The amazing people of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. There cheers, waving and welcome. We attracted a lot of attention. Tea stops could cause minor traffic jams as crowds came to greet us. It was funny having our picture taken!
The ride through the tea plantations and down hill to the home stay was probably my favourite day but every day was great, diverse in scenery and interest.
Chettinad is almost like being on a film set.
The Sri Meenakshi-Sundareshwara temple is amazing.
Coming across a spectacular festival in a temple just by hearing the music as we cycled.
Again, this was the first time the trip had been run so the itinerary might be tweaked slightly.
Tickets to get inside Auroville should be booked in advance. When we arrived the next available ticket were two days later.
Visit the market at Thanjavur.
If you want to visit the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary, book tickets in advance if the day of arrival doesn't change.
You will see more wildlife in a few minutes on the house boat than an hour in the bird sanctuary but it was worth getting up early for the sunrise!
Completely cover yourself with mosquito repellent on the boat. They were biting through clothing!
In Fort Cochin the Synagogue is closed Friday and Saturday. The Palace is also closed on Friday, so if arriving on Thursday visit these first.
If you want to see the Katharkali dancing I would also suggest booking the tickets early so you can get a seat nearer the front.
For those who like a cold beer after a hot day in the saddle be advised that a lot of the hotels do not have a liquor liscense. It might be an idea for exodus to get a cool box (not just for beer) and pick some up on the way. You might have to ask for "special tea or coffee"!
Odomos is a local mosquito repellent, widely available and very cheap.
Money - £250 covered everything including tips at the end. There are ATMs if you plan to do a lot of shopping.
Camelbaks or something similar I suggest are better than bottles. I would also suggest getting/bringing a handlebar bag. There are so many photo oppurtunities. It would make life easier.