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Motorcycle road trip India / Southern India - Goa, Jungle & Antique Wonders

Motorcycle road trip India / Southern India

Goa, Jungle & Antique Wonders


From the beaches of Goa to the amazing treasures of Karnataka, this eye-opening tour is a refreshing and enthralling escapade.

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Raised by a family of great travellers, Sophie’s taste for discovering new countries and cultures is part of her DNA. When she designs a new tour, she thinks first about the pleasure and goosebumps it will bring the riders.

All roads lead to Hampi… on this short yet demanding 680-mile itinerary that takes in the wonders of Karnataka state! Starting in Goa, you travel along narrow and secret roads in an unspoilt world. Leaving behind the Western Ghats, India’s most ancient mountain range, head to the wonderful Badami cave temples. No time to lose: you continue along the route to Hampi, where the “city of victory” awaits! Ride amid the famous balanced rocks, and explore the exuberant interiors of its temples. This intense journey takes you from rice fields to nature reserves – in a tremendous playground of mountains, jungle and wild beaches. An original motorcycle trip in Southern India for curious, adventurous bikers.

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Period November to February
Duration 10 days incl. 8 days of riding
Level Intermediate
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard or Comfort
From 2150€/pilot
1850€/pillion

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Your motorcycle tour in South India 10 stages - 1350 Km


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D1 / Goa Airport - Old Panaji

You’re greeted at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Make the most of this first day to explore the old town of Panaji: a fascinating blend of cultures and influences, with a Portuguese legacy.

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D2 / Old Panaji - Dandeli - 165 Km

Your first day on the road: get to know your Royal Enfield and begin the adventure. We exit Old Panaji and cruise eastwards through Goa state. Across a small narrow road lost in the middle of the woods, we reach Mahevev Temple, the most ancient in Goa. We continue to ride in the mountains, within the borders of a protected natural parc, where we will stop for the night.

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D3 / Dandeli - Badami - 210 Km

An early start heading for Badami. Around noon, we visit the archaeological site of Badami. Fabulous example of traditional craftsmanship, these cave-temple arts nested next to a river won’t leave you indifferent!

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D4 / Badami - Hampi - 155 Km

Day four begins with a tour of the outstanding site of Hampi which has Unesco World Heritage status: a vast archaeological complex which exudes huge charm on an early-morning discovery. Enjoy your afternoon to go biking in the environs, in a breathtaking scenery of rocks with surprising forms, or just sit back and unwind.

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D5 / Hampi - 60 to 80 Km

Start today’s loop in the rays of the morning sun, a treat for the senses in the heart of this unique site. The wealthy princes of Vijayanagar built temples and palaces which were admired by travelers between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries. Then enjoy your afternoon to ride a little more in the area with your guide, or simply relax.

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D6 / Hampi - Gabadi - 265 Km

Dazzled by the discovery of Hampi the day before, we saddle up again today, this time to explore natural wonders! A day-long 125-mile ride on small roads through plantations to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary by the end of the day: the ochre hues of the plains and rocks of Hampi give way to stunning blues and greens.

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D7 / Gabadi - Matthuga (Jogg Falls) - 190 Km

A day packed with emotion with your Royal Enfield! On the programme: you channel your inner Indiana Jones, searching for the lost fort of Kavalerduga, which boasts sublime views over the surrounding area; climb Mount Kodachadri, the highest local peak (1,300m/4,400 ft); ride a ferry across the lagoon... and round off the day in thrilling style at Jog Falls, the second-highest waterfall in India!

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D8 / Matthuga - Palolem - 200 Km

Start along the Sharavati River, a downhill motorcycle worthy of the most beautiful circuits! Before that, an off-road experience - optional - that you will not forget, is offered. Finally, we indulge in the sound of the wind in the palms and birds in the seaside setting and relaxing along the coast. Walk to the beach with your feet in a small river, or laze in your bungalow, enjoy the change of scenery as you wish.

D9 / Palolem - Old Panjim - 90 Km

A short ride that will show you the wildest and most beautiful part of the Goan coast. You will stop on a very little visited beach, beautiful ruins, and the old Portuguese fort of Cabo de Rama, planted on an impregnable cliff in the middle of the wild, where you will get one last glimpse of one more beautiful views of the coast. We reach back to our “Portuguese” starting point for the night.

D10 / Palolem - Goa Airport - 60 Km

A short bike stage, but that will show you the most beautiful and wildest part of the Goa coast. Stop at a beach very little frequented, then a small ruin on the road, the old Portuguese fort of Cabo de Rama, planted on an impregnable cliff and all of whose surroundings have remained wild, which will offer you in one last view one more beautiful look on the coast.

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The riders' opinions

Mark
Absolute adventure

“This trip is managed from start to finish to provide the participant with a stress free experience. The bikes were amazing and the crew was even better making a trouble free journey. Vintage Rides gives you the opportunity of a life time with a guide who provides guided autonomy. Thank you Vintage Rides for an experience I will never forget for all the right reasons.”

Paul
Vintage Rides - Simply the Best.

“Having joined two tours in India previously with Vintage Rides I have no hesitation in booking a third and recommending this company as experts in their field to anyone contemplating a guided tour on the sub continent or the far east. Vintage Rides is a French company and as expected many of the riders are French speakers but it is not a barrier. I speak English and have only a little of the French language but I have been welcomed by both the tour leaders and the other riders without any problems at all. Communication is not a problem in the brotherhood off the bikers. The tour leaders know their stuff and take you to places off the well beaten tourist track, always mindful of one's safety. The support team for mechanical issues that can occasionally arise with the robust Royal Enfield 500cc Bullet bikes and for transport of luggage and local knowledge remove any concerns, just sit back and enjoy the ride.”

John Borg from Melbourne Australia
Extremely professional value for money very enjoyable

“Very professional team lead by Tour leader Pascal no hesitation recommending Vintage Rides to other motorcycle enthusiasts around the world.”

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