2 independent reviews for Kerala and tropical India cycling vacations

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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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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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