Goa cycling holiday, India

“This small group cycling holiday offers you the chance to experience traditional Goan life, with plenty of interaction with locals and some homestays thrown in, too.”

Highlights

Panjim | Velha | Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary | Tambdi Surla waterfalls | Olaulim village | Ashvem beach

Description of Goa cycling holiday, India

This Goa cycling holiday takes you to a state with a different feel to the rest of India, due to the whitewashed Portuguese architecture, the long swathes of beaches and the unique culture of ‘susegad’ – a Goan term denoting a laid-back way of life.

Starting in the town on Panjim, you’ll explore the states’s diverse history culture and natural attractions, staying in unique accommodation along the way, including stunning heritage hotels, local homestays in quaint villages, forest shrouded eco resorts and simple beach huts. You’ll also have the chance to spend two nights by the backwaters.

One of the best things about travelling by bike is that it allows you to stop, look around you, interact with local people and truly get to know the culture, traditions and history of this fascinating part of the world. We don’t cover challenging terrain, so those with little to moderate cycling experience, who are keen to travel with a group of likeminded people, are welcome to sign up. You’ll pedal between 40km and 60km a day on rolling terrain.
All in all, the holiday offers the perfect balance between action and relaxation - remaining true to the Goan saying “kenna chill, kenna thrill” (sometimes chill and sometimes thrill)!

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Responsible tourism: Goa cycling holiday, India

Environment

We have adopted a responsible way of life / travel in all that we do. We not only advocate this on our tour, we also encourage our travellers to follow environmentally sensitive ways of travelling and show some consideration in the way we lead our lives. Not with ignorance and evasiveness, but with compassion and care.

As a cycling tour, we have designed this trip so that guests make use of the ultimate low-carbon transport - their bikes! Using two wheels instead of four is not only a better way to see the area but also ensures less pollution is emitted along the way.

At the beginning of the tour, the Tour Guide briefs the group with some of the Do's & Don'ts while on the tour and a document mentioning these and a detailed itinerary will be handed over to all the travellers. Some of the things as part of this are:

- Keeping to our promise of being sensitive to the environment, we also stay away from consuming aerated drinks on the tour, since these are packed in plastic bottles. We instead carry a juice concentrate / powder and prepare juice on the go for our travellers.
- We advise our guests to not buy snacks packaged in plastic covers while on the tour. We instead carry snacks packed in paper bags bought from local food joints / bakery.
- Stick to the trail and follow the instructions by the Tour Guide while cycling.
- Trash generated whilst on the tour must be collected in the trash bag in the support vehicle and the same will be segregated and disposed off responsibly.
- Use all natural resources responsibly while on the tour

The ill effects of bottled water are not uncommon. Not only do they waste resources, several claims suggest that bottled water does not necessarily contain purified water. Moreover, they are filled with the same tap water that we abstain from drinking.

We don’t encourage anyone to take such a flamboyant stand against bottled water. Technology that helps in curbing the use of bottled water is on a rise. Reusable bottles with filters are out in the market, and if you are unsure of the cleanliness of the water, you can always take the help of such bottles!


We will have only one support vehicle on the tour there by leaving behind minimalistic carbon footprint.

Community

On all days of our Susegad Goa cycling tour, the accommodations will be in local home-stays or guest houses or beach resorts which are owned by the locals of the region. More often than not, you will indulge in an interesting conversation with the hosts listening to stories of the past and their experiences in meeting new people every single day of their life. The hosts will personally cook the local cuisine and will also be excited in sharing the recipe if you like the dish. During the tour, we stay at a local farmstay in Olaulim village and the hosts will toss up some Mackerel fish in a live fire.

The day you are staying in the Olaulim village, one of the activities you can indulge in is canoeing / kayaking in the pond with the local vendors from the community.

All the food stops along the tour are run by the local communities. This way we not only support the economy of the local community, but also get to savour on the local Goan cuisine.

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