CYCLING 2016-17 p054-055

exodus Cycling2016

Southern India Coast to Coast Ride 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 The two southernmost states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala perfectly depict the contrasting nature of India. Seeing them on two wheels gives the opportunity to soak up the rich culture and appreciate the different landscapes as we cycle by. We pass some of the most impressive sites of southern India, including the former French colony of Pondicherry and the magnificent Meenakshi Temple at Madurai. After the cooler highlands and tea estates of the Western Ghats we reach the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, where a relaxing houseboat cruise offers the chance to reflect on a memorable journey. Dates & Price Guide START END FLIGHT LAND START END FLIGHT LAND INC ONLY INC ONLY Please see our website www.exodus.co.uk for all dates and prices. BIKE HIRE NOW INCLUDED SEE PAGE 10 P Premium F departure S Polo FdeparturPe F Family departure Call ROAD • INDIA 55 15 days inc. flights from £2449 Tamil Nadu India Activity Level MODERATE/CHALLENGING Trip Code MIT At a Glance Itinerary - Day by Day 1 Depart London. 2 Arrive Chennai; transfer to Pondicherry via the shore temples of Mahabalipuram. 3 Circular ride passing the spiritual commune of Auroville. After lunch in the old quarter the afternoon is free. 4 Pleasant ride along village roads; to Kumbakonam, famed for its bronze deity casting. 5 Riverside ride to the 16th Century Nayak's capital of Thanjavur. 6 Long ride through the Tamil Nadu heartland to Chettinad, renowned for it palatial mansions. 7 Scenic backroads ride to Madurai, a highlight of any trip to India. 8 Free morning; transfer to lunch then ride past Indian vineyards before a final ascent into the Western Ghats; overnight Thekkady. 9 Free day to relax and stroll around this hill station or visit the nearby Periyar N.P. 10 A hilly ride through the tea estates with a refreshing stop at a tea factory; after lunch scenic ride to Vagamon. 11 Cycle through rubber and spice plantations to Kottayam, the Syrian Christian heartland of Kerala. 12 Free morning to explore or relax by the lake before boarding a houseboat for a stunning backwater cruise. 13 Final ride along the coast road to Fort Cochin, stopping at Marari for lunch. 14 Free day in Fort Cochin with its Chinese fishing nets. 15 Fly to London. Two distinctively different states l Delicious and varied local cuisine l Stay in two palatial mansions • 10 days cycling with 100% vehicle support • Mostly quiet backroads • Ride door-to-door on most days • Group normally 4 to 14, plus leader and driver. Min age 16 yrs • 10 nights hotels, 1 night houseboat, 2 nights Indian grand homes • All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 8 dinners included Western Cochin Ghats Pondicherry cycle transfer Alleppey Kumbakonam Thanjavur Chettinad Madurai Thekkady Mahabalipuram Chennai (Madras) INDIA KERALA TAMIL NADU ACCOMMODATION Most of the hotels are comfortable tourist-class and all have en suite rooms. Two nights will be spent in Indian grand homes; one of these is a palatial wedding mansion built by the Chettis and the other is a 19th Century plantation owner's family home providing a real insight into the heritage and history of southern India. 2016 09 Jan 23 Jan 2489 1799 23 Jan 06 Feb 2499 1759 13 Feb 27 Feb 2559 1759 27 Feb 12 Mar 2449 1759 12 Mar 26 Mar 2449 1759 22 Oct 05 Nov 2449 1799 05 Nov 19 Nov 2449 1799 26 Nov 10 Dec 2449 1799 17 Dec 31 Dec 2999 1879 2017 07 Jan 21 Jan 2549 1869 21 Jan 04 Feb 2549 1839 11 Feb 25 Feb 2549 1839 25 Feb 11 Mar 2549 1839 11 Mar 25 Mar 2549 1839 14 Oct 28 Oct 2599 1899 Daily Distance (km) 0845 863 9626 or visit www.exodus.co.uk and enter the three letter trip code 3 48 4 101 5 95 6 102 7 99 8 40 10 70 11 75 12 35 13 61 Dates and prices correct at time of publication (see page 13). Prices are £ Sterling per person. • Optional single supplement £495 • Land only start Chennai day 2, end Cochin day 15 • Insurance: please see page 106 Bike details: • Trek Marlin mountain bike with front suspension, included in the trip price • Discount for bringing your own bike £150 ALSO AVAILABLE AS A PRIVATE ADVENTURE SEE PAGE 4


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