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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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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63 thoughts on “India a beautiful place for a bicycle tour”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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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  13. 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! 🙂

  14. 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

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. You should really add information about Kumarakom in Kerala. Kumarakom and beach destinations like Varkala, Fort Kochi etc are heavens for cyclists.

  18. 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…

  19. 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?

  20. 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!

  21. I love my bicycle the most. When I get free time I used to go for ride my bicycle.
    Last year when I came to India I spend a lot of time in near Rajasthan and used to travel all my leisure time in a bicycle.
    Thanks for your post…love it!

  22. Hello Shalu, I heard a lot about India. I also heared that there are all types of weather. I am a bicycle fanatic and I have a plan to travel in india in next year. I learned a lot reading this post. Thanks for such an interesting post.

  23. WoW!!! really admirable. Sounds like something freaky cool. Wanna try for sure. Keep posting, looking forward for more from you.

  24. Great list!
    I would certainly like to go in tours in kerala. As the beauty of Gods own country is something I don’t want to miss. Cycling tour is real fun and good way to stay in shape. Could you write tours that are in east part of India?

  25. Nice List!,
    But i would suggest if you are planning for a ride in Rajasthan then avoid summer season. because during that time the temperature in Rajasthan is more than 50 degree and you will exhaust too soon during your ride on bicycle.

  26. I am living in Kerala. Every house having wide area for bike ride. This main reason for getting kids bikes and cars in very low price here especially through online markets.

  27. Hi Mam,
    Thanks for this useful list, I would like to mention my favorite spot for cycling and bike riding in Tamil Nadu.
    ECR is the one am talking about.
    The East Coastal Road(ECR) was good and much better for cycling and bike riding.
    One can found all kinds of Entertainments on ECR Road; ECR has many shopping malls, Hotels, Rivers, Theme parks, Open Theaters, Temples, Boating’s, Art Galleries, and more.


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