Kerala Hike, bike & kayak in India
Description of Kerala Hike, bike & kayak in India
Thereís just something about the sunshine, scenery and smiles of southern India that make a Kerala activity holiday all the more appealing with chances to hike, bike and kayak your way around the regionís historic backwaters, a real joy for those who are looking to keep active outdoors.
From Fort Kichi and the Western Ghats to the hill station at Munnar and Periyar Tiger Reserve, this two-week Kerala activity holiday letís you discover the very best of southern India in the most enjoyable way possible with kayaking close to Alleppey about as relaxing an experience as you can ever hope to imagine.
5 Reviews of Kerala Hike, bike & kayak in India
Reviewed on 15 Feb 2018 by Laima TikuisieneIt is impossible to point out one most exciting part of the three week long stay in Kerala. Cycling, trekking, kayaking, smelling and tasting, it was all very good. It was a very good holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Jan 2017 by Dinah PerryHaving a varied programme with a mixture of activities (kayaking, swimming, hiking and cycling) interspersed with fantastic scenery and wildlife and very friendly and informative staff was the best part. A wonderful family orientated holiday, with fun activities, beautiful countryside, helpful staff and excellent food. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Mar 2013 by janice eastmanIt surpassed our expectations. The best parts were Cycling through villages, with all the children running out to greet us, and giving us "high 5's"as we passed through - Standing on top of the 2nd highest mountain in South India, having just trekked to the top. Staying for the night on a rice boat... Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Mar 2013 by Annette KeithBrilliant! The first 10 days are very intensive - cycling and walking with lots of new experiences along the way. The last few gave us plenty of time to wind down and relax so that we have arrived home feeling completely refreshed. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Feb 2012 by Tomas EkbergThe diversity in this two week training camp was really something. From Kayaking in +30c to staying in a tent with -4c. And the intensity of the cycling. 100 km up and down. But then always guides with loads of bananas, beer and kindness. Read full review
PlanetBy staying at environmentally low impact accommodation like the Hornbill Camp, we hope to bring in awareness about Responsible Tourism among the general public. Hornbill Camp is made of locally available materials and constructed exclusively by using locally available expertise in reed leaf thatching. There is very little concrete used, instead tents are used. The water is heated using solar heaters and the kitchen refuse is recycled for use in the spice plantations nearby.
PeopleThe members of the local communities are involved in each and every activity of this tour. The visit to spice farms and staying at homestays also adds to the local economy in a big way, both directly and indirectly. Vegetables and fruits used at these places are locally grown and the proceeds go directly into the hands of the farmer rather than a big corporation, thus making them stake holders in such a tour as this.
The treks are always led by tribal trackers and members from the local community, who have over the years come to depended almost exclusively upon income from tourism related activities, due to slowing down of their farm-related traditional incomes. The treks in Munnar leave only a miniscule carbon footprint and present itself as an alternative form of tourism as opposed to the mass tourism normally seen in such hill stations.
This is also the case with kayaking, which once again utilizes the services of the local youth, who are expert oarsmen, helping them make an alternate livelihood since their traditional livelihood from fishing has seen a serious decline in recent past. We always employ local drivers during all our tours. Our supplies like vegetables and poultry are always sourced from villagers residing near the camp & we promote local businesses by using local jeeps and locally owned wooden canoes for moving on the river, whenever possible.
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