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  • Trip introduction

    Test your mettle by signing up for this 15-day challenging coast-to-coast cycling trip, beginning from Chennai. You'll ride a bicycle for more than 1000 kms over varying road conditions - from paved city roads to gravel-filled mountainous roads. En route, you'll traverse dense forests and cross plantations of tea, cardamom, rubber and pepper to reach your destination. In this itinerary, you'll paddle uphill to visit the gorgeous Munnar hill station, visit the former French colony of Pondicherry, spend a night at Kuttikanam and ride along the tropical Marwari beach.

    A minimum of three travellers are required to book this trip.

    Destination

    This 15-day cycling expedition kicks off from the outskirts of Chennai on the east coast of India and terminates at Cochin on the west coast of India, stretching more than a thousand kilometres. En route, you'll ride through lush landscapes, over undulating roads and pass by dense forests, tropical jungles and several quaint villages on your way. You'll step inside a list of historic temples like the Nataraja Temple, Meenakshi Temple and the Brihasdeeswara Temple to see the quintessence of Dravidian architecture.

    You'll stay in comfortable boutique hotels, quaint village cottages and plantation stays to get a first hand insight in the local culture and tradition.

    Destination highlights

    Cycle from Chennai to Cochin on this 15-day coast-to-coast trip. | Ride through plantations of tea, cardamom and rubber. | See the masterpiece of Dravidian architecture at the Meenakshi Temple. | Ascend uphill on your bicycle to reach gorgeous Munnar. | Stay in comfortable boutique hotels and charming plantation stays.

    Activity Details

    Mountain cycling

    Yes

    No

    9 feet

    5100 feet

    1100 kms

    80 kms

    An expert guide with support mechanic and spare parts

    Trek or SCOTT

    Hardtail mountain bike

    Support mechanic with spare parts

    Personal cycles are not allowed

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Arrive in Chennai

    Your arrival at the Chennai airport will be followed by a swift transfer to a hotel in Mahabalipuram, located on the east coast about 1-hr drive away from the airport. You'll meet your fellow cyclists and spend the day at leisure. Rest in your room, go on a stroll to explore or visit the beach. Overnight in a hotel at Mahabalipuram.

    Overnight at a hotel in Mahabalipuram.

    You'll arrive at Chennai airport today. Transfer to Mahabalipuram will be arranged in a private vehicle. Today's meal package includes lunch only.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Chennai

    Mahabalipuram

    14:00 PM

    Food

    Lunch

    Veg
    Day 2 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry
    Day 3 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Pondicherry to Chidambaram
    Day 4 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Chidambaram to Swamilmalai
    Day 5 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Swamilmalai to Thanjavur
    Day 6 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Thanjavur to Kannadukathan
    Day 7 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Kannadukathan to Madurai
    Day 8 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Madurai to Thenni
    Day 9 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Thenni to Munnar
    Day 10 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Munnar to Kumily
    Day 11 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Kumily to Kuttikkanam
    Day 12 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Kuttikkanam to Thaneermukkom
    Day 13 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Thaneermukkom to Marwari Beach
    Day 14 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Marwari Beach to Fort Cochin
    Day 15 of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: Depart from Cochin
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  • Cancellation policy

    If the cancellation is made more than 42 days before departure of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: 100% refund.

    If the cancellation is made between 28-42 days before departure of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: 50% refund.

    If the cancellation is made between 22-27 days before departure of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: 20% refund.

    If the cancellation is made between 15-21 days before departure of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: 10% refund.

    If the cancellation is made between 0-15 days before departure of the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour: no refund.

    In case of no show: no refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

    Rules on trip

    Participants need to follow the instructions of the trip leader/guide at all times during the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour.

    Consumption of alcohol, drugs and tobacco products like cigarettes is strictly prohibited while cycling.

    It is mandatory to have medical and accidental insurance before beginning the Chennai to Cochin cycling tour.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Participants will have to sign an indemnity form before starting the cycling tour.

    The operator reserves the right to modify or cancel the trip if deemed unsafe due to bad weather conditions, natural calamities or any such events beyond human control.
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  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Airport transfers at Chennai and Cochin in a private vehicle

    • Accommodation in hotels, guest houses and plantation stays for 14 nights on a twin-sharing basis
    • All lunch and breakfasts from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 15
    • Trek, SCOTT or similar hardtail mountain cycle
    • Helmets and spare parts, if required
    • Back-up vehicle to carry your luggage
    • Services of experienced lead cyclist and support staff
    • Snacks, water and beverages during cycling
    • All applicable taxes

    Excludes

    • Travel arrangements from your home city to Chennai, from Cochin to your home city

    • Upgrade accommodation in hotels to single occupancy (arranged at an additional cost of INR 18,000 per person)
    • Any meals not mentioned in inclusions (dinner, throughout the trip)
    • Costs incurred due to damage to cycle and unforeseen circumstances like bad weather etc.
    • Personal expenses such as extra meals, beverages, apparel etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Cycling shorts
    • Loose fitting sports jersey or shirt
    • Sports shoes
    • Windcheater and jacket
    • Not to wear - Denims or jeans (while cycling)
    • Flip-flops/slippers (while cycling)
    • Expensive gadgets or jewellery

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Trek or SCOTT hardtail mountain cycles
    • Helmet and spare parts, if required
    • Back-up vehicle to carry your luggage

    You need to get

    • Backpack
    • Sunglasses
    • Moisturizing cream
    • Napkins and towel
    • Personal toiletries
    • Water bottle

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit for this trip.