Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Southern Asia

Southern Asia Topics specific to Southern Asia, from Iran and Armenia east through Pakistan and India to China / Vietnam / Indonesia.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Motorcycle travel in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12 Apr 2013
panman's Avatar
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Hampshire, UK
Posts: 18
India in July

Hi all

I have to go to India (Kerala) for the first two weeks in July. I'm planning to stay on for a few weeks afterwards and am wondering whether it's worth hiring an Enfield to tour on. Can anyone advise on what the weather is likely to be like? I believe it is the monsoon season but is this going to preclude motorcycling? Also does anyone have any knowledge / experience of hiring a bike in Kochi?

Thanks in advance

Chris
__________________
My Route 66 trip: http://www.thehandys.co.uk/blog
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 24 Apr 2013
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Auckland. New Zealand.
Posts: 13
India weather.

Hi. I was in Northern india couple of years back. Generally depending on where you are of course, July August is ok. I was in the far north Leh, Manali, Srinigar, Khardung La etc. It was very cold at altitude, but sunny otherwise. We had only 1 day of rain in a month. Did a big trip on an Enfield with a small tour group. The scenery if you are heading up there is unbelievable. Let me know if you need any other info. Good luck. Best. Geoff.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 24 Apr 2013
panman's Avatar
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Hampshire, UK
Posts: 18
Thanks

Thanks for the info Geoff. Don't think I'll have the time to head too far north, but am sure looking forward to the trip!
__________________
My Route 66 trip: http://www.thehandys.co.uk/blog
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 26 Apr 2013
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: on the road...
Posts: 432
Kerala Climate | Seasons in Kerala | Monsoon & Rainfall | Kerala Temperature
__________________
'Life begins at the end of your comfort zone'-
http://fernsforays.com/ UK to Asia on a DRZ400 2012-2013
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 30 Apr 2013
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 3
Mate, augustvis peak monsoon across India, not fun.

We live up in the north, about 2 days ride from manali in a town called Mussoorie. If I were you I would fly into Dehradun, then hire a bike there or get a bus to manali and hire there. I can put you in touch with a reliable bloke who helps me out with parts and advice, he's been running Leh tours since the 90s.

You can also fly into Ladakh as well.

Personally I would skip on riding on the plains.. It's hot, wet and terrifyingly manic on the roads, not much fun. Fly up here to the mountains and avoid the mayhem of the lower altitudes and ride into the rain shadow!

And we will take you for a if you pass through our way

Cheers,
Owen
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 1 May 2013
panman's Avatar
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Hampshire, UK
Posts: 18
Thanks Owen

I'll certainly give it some thought!
__________________
My Route 66 trip: http://www.thehandys.co.uk/blog
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 15 May 2013
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 1
If you plan to Stick around Kerala and the Southern states you can also check out the western ghats and the western and the eastern coastal belts for the views, temples, beaches, food, jungles etc.

Do note though, as you have already been advised, it is peak monsoon season (and even more so in the South) so one needs to be careful on a motorcycle.

Some of the places that come to my mind:

Coorg - Karnataka
Kovalam/Trivandrum/Kumarakom - Kerala
Anshi Forest - Karnataka
Pondicherry - Eastern Coast
Hampi - Karnataka
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12 Jun 2013
panman's Avatar
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Hampshire, UK
Posts: 18
Cheers chickmagnet, I'm starting to wish that I was going another time of year, but hey ho, I'll take what I can get! I won't be renting the bike until I get there, so can make my mind up then. I'll take a helmet and some riding gear anyway.

My son has just got back from 10 weeks voluntary work in a small village in the boonies about a 7 hour ride from Kochi, so would ideally like to get up there to meet the village people he stayed with.
__________________
My Route 66 trip: http://www.thehandys.co.uk/blog
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
purchasing motorcycle in Nepal or India? waynewing Southern Asia 10 22 Jan 2014 16:05
Cycling in india Bluebus Overland Bicycle Travel 5 8 Jan 2013 00:46
Shipping XRV750 from Uk to India Piersb Trip Transport 2 19 May 2012 18:00
HELP - Rear tyre blowout in India Rixxy's Travellers' questions that don't fit anywhere else 9 12 Dec 2011 11:45
HELP - Rear tyre blowout in India Rixxy's Southern Asia 0 11 Dec 2011 10:28

 
 


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 18:03.