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Great tour operator with personalized service. The routes were excellent and the food was great. Wonderful accommodations.

The tour leader and driver made us feel very welcome and comfortable…professional, attentive, personable, flexible.

Tom T.
SOUTH INDIA BIKE TOUR

We had the most amazing cycling trip on the backroads of Kerala with this company. We were on a nine day trip with a guide and driver who were the most amazing people to spend time with, looked after us and kept us safe, and taught us so much about the culture and food. And while some areas had been badly affected by floods this year, this did not affect our trip.

The cycling allowed us to see and visit areas that otherwise we would have been unlikely to have seen, on good quality, well-maintained bicycles. We stayed in homestays which were beautiful and individually chosen by the team, and received a warm welcome everywhere.

We can genuinely say this was the best trip we have ever been on, and want to experience more of what they offer in other parts of India.

Bruce W.
KERALA BIKE TOUR

Mary & Group
TAMIL NADU ROAD BIKE TOUR

We thoroughly enjoyed a 14 bicycle trip with the Art of Bicycle Trips from Bangalore to Kochi with Muthu, Poonach, Siljo. What an amazing country–the people, the terrain, the homestays, the villages, the traffic. Nothing we read or heard truly prepared us for the assault on all our senses and cycling really gave us the opportunity to fully experience India. Our cycling guides were awesome. Muthu adjusted our rides based on the group’s collective riding skills. Siljo, our driver, was so amazing with snacks and water and navigating the van through some pretty narrow roads. India has amazing terrain, elevations with vistas worth the climb. And Poonach provided good commentary about the many facets of India. We have taken many cycling vacations, and without a doubt, India has left a memory of a lifetime! Thanks Art of Bicycle Trips for helping us discover and experience Incredible India!

Phil R.
SOUTH INDIA BIKE TOUR

Our 5 day Kerala backroads bicycle tour was fun and informative, the tour guide and driver were excellent. We really experienced the culture, the people, and the landscape while riding. A great way to see India!

Robert S.
KERALA BIKE TOUR

It was a memorable trip. We were very well looked after by Muthu, Manju and Siljo. Every small requirement of ours was anticipated and catered to. The routes were well planned. The bikes, hotels and van was good too. We had a great time – thank you! We look forward to the next trip!

Nakul R.
KERALA BIKE TOUR

I loved the trip. Of all the organized tours and activities I did in India this one was by far the most well orchestrated. Dibin really went above and beyond the call of duty.

Christian E.
KERALA BIKE TOUR

Central Kerala bike tour was a great way to see Central Kerala. It is such a magical place. My highlights included Kaivalyam Retreat, the endless hills of tea plantations, riding through the hills and cardamom field, Abraham spice plantation & the overnight houseboat stay.

Susanna
KERALA BIKE TOUR

Thank you for such a well planned, superbly led trip. We learned so much more about Kerala and it’s unique characteristics and beauty than we thought we would. This was our first trip to India and our first “organized tour group”. Both exceeded our expectations. We will surely return.

TOUR GUIDE(s): Dibin – personable, knowledgeable, flexible. Sajib- good natured, patient. Dibin’s style, competence and communication skills were invaluable assets for the success and enjoyment of this trip

BIKES: Good equipment. Bikes were solid — easy to handle and needed for some of the bumpy roads.

Linda & Robert
KERALA BIKE TOUR

Jacky and I would like to thank you and all your staff , in particular Rakesh and Dipu, for a terrific cycle ride in Kerala. As experienced organisers of cycle tours in South Africa ourselves and participants in many other tours in Asia, Australia and Europe, we really can appreciate the superb attention to detail that you brought to this remarkable tour and cannot fault it in any way. It ranks amongst the very best we have experienced over many years. The cycling was challenging in parts for us over seventy year olds but always enjoyable. The other activities were also great. We saw many birds, giant squirrels and an elephant on our walk in the Tiger Reserve.Kayaking on the Periyar in the evening at Hornbill Camp was a birding highlight too and who would not enjoy the overnight stay on the backwaters in a luxury houseboat. Each place we stayed at was well chosen and different, giving us a real feel for this beautiful region with its rubber, tea and cardamom plantations. Rakesh and Dipu took exceptional care of us and pampered us throughout shielding us from traffic and making sure we had everything possible to add to our enjoyment as well as being knowledgeable about each area. They were superb. What you promised on your website was more than delivered and we feel that we have made new friends as well. The local food everywhere was very good and the cooking lessons that you arranged for us super fun as well as being delicious. Our friends in Cape Town, where we are now, can look forward to some amazing curry meals when we try out our new recipes in the coming weeks before we head home to Australia. Please post this in your testimonial column and anywhere else where it may do you some good. You thoroughly deserve every success. We would be happy to respond directly by phone or email to any prospective clients who might like personal reassurance of your quality. Our best wishes and good luck in your cycling future.

Jeremy M.
KERALA BIKE TOUR

Classic Kerala was a great adventure!!!!!!!! The sights, smells and scenery were all unforgettable. The trip description promised “a ridiculous amount of green” and we were not disappointed. We enjoyed the variety of bicycling experiences through many different terrains. Dibin was impressive as a superb guide. He and the driver, Dipu, were both very knowledgeable, helpful and shared their culture freely. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TRIP!!!!!!!

Nancy & Richard
KERALA BIKE TOUR
Stan's Group & Gina
KERALA BIKE TOUR

We had a great time in Kerala, and were impressed by how well organised our trip was. We’ll certainly be in touch next time we cycle in India, and will recommend you to our friends. All the accommodation was good. We especially liked Wildernest at Thekkaddy (and being able to walk to a choice of restaurants), and the Parayil homestay. Summer Sand at Vagamon was a bit basic, but there’s probably not much choice in this area. Finally, our driver Manu was excellent. He was always there to greet us when we arrived at our accommodation, was eager point out interesting sights and most importantly was a skilled and careful driver. Thanks again for a great holiday.

Steve & Kathryn
KERALA BIKE TOUR

It is unforgettable, we are happy that we have done it, we saw so much, we liked ist, thank you to the guides and the driver.

Supe
SOUTH INDIA BIKE TOUR

My husband and I took th 12-day Taste of Kerala Bicycle tour. Having taken many other multi day bike tours this one rates at the top of my list. You ride through beautiful tea and spice plantations. The views are vivid green and spectacular. I loved every minute of it. The ride itself is comfortable. The guides take you via back roads so while you are riding with India traffics it is much reduced, the vehicles tend to drive slowly and it was comfortable. Kerala has hills bit as medium level riders we were comfortable. The support was outstanding. Ebin was our guide and was both experienced and personable. We had fun riding and talking to him. He gave realistic expectations of the route and made sure we felt safe. Thanks Ebin for your superb guiding! The accomodations and food was good and the side trips off our bike were worthwhile. We loved the houseboat night. I highly recommend this tour to anyone. I think it is an undiscovered biking area. Enjoy it before it gets discovered.

Michelle K.
KERALA BIKE TOUR

I feel great! It was a dream vacation for me. I would do it again (but don’t feel like I need to be pampered quite so much!). I didn’t hold any expectations going into it, just curiosity, but had I held any expectations the trip surely would have surpassed them. I am a little afraid that future tours I may take may not be as delightful, challenging and balanced.

Gina
KERALA BIKE TOUR

It was a glorious trip, with miles of beautiful scenery, fabulous bright colours, exotic aromas and lots of music. The Art of Bicycle crew looked after all our creature comforts, made sure our bikes were in good nick and made every effort to make sure we had a great trip. We certainly saw a lot more than we would have been able to from a coach and we built up good appetites for the splendid food.

Penny H.
KERALA BIKE TOUR

I really enjoyed it. Fantastic time and experience and very good staff.

David S.
KERALA BIKE TOUR

Do not hesitate to trust the team at Art of the Bicycle with your holiday…we have just returned from 10 spectacular days touring the backwaters, the tea gardens, spice plantations and the beaches of this incredible place. Luckily we decided to tour around on a bike and therefore have indulged in platefuls of the most tremendous food without noticeable weight gain. The team at Art of the Bicycle are great company, good fun and certainly go out of their way to make sure you have a holiday to remember. Go for it!

Alice & Adam
KERALA BIKE TOUR

It was a great experience and a wonderful family cycling holiday for us – cycling in Kerala enabled us to feel so much more part of the place than seeing it through the car window! Some of the route was quite challenging in the heat but also rewarding. It was especially great when we arrived at or departed from the overnight stays on bike. I would certainly recommend this to others.

Suzanne & Family
KERALA BIKE TOUR

All in all we feel that we had a fantastic trip – cycling is a superiour way to expereience Kerala! Our guides as well as our driver were terrific – very accommodating and informative. There were several highlights but outstanding for us was the kerala backwaters on day 2 and the houseboat on day 8. Well Done!!

Shelley & Joe
KERALA BIKE TOUR

Great tour, all round. Very good mix of cycling and sightseeing/activities. Excellent driver. Guide – Very good knowledge + explanation. Leader – Great all round.

Bruce
KERALA BIKE TOUR

Dibin is an excellent guide thoughtful assessed how we rode and ammended the program to suit. We like the mix of cycling and sight seeing, riding 55K then relaxing on a boat. A great trip all round.

Lindsey
KERALA BIKE TOUR

We were a little hesitant to take the trip as we had a 8 year old, but it was a very good experience for all of us. Our crew was fabulous and made the trip very easy. The organizers of the trip were fantastic and very patient with us while we planned the trip. They have accomdated all our requests. The places we stayed at very unique and hidden treasures to discovers. Our kids enjoyed the trip thoroughly.

Asha
KERALA BIKE TOUR

I would thoroughly recommend this trip – it was simply magical! We were a little worried that this was a local company of whom we knew nothing and we have been used to the large global operators in this field. We need not have worried at all. The itinerary was perfect and, with the interludes of visiting tea, rubber and cardomom plantations and spice gardens, we had a perfect mixture of cycling and interesting things to do. The bikes were great and the hotels were a very good choice. The terrain was challenging, as its quite mountainous, but we did not need to get off and push at all, as all the climbs were just steady, slow hills, not steep at all. We got up to over 7,000 feet at one time and the views were simply breathtaking! Our guide, Thomas, was wonderful, with his perfect English, he was both charming and interesting as well as caring and thoughtful. Selvam was much more than just a driver as he was at all times looking after us and keeping his eye on how we were doing, stopping at just the right time to give us rest, fresh water and food, exactly when we needed it. If we tired, and we did sometimes, then he was more than ready and willing to pack up the bikes and take us into the cool interior of the car for a while. All in all it was a really good week and the very best cycling tour we have done anywhere in the world, and that is saying a lot….. as we have done cycling holidays in England, France, Italy, Cuba and Croatia. This one beat them all hands down!

Vivienne
KERALA BIKE TOUR

Based on our experience, I can highly recommend this trip and company. For us, 11 days of cycling in Karnataka will long be remembered as a very special holiday. Other tripadvisor reviews were helpful in giving us the confidence to book with this fairly new company and to decide on cycling and traveling in India. Things couldn’t have worked out better. The information provided prior to travel was clear and helpful. Early November was a beautiful time to visit this area, with constant blue skies and comfortable temperatures. The cities are chaotic but the Art of Bicycle Tours had the right idea – use the van and driver to get to the quiet, scenic country roads, cycle and see the best that India has to offer, then finish the day back in the van to get to the hotel. The accommodation choices were excellent – from very comfortable and luxurious most days, to adequate (best available) in the most remote area. Our guides were fantastic – friendly, knowledgeable, humorous and young at heart – truly happy and proud to share their country with us – more like companions with local knowledge than teachers. They hired other local guides to get the facts right at temples, a wildlife sanctuary and the Mysore Palace – but Poonacha and Sriram added their perspective to those visits as well. The trip was truly all-inclusive with meals, snacks and extras all covered by ABT. The cooler in the van had lots of bottled water for us. The bicycles provided were amazing – new, Scott X50 hybrid bikes with 700C wheels, front suspension, disc brakes and 24 gears. Most roads were paved, occasionally broken pavement and only a few, very short sections of dirt road. The scenery in Karnataka is wonderful – this trip started in the plains near Bangalore with interesting rock outcroppings, then crossing the rice fields and coconut groves and finally over the Western Ghats to the coast. The scenery in the mountains was spectacular – very little traffic takes this route and while we climbed to the highest point in the state, the trip had more downhill than uphill. We got lots of waves and smiles from the locals who were puzzled to see people traveling with a vehicle but choosing to cycle.

Dough H.
SOUTH INDIA BIKE TOUR

The transport vehicle was fantasic. The driver was always near to us while bicycling and always had water and snacks for us. He did a great job. The food was great. The sag food was good. The bicycles were good for the roads we were on. All the accomodations were fantastic. The non-cycling activities were great. I especially liked the kayaking on the Periyar River and the hiking in the Periyar Sanctuary. The afternoon and night on the houseboat on the backwaters was excellent. That was the best way to see the tropical vegetation. Overall I thought the trip was excellent. Pranav was an excellent guide. The driver of the support vechile was always there for us and also very pleasant.

Karen
KERALA BIKE TOUR

The more I think about this trip, the more beautiful it becomes. You guys are the best – the whole operation and trip appeared very smooth. Thank you so much for giving one of the best times of my life!!

Brenda M.
KERALA BIKE TOUR