1 independent reviews for Southern India cycling holiday, tailor made

Reviews for Southern India cycling holiday, tailor made


review 12 Dec 2022

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

It is very difficult to take one single thing from this vacation as most memorable or exciting as the whole package was just absolutely fantastic and amazing. Everyday our sensation were filled with the beauty of this most beautiful country. Perhaps our favourite day was the ride from Munnar through the tea plantations where we were able to speak with the tea pickers, check out the weight of their pickings, and to walk through the myriad of paths through the tea bushes. And perhaps my most memorable sensation is the smell of drying cardamon as we cycled through small villages. Heavenly! And the funniest part, perhaps when we found that we crazy cyclist were a source of entertainment, where suddenly a large group of children and adults filled with joy at this spectacle would vie for a selfie, or a moped would ride next to us and offer us ice cold water just for the pleasure of riding alongside these crazy people.

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

Be relaxed in the knowledge that the tour operator, your guide and your driver have absolutely everything covered. They are a wonderful team and great fun to be with. They will also keep you watered and fed, so don't expect to lose weight! And they will stop at the very best places to enhance your experience. And it is all at your own pace, as fast or as slow as you want.

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

I felt that our vacation did support local people as all of our hotels, lunch stops, refreshment stops and sightseeing stops were all with local people and local shops. We were the only Westerners until we reached the coast, which gave us a wonderful feeling of being able to experience and contribute to the local people. Although this was a cycling vacation, I'm not sure I can entirely claim reduced environmental impact as we did have a support car with us at all times.

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

This was hands down the best most amazing vacation I could ever have hoped for. The tour operator introduced us to the most beautiful part of Southern India. I feel so privileged to have experienced this with Roger, our guide, and Das, our driver, who shared their country with us.

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