Costal Ride Through The Greenery/South India

Something About the Incredible  South India....!


South India comprises Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana and the Union Territories of Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry. Lush green tea and coffee plantations on the slopes with a backdrop of different hues of blue sky fill your heart with solace. Not to forget the magnificent examples of Dravidian style of architectural brilliance such as the temples of Mahabalipuram, Hampi and Chola Temple among many others. South India is a treasure trove of peace, scenic views, nature’s bliss and ancient history of India’s glory. Thus, making it one of the best travel destinations in India. South India is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Clean air, majestic hills and breathtaking views win your heart and soul. Nature tourism is on spike in recent years. Rather than visiting monuments or indulging in typical tourist activities, travelers prefer to leave the hustle behind and retire to the mountains for their holidays. Waking up amidst the picturesque Western Ghats is the best summer retreat you can ask for. Popular hill stations such as Munnar, Wayanad, Ooty and Kodaikanal among many others are becoming the hotshots of the tourist’s attractions in South India.


Best travel-time:                   

October, to February



Chennai / Cochin



15 travel days, 11 riding days


Distance covered:                

around 1161 miles / 1868 km


Day rides:                                   

80 - 120 miles / 100 - 260 km



Mainly tarmac; around 85 %  / 15 % some stretches with  gravel



Royal Enfield Bullet 500cc or 350cc with all latest features. 


Rider's requirements:        

A comfortable ride on tarmac and gravel. Steady nerves for the traffic needed!


Group size:                             

Min. 4 and max. 10 riders - space for pillion rider in our follow up car.



Areas Top Hotels, Resort and Guest House.


Riding Level:                          




Lush Greeneries Hills, “Tea & Spices Plantations ” , Open Jungle Trails,Culture and Costal ride,Beaches Trails,Traditions, Amazing Friendly People…



VISA needed! For many nationalities "Visa on arrival" possible now.You need to apply online!





DRIVING LICENSE (Rider): Full and valid for min 411 cc motorcycle

INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT (Rider): Obtain from your country of residence.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: Must cover riding motorcycle overseas for leisure


PROPER RIDING BOOTS - Preferably water-proof High Ankle


HELMET - We’d prefer if you brought your own.


* Please note that if your riding gear doesn’t include proper padding OR if you choose not to wear one (specifically on warm days), please bring separate Knee & Elbow guards.




BALACLAVA (to protect from dust & insects)






MEDICINES/DRUGS (LEGAL) Carry prescriptions with you.






SCARF / BANDANA (to protect face/neck)


YOUR FAVOURITE BOTTLE OF LIQUOR & COFFEE you might find Indian spirits & coffee unsavoury.








This region also has a predominantly coastal climate because of the Arabian Sea towards the west and the Indian Ocean to the South. The climate is most pleasant from November to March. The summers are not as hot as northern regions but the humidity is extreme. Monsoon strikes between late April and July. The coastal areas experience the cool sea breezes. The inland areas and cities like Mysore and Bijapur have a pleasant climate with relatively low rainfall.


Required Clothing for South West India:

Light clothes throughout the year with occasional woolens in some regions. Raincoats and umbrellas during monsoons.



Southeast India has a characteristic coastal climate because of the Bay of Bengal to the east and the Indian Ocean to the South. The state of Tamil Nadu has warm summers with high humidity and pleasant winters. It experiences northeast monsoon between October and December. The hill stations like Ooty and Kodaikanal can be cold in winter. Hyderabad is hot but less humid in summer and much cooler in winter.


Required Clothing for South East India:

Light clothes throughout the year with occasional woolens in some regions like hill stations etc. Raincoats and umbrellas during monsoons.

The summer months (April - June ) are hot in most parts of India. This is the season to visit the summer resorts of Shimla, Mussoorie, Nainital, Kufri and Kashmir valley, Darjeeling, Shilong, Ootacamund, Kodaikanal, Pachmarhi and Mount Abu.

The winter months ( November - March) are pleasant throughout India with bright sunny days. Winter is more severe in the northern plains, and in the foot hills of the Himalayas, while the southern, eastern and western zones of India, remain pleasantly cool.

The monsoons break at the beginning of June on the Southwest coast of India, and gradually break at all parts of the country, except south-eastern areas. These areas receive most of their rainfall between mid-October and end-December.



Food habits are diverse even regionally and are largely based on the traditions. Rice is the staple diet. Coconut is an important ingredient in Kerala and coastal part of Karnataka of South IndiaHyderabadi biryani is also very special in Telangana and other neighbouring states whereas the cuisine in Andhra Pradesh is characterized by the pickles, spicy aromatic curries and the generous use of chili powderDosaIdliUttapam etc. are popular throughout the region. Coastal areas like the state of Kerala and the city of Mangalore are known for their seafood. South Indian coffee is generally quite robust, and coffee is a preferred drink throughout the Malabar region. Tamil Nadu is well known for its Idli, Dosa, Pongal, Sambhar, Vada, Puri, which are the common breakfast in Tamil families. Among the Malayalees, Appam, Puttu, Upamav, Malabar biriyani are some of the common dishes. In Karnataka, Bisibele bath, Kara bath, Kesari bath, Raggi mudda, Udin Vada, Bene Masala Dosa, Paper Dosa are some of the common dishes.

·      The Royal Enfield 500cc Bullet, EFI

The R E Bullet 500 now comes with disk brakes both front and rear and EFI.  This is a perfect motorbike to chug along on the gentle meandering roads.  The single long seat with raised pillion seat is also a great advantage if you have a pillion rider, which happens quite often on our Every tours.

·      The RE “Himalayan” 411 cc, EFI

We use these bikes in most of our tours to India. The tall stance, high placed handlebars, high ground clearance, the up-angled silencer and the belly pan prove their worth both on road and off. With a 21? front wheel and a rear “mono-shock” suspension, it can pretty much ride over everything. At 411cc / 24.5 bhp, it has enough grunt in it to keep you going on the rougher sections in the Himalayas as well as On the Indian National highways . 


·      The ROYAL ENFIELD CLASSIC 500 cc, (Discontinued)


This “Classic” with it the vintage charm and the “Retro Bullet feel” was loved by our customers.  However, in 2019, when India moved from BS4 to BS6 emission norms, Royal Enfield discontinued production of this model.  As we constantly “retire” our older bikes and replace them with newer ones, we are no longer able to do that with the 500cc one. Hence, we had to take the decision of discontinuing this model from our fleet, till RE launches another suitable 500cc model.  However, if you wanted to ride only this bike on one of our tours, do write to us with a special request and we’ll do our best to get one for you.


South India Culture - True Spirit of a Place:


India is a vast country with varied cultures across. South India has a unique culture of itself that can be experienced. It gives an insight into the lives of the people of that region. The states included in this region will be Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka. The various aspects have been listed below




The classical music of South India can be dated back to 15th century. It has been unaltered since then. The most commonly known form is called Kriti, it is a combination of melody (raga) and rhythm (tabla). There are leading schools of music in Chennai where Chennai Music Festival is held in the month of December or January.




Bharatanatyam is the most popular dance form of the South India. The origin is believed to be in the Tanjore district of tamil Nadu. It was performed in the temples mostly in the yesteryears. There are many other forms of dance in south India too, they all colorful specific dresses and jewellery.




It is a dramatic presentation in the form of dance. This form is native to Kerala. They have big masks and faces are painted. The attire too has a unique style which makes it fluffy and colorful. Eyes are generally colored red. And the face is green or yellow. The eye movement of the dancer is a must to notice. The body moves are swift and soft, they need hours of regular practice. The body of the performers are very flexible by doing yoga and rigorous exercise. Cochin has a dedicated centre for learning this art form.


Martial Art:


Kalaripayattu is a martial art form being practiced from the ancient times. It has got better with the passing times but the technique is unaltered. This is possibly the oldest martial art of the world. It is older that the Chinese art form too. it involves kicking, grappling and weapon usage too. There are special healing methods for the performers as they do get hurt even during the practice sessions.




There are special herbs and oils used in the ayurveda in India. It is basically a healing treatment being followed from 5000 years. There are many ayurveda centers in the state of Kerala. It is interesting to note that many tourists come here just for this special treatment. This helps not just your skin rejuvenate but your soul is refreshed and relaxed too. Tourism is flourishing around this sector. You too can take out some time to enjoy this activity when in South India. Another new attraction is the introduction of couple treatment for you to enjoy some relaxing moments with your loved ones.




There are many festivals unique to the culture of this part of India. A few of them are Onam, Pongal, Dassara etc. these are a celebration of good over evil. To take blessings from gods and goddesses. There are colorful attires worn by the people and special food is cooked for this occasion. You can see a typical decoration called rangoli on the entrance of houses and offices. Also there are large processions including decorated elephants and lights along with loud drum beats. The environment is magnificent in itself and you too can not resist but enjoy. Pulikali is a special occasion when men dress up and get painted as tigers and present a special dance form. You will not find this art form anywhere else in the world. The art form takes years of practice and finesse.




The architecture of the temples is very different that other parts of India. This style is called the Dravidian style. The temples have towering high and statues of gods and goddesses are made on them. The colorful buildings are generally made on a hill top or a plateau to over look the surrounding area and can be seen from far. The temples are thronged by devotees all the year round. The statues in these temples are built or mostly covered with gold. The kings and queens used to be very spiritual and devoted a lot of time towards religion.




Silk sarees are very popular among the people of this area. They can be seen wearing colorful sarees even in daily life. While the traditional dress for men is dhoti. You can purchase pure silk sarees from big emporiums in the large cities offering great variety of them. Mysore silk, kanchivaram silk and many more forms are famous. But in the recent years pure cotton to has become common due to the extensive heat in the summers. You can buy something for yourself.




There has been known poetry dated back to 200 years. You can also get translated versions of most of the stories and poems. There is such much to be learnt from the dravidian culture and time. The kings and queens were very learned and used to encourage studies. You can notice that this part of India is the most literate and you too can enrich yourself and take back a few books from here.



There are many different languages that have been derived from the original dravidian format. Telugu. Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam are the mostly used languages in this region. They all have a different way of writing too.




Approx 80% population in these states is Hindus. Their main deity being lord Shiva or Lord Vishno. Religious activities are a very important activity in the life of a common man. They pray daily and visit regularly to the temples. Festivals are celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and fervor.


Art and craft:

other than weaving fine silk sarees they are master of many fine arts. There is extensive use of wood and stones to create master pieces of art. The paintings of this area are unique and there is presentation of god and stories related to god in these paintings. Dolls and pottery are very pretty too. The bamboo work is not just economical but very nature friendly products can be found. This bamboo craft has boosted in the recent years due to awareness among people towards use of bio-degradable products.

Now that you have an idea regarding the culture of South India you must find time and visit the places to get a personal experience. It is a great feeling to be among the people of South India as they are helpful and polite. Also you will get enriched in the knowledge through the way of experience.