Responsible tourism: Kerala cycling holiday, India
Cycling is one the greenest activities you can think of, but we are aware there are other elements of an organised cycle tour that are not as environmentally friendly as they could be. So we encourage our clients to offset their carbon emissions when travelling to the start and from the end of our trips. We are passionate about promoting responsible tourism and on our Kerala Cycling holiday we will strive to leave no traces of our presence as we cycle in the interiors of Kerala. We will be immersed in the local culture and encourage our clients to do their bit towards the conservation of the local environment. The local staffs on the trip are chosen based on their knowledge and qualification, are aware of the sensitivity towards the local ecology. We strongly discourage any bonfire activities on the camps in and around the forest areas; maintain zero-litter policy and our local staff briefings to the clients are maintaining the same.
Our accommodations’ are chosen because of their long-standing links with the community and not any chain hotels; we generally use local family home stays or simple hotels owned locally. Local food and delicacies are our first recommended option to the clients; this helps local establishments all along the tour. However, clients are free to choose what they would like to have. We are determined that financial benefits of our Cycling in Kerala trip are bound to stay within the local communities. Our local staff is our asset and we are proud to involve local people in our trips; we strive hard to ensure wages paid to them are fair and justified every time. This is reflected on the level of service they provide As far as our UK office is concerned we took the decision several years ago to stop producing brochures, most of which we were aware ended in landfill. Any paper we use is recycled and is reused where possible.