3 independent reviews for Kerala and tropical India cycling vacations

Reviews for Kerala and tropical India cycling vacations

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review 7 Apr 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Had to come home early. But whole vacation really enjoyable ;well run buy excellent guides who looked after us very well. They organised great food and drinks at local tea shops etc.. We were often in areas where european tourists were not that common so lots of hellos from people/children we passed the indian people were friendly and made us welcome

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Was very hot so factor 50. Don't need cleats they have good quality flat pedals which work well with walk shoes with good lugs for raised knobs of pedal to fit into. Fantastic food-great curries (very hot) at every meal. Eat well but dont over eat so tummy can adjust to spices. Drink a few lassis to neutralise chillies and to give tummy a rest in prep for next great meal.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

As we ate in local tea rooms yes for those small businesses

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent. Great intro to India and a welcoming people/culture. Kerala is rich state so poverty etc less obvious. Would do the trip again

review 16 Dec 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The most exciting has to be the 54km DOWNHILL cycle through the tea planation's of the Western Ghats...exhilarating! The 13km UP Otty Hill the day before was memorable in many other ways...not to mention just how steep it was! This was a memorable trip mainly due to the fact when cycling you are totally immersed in the country, much more so than any other form of transport I have experienced: it gives a total assault on all your senses it was just amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take your own water bottle to try to reduce the amount of plastic thats wasted here. Cycle gloves are good idea as they protect the hands from the bumpy roads and help with absorbing the sweat in the heat of Kerala. In the first few days, go easy on the spicy food; The food is wonderful but may be hard for your constitution to cope with breakfast, lunch and dinner! Book it now and get used to being in the saddle for the trip distances as much as you can.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Absolutely and definitely. Our tours guides would not have had a job without this trip. All were local Indians. We always stayed and ate at small local run food outlets, cafes and restaurant's. Our guide knew the best places to go to experience the best traditional foods. Reducing plastic water bottle was a pet aim for our guides and they always bought large canisters to refill up our bottles from rather than constantly buying new bottles.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Has to be a 5 star! I will definitely do another cycling vacation with these guys they were simply excellent.

review 16 Mar 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Cycling down the Ooty Hill, the views were breathtaking, as well as visiting the orphanage.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Padding, padding and padding.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent.

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