The Sultan Trail - Cycle South India
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The Sultan Trail

per person

Sultan’s Palace, Wildlife, Tea plantations, Teakwood, Rubber Manufacture, Hindu Temples, Ayurveda and much more…

During the entire cycling tour, there will be a car accompanying you, carrying your luggage and offering water and fruits. In case of need, you may jump into the car during any point of cycling.

Bangalore        500km approx.       13 days           Medium            Cochin

Arrival : Bangalore

No. of Days : 13

Cycling Distance : 500km approximately

Difficulty: Medium

Departure: Cochin

Climate: Tropical. Day temperature 30 – 32; night: above 20 degrees.During the  main tourist season from September to April there are almost no rain showers.

Tour Dates :

2016 : 14.11.2016- 26.11.2016

2017 : 13.03.2017-25.03.2017, 13.11.2017-25.11.2017

2018 : 11.03.2018 – 23.03.2018, 11.11.2018- 23.11.2018

  • Include
    Water, snacks, light food during cycling
    Tour Guidance By Cyclesouthindia
    Accompanying car
  • Not Included
    Departure Taxes
    Entry Fees
    Personal Guide
    Airport Transfers

Day 1 : Bangalore

On arrival at Bangalore, transfer to the city hotel. After a short break we discover the silicon valley of India (walking) in the afternoon and evening, tasting for the first time delicious south Indian food and enjoying the famous breweries in the nightlife of the city.

Day 2 : Bangalore - Mysore

Transfer to Mysore. After check- in at hotel, collect the cycles and first warm-up ride through less congested roads of Mysore.
  • Distance: max.30 km
  • Incline: no incline
  • Difficulty: easy

Day 3 : Mysore – Bandipur/Masinagudi

After reaching outskirts of mysore, we enter into bandipur forest region. Due to wildlife, it is not advisable to cycle here, so we transfer by cab across the forest region. Directly to the south we proceed today to the former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Mysore, which are transformed now into Wildlife Reserves. In one of them we will spend the night. There is a very good chance to watch wildlife.
  • Distance: 80/95km
  • Incline: 600/850m
  • Difficulty: intermediate

Day 4 : Masinagudi- Ooty-Masinagudi

Optional climb to Ooty 22km from masinagudi with 36 hairpin bends and steep elevation of 1300m, else can take rest at Masinagudi,enjoying the wildlife.

Day 5 : Masinagudi- Nilambur

To hear the voice of the jungle and to improve our chances of spotting wild species again we start at sunrise, cycling some 25 km through the Reserve. At the gate we will have a break for breakfast, followed by undulating roads through villages and plantations of tea, coffee and spices. After another tea break we enjoy an almost 20 km long decline, crossing the habitat of wild elephants. In the plains we arrive amidst the most valuable teakwood forests of India and visit the teakwood museum in Nilambur.
  • Distance: 85 km
  • Incline: 500m
  • Difficulty : intermediate

Day 6 : Nilambur – Kottakkal

In the morning we visit a nearby rubber manufacturer. Besides the making of rubber, we learn about the situation regarding single women working here. In Kottakal the second part of the day is dedicated to Ayurveda. We learn about plants used in ayurvedic medicine and about ayurvedic treatment itself. Each of us may experience the pleasure and wonder of an ayurvedic massage.
  • Distance: 50 km
  • Incline: 400m
  • Difficulty: intermediate

Day 7 : Kottakkal – Guruvayur

As we are approaching the sea the humidity is rising, the road remains undulated. Guruvayur itself is famous for its Shri Krishna temple, always surrounded by masses of pilgrims. Although non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the inner part of the temple it remains very interesting to watch what is happening. In front of the main entrance there are performances of classical Indian dance and music on offer most of the day. Here one could spend hours watching the people and listening to the music. Nearby there is a training camp for temple elephants, which we will visit in the afternoon.
  • Distance: 65 km
  • Incline: 580m
  • Difficulty:intermediate

Day 8 : SGuruvayur – Cochin

On the coastal road we cycle southward, using several stops to watch manufacture of typical handicrafts, to try typical local dishes or to cool down in the Indian Ocean at Cherai Beach. By ferry boat we reach Fort Cochin. In the evening we enjoy the sunset near the famous Chinese Fishing nets.
  • Distance: 84 km
  • Incline: 370m
  • Difficulty: easy

Day 9 : Fort Cochin

It is up to you to use the day for shopping, walking through historic places or relaxing at the beaches. Nowhere in India could you find this mix of giant Chinese fishing nets, a 400-year-old synagogue, ancient mosques and Portuguese houses built half a millennium ago. You will find an unlikely blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and an English country village on the tropical Malabar Coast. Wander through the narrow lanes filled with spice-laden warehouses with the magnificent scent of spices in the air. In the evening we will enjoy a performance of classical Kathakali dance.

Day 10 : Fort Cochin – Alleppey

We ride along the Backwaters on a calm coastal road, stopping at fishing villages for a snack or even for a swim in the sea. Check in on a famous houseboat for a one night cruise.
  • Distance: 70km
  • Incline: 180m
  • Difficulty: easy

Day 11: Alleppey

The day will recharge you as you stay in a little bit of paradise. Use the different opportunities to relax, to enjoy the healthy Keralan cuisine and to learn about life in the backwaters. Feel free to attend classes in traditional Keralan cooking offered by Lisa, watch Josey while fishing or try it yourself, use the day for another swim in the sea or a last shopping opportunity in Alleppey town.

Day 12 : Alleppey

You enjoy the day by cycling through villages beside backwaters, visit government schools and interact with children or even kayak your way through backwaters.

Day 13 : Alleppey – Cochin

Transfer to Cochin International Airport.