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Backroads Of Kerala CKB

Visiting: India
Trip Duration 13 Days
 

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Backroads Of KeralaScores 8.7 out of 10 based on 40 reviews
(10 out of 10)

Helen

Hampshire
A superb cycle trip exploring a variety of wonderful places in Kerala, with a lovely travelling companion Jenny (small group!) and excellent Tour Leader Deepak, Mechanic Kishor and Driver Viju.

We had so much fun and laughs as we travelled from the beaches of southern Kerala (flat, easy cycle), through delightful villages, stopping for delicious lunches, cruised along the backwaters (so relaxing), then cycled slowly up steep hills (easy achievable distances each day, but trip needs to be graded as moderate for the never-ending hills on some days, especially in the luscious green rubber and tea plantations), before heading for historic, quaint Fort Kochi, spotting dolphins and enjoying a sunset cruise.

Highlights:
* staying in the Homestay with Sally, Joseph and Liji, eating a variety of wonderful food and dressing in saris one evening.
* staying with Grace at Planters Homestay experiencing her superb hospitality, knowledgeable garden tour and delicious cooking lesson.
* Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and the forest walk spotting bison, giant squirrels, the great hornbill and Nilgiri langurs. Three hours was not enough and a day, or even a night camping, would have been so much better.
* the extra cultural shows suggested by Deepak, especially the Kathakali Indian dance and Kalari martial arts, plus the Ayurvedic massage.
* the variety of food; different at every meal. You will not lose weight, despite the cycling and heat.
* the friendliness of the Kerala people.

Recommendations:
* wear loose t-shirts/ long cotton shirts, and padded longer shorts. Lycra OK but did feel out of place. Few casual clothes required for evening. Some beer can be found! Tour Guide Deepak has excellent knowledge of local restaurants.
* gel saddle cover provided but you may prefer to take an additional one or your own saddle. Take cycling gloves.
* take £ cash and change in Kovalam to rupees. Only saw one cash point.
* take biros, pencils and sweets for the local children you will meet along the way.
* take trainers or walking shoes to cycle in and for the forest walk. Long trousers and plenty of insect repellant advisable too.

Points:
* 15/10 to the friendly crew who supported us. Deepak was always available, accompanying us to every meal and recommending additional activities. Nothing was too much for him and he was so willing to make our trip a memorable one.
* bikes were in a great condition and well-maintained by friendly, excellent mechanic Kishor.
* handlebar bag was provided on bike and very handy for camera.
* seat belts in bus may have been useful as other drivers on the road were crazy. Our driver Viju was safe and a friendly, lovely man.
* accommodation was of a good standard. Swimming pools in first two hotels. Home stays delightful.

A brilliant trip. Highly recommended. Thank you Explore for an amazing holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 14 April 2017
Published on: 19 April 2017
(9 out of 10)

Peter

Aldridge, West Midlands
Loved the trip, cycling pitched at right level, for me ( a fit non cyclist). Cycling highlight probably the day in tea plantations which was just beautiful. India is so different, you can't stop looking at things. Lasting impression,the friendliness of the Kerala people who were just great. We felt like Tour de France cyclists being waved at and high fived by the ever smiling children on our way through the villages. Food always something to look forward too. Home stay accommodation wonderful.
Confirmed traveller: 26 March 2017
Published on: 30 March 2017
(9 out of 10)

Gillian

Newcastle upon Tyne
I didn't want to visit the big cities in India - I wanted to see day to day life in rural areas and this tour certainly did not disappoint - from rice harvesting to tea picking to rope making and fishing - you see it all. The food was outstanding using all the spices grown in the area and cooked by the family themselves in the homestays.

In 12 days I didn't expect to see and do so many different things as well as cycle for a chunk of the day. I would thoroughly recommend this tour - it can get very hot and humid so take plenty of cool, cotton clothes.
Confirmed traveller: 24 March 2017
Published on: 31 March 2017
(5 out of 10)

Derek

Glasgow
Accommodation is of a low standard, particularly the homestays.

Itinerary is good but cycling is easy and a little slow.
Confirmed traveller: 24 March 2017
Published on: 30 March 2017
(10 out of 10)

Gary

Doncaster
Great value tour and the best way to see and experience Kerala.
Confirmed traveller: 04 March 2017
Published on: 06 March 2017
(9 out of 10)

Judith

Uttoxeter
This is an excellent trip. Kerala is beautiful, and this trip enables you to see its highlights, combined with a reasonable amount of activity. The traffic in towns is a bit manic, but cycling is mostly on quiet roads. Bikes are in good condition. Days are varied, with loads of included activities and opportunities - boat trips and dining experiences for example, and some optional ones well worth doing, especially the ayurvedic massage. Our leaders Krishna and Deepak were excellent, as were the support staff of drivers and bike mechanic. We visited the coast, the waterways, tea plantations and historic cities. Plenty of wildlife opportunities especially in the waterways, where we were lucky enough to see dolphins in an estuary. Food is fantastic, people are welcoming, it's lovely and warm -a brilliant trip.
Confirmed traveller: 04 March 2017
Published on: 06 March 2017
(9 out of 10)

Susan

Hemel Hempstead
This is a wonderful trip, packed with lots to see and do. Kerala is beautiful and the best way to appreciate the diverse scenery is on two wheels! I am a novice cyclist so was very grateful for the support I received from our guides, Deepak and Krishna. Different members of the group also gave me lots of encouragement coaxing me through tricky traffic and getting me up the hills! Everyone made this a very memorable holiday for me.
Confirmed traveller: 03 March 2017
Published on: 09 March 2017
(10 out of 10)

Marie

Hampshire
Great cycling and excellent leaders. For the most part, the cycling finished around lunchtime which was just as well as it got extremely hot for some people (February).
Lots of places to go to and things to see.
Confirmed traveller: 03 March 2017
Published on: 08 March 2017
(8 out of 10)

Doug

London
Cycling is absolutely the best way to see Kerala. Every day the terrain was different: coast, backwaters, hills, tea plantations, forest etc.
Confirmed traveller: 03 March 2017
Published on: 07 March 2017
(8 out of 10)

Margaret

Westhill, Aberdeenshire
Really enjoyed the trip. Highlights were cycling along the coast.
There were a lot of hills which I didn't expect as the cycling was graded as easy. It should be regarded easy/moderate.
Confirmed traveller: 18 February 2017
Published on: 20 February 2017