Chennai to Kochin biking vacation across India

“A two week cycling vacation across southern India, traveling in a small group, through stunning everything along the way. It wins the yellow jersey of cycling vacations.”

Highlights

Pondicherry | Auroville | Chidambaram | Thanjavur | Brihadishwara Temple | Chettinad | Madurai | Western Ghats | Thekkady | Option to visit Periyar N.P | Kottayam | Kumarakom bird sanctuary | Kerala backwater houseboat cruise | Fort Cochin (Kochi)

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Chennai to Kochin biking vacation across India

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Activity:
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a cycling trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints (or tyre tracks!) although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants, use markets to purchase traditional gifts and crafts and get a real impression of India.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with cycling trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Lack of recycling is already a massive problem in India so we suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle where possible.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation & Meals:
We will spend 10 nights in hotels and guesthouses, 1 night in a houseboat and 2 nights in Indian grand homes; one of these is a palatial wedding mansion and the other is a 19th Century plantation family home. Near Kottayam, we will usually sleep at a homestay, where clients have the chance to eat home cooked cuisine and immerse themselves in local culture. You will notice that our hotels employ locally and use produce from markets in the area wherever possible. Many hotels are waste and energy conscious and have their own policies like asking guests to turn off the power when leaving a room in order to save electricity. Where meals are not supplied, our group leaders always encourage people to try local restaurants and street food vendors. They can make recommendations which will help boost small businesses and celebrate local specialties like Keralan fish or rice in a banana leaf.

Local Craft & Culture:
We are keen to encourage guests to engage with the culture of India and to purchase local crafts and services where possible. Your local guide will be able to recommend the best of the area’s colourful and vibrant markets and small businesses and through our commerce, local people are supported. We stop at a local tea factory and have a full day to explore the bustling bazaars at Cochin. There are local crafts and souvenirs available here, as well as some delicious regional food.

Charity:
For years we have been involved in campaigning for tiger conservation in Bandhavgarh. In late summer 2014 we teamed up with The Corbett Foundation, an Indian charity dedicated to conservation-oriented research. They have proved instrumental in enabling us to get the funds to where they are needed. Through this we have now completed the building of a community hall at Tala Village, solar pumps in the park for wildlife and staff in the dry season, bio gas plants and smart stoves for villagers and provided the salary for 2 full time teachers at the government school. Our work in India continues to be of great significance and most recently we have been able to purchase a 4 wheel drive medical vehicle and pay for outreach medical support.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 14 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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