INDIA CHALLENGE 2019: Timeline
Depart from London Heathrow Airport on an overnight flight to Mumbai or Delhi.
Get connecting flight to the city of Visakhapatnam, one of the most beautiful coastal cities on the East cost of India. We will arrive late afternoon and be taken to our Hotel, The Fortune Inn Sree Kanya. Here we will have time to recover from our journey and relax before getting together for our first dinner together.
This will be an Orientation and Acclimatisation day in Visakhapatnam. After breakfast in the hotel, you’ll be introduced to the rest of the support team who will provide a full briefing with information about the region and FRANK Water’s work there.
This will be followed by a comprehensive Health and Safety talk. You will be assigned your bicycle and will then have an opportunity to test the bike on a short cycle ride in the outskirts of the city. There will be an optional cultural tour that afternoon after which you will be free to acclimatise to the weather, and prepare for your first day of the challenge the following day. There will be a group dinner that evening.
VISAKHAPATNAM - NARSIPATNAM Approx 80 kms of cycling and visit to FRANK Water’s Local In country Partner - VJNNS.
After an early breakfast you will be transported to the outskirts of the city where traffic is quieter and will start your journey towards Narsipatnam. The terrain will mostly be flat but surrounded by trees and farmlands. You will reach Narsipatnam for a late lunch and then head to FRANK Water’s partner VJNNS and learn more about the work we do. We will then return to our Hotel – Sri Krishna Palace, to relax before dinner.
NARSIPATNAM - LAMBASINGI –55kms cycling and visit to a FRANK Water Village SK Banda
After breakfast we will start riding towards Lambasingi. The stretch consists of 15km of continuous uphill biking with some small stretches of downhills and uphills in some of the most spectacular views of this challenge where you will catch a glimpse of monkeys along the way.
You will then visit a FRANK Water village called SK Banda where we will spend some time hearing about how access to safe water and sanitation has impacted on the village. We will then continue on to our hotel the Sapathagiri Resorts and following check in there will be an optional visit to a nearby strawberry farm. That evening you will enjoy your dinner over a bonfire.
LAMBASINGI - PADERU Approx 70 kms cycling
We will wake up early in time to see the early mists that surround Lambasingi in the morning and following a good breakfast, we’ll start cycling towards Paderu. We will stop at a beautiful Kothapalli Falls along the way for a snack where we can take time to appreciate the stunning surroundings.
The terrain is mostly flat with a few steep KM’s. We will continue cycling through the beautiful countryside and then arrive at the Sai Lodge in the afternoon where we will be staying in very basic accommodation for the night
PADERU - ARAKU VALLEY Approx 45 kms cycling and visit to a FRANK Water supporter village called Antriguda
After breakfast we’ll start our journey towards the Araku valley. It is a 45KM ride through a very scenic valley. This stretch consists mostly of gentle up and downhills, with a few flat stretches.
We will stop at The Chaparai Waterfall for a late morning snack and an opportunity to enjoy the views. We will then head for Antriguda village, to see some of FRANK Water’s work. Arriving around lunchtime, we will spend 2 hours here learning more about FRANK Water’s work . We’ll get back on our bikes for the rest of the afternoon and head to our hotel the Haritha Mayuri in afternoon where we will stay for the night.
ARAKU VALLEY - TYDA Approx 60 kms cycling
After another early start, we will begin our journey towards Tyda with a detour to the historic Borra Caves. The terrain throughout the day will be mostly downhill with some flat along the way. We will have lunch after a tour of the caves and then start riding again towards the hotel the Mountain View Resort. You will reach the hotel The Mountain View Resort, before sunset and have time to relax before the evening meal.
TYDA to VISAKHAPATNAM Approx 95 km cycling
Post breakfast, you will start the final leg of your journey towards Visakhapatnam. The last stretch will be a 95km ride on mostly flat terrain with some uphill and downhill as well. You will also get to cycle 30kms of coastline, stopping with a lunch stop at a beach view restaurant. We will then reach the hotel before sunset and the end of the challenge. That evening, we will join together for a celebration and farewell dinner.
After breakfast together, you’ll have a day to yourself to explore this popular coastal town and experience the local culture/sights. Visit temples, go shopping, explore the famous submarine museum or even have a relaxing spa treatment at the hotel. In the evening we will enjoy our final dinner together at the hotel.
Today we will leave the hotel for the airport to get an early return flight back to Mumbai/Delhi where we will connect to our flight back to the UK
Arrive back in the UK.
N.B This Itinerary maybe subject to change