Walking and cycling vacation in Kerala, India

“Enjoy a week with nature as you walk, cycle and trek your way around southwest India on a tailor made tour amongst the forest-covered mountains.”

Highlights

Western Ghats | Kolukkumalai | Suryanelli | Anaerangal Lake | Mathikettan Shola National Park | Vandanmedu | Ramakalmedu | Periyar Tiger Reserve | Kerala |

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This trip can also be tailor-made to suit your interests, time schedules and budget 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

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
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. When you walk and cycle through these areas, there is minimum impact on the environment and culture.

The accommodation is also of low impact throughout this journey. The tented camps have all the comforts of living with minimum wastage in terms of energy and water consumption.

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 factors 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.

Climate

6 Reviews of Walking and cycling vacation in Kerala, India

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Reviewed on 30 Jan 2020 by

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


Having a Cobra dash between our feet on a mountain trek

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


Keep talking worth your guide about their culture and relate it to yours

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


Absolutely. All our activities, except for the driving between sites were using local facilities and carried out by responsible environmental groups

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


Excellent. Our guide knew so much about the wildlife and culture of Kerala. He also cared for our safety and comfort throughout. A great experience for us.

Reviewed on 25 Jan 2020 by

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


Walking to the second highest peak in the western ghats

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


Follow the advice of the specialists! We organised a bespoke trip and were given very good advice, resulting in a very special and unique activity vacation Away from the madding crowds.

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


We used eco-friendly hotels and a number of homestays. Pleased to see that Kerala has banned plastic bags and is definitely environmentally conscious

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


We would definitely use this operator again when we return to India. Iím sure you might be able to arrange the vacation cheaper yourself, but having specialists who know the area and someone to take the pain out of the bureaucracy certainly warranted the little bit extra.

Reviewed on 09 Jan 2020 by

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


Walking in the Western Ghats, Good bird and wildlife, Very good hotels

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


Try to minimise travel , apparently short distances can take a long time by car.

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?


Absolutely first rate. the operator was extraordinarily helpful swift and organised. Their arrangements were perfect in every details. Their staff ( guides/naturalists/drivers etc) were all in the top flight (sympathetic, organised and knowledgeable).

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2019 by

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


Relaxing in paradise.

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


Go for it!

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


Sure.

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


Perfect despite breaking my arm the first day there.

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2016 by

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


The trekking through forests and cycling (especially the downhill run into Kumily)

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


We weren't fit enough to do the trek up the mountain and cycling up hill was hard for us, but our guide adapted to our needs and transport always available to rest our feet.. We are both over 65!

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


We were delighted with the notice given to local people and the importance of preserving the forests and wild life

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


We loved our 8 day experience and our guide was brilliant...caring, thoughtful, adapted to our needs...made our experience in Kerala exceedingly pleasurable.

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2016 by

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


Hiking was amazing, gorgeous scenery and we were well looked after by Neeraj (who dealt with me very well when I had an unexpected bout of vertigo and he had to hold my hand and guide me up the last bit of climb!)

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


Pack lightly! I brought a huge suitcase and then wore the same three things all vacation!

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


Yes, I am happy that all the partners used were local businesses and I've always found Indians to be naturally hospitable people.

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


Brilliant - we are indebted to the vacation provider for their friendliness, efficiency and expertise! Many thanks also for rescuing my iPhone from where I left it in a hotel room and returning it safely to me several hours drive away - above and beyond the call of duty!

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