Tuk Tuk Challenge – Kerala, India
POSTPONED – new dates to be announced soon
Are you up for an amazing adventure?
Teams of 2-3 per 1 Tuk Tuk, Decorate your ride, Fun daily challanges to complete, Navigate through the beautiful Kerala state in South India!
Decorate your ‘ride’ and beat the other teams to the goal! Armed with a map and a tool kit, you will need to navigate the trail each day of up to 130km, getting an insight into rural life as you go.
You will get a chance to wander off the usual tourist trails through the rugged beauty of its mountains of Munnar, the wildlife-rich rain forests of Periyar, the fascinating backwaters near the ancient port of Alleppey, the spice gardens in the lowlands and the historic city of Fort Kochi. Food is an essential component of this trip in Kerala. You will be amazed at the different types of cuisines in such a small geographic area, each characterized by the local spices and herbs of the micro-region through which you will be passing. You stay in very comfortable heritage hotels, organic spice farm villas and rice boats during this amazing trip.
So why drive around India in a tuk tuk? Because they are such fun! They’ve got three wheels, an open frame, a canvas roof with drop down sides, a cabin for the driver and two seats in the back. Oh, and an engine: a 4-stroke beast that is probably slightly more powerful than a horse.
Tuk tuks have a few advantages: they’re durable, easy to use and very forgiving. They’ll happily handle almost any surface, and they keep on going. They cruise along at about 20mph – quick enough to get to the next destination before beer o’clock, but relaxed enough to enjoy the spectacular countryside.
The Challenge is broken up into various driving legs. Each team gets a road map and a daily navigational sheet, which they’ll use to get from A to B each day.
The winning team isn’t the team that finishes first, it’s the one that accumulates the most Challenge points. How do you get points? By nailing various challenges, we set you along the way.
That means that racing is not encouraged. In fact it’s actively discouraged. There’s no need to set a new Indian ground-speed record. We’ll provide mechanical support when you need it, but essentially you’re hiring a tuk tuk and driving it independently each day.
Minimum Sponsorship Option – Fundraise £3,200 (70% due 10 weeks prior to the challenge, 30% 4 weeks after completion of the challenge)
Self-Funding Option – £1,700 (due 10 weeks prior to the challenge)
Personal contribution for Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges – £300 (due 8 weeks prior to the challenge)
INCLUDED: Return flight: UK to India, Internal transport in air-conditioned vehicles, Tuk Tuk rental, Half board twin share accommodation in hotels and local guest houses, Full support and luggage transfer, Decoration material for Tuk Tuks, Maps and phone, English speaking guide
NOT INCLUDED: Travel insurance, Visa, Fuel for Tuk Tuks, Parts and labour for faults caused by driver, Drinks (other than drinking water), Tips for local crew