South India cycling tour, coast to coast

“Reasonable fitness levels required for this two week cycle ride which includes stretches of coastline, river banks, rural roads and Western Ghats foothills.”

Highlights

Kochi | Western Ghats | Thattekkad | Periyar riverbank | Neriyamanagalam | Munnar | Kamaraj Lake | Palani Hills | Madurai | Meenakshi temple | Chettiar village | Thanjavur | Tranquibar | Pondicherry | Mahabalipuram |

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Responsible tourism

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Environment
Eco and culture tours like these give an opportunity to visit people at their villages and interact with them and gives the travelers a chance to appreciate local cultures.

This trip also helps in raising awareness about the unique bio-diversity of the Western Ghats which is one of the 34 bio diversity ‘Hot Spots’ of the earth. All parks in this region have Eco Development Committees and Forest Protection Teams employed in tourism related work and arranging all wildlife programmes for tourists. So when one enters the park & takes part in safaris or treks in the park, the proceeds of such activities go to the local communities directly and almost in full.

The areas that the guests pass through are parts of the bio-diversity areas, enabling them to sight wildlife, birds and flora seen nowhere else in the world. All this is done without stressing the areas environmentally. The fact that we do not have more than 6 persons on these tours minimizes any detrimental impact.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

This trip is arranged by local operator and hence the money generated remains local. Moreover, the guides, drivers, cooks and porters are all from the local communities notably the indigenous tribal populations that have been stressed due to loss of traditional means of livelihood. Tours like this ploughs back money into their hands and is eagerly awaited by them to enhance their resources for livelihood. The local guides are knowledgeable of their terrain, flora & fauna and make great educators in the wilderness way of life.

A prime factor in this vacation is the location where even today traditional ways of life & agriculture thrives. The guests would also learn more about indigenous people, their way of life and traditions. Moreover, part of the money is ploughed back into these areas where you travel and stay.

The food items are sourced locally making survival of this programme a priority for villagers who live near the camps. The eco lodges we use are also well versed in reducing resource consumption and utilizing local expertise in the day to day operations.

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


The experience of cycling through rural India, meeting and reacting with the local people. Even a local police sergeant bought us all breakfast when we met him one morning.

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


A reasonable standard of fitness is required. We were a group of 9 men with ages ranging from 54yrs to 67yrs. Take a good pair of padded cycle shorts.

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


We stayed at lovely boutique hotels and staff were employed from the local area.
Also used local roadside stalls for lunch and snacks on journey. Cycling does not damage the environment.

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


An amazing experience, backed up by very able, proffesional and attentive team.

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