India a beautiful place for a bicycle tour

I have been fascinated with India for years. The country has a beautiful spiritual culture, diverse scenery and amazing cuisine. One of the ways to experience India is by going on a bicycle tour.

These tours allow the travelers to experience the country in a close up, personal manner. You can often see, hear and smell things while riding a bike which you may have missed while driving a car or travelling by train.

Beautiful Kerala decent
Beautiful Kerala decent

I will focus on two areas in this guide; Kerala and Rajasthan.

Before you start thinking about organizing your bike tour, I recommend you read these tips on travelling to India.

Regarding planning the tour, it is a good idea to plan where you’ll be riding and sleep well in advance. This is one of the common mistakes that people make when going on the bike tour.

Kerala

Located in the south west tip of India, Kerala is packed full of fertile green lands, birdlife and other wildlife.

Lots of tea, spices, bananas and coconuts are grown here with many of them having the option to visit their plantations.

Visiting a banana plantation in Kerala
Visiting a banana plantation in Kerala

Here are some of the many lovely places in Kerala that you can ride to.

Kochi (Cochin)

This is a lively city by the sea and has some lovely beaches, old churches, forts and the Mangalavanambird sanctuary.

Interestingly enough it also has the oldest European church in India, built there in 1503.
You can spend a lot of time looking through the spice markets but be warned; it will probably make you very hungry!

I know I keep talking about food but I literally grew up eating Indian curries of all types and descriptions. I would eat them every day but my wife won’t let me.

Kumily

It’s a fairly small town on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nada.

This area has many coffee plantations and rice fields to visit. It also is home to a tiger reserve and the Periyar National Park.

It also has many great markets which are very popular among locals and travelers.

There are also boat trips and various treks available for riders wanting to take a break from cycling.

Kumarakom

This is indeed a true tropical city, ideal for a couple days break from riding.

It’s also very popular for bird watchers, as thousands of birds migrate there once a year.

For food lovers (there I go again!), fish and other seafood should be your first choice as it is home to a wide variety of fresh sea life.

You should have an amazing time riding along Lake Vembanad, past wide forests and canals.

Rajasthan

The area of Rajasthan is very different to Kerala, not so much green but with many desert areas.

It is home to many majestic palaces and forts, as well as the magnificent Mount Abu.

Castle Bijaipur in Rajasthan
Castle Bijaipur in Rajasthan

Here are some of the delights you can ride to in Rajasthan.

Bijaipur

I personally prefer the quiet areas more than the busy cities like New Delhi, so Bijaipur fits that bill perfectly.

It is home to Castle Bijaipur which allows guests to stay in various rooms. The main building was made in the 16th century, so there is a lot of history here.

It isn’t a luxury hotel but the rooms are stylish and comfortable.

The hotel also has a pool, yoga lessons and cooking lessons. Plus for a day’s break from biking, you can hire jeeps to explore the rural locations.

Udaipur

The city of Udaipur is known as the Jewel of Mewar with majestic views in the background of the Aravalli Mountains.

It is packed full of temples and palaces, so you could easily spend more than a day exploring these.
One of the popular places to visit here are the royal palaces set among the Pichola Lake.

Ranakpur

This is another popular destination for tourists.

The Jain temples are very famous here and definitely worth a look, even if you only visit them once to see the beautiful carvings.

You can ride here from Udaipur but it’s almost 100 km so you will probably have to make the bike ride over two or three days.

The post you just read was contributed by Jack Harris who writes for www.pedaltours.co.nz a company that offers bicycle tours in a number of countries. Take a look at this for details of their India tours.

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54 thoughts on “India a beautiful place for a bicycle tour

  • September 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm
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    India has got good nature!.. I would love to go for a bicycle tour in winter season in cold area

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  • September 9, 2012 at 8:52 am
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    very interesting
    i was wondering about the language i can use apart from Indian, do people speak english in india?

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  • September 9, 2012 at 5:04 pm
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    Certainly India is a place of green land. It seems nature makes India with his own hand. i love to visit you recommend the places 🙂
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  • September 10, 2012 at 3:25 am
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    Cycling is a very good way to get personal with the landscape and I am sure you can see many buildings.

    I bet you will discover some areas you missed in the rush of traveling.

    Great relaxing post. Shalu

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  • September 10, 2012 at 10:25 am
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    I like Cycling so much bcause it makes muscles solid.When i was in school then I regularly used Bicycle to go school. even when I want to go market then i use cycle.
    I love cycling specially In raining season.

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  • September 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm
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    Hi Jack….Cycle Tour is too great job in India. Through Cycle you can touch those part of India which is not easily accessible through other heavy vehicles.
    I like it because it is environment friendly and good for health as well.
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  • September 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm
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    I bet India is a beautiful place to explore via bicycle, what a beautiful way to remember your trip, too!

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  • September 12, 2012 at 8:50 am
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    Cycling is one of the most enticing hobby present in the youth of the country. The people of the country shares such a great passion for bicycling, that each and every part of the country has adequate provisions to provide a good time to the bicyclers. Thanks for the share.

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    • September 12, 2012 at 11:42 am
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      Hi Aayana, I agree cycling is the best way to go around and see places.
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  • September 13, 2012 at 9:56 am
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    That look nice. I tried at Sapa. When come to india. i will try more

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  • September 22, 2012 at 7:03 am
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    Hello there, I am so excited I found your site, I really found you by error, while I was researching on google for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say kudos for a fantastic post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to go through it all at the moment but I have saved it and also included your RSS feeds.

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  • October 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm
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    I have stayed at Castle Bijaipur on the way to Bundi. We went horse riding there… they have some magnificent animals. We had dinner by moonlight in the courtyard. I will go back next year.

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  • November 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm
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    Very interesting – I don’t think you usually put “bicycle tour” and India together, but I suppose it makes sense. Bikes aren’t quite as popular in Italy as vespas and scooters, but they’re still around.
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  • December 24, 2012 at 10:34 am
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    Going in Nepal on motorcycles is a awesome adventure for me. Those was my best and best days in Nepal and i hope i will go again in Nepal on Bikes.

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  • March 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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    Bicycling has it’s own fun. I used to Bicycling in my childhood. I am from Delhi & I used to Bicycling. I didn’t get opportunity to Bicycling out of Delhi 🙁

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  • June 17, 2013 at 4:40 am
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    well explored..
    visited most of the places and would like to visit the rest of it as soon as possible and cycling in my hometown is good enough for me as we are surrounded in forests area.

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  • June 18, 2013 at 4:15 am
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    that’s true..
    and still most of the beautiful places are missing..
    thanks for the share and i like the method of your content making.
    thanks for the share.

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  • July 25, 2013 at 9:49 am
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    Hi Shalu

    I search for Google what India is a beautiful place for a bicycle tour and i see your nice post this is very informative for me, You are right this is one of the common mistakes that people make when going on the bike tour.

    thanks for information pls sent me more information in my email.

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  • September 10, 2013 at 2:45 am
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    This is great information,I had a good time reading the entire length of the article. Thank you.

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  • September 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm
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    nice information..your blog is real guide of india..please upload some pics of kedar nath after aug 2013
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  • October 7, 2013 at 2:23 pm
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    Cycle Tour is too great job in India.Cycling is one of the most enticing hobby present in the youth of the country. The people of the country shares such a great passion for bicycling, that each and every part of the country has adequate provisions to provide a good time to the bicyclers.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm
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    I’d highly recommend spending some time at this Jaipur. Many great pictures can be taken as sunset, and the basic and very cheap bike cycling tours are an excellent way to get out on the place and enjoy the scenery.

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  • December 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm
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    I live in Jaipur and yeah! it’s a good think to travel with bicycle..but not in the crowdy city area..It’s not easy to travel here by bicycle.
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  • March 24, 2014 at 9:35 am
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    We bring forth tourists best available information about the India Travel Tips. Our personnel have compiled this information in books, magazines and travel …

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  • June 6, 2014 at 7:46 pm
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    Hello. I have met the representative of Kerala at ITB Berlin. That’s truly impressive destination for bicycle touring. Hope to be able to visit these places soon 🙂

    Thanks for writing about cycling tourism, greets from Poland! 🙂
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  • July 2, 2014 at 10:06 am
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    Great information found related to India.I don’t know about some places before read this post.Thank you very much for this article.
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  • July 12, 2014 at 10:33 am
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    i highly recommend to spend your precious time in Udaipur its a superb tourist destination and lots of tourist get attracted towards udaipur because of its original beauty

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  • August 7, 2014 at 8:48 pm
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    hi.friends,,
    i am traveling all over india by bycicle on 2015 november on wards,any one want to join with me..

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  • October 13, 2014 at 9:45 am
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    Kumarokam : The beautiful place in Kerala Highly recommended To visit here at least once For better experiance.

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  • October 16, 2014 at 5:49 am
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    I’ve never been to India before, but seeing how good to be cycling in India makes me so jealous of you. I need to do more works to collect more money in order to go there!

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  • January 9, 2015 at 9:02 pm
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    Oh, we are a travel agency from Germany and never thought about cycling in India. But this sounds great. I think this would be a nice addition for our catalogue in future.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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    I would Suggest to travel to Gods Own Country(kerala) . Everyone must Like our Kerala.The land of gods.Nice blog.
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  • February 9, 2015 at 10:41 am
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    I don’t think you usually put “bicycle tour” and India together, but I suppose it makes sense. Bikes aren’t quite as popular in Italy as vespas and scooters, but they’re still around.
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  • February 12, 2015 at 4:46 am
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    If allowed to know how much it costs to be incurred for cycling in india?

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  • April 4, 2015 at 6:32 am
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    Very nice Information admin….. I really appreciated. please let me about charges for this event participating?

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  • April 16, 2015 at 5:41 am
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    It very useful info, I got very valuable information Thanks for the post.

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  • May 17, 2015 at 9:08 am
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    Yes India is awesome Place, There are many more Great Places for cycling You would find it in every state.

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  • June 5, 2015 at 7:16 pm
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    You should really add information about Kumarakom in Kerala. Kumarakom and beach destinations like Varkala, Fort Kochi etc are heavens for cyclists.

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  • June 8, 2015 at 10:19 am
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    Biking is my hobby. I have joined some bicycle tours in my country and I really love them.
    As you wrote in the post, Kochi is a lovely city by the sea… I can imagine a long beach with sunshine and the wind. And my wish is that some day I can ride my bycicle at Kochi with my lovers.
    Thanks for the post…

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  • August 20, 2015 at 1:16 pm
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    well, this is a good information about India. If I have opportunity to visit there, I would like to ride my mountain bike. Cycling is wonderful exercise in our body that could relaxed our mind but don’t forget about safety in wearing protective gear just like in motorcycling that wears motorcycle helmet for protection. Oh, is it also safe for motorcycle trail in India?

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  • September 17, 2015 at 2:35 pm
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    I really agree with you, very nice for a bicycle tour.

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  • September 21, 2015 at 4:06 pm
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    India is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, I bet the bike tours are amazing.

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  • October 27, 2015 at 10:44 am
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    I have never been to southeren India. I would definitely visit it next time along with my bike.
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  • December 18, 2015 at 3:44 pm
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    Great guideline! who loves to ride bicycle in the India.

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  • December 20, 2015 at 8:42 am
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    Bicycle tour is a very fun ride indeed. However, visitors need to have great stamina within to ride bikes all around the touring spots. It’s a very hard work as well. Though I prefer auto rickshaw tour to explore India’s various touring places rather then bike. It’s fast and time saving.

    Anyway thanks a lot for sharing great guideline about India tour!
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  • February 14, 2016 at 12:27 pm
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    I am stephen. I love to travel different places specially riding on a bike. Your wonderful post reminds me last year bike riding near sea beach at sunshine.

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  • March 15, 2016 at 6:41 am
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    This is great information,I had a good time reading the entire length of the article.

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