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Southern India Coast to Coast Ride

Cycle through two distinctively different Indian states



At a glance

* 10 nights hotels, 1 night houseboat and 2 nights mansions
* 10 days cycling with full vehicle support
* Group normally 4 to 14, plus local cycling leader and driver. Min age 16
yrs

Cycle through two distinctively different Indian states

The two southernmost states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala perfectly depict the
contrasting nature of India. Seeing them on two wheels gives us an excellent
opportunity to soak up the rich culture and appreciate the different
landscapes as we cycle by. Tamil Nadu sees far fewer visitors than other
Indian states, but this is part of the attraction as we follow quiet
backroads from the fertile coastal plains in the east to the remarkable hills
of the Western Ghats, which form the border with Kerala. Our ride takes us
past some of the most impressive sites of southern India, including the
former French colony of Pondicherry and the magnificent Sri Meenakshi Temple
at Madurai. After cycling through the cooler highlands and tea estates of the
Western Ghats, we reach the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, where a relaxing
houseboat cruise offers the chance to unwind and reflect on a memorable
journey.

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What’s included

* All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 8 dinners 
* All accommodation
* Transfer for group flights
* Local bike hire

Food:
All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 8 dinners included.

You should allow approx. £10 (approx. US) per day for lunch and dinner
when they are not included. £3-4 (approx. US.80-6.40) for lunch, and £5-6
(approx. US-9.60) for dinner without drinks. This amount may vary according
to how much you drink. Generally you can eat out very cheaply in India. There
is a good choice of restaurants and sometimes there is a choice between
Indian and Western style food. If you are a vegetarian, South India is an
ideal destination. Lunches on riding days are usually taken in local roadside
cafes. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A (large!) bottle of beer is
approx. £1-3 (approx. US). Please note that service in Indian restaurants
can be quite slow. Mineral water is carried in the support vehicle and you
can refill you water bottle from these large containers. 

Start destination: Chennai

End destination: Cochin

Cycling profile

Day 1

Those who are on the group flights will land in Chennai early in the morning.
Those not on the group flights will need to be at the airport when the group
land if they would like to join the group transfer. Once everyone has arrived
we will then depart on the 3.5 hour drive to Pondicherry with a break at
Mahabalipuram which is famous for its shore temples and rock carvings.
Carving in stone is still a living art here and we will see stonemasons
chipping away along the roadside, practicing skills that have flourished for
centuries. On arrival in Pondicherry we assemble the bikes and explore this
former French colony, a short 6km ride, before an evening briefing about our
cycling adventure. 
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2

Circular ride to Auroville, a new-age spiritual commune. Founded in 1968 by
‘The Mother’ and named after her Guru Sri Aurobindo, it offers a more
balanced way of living. Revitalized by some earthly fruit juices, we ride the
15km back into town, seeing some fishing communities and cycling along the
promenade, which still retains some of its Gallic charm. Depending on time,
lunch may be at Auroville or back in Pondicherry, and the rest of the day is
free to explore. 
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 3

Starting from our hotel, we ride out of Pondicherry and soon leave the bustle
of the city for quiet backroads, experiencing rural life where simple mud
huts contrast with the brightly coloured saris worn by the local women. This
is the real India and in true Indian style we stop at a roadside restaurant
for a tea break. Back on our bikes we cycle another 66km to Chidambaram.
Staying in the grand mansion of the village we sleep in the extended family
villa – with its own temple it’s almost like stepping back in time. 
*Standard Hotel*

Day 4

Scenic morning ride following quiet roads and tracks along the banks of the
Cauvery River to Thanjavur. Previously a capital between the 9th and 13th
Centuries, it regained its status under the Nayaks in the 16th Century who
rebuilt the Royal Palace, Durbar Hall and libraries. After lunch, we take a
vehicle transfer to the Thanjavur Hotel. Late afternoon we visit the palace
which houses one of the finest collections of bronze sculptures and stone
carvings in southern India and the famous vegetable market at Tanjore
followed by a visit to the huge Brihadishwara Temple, one of the largest in
India and known locally as simply the ‘Big Temple’. 
*Standard Hotel*

Day 5

Leaving the city by the old road, we head out into the Tamil Nadu heartland,
visiting the oldest clay horse temple en route, to an area renowned for its
impressive mansions built by wealthy traders known as Chettiars. Some of
these palatial houses have been converted to boutique hotels, offering a
glimpse of the past. The grand interiors of Burmese teak and elaborate
plaster work retain much of the traditional architecture of a bygone age. But
it’s from the kitchens tucked away at the rear of the house that the real
flavour of India comes to life: Chettinad cuisine is as traditional as its
buildings, the piquant curries are slow cooked in copper pots over a wood
stove and are as memorable as the ride to get here. 
*Standard Hotel*

Day 6

Today we have a scenic ride to Madurai. Another rocky outcrop is the sacred
abode of Lord Murugan, the son of Shiva and also know as Skanda, the most
revered god in Tamil Nadu. Staying at Madurai we avoid the worst of the busy
traffic. 
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 7

Morning free to explore the old city and Sri Meenakshi Temple, one of the
largest temple complexes in India and one of the highlights of Tamil Nadu.
Thousands of huge stone pillars line the hallways, each adorned with
different deities, are said to represent the 3,333,333 gods of the Hindu
cosmos. A constant flow of worshipers, offering pujas, (rituals performed by
the temple priests to the various deities) add to the heady atmosphere of
incense and camphor smoke, and make this an unforgettable experience of Hindu
culture. Blessed, we leave the heat of Madurai for the cool air of the
Cardamom Hills. We transfer by vehicle to our lunch stop at Theni. After
lunch we will be dropped off at Cambam, from where we ride to Kumily. Hidden
behind the banana plantation are the vineyards of southern India’s new
venture into wine making. These give way to the forested slopes of the
Western Ghats and a slow but beautiful ascent up through the rainforest to
Thekkaday, a small town close to the entrance of Periyar National Park and
our accommodation for the next two nights. 
*Standard Hotel*

Day 8

Today is free to relax or go on one of the trekking and boat safaris to the
nearby Periyar National Park. Centred around a man-made reservoir, it is
possible to see wildlife all year round, although the best time is the dry
season (March-May) when herds of elephant come to the lake to graze by the
shore; if you are very lucky you may even see a leopard or tiger coming down
to quench their thirst.
*Standard Hotel*

Day 9

Riding from the hotel we cycle through cardamom and tea estates, stopping
mid-morning for tea and to visit the local tea factory, learning more about
the tea making process. Refreshed, we continue along hilly tea plantation
roads with a lunch break at a small roadside restaurant en route to Vagamon,
an area of outstanding natural beauty and one of the most scenic roads in
Kerala. We end the ride with a superb winding descent on a quiet road and
stay at an old plantation bungalow. 
*Basic Hotel*

Day 10

Today we ride through rubber and spice plantations en route to Kottayam,
known as the Syrian Christian heartland of Kerala. Here grand churches dot
the landscape and we break at Palai to visit St Thomas Church, its white
washed facade and distinct gilded ceiling predates its Portuguese renovation.
All roads converge into Kottayam City, and we avoid the city by following
country roads and stop for a lunch break at Erttumanoor Town. Then entering a
world in which the author Arundhati Roy set in her book ‘The God of Small
Things’, close to the shore of Vembanad Lake. 
*Standard Hotel*

Day 11

Free morning to relax and enjoy the lake view; or ride to the nearby
Kumarakom bird sanctuary and then take a sightseeing ride along the shore of
the lake. Midday we board our houseboats for a stunning backwater cruise. The
houseboats, converted rice barges now come with a captain, cook and crew; we
just sit back, sip long drinks and watch the world go by. 

*Houseboat*

Day 12

In the middle of the morning we disembark at Muhamma. Riding along the
backroad we cross over to the coastal road to the Arthingal Beach for our
first view of the Arabian Sea, and finally know that we’ve cycled across
India from coast to coast. We then ride on to Fort Cochin for lunch. 
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 13

A free day to explore the town of Cochin, its bazaars and old harbour area.
Warehouses filled with the smell of tea and spices are limewashed bright
green, yellow and blue; rickety old bikes and handpainted trucks piled high
with goods, fill the narrow streets and food stalls stand on every corner.
Further along the road we come to Mattancherry and the Dutch Palace. Next to
the Palace is the synagogue, built in 1568 for the Jewish members of Cochin’s
trading communities, adorned with hand-painted tiles from China and elegant
Belgian chandeliers, all donations from wealthy merchants. The area around
the synagogue is excellent for shopping. For food, try the fish market near
the Chinese fishing nets, where you can buy the day’s catch and have it
cooked to your own taste. There are also plenty of shopping opportunities
here.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 14

If you are on the group flight you will have an early morning transfer to the
airport for the flight back to London. Those not flying with the group will
leave us at the hotel in Cochin.
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Customer Feedback

Truly amazing

Summary:
This was our first time in India and the first cycling trip we’ve ever done.
We were a group of 12, plus Shakur our leader, Kurian our driver, Franklin
our back-up man and Anil, driver, water-supplier and all-round cool guy. The
group were of mixed ability which worked fine – we had loads of coffee stops,
happy bushes breaks and although there were about 5 long days of cycling on
the trip, from 8 till 4.30, it was all quite manageable. The route of this
trip is superb. Using mainly backroads, then the odd venture onto main roads
and into the busier towns, we saw such a diversity of scenery and got a great
insight into the daily lives of the local people. All of it was so enjoyable,
so fascinating. Weaving your way through full-on Indian traffic is
exhilarating and hilarious but somehow or other it all works and we all got
through the experience unscathed. The backroads do have quite bad potholes in
places and can get a bit bone-shaking but they’re worth it, honestly. The
accommodation is all of a really good standard I felt. I got the impression
from more seasoned travellers in our group that this is one of the better
trips in that respect. And the food! Oh my god! Fantastic & in abundance –
only regret was I couldn’t eat all of it!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There were so many highlights it’s difficult to choose. From the first
morning when we did a circular route to Auroville, we were hooked. What a way
to see a country and what a country! We were like wide-eyed kids with the
biggest grins on our faces all through the journey – the sights, sounds and
smells, the colours, the smiling friendly people, the beautiful children, the
dogs, goats, cows – there was something amazing down every street, round
every corner. It was a morning we will honestly never forget, just wonderful.
And the people all smiling and waving, so friendly, cheering us on our way.
And the food!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Shakur and his team did a great job and looked after us so well on this trip.
You could see that the more we enjoyed ourselves the happier they were. There
were a couple of occasions when the route had to be changed or certain
excursions cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, ie a strike on the day
we were supposed to visit the tea plantation factory! But Shakur would get on
his phone and next thing it was all organised and we still managed to visit
the factory although it wasn’t up and running. We left an ipad in one of the
hotels – they rang Shakur, got on a motorbike and met us en route about 40k
down the line. Every time we stopped Kurian or Anil would fill our water
bottles, make sure we all got our coffees and teas just how we liked them.
They didn’t rest until they were sure we had everything we needed. Franklin
cycled at the back all week, taking care of the slower members of the group
and helping anyone with bike problems. We couldn’t fault these guys, they
were just great and helped make the holiday such an enjoyable experience.
Thanks guys.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bib shorts aren’t practical for these trips – best would be a couple of pairs
of thin liner shorts with some fast-drying over shorts. We had a couple of
serious downpours en route and I wished I’d taken a second pair of shoes to
cycle in – some people cycled in sandals. Gel seat – cheap one off Amazon –
proved v useful. We did need to wash clothes now and again – take a decent
travel wash or use the hotel laundry – quite cheap. American Express travel
card was only accepted once, best off with Visa or Mastercard. Money exchange
in airport offered us a much lower rate than anywhere else. ATM’s sometimes
run out of money so taking some pound notes out with you is quite handy,
there are loads of “foreign exchange” places. Practice your camera face –
many Indians we met wanted to have a photo taken with us – funny but true?!
Our group ranged in age from 46 to 73, everyone coped well with the cycling,
although there are so many photo opportunities that go whizzing by, a Go-Pro
would have been quite handy.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This will certainly not be our last trip to India, or our last cycling trip.
We absolutely loved it. It was very well organised, the route was really well
planned and we got to sample all the highlights that Tamil Nadu & Kerala have
to offer from the tea plantations, to cookery lessons, houseboat trips,
temples, palaces – you name it. Loved it.

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Southern India coast to coast ride.

Summary:
This was a lovely trip, taking in a lot of the sights and sounds of rural
India which we could not have discovered for ourselves. We also visited many
of southern India,s foremost sights. The cycling was as billed and very
enjoyable, mostly on quiet back roads, although the chaotic traffic in the
cities should not be underestimated.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Reaching the top of the hill at Thekkady!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The group leader didn’t communicate plans very clearly and didn’t always do
what he said we would do. For example he promised a stop near a lake in three
kilometres which I looked forward to as I’m a keen bird watcher, we didn’t
stop. He described a morning ride as undulating, it was a 12 kilometre climb.
The deputy, Abi, was absolutely excellent.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Enjoy! Take plenty of money, the costs add up, tipping kitty is a substantial
sum.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The trip notes need to be clearer. As it transpired that the tips kitty
wasn’t for tipping the support team I find it very hard to know what the
money, over £50 per head, was spent on. That’s an awful lot of snacks and
cups of tea at Indian prices!

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Cycle India coast to coast

Summary:
An excellent trip with good leaders, brilliant cycling, excellent food,
amazing sights and a really friendly group.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Meeting the local people who were incredibly friendly and welcoming
Scary cycling in some towns/villages
Cooking our own meal under guidance!
Staying in a plantation owner’s family house
Exploring vegetable, flower and spice markets
Cycling from door to door with only 1 transfer

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Seaker was a really good, knowledgeable leader who adapted the schedule to
allow for the particular interests of the group.
He was able to give confidence to those of us slightly worried about the
amount of traffic in a few of the places we cycled through although we were
mainly on very quiet roads.
He found us brilliant places to stop for tea breaks and lunches at small
local restaurants and made us feel that we were truly seeing the “real” India

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Respect local traditions, pack light, go with the flow, make sure you get
your visa sorted and join the right queue at the airport in India!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I have been on 3 cycling trips over the last 2 years (2 with Exodus) and this
was by far the best.

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India Coast to Coast

Summary:
India Coast to Coast on a bike is the way to go. The people in the
countryside were so lovely, friendly and their big smiles really made my day.
This is a great way to see a country and meet the people. The best food was
always the little hole in the wall places along the bike route. We stayed at
some incredible places, especially in the countryside.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The people! The people waving at me with a big smile, there is nothing like
that!!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
All of the staff were great! We had a leader in the front and another guide
at the back of the bike riders and then two vans..one in the front, one in
the back and they were there for us every step of the way making sure that we
were having a good time.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Most days were 60 miles or 80 K, so be in shape for it.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Don’t skip the cooking class, it was really fun. Bring a gel seat for the
bike.

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from the Indian Ocean to the Arabian Sea

Summary:
This was an amazing holiday and has completely converted me, before the
holiday pretty much a non cyclist and very much a novice, to taking more
cycling holidays. I love India and this was such a good way to get to see a
lot of the real rural India. Cycling through villages, avoiding dogs, goats,
cows, other cyclists and pedestrians, as well as the inevitable motorbikes,
tuk tuks and buses and not a few potholes and speed bumps, was always
fantastic, as the children all wave and shout hello, as do quite a lot of the
adults. Its a complete joy.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Realising that I can actually cycle the distances and get up those darned
hills! Its difficult to single anything out. Cycling down hill for about 13
kilometres nonstop was entertaining, and the homestay at the end of that was
absolutely spectacular. The hotels we stayed in were generally very good.
Every day brought new things to enjoy. We also had a brilliant group, we
all got on well and encouraged each other. The food, by the way was
outstanding, mostly vegetarian. I think that no one was ill with the usual
tummy problems, and we ate some amazing meals, especially lunches on banana
leaves in little places we would never have found by ourselves.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Seeka ( I think my spelling is wrong, apologies) was excellent, very helpful
and anxious to make the most of the trip for us all. As a result everything
went very smoothly. He was very entertaining and knowledgeable which was
great and had endless patience. The three other guides were also great,
although I must admit that I had a soft spot for the wonderful Abi, who
cycled at the back of the group ( my usual place) and gave me a helping hand
when I needed it!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The March trip did get very hot , about 40 degrees on a few days, which is
very hot to cycle in! It was also very very humid. The trip starts of on
mostly flat roads, which is good to get used to before you get to the hills,
which are challenging. I took my own comfortable saddle, which I was very
glad to have, as the bikes were ok, but quite heavy. Clothes that are made of
modern sports fabrics that dry quickly are best, as though the hotels will do
laundry there often isn’t much time as most days you move on.

Take plenty of pens to donate to passing children, as the “Pen, Pen” cry is
often heard and it will make you very popular.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I would completely recommend this trip. As i say above, I was a very novice
cyclist before hand, and the furthest i had cycled was about 7 miles. I
wasn’t very fit, but had been going to the gym a few times a week, and
whilst the fitter and more used to cycling you are the better, probably, I
coped with most of the days, so i think that any reasonably fit person could
do it. I did fall off a few times though, but no great harm done.

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Incredible India Indeed – a wonderfully memorable holiday

Summary:
This was our first visit to India so we were excited yet apprehensive in
equal measures. Our holiday could not have been better and we are already
looking at a return trip.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
All the children, immaculately turned out in their school uniforms, waving
and saying ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ as we cycled by.
The crazy, noisy, chaotic traffic in the bustling towns.
The constantly changing scenery, through small towns and villages, initially
passing by rice paddy fields, endless banana and coconut trees then through
tea and rubber plantations. Dipping our back wheels in The Bay of Bengal and
ten days later our front wheels in the Arabian Sea thus marking the start and
end of our coast to coast adventure.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Shaker, the leader, was smiley, knowledgable and well organised. He navigated
the group safely across India organising great lunchtime stops along the way
and introducing us to many culinary delights.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The hot hilly days were fairy tough but nothing that the whole group couldn’t
handle. Our taste of Southern India has left us wanting to experience more of
this incredible country and I don’t hesitate in recommending this trip to any
moderately fit cyclist.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Thank you Exodus for a very well structured cycling holiday. Also big thanks
to our cycling group – especially ‘The Kingfisher Girls’.

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Fun and Enjoyable

Summary:
This was my fourth exodus cycling trip and the ‘routine’ was the same, across
different countries. I’m impressed by the way Exodus find the excellent
leaders and support staff. The bikes do the job, but don’t expect perfection
– even so I wouldn’t contemplate bringing my own bike. The cycling is easyish
for the fit and challenging (but doable) for others given the heat,
especially. The main hill with all its bends I would equate to Alpe d’Huez.
Some had to hop on the bus – but don’t let that put you off.

India and its traffic is unique and not for the nervous rider, but ride in a
straight line and follow the cyclist in front and be aware and you will come
to enjoy the manic experience. But there were lots of byways and some great
views over the mountains at times.

We had some excellent food,much better than on the Rajistahn (don’t let me
put you off) trip and in some ‘interesting’ local roadside eateries. Eat
before inspecting the kitchens is my advice! I came to no harm.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
India (and Sri Lanka) is/are so different to the West and I can’t believe
that people wouldn’t be inspired by this amazing country. Most of the people
don’t have what we have, yet they are charming, excited, genuinely pleased to
see you. It is embarrassing to appear to have so much when compared to their
simpler lives (I hope I’m not being patronising).

Being able to cycle from coast to coast is amazing and to experience the
contrast between east and west India.

A real highlight was the overnight trip/stay on a boat in the Backwaters. A
time to chill.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
As always the guides, leader, assistants, mechanics, water bottle fillers and
driver etc were magnificent (all 4 of them). How they cope with us daft
europeans only they can say!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Things don’t always runs smoothly. Chill out. Go with the flow. Enjoy.
Previous reports had said you couldn’t always get a beer at the end of the
day dues to laws/culture. Our leader had it all sorted and clearly we had a
few ‘alcoholics’ on this trip judging by all the bottles loaded on the bus.
This trip could have been named the ‘Kingfisher’ tour due to the numbers of
these birds we saw in kerela and the number of bottles of this wonderful
Indian lager that were used to rehydrate!

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An amazing cycling adventure coast to coast through the soul of India

Summary:
You do need to be both a confident and competent cyclist not only to cope
with the wonderful mayhem that is Indian town traffic but also the distances
in the heat, however the rewards of this is getting to see and visit areas of
India that most do not.
The sights,sounds and smells as you ride along are a delight and a
photographers dream.
The accommodation was wide ranging from modern hotels, home-stays and magical
old Indian hotels. All the food through out the journey exceeded our
expectations with wonderful Tamil and Keralan cuisine.
We really had a great adventure – a highly recommended trip. Thank you
Exodus!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
It seemed at times we were passing through the very soul of India with its
very colourful local ceremonies and all the many school children high fiving
us as we cycled through their life.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our group leader Shaker and his support team were excellent throughout with
their mindfulness of our needs both on the mechanical side and perhaps more
importantly on the relaxation and refreshment front!
To get us all safely across India on a bike was no easy task!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
You do need to be both a very competent and confident cyclist with stamina
more important than speed to enjoy this trip to the full.
Take a small pocket camera with a big memory card!
Tamil food has taste attitude! Enjoy!!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The bikes were of high quality and great to ride although a little large for
some of the ladies who had difficulty with them. Not good in the challenge of
the Indian traffic system!

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Ruby Goehtz

Summary:
If you are a keen cyclist than this trip is for you as its one of the most
challenging ride in India. The distance covered most days are long and the
terrain itself is formidable. The rating for this trip should be C/D because
of the many stretches of the uphills !! Also the road and traffic conditions
can be a nightmare but its doable.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The boat trip in Kerala is my highlight.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The whole team we had was excellent. Shaker our leader is efficient, he is
innovative,always cheerful and has very good knowledge of the region. He has
proven himself to be a true gem for the company and because of his
leadership, most of us have many happy memories to take home with us. Aby,
his deputy is a young man with plenty of potential. He has been a great help
to us all,always the encourager when we are about to give up. He works well
with Shaker and they both work well togather. Franklin, our driver is a gem.
He is very caring and never have to be told what to do. Always ahead in
providing water, bananas and energy biscuits etc to make sure we have the
energy to go on!!! His initiative is his plus point.Also he works quietly
behind the scene everyday to provide us with enough to hydrate us in the hot
weather. All in all a perfect team that works well togather.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared for the tough ride.

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Southern India Coast to Coast Ride Booking reference: 4571361

Summary:
Great trip – opened my eyes to the changes in India

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The agriculturs in TamilNadu and Kerala

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent,

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Just do as the leader says

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Emirates flights were excellent

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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