11 to 24 Nov. - Enjoy a well deserved cup of tea in Munnar, then bike to the backwaters and relax on a rice boat before time on the coast. Join us on this popular Kerala date in India.
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A company with a personal touch - very impressed!
Our first holiday with Skedaddle – very impressed. We wanted a challenge but not wall to wall cycling where there wouldn’t be a chance to ‘stand and stare‘. The balance was just right. Kerala is stunning, and exploring by bike gave us a connection we wouldn’t have had by car. The hotels were all good, clean, mostly small enough to be friendly and intimate, and all in wonderful locations. Every hour or so on the rides, the guides brought out locally sourced fruit, nuts, plus sweet and savoury snacks. The breaks became a real event!
The tea plantations were stunning. Favourite day? Probably after Munnar, when we cycled some beautiful passes. It was hard, but very rewarding, and the views made it all worthwhile. There was no day I didn’t. Guides were very attentive, fun, informative, and clearly having as good a time as we were. We felt very safe with them. The pre-ride exercises put us all in a positive mood (we still do them at home, they’ll be pleased to learn!).
I have recommended Skedaddle to many people. We looked at Red Spokes and Explore, and thought they may be too serious. We prefer to deal with small, independent and specialist organisations due to personal touch. We‘re very happy with Skedaddle. We wanted a challenge, but time to enjoy the location too. Spot on.
Linda, West Midlands
Trip of a lifetime...
This was the trip of a lifetime for me. A view of India from the saddle was an assault on all the senses: wonderful scenery, vibrant colours and so many unusual locations, a cacophony of new sounds, whistling ducks at dawn to deafening hooting of the tuk tuks in the towns and villages. And the hands of children reaching out on their way to school for “high fives” with these strange old white people passing through on high tech bikes they could only dream of. I really can’t single out a favourite day as the programme was so well designed that there was a gem every day. The Tour Leader was tireless in answering all our questions and making the whole holiday as rich an experience of the culture and window into Indian life.
Couldn’t have had a better leader. Nothing was ever a problem or too much to ask, he was so friendly and kind and helpful and went out of his way for us way too often. What a star. Thanks so much for such an amazing holiday!
Excellent value for money!
A very well organised adventure which completely lived up to expectations. We stayed in many luxurious, clean hotels, with high standards and great food and service – over and above our expectations. Virtually all meals were included, the food was consistently excellent and the accommodation was of a very high standard. Wonderful scenery, acres of tea plantations and quieter roads.
The whole team were outstanding regarding the way they looked after our every need in such a friendly enthusiastic way. They were all extremely knowledgeable about the local area, history, culture and wildlife. They were always considerate and very attentive to our needs. Skedaddle had thoroughly researched the details of the holiday and had made sound decisions on every aspect of the package, particularly with the choice of local tour operators.
The quality of the accommodation throughout was brilliant, lots of really special places. The food was amazing. I don’t think we had one bad meal. Even the hotels with buffet dinners were still good. The guides were always really helpful in refilling camelback etc. The route was great.
Vipin, our guide, went above and beyond to help us at all times. He was very good at keeping the group together and setting the pace for cycling. His knowledge of the local area and passion for his job were impressive. The guys were all great and ready to help with anything. Amazing value for money considering the quality of the accommodation, amount of meals and additional sight seeing trips included and the level of service.
The best holiday we have ever had!
Wonderful place, food, scenery, weather and guide staff. The office staff are always helpul and friendly. The organisation is spot on and the staff in Kerala could not have been more helpful or attentive.
Beautiful accommodation set in beautiful settings. We were treated like royalty. The electrics and plumbing were somewhat hit and miss at times, but that is to be expected in the circumstances and didn’t detract from our enjoyment. Curry for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What more can the heart of man desire? There were always western alternatives available, but why go to India and not enjoy the local cuisine and customs.
Every day was excellent. I’d say my favourite would have been on our fourth day of cycling when our progress was temporarily halted in Kumily by an amazing procession of womenand children all dressed in yellow and carrying yellow parasols as part of the celebrations in honour of Sree Narayana Guru during Onam. The celebratory atmosphere in the village was electrifying and the sound of the music and the drums was fantastic. Once we got going again we had the pleasure of cycling along a long, long line of sunshine yellow clad people all smiles and waves.
Vipin, our guide, was very attentive to the group’s needs and he, along with the rest of the team was very informative about local information, history and wildlife. He also ensured that we had beers for the evenings where our accommodation was not licensed (our only gripe about Keralan laws, however that can’t be helped). The team all worked very well together and it was an emotional parting for us all at the end of our holiday.
India is a magical place and this trip one of my most memorable holidays...
I had never been to Kerala or India before and this trip was an amazing way to experience for the first time. The trip gave a real flavour of the region and its highlights from the beautiful cardamom hills and tea plantations to the quiet calm of the backwaters.
The accommodation was excellent, particularly Carmelia Haven, a beautiful resort in the midst of a stunningly serene tea plantation which exceeded all of my expectations. The outdoor pool was a welcome surprise after a long, hilly but rewarding day in the saddle. And the food was fantastic, as it was for all of the trip.
I cannot speak highly enough of all the guides for their knowledge, enthusiasm, flexibility, care and efficiency. India is a magical place and I would definitely say this Saddle Skedaddle trip was one of the most memorable holidays I have ever had.
Cycling through plantations was fabulous...
Andrew, Shabeeb and the drivers all provided excellent service, and, as one of the slower members of the party, I always felt safe and well cared-for at the back.
The en-route lunches were a real surprise, in the best possible way! I was not expecting a full cooked meal on cycling days. The school visit associated with the first was a great extra. The unofficial beer service at the dry locations was much appreciated! A great variety of accommodation, and all really good. I particularly liked Olive Brook – small, comfortable, characterful and with the best food of the trip.
Pamela, East Sussex
Place to place
10 nights hotels
1 night luxury camp
1 night houseboat
85% meals provided
8 days cycling
3 rest / sightseeing days
Fully guided and vehicle support
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