South India

On our two-week South India tours we visit the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. So we are going to the real south, to tropical India. This region is still regarded as a real insider tip among experts of the country.

Pricing

Price
- Prices for the following dates: 06.12.2020 - 19.12.2020, 03.01.2021 - 16.01.2021 and 05.12.2021 - 18.12.2021 -
per rider in shared twin/double room €2,100.00 $2,336.16 ?
per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room €1,800.00 $2,002.42 ?
per person single room (surcharge) €350.00 $389.36 ?
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- Prices for the following dates: 20.12.2020 - 02.01.2021 and 21.12.2021 - 03.01.2022 -
per rider in shared twin/double room €2,300.00 $2,558.65 ?
per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room €2,000.00 $2,224.92 ?
per person single room (surcharge) €400.00 $444.98 ?

Features

Features
13 x overnight stay in hotel
12 x breakfast
12 x dinner
Rent a motorcycle
Operating materials (petrol/oil)
Service vehicle
Mechanic Service
Guided tour
Airport transfer in India
Not included features
Everything that is not listed under services
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It is recommended to take out travel cancellation insurance, travel health insurance and travel interruption insurance.

More details

More details
Total distance approx. 1145 km
Level of difficulty: Medium
min: 4 - max: 12 drivers
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Visa
Swiss, Austrian and German nationals require a visa to enter India. Your passport must be valid for at least another six months. Obtaining a visa is relatively uncomplicated. A visa valid for six months or an e-Visa valid for 30 days is sufficient.
Vaccinations
No vaccinations are required for India. A valid international vaccination passport is required from persons entering from areas with yellow fever (certain countries in Africa and Central and South America). However, it is generally recommended to be vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, hepatitis A and typhoid fever. As there are many different aspects to be considered in each individual case, it is always advisable to seek personal travel health advice from a doctor or pharmacist experienced in travel medicine in good time (about 4 to 6 weeks) before the trip. Here too, we recommend that you seek medical advice in good time.
Driving licence
You need a valid German and an international driving licence of class 1 or A. Please note that the international driving licence is only valid in combination with the national driving licence.
Minimum number of participants
You will find the minimum number of participants next to the respective travel description. As an organizer we have a right of withdrawal if the minimum number of participants has not been reached 6 weeks before the start of the trip. In this case, we will refund the amounts paid on account.
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In practice, however, we always try to carry out the trip with fewer participants in your interest, if you agree. in this case, there is no service vehicle available and we charge a staggered small group surcharge:
1 participant: 10% of the travel price
2 participants: 5% of the travel price
3 participants: 2,5% of the travel price
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Half double room
For single travellers we offer the possibility to share a double room with another traveller. If there is no "half" double room available at the time of your booking, we will charge the single room supplement. You will be refunded as soon as a double room partner is found.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Kerala

Starting point of our tours is Varkala, a small fishing and pilgrimage town with a beautiful beach, about 50 km north of Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala. Kerala is the most southwestern state of India, a narrow, fertile coastal strip on the western steep slope of the Western Ghatts. Even if one tends to exaggerate in India, one can only agree when the inhabitants speak lovingly and proudly of "God's own country" and try to put the indescribable beauty of Kerala into words.

Our tours take us through the diverse and very different regions of this state, high altitude (up to 2.400 m) extensive forests, large nature reserves with elephants, tigers, buffalos, monkeys, leopards and other wild animals, palm-lined channels of the backwaters, tea and spice plantations. We visit the cities of Varkala, Alleppey, Munnar and Cochin, to name but a few.

Tamil Nadu

The land of the Tamils and the 1000 temples. 2000 years of Indian tradition characterize this fascinating state. Far away in the south, it remained undisturbed by the invasions, occupations and plundering of foreign conquerors that repeatedly ravaged northern India. In Tamil Nadu we find the most beautiful temples of India with their huge gopurams, the gate towers, through which one enters the temple area. On our route we will pass Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin), the southernmost point of the Indian peninsula and Madurai with its gigantic temple complex.

Biking

Just as varied as the cultural highlights are the routes we cover with our Enfields. In total we will cover about 1,300 km. No two days are alike. Well-developed highways in Kerala stretch along the coast through endless palm forests and past the channels of the backwaters. Less frequented mountain roads wind in narrow serpentines steeply up into the Western Ghatts and we are rewarded by unbelievable views over these almost unknown mountains. Long country roads, some of them in need of repair, lead us through the gently rolling plateaus of Tamil Nadu. There is something for every taste. We will be riding almost exclusively on asphalt, so that every reasonably experienced motorcyclist will be able to handle the routes without any difficulty.

Relaxation

A motorcycle trip through India is not a relaxing holiday on the Baltic Sea or a package tour to Mallorca. The unfamiliar climate, the overwhelming cultural impressions and the Indian traffic demand a lot of effort from the travellers. In order to make your adventure in India as pleasant as possible, we have placed great emphasis on cleanliness and comfort when selecting the hotels. In addition, a boat trip in the backwaters as well as optional rest days at the beginning and end of the trip in Varkala, with the possibility of being pampered in one of the numerous Ayurveda resorts, provide ample opportunity to acclimatize and recover from the exertion of the tour.

Route

1. arrival

The destination airport is Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram), the capital of Kerala. We will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel in Varkala (about 50 km).

Overnight stay in Varkala

2nd Varkala

Breakfast. The beach invites you to sunbathe and swim. If you feel like it, you can have a tailor-made Indian shirt made by one of the numerous tailors or simply hang out in one of the numerous nice beach cafes.

Overnight stay in Varkala

3. first exit (approx. 50 km)

Breakfast. Now it is time, we get the Enfields out of the garage and everybody can choose his bike. We will give you a short introduction into the handling of the motorcycles and explain how the Indian traffic "works". Here we go. Along dreamy coastal roads, through a short stretch of sand and finally on the highway we get to know the Enfields.

Overnight stay in Varkala

4. from Varkala to Kanyakumari (about 150 km)

Breakfast. Drive to Kanyakumari (Cape Komorin): Most of the time we move on small coastal roads. On the way we visit a Kali temple and the royal palace in Padmanabhapuram. In the evening we hope for a spectacular sunset and end the day with a Pooja in the temple of the goddess Kanya Kumari. From the hotel we have a direct view of the Bay of Bengal. For dinner there is Thali, a South Indian speciality.

Overnight stay in Kanyakumari

5. kanyakumari - Madurai (about 245 km)

Breakfast. Drive to Madurai: Shortly behind Kanyakumari we cross a gigantic wind power plant for kilometres. After about six hours we reach Madurai. In the evening we visit the Menakshee Temple, one of the largest temple complexes in India. Dinner is served high above the roofs of Madurai.

Overnight stay in Madurai

6 Madurai - Palani (about 165 km)

Breakfast. Now cornerers get their money's worth. We climb the heights of the Western Ghatts and reach 2,200 meters above sea level. Plenty of curves on a well developed road make this day a pleasure. But we don't stay on the top of the hill, but drive to the temple city Palani down in the valley. The temperatures there are pleasantly warm and visiting the temple is an incredible experience.

Overnight stay in Palani

7th Palani - Munnar (about 135 km)

Breakfast. On our today's route there are again some mountain passages, thus again a paradise for curve drivers. We pass through two wildlife sanctuaries, the Indira Ghandi and Chinnar National Parks, and if we are lucky, we might even spot some wild elephants. In the afternoon we are in the land of tea. As far as the eye can see, hills and valleys are overgrown with the spicy-scented, energy-giving plant.

Overnight stay in Munnar

8. munnar - thekkady (about 110 km)

Breakfast. The journey continues through endless tea plantations. But then suddenly the landscape changes and tea is replaced by cardamom and pepper. We are literally in the land where the pepper grows. In the early afternoon we reach Thekkady, an ideal place for shopping. Here souvenir hunters will find everything their heart desires. We are staying at a Heritage Hotel. It is built in the traditional style of Kerala and offers a cosy atmosphere.

Overnight stay in Thekkady

9th Thekkadi

Breakfast. We'll take a well-earned break. Thekkadi is the ideal place for this. The relatively high mountain location provides a pleasant climate. If you wish, you can book a guided hike of about three hours through the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and get expert information about the flora and fauna. Those who wish to do so more leisurely can embark on a boat trip on Lake Periyar. Numerous Ayurveda massage centres also offer their services.

Overnight stay in Thekkady

10 Thekkady - Kollam (about 200 km)

Breakfast. Freshly rested we climb on our bikes again. A good seven hours of ascent through lush vegetation lie ahead of us. One last time we enjoy curve loops in the Western Ghatts. The more we approach the sea and the deeper we get, the warmer it gets until we finally have to get rid of our warm "mountain clothes".

Overnight stay in Kollam

11 Kollam - Varkala (about 90 km)

Breakfast. Close to Kollam is Munroe-Island, one of the starting points for the boat tour through the famous backwaters of Kerala, a palm-lined, partly natural, partly artificial canal system (comparable to Everglades in Florida). For a few hours we will sail through the backwaters on small motorboats. Around noon we have solid ground under our feet again and start for the last motorcycle ride of this trip. A short time later we are back in Varkala.

Overnight stay in Varkala

12th Varkala

Breakfast. Now it's time to relax. The bikes will go back into the hands of our mechanic and will be prepared for the next tour and we will devote ourselves to the exhausting business of doing nothing.

Overnight stay in Varkala

13th Varkala

Breakfast. Those who want to can pamper themselves for little money in one of the numerous Ayurveda resorts with a typical South Indian massage or let the warming sun rays burn on your stomach on the beach. For dinner we recommend a last time freshly caught fish or the other many delicacies of Indian cuisine.

Overnight stay in Varkala

14th Namaste and goodbye!

The moment to say goodbye has come. The last night in India is usually short, as almost all airlines leave in the middle of the night.

If you liked it, then come with us to India again, this time perhaps to the desert state of Rajasthan or over the highest passes in the world, to Ladakh in the Himalayas. India has many faces, and no two are alike.