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India

God's Own Country Motorcycle Tour

Kerala lies at the southern tip of India and offers some very dramatic riding with its truly un-spoilt beaches, spectacular mountain rides and stunning landscapes. Unlike the mass tourism of Goa, Kerala offers empty roads, glorious scenery, highly rated hotels and a friendly welcome everywhere. The emphasis of this tour is on packing in as much great riding as you can into the time on tour for those of you with limited time or a tight budget or looking to combine with a week on a beach!

Highlights

— Witness captivating tea plantations
— Visit the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
— Enjoy riding along mountain switchbacks
— Enjoy beautiful sunsets

  • Day 1

    Cochin/Neriamangalam

    Arrive and transfer to Neriamangalam on the banks of the Periyar River. Meet your bike and take a short ride to Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, to get accustomed to the riding conditions before a restful night.

    Day 2

    Neriamangalam to Munnar (155 km)

    After a relaxed breakfast, start your climb into the Western Ghats passing dams and forests before reaching your Munnar and your home for tonight nestled within tea estates.

    Day 3

    Munnar (Free day)

    Today explore the delights that Munnar has to offer, visit the tea factory, ride to top station (the highest motorable route in the region) or take a visit to the national park to see the rare Nilgiri Tahr.

    Day 4

    Munnar – Valparai (160 km)

    Head into Eravikulam National Park and the Sandal wood forest of Marayoor, traversing the world’s largest tea plantation and into Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary where elephants and Peacocks stroll across the road. Climb through 40 hair pin bends to your home for the evening in the Anamalai Hills.

    Day 5

    Valpari – Cherai (150 km)

    Ride through one of the thickest evergreen forests in India to Athirapally Falls, known as the “Indian Niagara”, where you can stop for lunch and explore. From here ride on to civilisation through small towns to the beach resort of Cherai and your farewell dinner.

    Day 6

    Cherai – Cochin

    Transfer to the airport for your onward travel arrangements.

    Total Distance c. 500 km

  • Prices:

    God's Own Country
    Dates Rider Passenger Single room supplement
    3 Dec - 12 Dec 2019 £1,225 £975 £425
    3 Mar - 8 Mar 2020 £1,225 £975 £425
    8 Sep - 13 Sep 2020 £1,225 £975 £425
    1 Dec - 6 Dec 2020 £1,225 £975 £425
    1 Mar - 6 Mar 2021 £1,325 £1075 £475
    7 Sep - 12 Sep 2021 £1,325 £1075 £475
    30 Nov - 5 Dec 2021 £1,325 £1075 £475
  • What's Included & What's Not
    Price Includes Price Excludes Houseboat cruise:
    5 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
    5 days motorcycle hire, Royal Enfield 500 (left foot gear change)
    All meals
    Soft/drinks and bottled water on tour
    Entrance fees
    Airport and local transfers
    4WD Support vehicle
    English speaking tour guide.
    US$500 refundable security/damage deposit to pay locally in cash
    Visa (c.£65)
    Personal items and expenses
    Additional activities
    Riding gear
    Fuel
    Insurance
    Flights, stopovers and additional accommodation which can be arranged through H-C Travel
    We can offer you an optional houseboat cruise after your tour – a traditional Keralan boat is a great way to get even more from your Kerala experience! Prices on request.
  • Daniel Benster is our guide and tour organiser in Kerala, with over 10 years’ experience guiding in Kerala. Born and raised in Yorkshire, he lives in Pune and spends as much time as he can in Kerala. Married to Anamika, he has incredible local knowledge, and the requisite laid back but firm attitude necessary to make your holiday run smoothly.

    Daniel’s team
    As with our northern Indian tours, we travel with a mechanic and a support vehicle driver.

    Ranesh, our chief mechanic runs a very respected repair shop in Cochin. A real wiz with the spanners, there’s nothing you can teach him about Enfield Bullets.

    Niyaz, our support vehicle driver, is the man who makes everything tick. He’s always on hand to offer a cold drink, sort out permits, red tape, and any other local ‘difficulties’ with a smile and the right words. He somehow manages to get our support vehicle through gaps that you’d think only a motorcycle could get through.

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