Rural cycling tours in South India
Departures will be arranged on any day of the week.
Description of Rural cycling tours in South India
Cycling tours in southern India give you the ideal chance to combine exercise with cultural insight as you embark on an eight day tour that takes you in and around the backwaters and forests of Kerala.
South India cycle holidays offer every opportunity to taste the essence of the area with culinary delights and historic fortifications both adding to an intriguing blend of cycling and sightseeing.
The low lying Thattekkad forests make a fantastically scenic backdrop to this eight day cycling holiday in southern India with an amazing array of animals and bird species adding to the attraction of relatively level gradients and peaceful rural roads.
As you cycle past vast rubber plantations and pungent spice fields there's every chance to meet local people and stop off at rural villages, with overnight stays in bungalows, spacious cottage camps and with local families certain to intensify the experience and add to the memories.
Main features of this eight day south India cycle holiday include:
Level terrain and quiet back roads
Visiting the port of Muziris
Enjoying birds and butterflies in Thattekkad forest
Walking in plentiful plantations
Learning how to cook like a local in Kerala
Meeting local villagers and swapping tips on cycling
6 Reviews of Rural cycling tours in South India
Reviewed on 23 Jan 2020 by Lynley MarettExcellent. My Guide and Driver were experienced, organised and considered my every need. The Accommodation and Food were consistently of a high standard. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Mar 2018 by Frances KirkhamVery good trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Mar 2018 by Helen DaviesThe highlight was seeing Kerala from the bike view - the roadside coconut drinks and the birds. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Oct 2017 by Keith LoughThe sheer diversity and the immediacy of exposure to the people and landscape, and (for us), the exotic birdlife, made this a complete adventure. One can't experience all of that through a car window. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Jan 2015 by Manuela VismaraCycling through the tea plantations, sleeping and awaking on the houseboat in the backwaters, stand up early in the morning to listen to birds or the elephants trumpeting far in the valley. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Mar 2014 by Howard RossmanCycling and trekking through the tea plantations at Munnar were the most memorable parts of the holiday. Read full review
PlanetCycling is the greenest form of travel causing zero damage to the environment. Transfers in motor vehicles are minimized as far as possible. The Hornbill Camp at Thattekkad is a perfect example of maximizing gains from tourism for the local communities with minimum environmental impact.
We encourage our clients to follow environmental and friendly practices of water conservation, waste disposal and recycling. All our holidays have a maximum group size of 6 people minimizing both the social and environmental impact.
PeopleCycling also makes it possible to interact with the locals and understand their culture and lifestyle.
Accommodation is arranged in camps, hotels, eco-lodges and homestays owned and run by local entrepreneurs thereby directly contributing to the local economy. The Hornbill camp has been set up as a model of sustainable tourism. The employees are all locally hired, provisions are sourced from the surrounding village and the camp follows strict environmental practices like disposal of waste, reducing electric consumption etc. There is a strong policy of employing women.
Our guides and drivers are all from the local community and tourism is their sole means of livelihood.