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Cycling through undulating hills of Munnar

duration:

10 Hours

where:

Munnar, Kerala

group size:

2 - 8

INR 4,000 per person

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On this tour, we cycle to explore rural Munnar. Visit farmers and bicycle past villages that are still in the era of fire-wood, lanterns and well water. Through orange and apple orchards, past shola forests, sandalwood and sugarcane farms. Kids as usual want you to wave and are quick with the ” Hey ! How are you ?”. Villagers, tea pickers and planters wave out too welcoming you into their homes. Tea pickers busy at work, always happy to take a picture. The cool breeze giving you the very motivation you need to pedal out an uphill. Winding roads and the chirping birds accompany you.

When can I go?

Daily starting 7.30 AM

Start and End point will be KDHP House, Munnar

Experience Highlights

  • Bike past corrugated-iron-roofed cottages, tea estates and spectacular waterfalls of the Kannan Devan Hills
  • Visit a jaggery factory and learn about the traditional method still in use here.
  • Visit a farm for a delicious lunch, followed by a tour of the farm

Detailed Itinerary

7:45 – 8:30 am 
Gather at the KDHP House in Munnar town. After a quick introduction of the day’s activities we’re out to explore the unexplored Munnar. Your trip leader and cab driver will help you choose the right bike and provide a cycle pouch, helmets and water. A short transfer and we’re out cycling deep into nature.

8:30 – 12:00 am
Bike past corrugated-iron-roofed cottages, tea estates and spectacular waterfalls of the Kannan Devan Hills. With peninsular India’s highest peak, Anamudi (2695m) – offering superlative views, there’s not too much more to offer. It is at an elevation of 8,842 ft and is the highest point in South India. The region is home to one of the largest surviving populations of elephants of Asian descent, the Gaurs and the Nilgiri Tahrs not to mention the vibrant avian life.

12:00 – 1:00 am
One of the highlight’s in your tour today is the visit to a jaggery factory. Sarkkara or Jaggery is a coarse brown colored sweet made up of the sap of sugar cane. In India, most of the sweet products are prepared using Jaggery.

1:00 – 3:00 pm
Via Marayoor which has natural sandalwood forests and ancient dolmens that date back to the Stone Age. Lunch is served in a farm nearby cultivating export quality apples, oranges, plums, strawberries, peaches and varieties of other fruits and vegetables. A farm tour after an exquisite lunch and we’re good to go for the much awaited downhill.

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm 
Hot cardamom tea and we’re back on the saddle for the last stretch of our ride to Mattupatty Dam. Through classy Indian villages thriving in the ancient times of well water, lanterns and fire wood, you just experienced India from another age and time. The route covers majestic tea plantations and lonely villages with picturesque views of waterfalls, tea estates, farms, lakes, dams and shola forests.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm 
Our trips ends at KDHP House (Munnar town) from where you could also purchase tea dust of the best quality. The routes and activities have been designed to meet the levels of an average active person. Join us to revel in nature !

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