Malabar Coast - Kerala Tour

 

Dates December 17th 2019 - January 2nd 2020
January 7th - 23rd 2021

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The Live India motorcycle tour of South India comprises quite literally the best of everything the Malabar Coast of Kerala can provide. The new Enfield’s you will ride are definitely the most enjoyable way to tour South India in style. The trip combines fabulous luxury colonial hotels with breathtakingly beautiful routes and is uniquely designed to reveal Kerala’s secret places that you can only see by motorbike.

One moment you will be on the tropical coast in your shorts and t-shirt, and the next you’ll be at 7000ft sipping tea in the high Western Ghats mountains of South India with your jacket on enjoying the cool alpine air. There is a huge variety of everything on this tour, from delicious, out of this world cuisine, to tribal festivals way off the tourism trail. As for your motorbike, it just has to be the latest model Royal Enfield classic 500, the only way to tour the exotic landscapes of Kerala, South India in style.

If you are looking for a motorcycle tour that combines full-on luxury with real adventure then why not join us on our South India odyssey along the Malabar Coast and inland Kerala.

Once again this is a real holiday where you will have time to enjoy and absorb the unbelievable variety of natural beauty and culture that makes Kerala one of the most sought after destinations in the world.

Kerala is a tropical paradise with everything to offer from 8000ft peaks to quiet palm fringed beaches, wild tribes to quaint colonial hideaways, not forgetting the lush jungles, backwater lagoons and spectacular tea plantations.

From the sound of the waves gently lapping on the beach as you lay in your hammock under the warm tropical winter sun to cruising on your Royal Enfield through the undulating green carpets of the worlds highest tea plantations, this trip will put you in touch with yourself and with nature leaving you refreshed and revitalized, with a head full of exhilarating memories to take home with you.

Starting in the wonderfully historic and romantic old port city of Cochin on the Indian Ocean, the tour takes you through the most fascinating and scenic areas of Kerala that are only accessible to those who can travel by motorcycle.

The unique to LiveIndia routes we have chosen for you are superb, some days you’ll be on the highway, others through gorgeous leafy wildlife sanctuaries and still more alongside beaches or up in the clouds with your warm clothes on traversing some of South India’s most exciting mountain ranges.

Along the way you’ll discover quaint colonial era British settlements and get to explore the forests and jungles that Kerala is famous for. Throw into the mix excellent food and accommodation to take your breath away, as well as the most charming people you could ever expect to meet and you have yourself the ultimate winter adventure.

Using our inside knowledge and extensive connections we get you way off the beaten track and let you into some of Kerala’s best kept secrets.

If you would like to see it all, and at a relaxed pace that allows you to enjoy the experience to the full, then this tour is the one for you.

We will pick you up from the airport and provide you with superb service for the duration of the trip with two top guides and full support team with vehicles who will be on hand to oversee your comfort all along the way.

Your motorcycle will be the new Royal Enfield Classic 500 manufactured in South India and ideally suited to tour the varied terrain and riding conditions you will encounter here.

Early booking is recommended as this tour is run only once per year to coincide with the best riding weather. Places are limited to eight adventurers, all you need to do is click on the “Book Now” button and pay your deposit to secure your place.

The Route

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Accomodation

There is such a wealth of fantastic places to stay along our route that as ever we are going to push the boat out and book you into the best of them!

We don’t stay in fancy places every night, we simply stay in the best places every night

Whether it’s a beachside colonial mansion turned into a hotel, a maharaja’s palace, or a jungle lodge on stilts, you will be staying in some of the most exciting accommodation in South India.

We believe that quality accommodation makes the trip into a dream holiday as well as a superb adventure, so we never hold back on booking you into the most interesting and characterful options.

For Example

In Cochin you will stay at the Old Harbour Hotel, a Tripadvisors Travellers Choice 2012 winner

In the labyrinth of inland lagoons and waterways of Kerala, you will stay on the edge of a lake at the wonderful Coconut Lagoon, also a Travellers Choice 2012 award winner.

Food

South Indian cuisine is renowned the world over. Unlike in the west where one expects to find the best cooking in smart restaurants, in Asia the best food is often found in “aunties place” by the side of the road. Home cooking using fresh ingredients and family recipes passed down through the generations and refined over hundreds of years is definitely king. You will also certainly be dining in some of the top restaurants in South India with fabulous continental menus but you will also get to experience the flavours and spices that make Keralan food the culinary legend that it is.

Whether it is fresh seafood cooked straight from the net or subtly spiced local delicacies you will get to sample the very best of everything and vegetarians will be in their element. All drinks and meals are included in the price of the trip.

Riding Conditions

For the most part you’ll be on well surfaced country roads but here and there there is a bit of the loose stuff plus the usual selection of India’s ubiquitous potholes to keep you on the straight and narrow. Most days are four hours in the saddle with a couple of longer leisurely rides in between, through areas of outstanding natural beauty. These are counterbalanced by days off in relaxing locations where you can also take part in optional day trips or just chill out and enjoy yourself. We have one long day on the national highway at the end of the trip that will get your pulse racing, by that time you’ll be more than ready to enjoy it. As for the riding, you can take it for granted that this journey as with all of our routes will take you through some of the best scenery on the planet!

The weather is set to be cool, fine and clear as this is the very best time to be in Kerala.

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Below you'll find, at a glance, what's included in the price of the tour, and what isn't. This trip is ALL INCLUSIVE with no hidden extras. From the moment you touch down in India to the moment you leave you will be regally looked after and catered for in splendid style every step of the way.

  • All accommodation (14 nights), in your own room unless you specify otherwise.
  • 12 days use of a new, professionally maintained latest model Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 500cc with the controls the “right” way round.
  • Small group size limited to 8 riders.
  • All of your petrol which we fill for you at night to save you waiting in hot forecourts.
  • Our fully equipped support team including luggage vehicles, guides, outriders, tour manager, medic, and mechanic.
  • Staff to client ratio of 1:1 (or very close), giving you an exceptional level of service.
  • Two expert guides. One Indian, one English.
  • All your food, drinks, breakfasts, lunches, dinners... and snacks along the way at the best eateries around.
  • All of your drinking water tea/coffee/juice while you are on the road.
  • An alcoholic beverage of a selection with your dinner.
  • Airport transfers in comfortable, executive style air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All parking fees.
  • All permit fees.
  • All entrance fees.
  • All tips on your behalf for waiters/porters/room-staff en route.
  • As much friendly pre-trip preparation help as you need with visas, flights and insurance etc.
  • International Flights to arrive/depart Cochin (Approx £550 from UK)
  • Indian visa
  • Medical Insurance (our recommended package is from £50)
  • Extra alcoholic drinks
  • Team tips at end of tour, at your discretion.

South India - Malabar Coast Tour

Rider
£4000 Own room
£3700 Shared room

Pillion
£3700 Own Room
£3400 Shared room

Seat in vehicle
£3700 Own Room
£3400 Shared room

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M.Taylor
Roof Of The World - March 2019
Highly recommend this trip, its the most amazing experience.

Roger Turner
Bhutan Tour - November 2018
Just to say thank you to you all for your fun and cheerful company on what was an amazing and unforgettable trip.

Paul Hanson: Roof Of The World - August 2018

It's been about 6 years since I did this and it's still one of the best things that I've ever done.

Tom B. Little Tibet Tour - October 2018

Certainly, the highlight of my year was our Himalayan adventure! Still working on a return to India....Leh and Nubra Valley need to be ridden! (2020?)

Ben Williamson January 2018

What a trip we had though, I miss it everyday. Was the best trip I have ever been on.

Susan J. December 2017

Big big thanks Andy & LiveIndia for another amazing wonderful experience in India.

Chris Edmunds
Goa & Beyond - December 2017

Thank you, Andy, thank you India, t’was another amazing trip. I’m truly grateful for everything - it was great to see some familiar faces and meet some new! Love to you all.

Ciaran Gannon.
Goa & Beyond - December 2017

Thanks Andy, another awesome Indian adventure.

Philip Deacon July 2017

I'm struggling to decide which was my favourite place and moment. There isn't a day that goes by without us reflecting on where we have been and what we have seen.

R. Hine
Malabar Coast Kerala - Jan 2017

Thanks for pictures...was indeed a fantastic trip and thank you for making it a great experience...Hopefully we will meet again.

Peter Daniels
Roof Of The World - March 2017

I keep getting wonderful flash back images of our trip and that unique countryside

Peter Laws 
Rajasthan - October 2016

Thanks from Will and I for a fantastic trip. I can only endorse Roger’s comments below: It really was a very special time.

Ciaran G. October 2016

You did everything you could to ensure an amazing experience, always with the safety of the group in mind. The team of people you have built there, to cover all aspects of the tour, is superb. Awesome job!

Roger T.
Rajasthan - October 2016

Most of all it was lovely to share the experience with such good company. Many thanks for all your hard work which succeeded in making it such a success.

Michelle R.
Roof Of The World - July 2016

I have been on a lot of motorcycle tours in my life but I just wanted to tell you that this was the best one I have ever been on.

Valerie F.
Goa & Beyond - January 2015

India was never on my bucket list. And now I want to go back and see it all.

Nick A.
Little Tibet - November 2014

We often talk about our Indian adventure and have nothing but fond memories of the trip.

John Fisher
Himalayas Tour - October 2014

What a great time was had by all, I hope. A great adventure. Thank you all for making my birthday special.

Dick & Ruth B.
Himalayas Tour - April 2014

We still have to pinch ourselves when we think back to what really was a trip of a life time. Would we do it again – Yes.

David Armand
Goa & Beyond - January 2014

Thanks again for encouraging me to do this and taking care of a newbie. Was brilliant!

Jon Mitchell - Himalayas Tour - April 2013

Hi Andy, can’t tell you how much I enjoyed my trip, it has help me appreciate the life and challenges of the beautiful people of India, and hope to join you for your Bhutan trip in 2014.
Again many thanks for a life altering experience, something that I will never forget, and I think you may get a few interests from Aussie, on my recommendation.

Paul Kemp
Roof Of The World - August 2012

Dear Andrew,
I can’t thank you and all the boys enough for the great adventure
and the friendships formed during the trek was magic.

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