We ride with the 500 cc Claccic Royal Enfield along the south coast of Malabar in Kerala. During this motorbike trip we also grow on the houseboat for a day and sail along the backwaters - an ideal start to acclimatize our diverse journey.
|Price per person without German-speaking tour guide for four participants||€3,290.00 $3,659.99 ?|
|Price per person with German-speaking tour guide for four participants||€3,650.00 $4,060.47 ?|
|Reduced prices with a higher number of participants:|
|Price per person without German speaking tour guide up to six participants||€2,990.00 $3,326.25 ?|
|Price per person with German-speaking tour guide up to six participants||€3,290.00 $3,659.99 ?|
|Price per person without German speaking tour guide up to eight participants||€2,790.00 $3,103.76 ?|
|Price per person with German-speaking tour guide up to eight participants||€3,090.00 $3,437.50 ?|
|Price per person without German speaking tour guide up to ten participants||€2,590.00 $2,881.27 ?|
|Price per person with German-speaking tour guide up to ten participants||€2,790.00 $3,103.76 ?|
|Board and lodging|
|500 CC Royal Enfield Bikes with spare parts and helmets (optional)|
|English speaking tour guide and support mechanic|
|Refreshments & Mineral Water|
|All activities and entrance fees as per itinerary|
|City guide with Madurai & Mysore|
|Interstate licensing and tolls|
|German speaking tour guide (also possible without)|
|Visa (about 20 €)|
|meals and drinks not mentioned|
|Extra trip to Hampi (please make a request)|
|Everything not listed under benefits|
|Number of participants: from 4 persons|
|Good riding skills on a motorcycle are required. We will spend some hours on the motorcycle every day. Mostly we are on small but well developed tarred roads. Attention: left-hand traffic and Indian traffic ;).|
|Of course a motorcycle driving licence is necessary - usually the International Driving Licence, which can be applied for free of charge at the German authorities.|
|Larger repair costs in case of self-inflicted damage must be borne by the participants.|
|We recommend that you bring your own motorcycle clothing and your own helmet.|
|Living: We live in beautiful and well-kept upscale hotels with air conditioning. Laundry services, Wlan and restaurants are available in all accommodations. All meals are included in our travel program.|
|Arrival: The journey to Trivandrum is independent on the first day of travel. Departure is from Goa. Please contact us before booking your flight so that we can arrange the exact dates in advance. Aiport transfers are included.|
|Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. We will gladly provide binding information upon request.|
|Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.|
From the backwaters we go up and cross the Westernghats. We stop in Perijar - a unique hotspot of biodiversity - and then continue through the highest tea plantations down to Madurai in Tamil Nadu. Here we visit the famous Meenakshi Temple. Afterwards we ride up the Nilgiri hills again to experience the mountain stations Ooty and Conoor, as well as the wilderness of Mudumalai. We will explore the city of palaces - Mysore, as well as coffee plantations of Chickamangaluru and the ancient temples of Hassan. The rainforests of Agumbe are also on the program. We ride along the Konkan coast past Gokarna until we finally reach Goa after 14 days.
The entire trip is set at a classic pace to maximize the experience of one of the most remarkably diverse countries and its people, and to experience the unique culture and nature of South India.
Day 1: Arrival in Trivandrum & Bike briefing
After the international flight and transfer, we arrive at the Heritage Hotel in the colonial city of Trivandrum, the former capital of Travancore Province and the present capital of Kerala. The city is home to many historical monuments including the famous Padmanabha Swamy Temple, museums, art galleries and fascinating beaches. After you have settled in at the hotel, the tour briefing follows with a briefing on the motorcycles. A leisurely evening walk will make the traces of the jet lag disappear.
Day 2: Ride to the Backwaters & Houseboat Cruise in Alleppey
In the early morning we start along the coast of the Arabian Sea and ride through farming villages until we reach the backwater of Allepey. We will ride over long bridges that will take us across the wide estuaries. Here we board the famous houseboats to spend the rest of the day with the view of the untouched ecosystem. We experience the simple life of the locals. Did you know that a houseboat is a revised model of the kettuvallam (in Malayalam language Kettu means "tied up with ropes" and vallam "boat"), which was used to transport rice and spices from Kuttanad to Kochi Harbour? It is an enchanting and relaxing experience to relax on deck and take an unforgettable trip through the backwaters.
Day 3: Ride into the wilderness of Periyar
After leaving the houseboat, we will leave the rice fields and lagoons behind us and ride towards the rubber land of Pala and then through the picturesque Vagamon until we reach Periyar on mountain roads. Periyar is one of the few remaining wild tiger habitats in India (and in the world) and is part of "Project Tiger", a conservation project to protect the Royal Bengal Tigers. Situated high in the mountains of the Western Ghats, this protected area covers 777 km², of which 350 km² of forest is part of the core zone known as Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Famous for its picturesque lake and lush flora and fauna, this well-preserved park is run by the Forestry Department and supported by local tribes and communities who still live on the periphery of the park. Here you can take walks in the rainforest and boat safaris and visit the spice plantations.
Day 4: Ride to Teeland Munnar
After the morning trekking in the Tiger Reserve we set course for our next destination. While driving through the small village streets, the landscape slowly changes into small spice farms - pepper and cardamom farms -, tea plantations and finally we ride along the main road towards Munnar. "Welcome to the land of Neelakurinji", the flower that covers the hills every twelve years ", and the endangered Neelagiri Thar. The hills here are covered with lush plantations of green tea and are 1600 to 1800 meters above sea level. Visit the Tea Museum in the afternoon to learn some interesting facts about tea plantations and tea production in Munnar, and take a walk through the local bazaar.
Day 5: To the temple city of Madurai
Today we ride down the mountain roads and leave the forests of Kerala behind us. We continue through the picturesque agricultural landscape of Theni in Tamil Nadu to the great temple city of Madurai. This bustling city in Tamil Nadu was founded in the Sangam period of pre-Christian times and is famous for its ancient temple - the Meenakshi Temple. Here we visit the temple to admire the beautiful architecture on the banks of the Vaigai River. The night ceremony in the temple with a lamp lit all around is a real feast for the eyes.
Day 6: Ride to the village of Pollachi
Our destination today is Pollachi. We ride through the great plains of Tamil Nadu, along windy roads, villages, small temples and wide fields, and can admire the mighty western ghats to the south. During the journey we pass Dindigul, a small town, and the Palani Hills - a famous pilgrimage destination in South India - before reaching the picturesque village of Pollachi. Here we stay in a picturesque resort surrounded by peaceful palm groves.
Day 7: Ride to the queen of the hills - Ooty
With a panoramic view of the plains, we ride through Mettupalayam, which is considered by the East India Company as the gateway to the Nilgiris. We also see the unspoiled mountain town of Coonoor with its picturesque landscapes and tea plantations. Soon the journey takes us to Ooty - a mountain station at about 2,200 m above sea level in the Nilgiri Hills, once considered the summer capital of the East India Company. While we relax in our beautiful accommodation, the fog passes the hills and we can feel the freshness in the air. Ooty is famous for its artificial lake, rose garden and Nilgiri railways and is popular with bird lovers.
Day 8: Ride to the historic city of Mysore
We ride downhill over the 12 km long stretch of the famous 36 hairpin bends to the Ooty exit. Next we pass the wilderness hotspot Mudumalai at the foot of the Nilgiri Hills. The terrain is varied with hills, valleys, canyons, waterways and swamps, wet and dry deciduous forests and bush forests. This makes it an ideal destination for bird watching and wildlife, especially elephants. Further north we reach the historic town of Mysore, the official seat of the Wodeyar dynasty, the former royal family of Mysore. A visit to the palace and the Chamundi Hills and a look at the hectic Mysore markets are part of the tour before we retire for the night.
Day 9: Ride to the coffee town of Chickamagaluru
Today we ride through country roads shaded by the trees and the occasional banyan and coconut groves. We will experience the beauty and unique culture of rural South India first hand. We stop in the historic town of Hassan to admire the complex architecture of the 12th century temples of Hoysaleswara and Chennakesava in Halibedu and Belur respectively. After a well-deserved cultural break, we ride to Chikamangalur, the coffee capital of Karnataka, to reach the Taj Resort, situated on the gentle slopes of the Sahyadri Mountains and surrounded by flower-filled gardens. This part of the country is also known as the land of coffee.
Day 10: Ride through the rainforest to Kundapura
Today, the road winds uphill through the lush green rainforest of Agumbe, the home of the King Cobras, and through the landscape of Koppa, a small town surrounded by the Western Ghats and situated at 800 meters above sea level. It is also known as the Kashmir of Karnataka, because of its mild weather and fascinating landscape. The trip ends in the city of Kundapura, which is surrounded by water on three sides. To the north is the Panchagangavali River, to the east the Kalaghar River and to the west the Kodi Backwater and the Arabian Sea. The south is the only side that is connected to the main land mass. We spend the rest of the day visiting the coffee, tea and spice plantations.
Day 11: Ride to quiet Gokarna
The next day we ride along the coastal road, which smells strongly of sea and sand. On the way we visit the Murudeshwar Temple in Honnavar with the huge statue of Lord Shiva and cross the Sharawati River. We ride along the hilly roads to reach the coastal roads again towards Gokarna, a small and remote holy city with four of the most remote and unspoiled beaches in India. The main attractions of Gokarna are indeed the beaches where people relax and enjoy the sun for months on end. Our journey ends today in a picturesque resort. A delicious dinner is planned in a special restaurant.
Day 12: Ride to South Goa
Again we ride along picturesque cliffs that drop down to the beautiful beaches. This land is also known as the "Mango" belt for the delicious "Alphonso" mangoes that grow here in abundance. You will pass Karwar, an old port for maritime trade, frequented by Arabs, Dutch, Portuguese, French and later British. It is historically significant. The picturesque Fort Sadashivgad is located on the river Kali, on which Karwar lies. From here we ride towards the beautiful beaches of South Goa.
Day 13: Ride to North Goa
Today is the last day of our tour and also the last day we can admire the beauty of Goa. The tour leads us to the northern parts of Goa. On the way we also visit the villages in the interior of Goa, temples, churches and historic bungalows. We can also take a break to visit the Bom Jesus Cathedral, an expression of Portuguese sovereignty for 400 years of colonial rule.
Day 14: Departure
This day marks the end of the 14-day motorcycle tour through South India. Hopefully you will return with timeless memories of this unforgettable motorcycle tour through the unique South India.
2 days Hampi extension
We will take the long way to Hampi to explore the ruins and temples of the Unesco World Heritage Site (8 hours) Hampi was once the thriving capital of the Vijayanagar Empire and was rich in wealth, military skill and culture. The Pampati Swami Temple, the Queen's Bath, the Lotus Mahal, the Royal Balance and the musical pillars of the Vittala Temple remind us of past glories. Other main attractions are the temple complex of Lord Virupaksha, Ugra Narasimha, Matanga Hill and the Vittala Temple Complex. But not only culturally Hampi has a lot to offer, also scenically the area is unique with millions of rocks that seem to have been scattered by the hand of God.