Rural cycling tours in South India

“Enjoy the peace and quiet of an eight day cycling tour in and around the rural roads and scenic backwaters of Kerala and through the forests of Thattekkad.”

Highlights

Kerala | Fort Kochi | Kochi backwaters | ancient port of Muziris | Western Ghats foothills | River Periyar | Thattekkad forest | Thodupuzha | Alleppey | luxury rice boat |

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Traveling with a local operator

This vacation is operated by a company based in the vacation destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your vacation to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Rural cycling tours in South India

Environment

Cycling is the greenest form of travel causing zero damage to the environment. Transfers in motor vehicles are minimized as far as possible. The Hornbill Camp at Thattekkad is a perfect example of maximizing gains from tourism for the local communities with minimum environmental impact.

We encourage our clients to follow environmental and friendly practices of water conservation, waste disposal and recycling. All our vacations have a maximum group size of 6 people minimizing both the social and environmental impact.

Community

Cycling also makes it possible to interact with the locals and understand their culture and lifestyle.

Accommodation is arranged in camps, hotels, eco-lodges and homestays owned and run by local entrepreneurs thereby directly contributing to the local economy. The Hornbill camp has been set up as a model of sustainable tourism. The employees are all locally hired, provisions are sourced from the surrounding village and the camp follows strict environmental practices like disposal of waste, reducing electric consumption etc. There is a strong policy of employing women.

Our guides and drivers are all from the local community and tourism is their sole means of livelihood.

3 Reviews of Rural cycling tours in South India

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Reviewed on 02 Oct 2017 by

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


We think of the entire tour as being Swallows and Amazons, in India, by bicycle. The sheer diversity and the immediacy of exposure to the people and landscape, and (for us), the exotic birdlife, made this a complete adventure. One can't experience all of that through a car window.

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


Throw yourself into the whole thing but don't over-exhaust yourself in the early days of cycling.

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


Our tour operator has the interests of Kerala, and its people, at heart and seeing it all by bicycle minimised our environmental impact. We cycled, we looked, we walked and we bought a few things that re grown or made by local people.

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


The best vacation we have ever been on.

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2015 by

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


Cycling through the tea plantations, sleeping and awaking on the houseboat in the backwaters, stand up early in the morning to listen to birds or the elephants trumpeting far in the valley.

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


Just relax and enjoy the color of the nature surrounding you while you cycle, listen to the many birds' songs, smell the cardammon or the other fragrances on the way

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


Yes

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


Good

Reviewed on 07 Mar 2014 by

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


Cycling and trekking through the tea plantations at Munnar.

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


Don't bother with the cycling UP to Munnar (difficult, unsafe and unpleasant).

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


Contributed to the economy - not sure about reducing environmental impacts. Did celebrate conservation on wildlife.

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


Enjoyable for sure but would have benefitted from some better planned days.

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