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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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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 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 March
Duration 12 days incl. 9 days' riding
Level Intermediate
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Comfort
From 2540€/pilot

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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

Brian Marris
Awesome company, excellent value for money.

“This company provides excellent value for many, superb organisation, brilliant bikes and fabulous staff. We could not fault our experience.”

David Corbett
i did the nepal mustang trip in …

“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.”

Spiti Valley - Absolutely fantastic!

“Absolutely fantastic. The pre-trip organization and communication was stellar. The itinerary and accommodations were well planned and our guide, mechanic, and support driver collectively allowed for a trip where any risk of stress was quickly replaced with nothing but pure delight. I took the Spiti Valley tour ("Gateway to Tibet") which offered otherworldly views and rich cultural exposure. The remote area was particularly enjoyable as even when compared to other Himalayan routes there was very little traffic... truck or otherwise (The last thing I want to do is to go to a remote location to be stuck endlessly maneuvering around slow trucks). I sing the praises of Vintage Rides at every possible opportunity. I've ridden motorcycles all over the world either independently or with a tour group and this trip was tops! I wish I had sooner discovered Vintage Rides and they will certainly be my choice again. Vive la Moto! (If you like to see the video of the trip it is at advmotorbike dot com under "global moto"... it will say in image more than my words can convey!)”


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