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Bus-free Through India: That Time I Was Charged By An Elephant

After cycling 60 miles (97 kilometers), high-altitude camping at 2,200 meters (7,218 feet) and hiking 11 miles (17 kilometer) uphill — including ascending the Western Ghats second-highest peak, Meesapulimala, at 2,640 meters (8,661 feet) — I thought today would be my day off. I thought wrong. Rare Birds On my Kalypso Adventures India travel itinerary,…Read more...

Bus-Free Through India: Houseboating Through Kerala’s Backwaters

While I did a short kayaking trip through the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, boating had been a smaller component throughout the trip traveling without bus tours through India. That was all changing today, with a houseboat trip and kayaking excursion through the Backwaters. After long distances cycling through India and high-altitude camping in Silent Valley National…Read more...
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Bus-Free Through India: Cycling The Cardamom Trail

“Today we’ll be cycling the Cardamom Trail,” my guide, Rattan, tells me over breakfast. “It’s 91 kilometers (57 miles) from here to Periyar.” I almost spit out my coconut chutney-covered dosa. Do I look like Lance Armstrong? Rattan laughs. “We’ll go slow and just enjoy. Peter will be behind us with the van if we…Read more...


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