South India Self Guided Cycling Tours

We have spent 20 years pedalling around India from Kanyakumari-Calcutta-Mumbai to journeys through Assam and Darjeeling across Nepal and Bangladesh and every place  in between, we know what makes a great cycling experience.  From our exploration we have put together some of the  best back country cycling in the world here in South India from our classic Coast to Coast route and challenging multi-day tours to more gentle off-the beaten track meandering delights taking in the unique sights and backroads only known to us.  Our self-guided tours promise friendly people, authentic experiences and sights and memories that will stay for ever. Nobody knows this area better.

Tour Highlights

Ride on India’s most relaxed backroads

Outstanding boutique hotels and resorts

Magical South Indian food: get ready for a marvellous Masala Dosa

Key-Info

Group Numbers: 1-12 (larger groups available on request)

Tour bolt-ons available

Bike Hire Available

Who should ride self-supported?

Self guided cycling holidays a great option for those who want the freedom to ride and explore at your own pace but don’t want the hassle of logistics and carrying around your own bags. You ride and self-guide and we do the rest. Our self guided cycling tours holidays  provide you with routes, knowledgable drivers who know the area, where to eat and the best tea/coffee on route letting you ride with flexibility and freedom.

How it works?

We tailor-make the tour to your requirements. You let us know how many days you wish to ride and we will run you through the options and routes. From there you decide how much support you need from our self guided-lite tours were we provide bikes equipped with panniers, route maps, with professional support only a phone call away and the rest is up to you right through to our fully supported tours where we transport your luggage, book our hand-picked accommodation and your tour manager/support driver is on hand to advise and assist if you need any guidance.

Who should ride self-supported?

Self guided cycling holidays are a great option for those who want the freedom to ride and explore at your own pace but don’t want the hassle of logistics and carrying around your own bags. You ride and self-guide and we do the rest.

Do we need to know cycle mechanics?

The self guided lite tours are recommended for people who  have some experience touring on bicycles and have a basic knowledge of bicycle mechanics and basic repairs. With our fully supported tours your tour manager/driver is not trained to be bike mechanics, but will be able to assist in repairs and will be carrying spares and a tool kit in case things go wrong. While our bikes are in excellent condition and well maintained, any repairs or unexpected breakdowns are expected to be handled by the rider. Throughout your trip, we are only a phone call away for emergencies and queries.

Dates and Prices

We recommend September through till March for our self-guided tours though we provide tours and bikes all year round.

Prices start from £15 per day for bike hire only and we will give you a price for your individualised tour detail.

Fully Supported Tour

Inclusions

All hotels, as mentioned in the tour details

All breakfasts

Lunch

Picnic table/chairs/cool box

Tea/coffee/snacks

Vehicle and tour manager at your disposal/ transfer luggage, 

Detailed GPS maps

Local SIM card

Emergency contact number

Not Included

Evening Meals

Extra snacks

Personal travel insurance

Personal expense

Tips, gratuities

Self Guided Tour Info

India Visa

You can apply for an E-Visa with a 60 day stay-limit

https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

If you are visiting India for a longer duration then a 6 month tourist visa could be worth considering but they are more expensive. 

In the UK the link is below.

http://www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk/

Medical

Get in touch with your GP well in advance of your departure for latest information on vaccinations and any other medical considerations.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance

Get insured. It is a condition of our trips that you are adequately insured. Policies must cover mountain biking and the potential risks of a mountain bike holiday. If your usual insurance doesn’t cover mountain biking then consider specialist coverage such as 

http://www.snowcard.co.uk/single-trip.php 

We need a copy of your insurance ready for us on arrival or send us on a copy via e-mail prior to the trip.

Accommodation

All our accommodation has been hand-picked to be just about the best there is. Boutique hideaways, plantation stays, converted palaces and luxury hotels all feature in our tour. All rooms are based on twin or double occupancy. Single rooms are available on request.

Weather

The  south Indian climate is at its best end November trough till early March with daily sunshine almost guaranteed. Temperatures will be up to 30c during the day while nights maintain a balmy air. Temperatures drop considerably in the mountains where  evenings and nights can be cool. September-November can experience some rainfall while mid-March onwards it can get hot, so rideable but better with early starts.

Food

South Indian food is a highlight of any trip and simply does not get any better than the hidden eateries that we have discovered over our last 20 years of India riding experience. If you fancy a break from Indian food then there is a wide choice of western food to keep your taste buds happy.

Bikes

The roads are in good condition by Indian standards with the majority of the roads being recently metalled and smooth. We would recommend you bring  a hard tail mountain bike or touring bike with fast rolling tyres or you can rent one of our fleet of Scott Hardtail bikes.

Renting Bikes

Please bring your own pedals and consider bringing your own seat if you have a saddle that you are comfortable with. Scott/Kona hardtails are available in S/M/L/XL and are priced at £15 per day for the tour duration. Please contact us for availability.

Bringing your own bike/bike kit.

As ever make sure your bikes are in tip-top condition before bringing them out. If you are unsure a part will survive the trip then replace or get it serviced by a bike shop. Performance bike parts are hard to obtain in India but we do have small stocks of spare parts. 

Let us know before you come about what bike you are bringing out and if there is anything specific to your bike that we might not have spares for. 

Bring Along

Spare Mech Hanger

Spare sets of brake pads

2 Tubes

Spare spokes specific to your wheels

If you have any doubt on what you need to bring out with you as spares then just let us know. 

Cycle Wear

Best to ride in touring attire so ride shorts are best. Exposed lycra cycling britches without  over- shorts can bring  attention.We would also recommend bringing both long sleeve and short sleeve tops, temps can vary day by day but rarely cold or cool.

We would also recommend shoes that you can also walk on so non-exposed cleats and non- aggressive tread patterns works best; so comfortable for photo stops, the odd walk out to view points and tackling the odd tricky sections if you don’t fancy riding them. 

Non Ride Kit To Bring Along

Head torch in case of power cuts

A set of warm clothes for nights spent in mountains

Light waterproof

Mix of long sleeve and short sleeve riding tops in case of sunburn

Universal electric plug

Mosquito Repellent

High factor sun-cream

Sunglasses

Lip salve

Sandals/flip flops

Swim Wear

Finances

ATM’s are available in all our destinations. Visa is the most widely accepted. Food items, snacks, gift items are all well priced so expect to pay £5 for an evening meal or just over £2 for an alcoholic drink.

Airport exchange rates are usually very poor so if you are exchanging money here then just change small amounts.

Local Time

India’s Timezone: (GMT +05:30)

Electricity

India’s Electricity: 230/240 volts AC, 50 Hz. 2 pin type.

There are recharging facilities at all the hotels, the electricity supply is not 100% reliable but it is usually only off for short periods of time.

Local expenses, kitty and tips

Our Mountain Bike Kerala tour managers do not expect tips but our riding would greatly appreciate them if the service is excellent. For  a rough guide then consider from £5 per day and  £2 per day for hotels staff etc if the service, food has been great.

 

SHOP

We have a great range of MTB clothing available including long sleeve and short sleeve tops, t-shirts, buffs, shorts and socks available for sale. 

All our great looking ride gear is designed and made by our in-house Greenfrogindia team and is available both on tour and from our  online shop so you can buy anytime before or after the trip. Look out for these and our great range of cycle-recycle products including sleek looking wallets, purses and ride-pouches made from reclaimed innertubes. 

http://mountain-bike-kerala.myshopify.com/collections/all