INDIA

Cycle Kerala

10 days

ITINERARY

6 days

CYCLING

350KM

DISTANCE

Dates

2025

Discover the Untouched Beauty of Kerala by bike

This stunning 350km cycle challenge takes place in Kerala; one of the least discovered jewels of India. Cycle through the wildlife-packed Western Ghats, the spicy Cardamom Country and the beautiful backwaters of Kerala to the stunning beaches of the Arabian Sea.

The Challenge

Explore further, classic Kerala

Setting off from Kochi, we’ll tackle tough climbs through Munnar’s misty coffee and tea plantations, to the top of the Kannan Devan Hills in the Western Ghats.

The breath-taking panoramas and ample wildlife spotting opportunities are well worth the climb.

The Western Ghats is renowned for its vast biodiversity, home to thousands of plants and hundreds of animals, including 325 endangered species. We’ll keep our eyes peeled every pedal of the way. If we’re lucky, we may spot leopards, elephants and nearly fifty different types of butterfly!

We spice up our cycle as we skirt Periyar National Park through the cardamom-growing Idukki Region.

Then it’s one last stretch across the palm-lined lagoons, islands and canals of the backwaters. We’ll get an awesome insight into the coconut catching and coir communities, before reaching a paradise finish.

Although beautiful, this is far from a relaxing getaway. Our cycle will leave you with aching legs, unforgettable experiences and a bunch of new friends.

LAUNCH DEAL

Sign up for any of our overseas cycle challenges, and receive a free Action Challenge cycle jersey, worth £35!

Action Challenge Cycle Jersey

VALID UNTIL 31st JULY 2024

Itinerary & Route

We will meet at the airport and will depart the UK for our flight to Kerala.

Meals: D inflight

On arrival in Kochi, we are transferred to our hotel. After a chance to relax and freshen up, we will enjoy a group lunch, before our bike fitting and will finish the evening with a briefing and welcome meal to sample some Keralan delights.

Meals: B, L, D Accom: Hotel

After breakfast, we will start off on our cycle challenge making the most of the early morning coolness heading east, towards the foothills of the Western Ghats along the quiet roads that are mostly level throughout the morning. We pass through the scenic countryside of temples, spice gardens, paddy fields and rubber plantations to the lowland forests of Thattekkad. Our spectacular eco-lodge on the banks of the Periyar river in the late afternoon is a welcome sight and here we have time to relax in a magnificent jungle setting.

Meals: B, L, D Accom: Camp

Today after breakfast, we will set off along the Periyar riverbank, through dense low-altitude forests of Neriyamanagalam where reed is extracted for the manufacture of traditional household items like baskets and mats. As the scenery slowly changes, we glimpse rubber, pepper and cardamom estates and finally tea plantations. The ride will be a shock to the system as the climbing starts early, but the stunning views we get to admire will make it completely worth it. We will stop at Adimali for lunch and continue our riding into the afternoon. As evening approaches, we end the ride and make the rest of the way in our support vehicle to the hill station of Munnar – a hill town famed for its vast swathes of tea plantations. Munnar, a favourite summer resort town, is set amidst dramatic mountain scenery, craggy peaks, tall redwood trees and some of the world’s highest tea plantations. The evening will end with an evening meal before getting some much-needed rest.

 Meals: B, L, D Accom: Hotel

Today is a tough challenge but may be one of the most exciting. After breakfast and our 40km transfer, we start our undulating morning ride that is mostly downhill to the dam at The Kallar Bridge, passing through forests, tea gardens and spice plantations. At approximately midday, we will stop along the route to enjoy some lunch before continuing our adventure in the afternoon. This afternoon we have hard climbs out of the valley to Puttady. From here its 15km of descent to Periyar which has one of the best wildlife reserves in India with large herds of Asiatic elephants, Indian Bison as well as tigers. For the ornithologists, it has over 330 species of birds including the majestic Great Hornbill. We end our day at our Periyar Hotel where we can relax our tired legs by the pool after a good evening meal.

Meals: B, L, D Accom: Hotel

After a good breakfast, we will cycle the winding roads down through perfect mountain cycling country with great scenic views of spice-growing hamlets dotting the landscape and undulating roads (ups & downs!) through tea estates and forests. Along the route, we will stop at a suitable time to enjoy some lunch and admire the jaw-dropping scenery surrounding us. As we continue on our journey, we will see the famous arch dam of Idukki on the way and cross the beautiful Kulamavu dam just before reaching our destination on the edge of the Western Ghats: Our resort is set amidst the tea estates and is a perfect quiet retreat after a hard day of cycling. The evening will conclude with another well-earnt evening meal and rest.

 Meals: B, L, D Accom: Hotel

Today, we will be taking a downhill ride through the mountain passes to the plains and from there through the rubber country of Palai to the backwaters of Kerala. Our cycling takes us through varied terrains giving us an opportunity to have a glimpse of the rural Kerala. The terrain will be mainly plains with small undulations in some sections. We will stop along the route to enjoy some lunch before continue our cycle to our accommodation for the evening.

Meals: B, L, D Accom: Hotel

A visit to Kerala, ‘God’s Own Country would not be complete without a cruise on board one of Kerala’s most luxurious forms of accommodation, a converted rice barge houseboat. After a morning trip, we disembark and re-join our bikes for the backwater cycling ride as we ride through a stunning landscape of emerald paddy fields and refreshing rivers. We encounter a succession of fishing villages as we draw ever closer to the finishing line on the white sandy shores of the Arabian Sea. Leaving the villages behind we will hit the beaches and cycle up along the coast to our beach resort for our final evening as a group.

Meals: B, L, D Accom. Hotel

After breakfast, we will transfer to Cochin airport and board our flight for the UK.

 

Meals: B

The Experience

Life on the cycle

This itinerary is designed for regular weekend cyclists who are looking to elevate their cycling experience with an exciting challenge. With a total distance of approximately 350 kilometres spread over 6 days of cycling, this trip offers a mix of manageable and more demanding days, making it perfect for those accustomed to cycling around 50 kilometres on weekends. 

You will be cycling on mostly tarred roads throughout Kerala. This route involves cycling into and through the hill country of Kerala along routes that we have chosen to highlight the beauty of this area. Some roads will be busier than others. Generally the road surfaces in Kerala are higher than the average in India. This should make it the ideal location for a cycling challenge. The provided hybrid bikes are well-suited to these conditions, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable ride throughout the trip. 

Each day begins with a hearty breakfast to fuel your ride. You’ll typically finish cycling by early afternoon, giving you ample time to relax and explore your surroundings. Our ground team in Kerala is highly experienced and provides excellent support, including well-maintained Giant Roam hybrid bikes that are included in the trip price.

An Action Challenge trip is much more than a holiday! It brings like-minded people together in fantastic landscapes, provides the best support, and enables the group to take on a tough & unforgettable challenge which forges new friendships, broadens horizons, and leaves you wanting more of life’s adventures!

The blueprint for the Action Challenge trip is based on delivering a high-quality enjoyable experience – and doing it all safely. An experienced UK Leader ensures that all aspects of the challenge run to plan – and one of our UK Medics with an expedition med kit is on hand to look after the group’s wellbeing – enabling everyone to have the best chance of completing their challenge.

We go to great lengths to ensure that we only use the best local organisations to supply the all-important ground logistics and the on-challenge support, catering, and hospitality teams – with experienced guides leading the way on the trails guided by their deep local knowledge and authentic style.

We appeal to like-minded people with a similar sense of adventure – but often from very different backgrounds, and with a wide range of experience, ages, levels of fitness, and personal ambitions. Our trips are perfect for individuals, couples, and small groups of friends to join –to take on a unique challenge as part of a larger group which shapes & bonds as the adventure unfolds!

Whether it’s the hotels, restaurants & transfers before & after the main challenge – or the challenge accommodation & meals whilst out on the trails – our all-inclusive packages mean that you will get a top-quality experience at a great value price! Flights are generally included, but there’s a ‘land only’ option if you’d prefer to book your own – and single supplement accommodation upgrades are available.

Visas– You must organise your Visa yourself prior to arrival in Kerala. Advice on how to apply for this will be provided to you once booked onto the challenge in the App. 

The group comes together – takes on a tough challenge together – and then celebrates its achievements in style on the final night of the trip in a local restaurant or hotel, with medals, awards, and a bit of a party! Many of our participants make new special friends on our trips – and quite a few come back together for another challenge in the following years!

A successful challenge starts with good preparation. The better prepared you are the more confident you’ll be, and the more you’ll enjoy it! Our ‘Challenge App’ will have all the info & details of what to expect on your challenge – and how to prepare for it – and we have optional training walks, training weekends, and a 50km place on one of our UK Ultra Challenge events to get out on the trails and test your fitness, kit, & equipment.

FIND OUT MORE

Join our information webinar to hear all about our new range of cycling challenges. We’ll cover the service & support you can expect, run through the range of incredible destinations, and open it up for any questions you may have. PLUS- special deals & offers.

Costs & Fundraising

We’ve three payment & fundraising options for you to take on this challenge.

Self Funding

Sign up with a £295 online deposit & balance payment due 12 weeks before, with no fundraising target.

Fundraise for Charity

Sign up with a £295 online deposit & fundraise for a charity of your choice, with different target options.

Our Brochure

The Challenge brochure details the full itinerary, inclusions, and more – download for a full run down of the challenge details. 

Dates & Prices

GET IN TOUCH

Enquire with us below or if you want to speak to one of the team call on +44 (0)207 6695

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e-bike rental

Not everyone is a regular cyclist – or perhaps you simply want the option to relax and take in the scenery. That’s why we offer e-bike rental on our cycle challenges. These lightweight mountain bikes come with a small electric motor that can be charged each evening – and will give you the option of a power boost on uphill sections, or the ability to ease off the pedals on the flat.

You can reserve your e-bike when registering, or contact us later to add it to your booking. 

FREE CYCLE JERSEY

Sign up to any of our NEW overseas cycle challenges before 31st July 2024, and you will receive a FREE Action Challenge cycle jersey, worth £35!

Be the envy of your friends, and look stylish while training for your 2-wheeled adventure!

PLUS – you’ll also receive a place on one of our famous ‘Ultra Challenge’ events, worth £139! Join over 30,000 other adventurers, and walk, jog or run your chosen distance in some of the UK’s most iconic locations. Visit the website for details:

WWW.ULTRACHALLENGE.COM

Register for your overseas Challenge – you’ll be sent a Discount Code worth £139 to sign up to a 2024 Ultra Challenge.

CONDITIONS

– Offer valid between 10th April & 31st July 2024

– Deal cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer

– If you cancel your overseas challenge, the value of the Ultra Challenge will be deducted from any refund issued, if you have used the free place.

How it works...

SELF FUNDING

It’s like paying for an all-inclusive holiday.

You pay the registration deposit. The final balance for the trip cost will be due no later than 10 weeks before your departure date

If you want to fundraise for charity, you may still do this separately – either on or offline. All fundraising will be a direct donation to your chosen charity. Please contact them for more information.

How it works...

CHARITY FUNDRAISING

This option lets you pay some of the trip cost yourself, including the registration deposit. You then fundraise on top for a chosen charity.

Action Challenge will invoice your charity for 50% the trip cost 12 weeks before departure.

You must complete 80% of your fundraising by 12 weeks before departure, with the remaining 20% completed 4 weeks after departure.

Let us know what charity you want to support when registering so that we can set up your agreement.