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Number of Reviews: 72 Overall score: *****
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Cycle Kerala & Tropical India

Sensational!

5
I did this trip with some trepidation as to whether it would live up to a previous cycling trip I had done with Exodus (IndoChina & Angkor) which was brilliant, no worries there, this was an amazing experience in so many ways. Firstly the variety stands out for me, each day offering new unseen before sights, giving another view of India. The organisation was very good, accommodation and eating arrangements all hassle free. Bikes were in excellent condition and easy to ride with their smooth tyres. The trip is classed as 'challenging' but don't be put off by this as only a short ride on first day and the 36 'hairpins' are a challenge. Neither are compulsory and quite a few walked without bikes instead. The rest is fairly flat and downhill and many days are short as you start early to avoid the heat. The roads are mainly quiet with a few busy bits but the drivers in India seemed more accommodating than those in UK! We were a group of nine and the group gelled really well, we had a lot of fun :) one of the group even had a guitar which added to the entertainment! It was very hot in March and it is essential to drink lots of water at every opportunity. One particularly good part about this trip is the very few transfers (on the bus) that is has, some trips have quite a few I have noted. Overall India was a revelation to me, quite different to what I was expecting. The people are friendly and keen to speak to you as they practice their English. I took away so many memories and am so glad I decided to do this trip. In summing up there is nothing not to like about this trip.
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Cycling Kerala and Tropical India

4
Our first Exodus cycling trip and we will definitely be travelling with Exodus on our next adventure. It is a great introduction to India if its your first trip (its relative prosperity makes for less hassle from residents) and it offers a different perspective to the hustle, bustle (and many more tourists) of Rajasthan if you have travelled further north in the country. Beautiful and varied landscapes with an interesting itinerary and most memorable for us for time spent simply chatting with our guides along the way about life in India.
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Fantastic sycling in Kerala

5
Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic. I kept saying this at least three times a day during the trip. The landscape, all the friendly people along the route who cheered at us and the consept of sycling through Keralas wonderful environments.
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Cycle Kerala

3
I'd heard so much about Kerala but have to say this tour left me somewhat underwhelmed. I've done other trips with Exodus which have been brilliant. I'm a keen cyclist. I found this trip go be lacking in experiences, sights and very restrictive. Whilst the cycling had its pluses, I actually felt it was very restrictive and meant we had little time to really get to know anywhere. Once the cycle day was over there was little guidance, time or opportunity to really explore, instead sheparded to hotel or tourist restaurants. I wouldn't recommend this trip.
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Exodus Response

We would like to thank Fiona for her review, although we are sorry for her disappointments. Our local operator is currently working to ensure that our tour leaders are providing regular and comprehensive briefings to our clients, and whilst the bikes we allocate to our clients are in good condition and usually well-received, we have taken Fiona’s comments into consideration. We understand that the tour leader assisted Fiona after her accident and we do hope she felt well supported.

Exodus Trip Manager, Megan Devenish
Cycle Kerala
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Cycle Kerala & Tropical India

Great team, great location, shame the single supplement is a scam...

4
The local team (Joseph, Rintu and Shibu) were great - helpful, friendly, knowledgeable. Kerala is beautiful and the earlier parts of the trip in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were really interesting. Great food too. And equal parts exciting and tranquil cycling on high quality Specialized bikes (if - like some of the reviewers on here - you can't handle cycling with traffic and potholes. why on earth are you going to India!). My only criticism is about Exodus not the local team - they charged me £450 for a single supplement, which is over double what it should have been - I've checked the rack-prices of everywhere we stayed, and they have been stubborn and unhelpful about dealing with this. A real shame as it marred the end of the trip and made me feel like I was being ripped off.
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Exodus Response

We would like to thank Matthew for his review; we are pleased that he had a great trip overall, but we are sorry that he found our single supplement to be rather expensive. Unfortunately the rates advertised online and at properties are often not the prices Exodus is charged as tax (which regularly amounts to over 25% in India) is frequently not included in the rates and we have to book accommodation months in advance so are held to prices even if properties lower their rates to encourage bookings. We have been in touch with Matthew on an individual basis about his concerns.

Megan Devenish - Product Manager for cycling trips in India
Cycle Kerala
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Cycle Kerala & Tropical India

Cycling in Kerala

5
What an astonishing trip! The whole itinerary was superbly planned with each day bringing new experiences to wonder at. The cycling was exhilarating if sometimes tough in the heat and humidity, but the back-up of the van proved a great boon for some of us! And there was enough relaxation time built in to allow us to recharge our batteries and generally chill out when we needed it most. This was our first trip to India and we were thoroughly wowed by the experience.
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Cycle Kerala & Tropical India

5
This trip really was amazing every few days you felt like you were somewhere new, it was a trip that offered so much variety. One day your surrounded by tea plantations and then by the end of the day your on the tropical coast. There was a good mix of culture and amazing scenery. Great like minded group which made each day easy and fun. I would recommend this for everyone, apart from going up the hill to Ooty (that was really tough) you didn't need a huge amount of fitness, I hadn't done that much training before and managed fine.
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Cycle Kerala and Tropical India - The best Guides and support driver anywhere

5
Our Exodus staff were amazing. They took care of us so well, knew the best and quietest routes, stopped for tea and snacks at just the right moment. They took great care of our bicycles too. I enjoyed being able to see a part of India from a bicycle instead of a car or bus. the tour took us from an interior city to a beach town on the Arabian Sea. We cycled up a long and high hill to Ooty and the next day down 2000 metres on a winding road through beautiful tea plantations. LAter we cycled along the coast. the houseboat trip was lovely and super relaxing.
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Wonderful, vibrant Kerala

5
A trip full of vibrant colours, wonderful food, fascinating culture, crazy drivers, warm and welcoming locals and great countryside. We booked this holiday because we wanted a journey with maximum cycling and minimal vehicle transfers en route. This trip is exactly that, touring through three provinces with a well balanced programme of activities and a well chosen route that took in places of significance and interest, with the majority of cycling on scenic routes. Where busy roads were involved we just marvelled at the Indians' driving styles! Travel on a bike in India is the perfect way to soak up the sights, sounds and smells, seeing how people go about their daily lives in the towns, countryside and places of worship. Throughout our trip we were constantly surprised by the warm welcome we received from local people.
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