his test 3months earlier and had gone a couple of off roading sessions and coped well. The weather was good that time of year, no rain and warm. the tour was better than i'd ever expected with a number of surprises along route. most accommodation was of good standard with some of very good 'the wife could spend a week here' standard. the bikes worked better than i'd expected, not ktm standard but you wouldnt want to be on a ktm allday, and half the appeal was the enfield. i would recommend this trip, so much so i am looking presently to book another trip with vintages rides.”
“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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