Walking and cycling holiday in Kerala, India
A minimum of 2 persons are required to run this tour.
Accommodation with all meals, cycles, guides and an escort vehicle are included.
This tour can also be tailor-made.
Description of Walking and cycling holiday in Kerala, India
This week-long walking and cycling holiday in Kerala gives you the chance to become inspired by India with tea estates, rainforests and rural villages surrounded by spice groves, providing untold trails from where to get out and explore in the tropical south.
Munnar, Periyar and the Western Ghats provide natural habitat for an array of indigenous creatures with collections of wild flowers offering birds and butterflies sustenance whilst larger mammals, including elephants, make the most of cloud forests and grasslands, way off the typical tourist trail.
As a walking and cycling holiday in Kerala you can expect to find yourself outdoors for much of the experience so prepare your mind, body and camera lens for an experience to truly savour with visits to welcoming villages tucked away amongst the Cardamom hills the perfect accompaniment to some stunning scenes in southern India.
8 Reviews of Walking and cycling holiday in Kerala, India
Reviewed on 01 Feb 2023 by Diane KennedyIn summary, fantastic. We were so well looked after by the guide, Vippin, the driver, Biju and Thomas at the tour operator. I honestly don't think I would have changed a thing. A truly memorable adventure. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Oct 2023 by Maxine ReesThe Trek through the western ghats was such an amazing spiritual experience, following the elephant trails and visiting their natural habitat was quite remarkable. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Jan 2020 by Paul RobertsExcellent. Our guide knew so much about the wildlife and culture of Kerala. He also cared for our safety and comfort throughout. A great experience for us. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Jan 2020 by Tony LongmanThe most memorable part of the holiday was walking to the second highest peak in the western ghats. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Jan 2020 by Roderick NewtonThe most memorable part of the holiday was walking in the Western Ghats. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Jan 2019 by Tammy WhithamMost memorable was relaxing in paradise. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Apr 2016 by Liz HuelinWe loved our 8 day experience and our guide was brilliant...caring, thoughtful, adapted to our needs...made our experience in Kerala exceedingly pleasurable. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Apr 2016 by Collette LyonsHiking was amazing, gorgeous scenery and we were well looked after by our guide. Read full review
PlanetThe areas that the guests pass through are parts of the bio-diversity areas, enabling them to sight wildlife, birds and flora seen nowhere else in the world. All this is done without stressing the areas environmentally. The fact that we do not have more than 6 persons on these tours minimizes any detrimental impact. When you walk and cycle through these areas, there is minimum impact on the environment and culture.
The accommodation is also of low impact throughout this journey. The tented camps have all the comforts of living with minimum wastage in terms of energy and water consumption.
PeopleThis trip is arranged by local operator and hence the money generated remains local. Moreover, the guides, drivers, cooks and porters are all from the local communities notably the indigenous tribal populations that have been stressed due to loss of traditional means of livelihood. Tours like this ploughs back money into their hands and is eagerly awaited by them to enhance their resources for livelihood. The local guides are knowledgeable of their terrain, flora & fauna and make great educators in the wilderness way of life.
A prime factors in this holiday is the location where even today traditional ways of life & agriculture thrives. The guests would also learn more about indigenous people, their way of life and traditions. Moreover, part of the money is ploughed back into these areas where you travel and stay.
The food items are sourced locally making survival of this programme a priority for villagers who live near the camps. The eco lodges we use are also well versed in reducing resource consumption and utilizing local expertise in the day to day operations.