India in Jan?

Hi,
A friend and I are looking to book a January trip on the cycling tour of Kerala & tropical India.

We would have loved to have joined the solo departure trip later in the month but cannot because of other commitments.  We thought that the solo trip may be more sociable?   Hopefully we are wrong!  Is anyone out there booked onto the trip leaving on the 15th Jan?

Be great to say hello!

Hi there.. I'm also looking at booking for Jan... just investigating the best time to visit India, as I was there in May last year and it was far too hot to cycle.  I think between Nov and Mar is the best but it depends on where you are - North or South.  So I guess I will just have to book it and see!!

I did Vietnam Nov 09 and it was fab. Have you travelled with Exodus before?

Look forward to hearing from you.

 

Nicola :) 

Hi there.. I'm also looking at booking for Jan... just investigating the best time to visit India, as I was there in May last year and it was far too hot to cycle.  I think between Nov and Mar is the best but it depends on where you are - North or South.  So I guess I will just have to book it and see!!

I did Vietnam Nov 09 and it was fab. Have you travelled with Exodus before?

Look forward to hearing from you.

 

Nicola :) 

Hi Nicola,

i don't think i'm going to be able to travel in January which is a shame because as you say it looks like the right time to travel.  I'm eyeing up a trip to Central America in February instead.  My friend (who i met on the Cycle Cuba trip) is still up for this one though and so if you do go ahead and book i'm sure you'll both have lots of fun.  

I've booked a place on this trip on 16 Jan. A good friend tells me that it's amazing.

Barbiehg

Barb

Barbiehg

Hello Mallet, hubby, Dave and myself have booked this trip. We have done a few cycle trips before. We're looking forward to meeting new people and experiencing something different. We're hoping the recent stuff going down in Delhi for the Commonwealth Games will quieten down by the time we get there (as we're flying in via New Delhi). It will be nice meeting fellow cyclists and making new friends. Please feel free to touch base with me at my email address on my profile.

Tanja_b

Hi, everyone, I've also booked this trip. Really looking forward to going, particularly as the weather is starting to get cold in the UK. Have done one exodus trip cyling in Cuba, which was brilliant and met loads of nice people (including natrie - see above). Getting a bit worried about what jabs & pills to take. A doctor I know who is from India says you must take malaria tablets as it is rife there. Also says you can buy any antibiotics you will need there and to take them as soon as you get a 'dicky tummy'. Not looking forward to that bit! See you all soon...

Tanja

Hello Barbiehg and Tanja

I get the feeling that this will be a good holiday. I enjoy cycling very much, mainly 3 to 5 day Sustrans routes in the UK.

Kerala is a smashing region of India. We were there about 10 years ago, including Ooty, the hill station we plan to visit. It was used by the British to govern the south of Inda during the summer months to escape from the heat in the plains. It's a bit like a small English town plonked in India. The Kerala backwaters are also amazing.

My partner and I are cycling in Cuba in November which sounds great; a good preparation for January!

Malcolm

Barbiehg

Hi Malcolm and Tanja. Glad to see you found my posting. I have just organised to get all our travel injections, I don't think Malaria is around at that time of the year, but I'll probably take the precaution. I am counting down the days. Mal - If you have been before I was advised just this morning to take a bucket load of strong insect repellant, do you concur? Did you need many warmer bike clothes? I tend to layer but I still want to pack reasonably light. Also, I have recently brought an expensive camera and hubby reckons to take the back up camera. Whilst we're vigilant, I still want to shoot with this camera, what are your thoughts? I guess I'll be able to pick your brains about the Cuba trip when we meet up - a friend at work here went and her photos have blown me away. Do you follow cycyling? We had the world championship here yesterday, held in Gellong, Cadel Evans didn't win this year but a Norwegian did. Talk to you soon, Barb

Hi Barb

I guess insect repellant is a good idea; although there's usually no probelm when you are on the move on a bike; it's when you stop that they can become a nuisance. I didn't cycle in Kerela 10 years ago so I don't know what to take. I guess the background info from Exodua will help when I get round to reading it.

A back-up camera sound useful although I survive with my fairly cheap one.

Cheers
Malcolm

Hi Barb

On reflection, my early comment about insect repellants is a bit misleading. You will definirely need some repekkant; DEET 50% is the most effective in my experience.

Hope your holiday plans are going ok.

Cheers - Malcolm

Barbiehg

Hi Malc - thanks for the repellant tip. About the camera, I was asking whether mugging/thievery is an issue if I cart round an expensive camera? As in snatch and run. I guess I should have been more to the point. Plans are coming together, I get my injections on the 25th and I have just brought a pocket sized hard drive to download my pictures to. This should save lugging around a laptop. I'm hoping I'll have access to a pc in the hotels we stay at. Have to rub it in, we've whooped butt in the cycling at the Delhi Games. I loved watching the road event, where the Irish and NZ lead only to be beaten in the last moments by an Aussie. What's a 3-5 day Sustrans route? Training for me is going well, mainly I get in 150kms per week 120 of which is up hills (Melbourne is known to be very flat, but where I live ther's a few hills). Hubby, Dave is pretty fit and he's usually the one pushing me up those big hills. I'll see how I go with Ooty hill, I can do it but I'll be painfully slow. Take Care Barb

Hi folks, Just thought I would log on and chat to others booked for this trip. I am looking forward to it, but with some trepidation. I live in Edinburgh and the weather since the end of November has been terrible, so not much cycle training! However, I am sure I am not the only one in this boat. Seems to be thawing a bit now so fingers crossed that I might make it out there, otherwise I might have to book into spinning classes(god forbid!). Friends were on this trip two years ago and reckoned it was the best holiday they have had, so i am looking forward to lots of delicious food and packing the Imodium too! It would be good to hear from some others. Cheers, Alison

Barbiehg

Good to see there's some more women on the trip, yay.  You're frozen in Edinburgh and todays top in Melbourne for New Years Eve is a balmy 40 degrees.  I think that's about 104......too darn hot.  Kerala will be mild compared to our weather, though at the beginning of the week it was a chilly 18, so we're prepared for anything.  Hope you're able to get the spin classes in, sound like Oooty Hill will be a bit of a bugger.  I managed to squeeze over a 100km in  this week, but I think I'm not gonna improve any further, so no amount of training will help.  I'm so looking forward to this ride, so it's good to hear your feedback.  I'm a big food fan, I was figuring I'd lose weight considering the diet would be different, but it's good to hear the food is delicious.  I have already said to hubby when we return we're buying a slab of fillet to tuck into.  I love reds (wine that is) and am planning to bring a bottle of Shiraz to share with the group (that's if I don't drink it first).  We have booked a week in the Golden Triangle before we start the trip so we leave for India on the 8th and we catch up in Mysore.  It's the first time we have used Exodus so it will be good to compare it with another cycling trip we have done previously with another provider in Vietnam.  Meet up with you soon, Barb

reilig66

Hi, introducing another three members of the group - myself (Fiona). my husband (Roland) and our friend Patsey. In terms of recent biking we're in a similar position to Alison, although having spent the evening looking through the trip notes we're determined to get out on bikes somewhere this weekend. None of us have done a biking holiday like this before - previous biking has been day rides in the UK, with a focus on off-road stuff. All keen 'outdoors' people so hopefully our residual fitness levels will get us through (combined with a real effort to get to the gym in the next two weeks).Looking forward to meeting everyone in two weeks time. Happy New Year.  Fiona

 

 

 

Barbiehg

Hi Fiona/Ali/Roland/Patsey - Happy New Year to you all!!!  It topped 41.1 here in Melb for New Years Eve, it's now a respectable 22 - I so hate the heat, however, I'm not sporting a hangover, not worth it, especially when it gets so hot.  So we have got about half the group online and semi introduced. So excited......looking forward to meeting new people and getting out of my comfort zone. Whereabouts from the UK are you from?  In terms of biking, if you have good fitness levels you'll be right, especially if you're keen outdoor people.  Are any of you keen photographers? I'm such a camera tragic I'm planning on bringing 3 cameras, one that can fit into a snoot bag on the front of the bike and the others are compacts. Dave rigged the SLR snoot bag for me last bike trip, by securing the bag with 2 plastic tie ups, it meant when you get off the bike you grab your camera and it can't get snatched whilst your riding. For me, it's less than a week till we leave, so I'm counting down the days.....see you all soon and take care.  Barb

Hi folks, Good to hear from some others who sound in similar position to me! Been out on bike last 2 days and trying to get gear together this week so it's not a mad dash next week. My visa has just arrived so need to pick that up. What are people taking in view of first aid, deet etc.? Also, what about water? I'm not sure about taking camelback as think that might not be too hygienic. What do others think? Tip from my pals is to take full gloves for the ascent as it can be very cold at top. I'm really looking forward to holiday but with some trepidation as not been to India, not been away on my own and not been on a cycling holiday! So am either brave or stark raving bonkers! Oh! one last question- is everyone from UK flying out of Heathrow, as I'm going out of Gatwick. The flight was later so thought I would take that as easier option! Am training it to London on Friday and staying over as I thought this was safer. So will see you all soon and come on everyone else log on so we can find out a little bit about you! Alison 

Barbiehg

Hi Alison.  Am taking heaps in terms of first aid, in particular antibiotics for the bowels and stomach as advised by the travel doctors, the rest is for diahorrea and nausea as well as gastrolyte for re-hydration.  When its cold and you go down hill the fingers certainly get cold, I don't feel it, but Dave does, so I'll let him know, thanks for the tip. We will travel light so we've packed arm and leg warmers if we need them for Ooty Hill. The camel back could harbor bacteria, but I am no expert on that one.  We're bringing clean bike water bottles which we will fill with water from a sealed bottle, presumably they'll have water bottle holders on the bikes.  I haven't been to India either, so I share your trepidation. The best holiday I have ever had was a cycling holiday, I'm sure it will be memorable, judging from the feedback.  See you soon - Barb

Hello Alison.  On a past cycling holiday, some of the folks using camelbacks found them to be a bit of a problem, mainly the weight on their backs and the sweating it caused. A water bottle on the bike is less cumbersome and allows your back to 'breathe'. There will be a support vehicle with lots of water to fill the bottles. I'm not sure if the bikes take 2 bottles; if they do, you can always use an ordinary shop-bought water bottle. I'm assuming that a light sweater will be enough for Ooty. I hadn't thought about the need for long gloves. Don't worry about India. It's an amazing country with great food, hospitable people and English is spoken everywhere. There was much less hassle in the south of India compared to the north when I was there about 15 years ago but things may have changed since then. Sit back, enjoy the ride, enjoy the food and enjoy the people. There's no competition.  Malcolm

reilig66

I'm a big fan of my camelback as I find I drink much more so will stop dehydration. Our first aid kit is no-where near as comprehensive as Barbara's - some immodium, paracetomol and a few plasters!! Maybe that's a bit of an optimistic approach. We're on the Heathrow flights, driving down to Heathrow on Friday from Yorkshire and stopping over. See you all soon. Fiona 

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