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Motorcycle road trip India / Southern India - The Big Crossing

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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Francis is a biker always venturing out on the road to uncover new routes with as much passion as he has telling stories. He is an enthusiast and knows our itineraries like the back of his hand.

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. Aboard 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!

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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 2890€/pilot
2290€/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.

south india ricefield
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

Lunch in Chennai, then transfer to the international airport based on your flight-departure time.

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The riders' opinions

Deepak
Awesome

“Awesome experience with Vintagerides.”

Matthew
Great staff/tour personnel

“Firstly, the airport experience on arrival was a little disjointed but of no great consequence. From thereon in wonderful people to deal with and our tour leader/support staff were excellent. The bikes were in good mechanical condition and we were fortunate that our group had a good skill set as there were some challenging roads. Notwithstanding though this trip would be suitable for most capable riders. No alcohol in the high altitudes is recommended. A very professional outfit all round.”

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“Very professionally run with experienced guides who, through their local knowledge, can get you to out of the way places the average traveller would not have access to.”

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