The Vasco Da Gama Trail - Cycle South India
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The Vasco Da Gama Trail

per person

Bollywood, beaches, wildlife sanctuary, historical sites, Ayurveda, Malabar coast 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.

Mumbai          950km        22 days           Medium            Cochin

Arrival : Mumbai

No. of Days : 22

Cycling Distance : 950km 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 : 05.11.2016- 26.11.2016

2017 : 04.03.2017-25.03.2017 , 04.11.2017-25.11.2017

2018 : 01.03.2018 – 23.03.2018 , 01.11.2018- 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 : Mumbai

On arrival at Mumbai transfer to the city hotel. After a short break we discover the business centre of India (walking) in the afternoon and evening, tasting for the first time delicious south Indian food and enjoying the famous Kingfisher Beer in the nightlife of the megacity.

Day 2 : Mumbai

Morning boat trip to Elephanta Island (Caves) UNESCO world heritage site. Afternoon half-day sightseeing tour, which ends at Chowpatty Beach, where we will share food and sunset with thousands of Bombay wallas.

Day 3 : Mumbai - Goa

5:10 am train to Goa from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) to Margao (9 hours) followed by transfer to the Beach Hotel at Colva/Benaulim. Later collect the cycles and first warm-up ride on the beach.
  • Total distance: Max.30 km
  • Incline: No incline
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 4: Goa

Day excursion to historical, cultural and natural highlights of Goa, including a short cruise on the Mandovi river near Panaji in the evening with a typical Goanese Dance show.

Day 5: Goa

We start the regular cycling tour with a 15km stretch southwards directly on the Beach to the mouth of Sal river and the scenic fishermen village of Cavelossim. On the way we pass the old Cabo de Rama fort, Agonda Beach and reach our today’s final destination, the calme Palolem Beach, where we spend the night in picturesque huts.
  • Total distance: 45 km
  • Incline: 150m incline
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 6: Palolem – Karwar – Gokarna

We cycle from Palolem to Karwar via Cotigao wildlife sanctuary avoiding traffic and embracing nature. Through scenic little roads close to the sea we leave Goa and enter into the state of Karnataka. Language is changing, European influences are disappearing, all is becoming truly south Indian now. Let’s enjoy the wonderful surprises ! Afterwards, transfer to Gokarna. Evening we proceed to Om Beach. Just a few km before today’s finishing line, we stop at the salt lagoon near Gokarna to watch the mostly female workers carrying out their hard jobs. Dinner at Om Beach, swimming in beach…
  • Distance: 65 km
  • Incline: 350 m
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 7 Gokarna – Sringeri

Transfer from Gokarna with breakfast on the way at Murudeshwar. You will be overwhelmed by the more than 80 meters high gopuram of the Hindu temple and the largest Shiva Statue in India, placed on a little land tongue into the sea. We start cycling from Kundapura. We climb more than 1000m to reach the Deccan plateau. The scenery is changing dramatically. While climbing we pass a forest and wildlife area which offers several points of interest on the way. On reaching Agumbe, traditional Karnataka Lunch is served. Evening, we visit Sringeri Temple, where fish feeding is the ritual for blessings.
  • Distance: 65 km
  • Incline: 1200m
  • Difficulty: Medium

Day 8 Sringeri – Hassan

We cycle through villages capturing the village life. We will stay for the next two nights in Hoysana Village Resort just on the outskirts of the bustling town of Hassan.
  • Distance: 67 km
  • Incline: 800m
  • Difficulty: Medium

Day 9 Hassan – Halebid – Hassan

In today’s triangular cycling tour, we visit the famous ancient Hindu temples and historical sites of the Kings of the Hoysala Dynasty of the 12th century at Belur and Halebid.
  • Distance: 60 km
  • Incline: 250 m
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 10 Hassan – Mysore

Today we will arrive in one of the most fascinating towns of South India. Due to the long distance we start early, riding almost continuously downhill all the way along, losing more than 300 meters of altitude. We will stop cycling in Krishnarajanagara. There we offer a transfer for the last 40 km to Mysore to avoid the heavy traffic on 4-lane highway. We will stay at the Viceroy hotel near the Maharaja’s Palace for the next two nights.
  • Distance: 80km
  • Incline: 150 m
  • Difficulty: Intermediate

Day 11 Mysore

In the Morning we offer a short cycling trip to Srirangapatnam to visit the summer palace of Tipu Sultan, some temples and to have an unusual boat ride on a small river. Back in town we visit the splendid Maharaja’s Palace. In the evening it is shopping time at fabulous and colourful Devaraja-market.
  • Total Distance: 40 km
  • Incline: 200 m incline
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 12 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 13 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 14 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 15 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: 50km
  • Incline: 400m
  • Difficulty: Intermediate

Day 16 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: 65km
  • Incline: 580m
  • Difficulty: Intermediate

Day 17: Guruvayur – 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.
  • Total distance: 84 km
  • Incline: 370 m incline
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 18: 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 19: 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 house boat for a one night cruise.
  • Total distance: 70 km
  • Incline: 180m incline
  • Difficulty : Easy

Day 20: 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 21: 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 22: Alleppey – Cochin

Transfer to Cochin International Airport.