The Gift of the Forest

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Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

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Fri, 15 Apr 2022

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3 Days / 3 Nights

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DISTANCE

115KM

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MIN. GROUP SIZE

10

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ELEVATION GAIN

3000M

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MAX ELEVATION

2200M

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% UNPAVED

10%

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% SINGLE TRACK

5%

Depending on which root/route you take, the etymology of the name Kodaikanal can reveal one of several meanings: "the gift of the forest", "a place to see in summer", "the summer forest" or "the forest of creepers". On this tour, Kodaikanal will mean all of these things and so much more. 

The ride up Kodaikanal is a difficult but incredibly beautiful one, through the back-country roads where few, if any, have ever ridden. As you leave the plains, the climb first passes shrub forests and then tropical forests which get progressively denser as you gain altitude. The routes that we've carefully charted out for this tour will give you breathtaking views of hilly landscapes, forests, valleys and many lakes and dams. On the second day, we will be riding through the forest between Kodaikanal and Munnar, a route that's not used by motorized vehicles, only frequented by village folk plying their local trade on horses.

Join us to experience this soul-filling journey through these lands of many enchantments.

Itinerary


Day 0, Thu, 14th April 2022 - Transit & Prep
  • Meeting Time: 8 pm
  • Meeting Point: A town called Oddanchatram, at the base of Kodaikanal
  • Overnight stay in a hotel

Day 1, Fri, 15th April 2022 - The Climb
  • We climb up Kodaikanal through back-country roads, off the highways and through a beautiful forest. The route offers panoramic views of the surrounding region and valleys.
Distance: 75 km 
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 2000 m
Duration: 7 hours
  • Transfer to Poondi
  • Overnight stay in a beautiful heritage bungalow set in a sprawling estate, surrounded by forests 

Day 2, Sat, 16th April 2022 - The Forest
  • A one-of-a-kind ride through the forests between Kodaikanal and Munnar. The initial stretch of this route is tarmac and then it becomes a mud track that courses through a forest. Expect to see some breathtakingly wild surroundings and a pristine lake perched in the forest.
Distance: 35 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1000 m
Duration: 4 hours
  • Overnight stay in a beautiful heritage bungalow set in a sprawling estate, surrounded by forests

Day 3, Sun, 17th April 2022 - The Lakeshore
  • Trek to a nearby lake located amidst grasslands and forests
Distance: 5 km
Duration: 2 hours
  • Depart to Bangalore after check-out

What do the difficulty levels mean?
The Level 1 (Beginner) rides are ideal for those who want to get back into cycling after a long time and get a taste of bicycle touring. The Level-2 (Moderate) rides are intended for those who've done a few of our Level-1 rides (20-30 km). The Level-3 (Challenging) rides are suitable for those who've done some Level-2 rides (40-60 km) and want to take it up a notch. Level-4 (Extreme) are rides and tours which have a lot of difficult climbs and or difficult conditions like in high-altitude regions.

FAQs

What's included in this tour?
  • Curated and guided cycling and travel experience
  • Transportation of bicycles
  • 3 nights stay
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Day 1 and Day 2. Breakfast on Day 3.
  • Ride refreshments
  • Mechanical support
  • Support Vehicle
What's not included in this tour?
  • All expenses during transit and meals not mentioned above
  • Transportation of riders (carpooling will be facilitated)
  • Personal expenses
  • Bike rentals (available as an add-on)
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