India’s coastal paradise welcomes cyclists

As Kerala continues to grow in its position as one of India’s most popular tourist destinations, local governments are innovating with new products and experiences. The Government of Kerala’s District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) are promoting cycling tours to and around the multi-faceted port town of Kochi.

Nicknamed “The Queen of the Arabian Sea”, Kochi is an ancient port city which, due to its location on India’s southwestern coast where the Arabian Sea meets the north Indian Ocean, boasts historical influences from many different global cultures.

Surrounded by nature and biodiversity, cycling is the ideal way to visit this region, both in terms of accessibility and sustainability.

A joint project of Port Trust, DTPC and Blue Tiger Tours, new bike tours access backwaters, village life, paddy fields, mangrove forests and the many exotic locales of Kochi, giving a freedom and a unique viewpoint on the city. There is a range of cycling packages on offer, both with and without guides, catering for a range of customers: for the history enthusiast there is Fort Kochi and the relics at the ancient port of Muziris; for others there is a serene non-touristic beach area, harbouring backwater lagoons, shrimp farms and the chance to relax and take a ferry ride. Other tour options include Willingdon Island – India’s largest man-made island – which promises an immersive day pedalling from the majesty of the rugged coast, to the coolness of the myriad parks and lakes, along quiet and peaceful roads.