Cycle Touring South India: A Bumpy Start

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  1. micah says:

    Hey there,

    I’ve really been enjoying reading about your travels here.

    Having spent a little bit of time traveling in relative comfort in that part of India, I can commiserate. It’s super challenging and the rewards are not always as glaringly obvious as in other places. There is a lot of history there, if you know where to look, and it is a part of India that not a lot of Westerners get a chance to experience so intimately.

    Not sure if your route will allow it, but if you can get down to the Kerala backwaters, you might find some of the charm and magic that people talk about in India a bit more evident.

    Have fun!


    • Dmitry says:

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Micah. You’re absolutely right about getting to see things most western tourists don’t. Bike touring is perfect for this. As I’m writing this we are in Kochi, and really beginning to enjoy our time in India much more. Part of it is getting used to the unique problems here, part of it is being in Kerala – We’ve found better roads and calmer traffic. Things are looking up. Before we got to Kochi, we took the ferry from Kollam to Alappuzha – 8 hours through the backwaters. It was beautiful and interesting, and much more affordable than a house boat. We loved it.