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Motorcycle road trip India / Southern India - The Spices Route

Motorcycle road trip India / Southern India

The 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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Once upon a time there was Fort Kochi, a former colonial city with Portuguese and Dutch influences: a spice-trade port 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 a complete change of scenery and an easy-paced introduction to India’s diversity.

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Period November to February
Duration 12 days incl. 10 days' riding
Level Intermediate
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Charming or Comfort
From 2690€/pilot

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Your Motorcycle Tour in South India 12 stages - 1350 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 - Backwaters - 105 Km

We start our trip 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”. Overnight stay in the backwaters.

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D3 / Backwaters - Kumily - 120 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 - 120 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 - 150 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 - 190 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 - 175 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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