Duration: 4 Day Tour
Distance: 300 Km
Dates: September 29th – October 2nd 2017
Accommodation: Simple basic facilities
The “Go! Make A Difference” cycling tour is a fundraising cycling tour from Bangalore to Gudalur, in the Nilgiri Hills. This initiative is completely not-for-profit and all funds raised go towards supporting the 20, 000 strong Adivasi community of Gudalur . If it is adivasi children’s education one year, it may be elephant conservation the next year.
So join us as we cycle 300 kms from Bangalore to Gudalur (around 6 kms from Mudumalai Tiger Reserve). All you need is a cycle, be fit enough to pedal around 80 kms a day and a BIG heart…to raise as much money as you can for the cause. We will take care of the rest! From accommodation, to food, support vehicles, and medical help; everything will be provided for. The idea is not to win any race, but to enjoy the unique experience of soaking up the beauty and the earthiness of rural India.
“For the past three months, we have made Gudalur our home and the staff at ACCORD our friends and family. We feel extremely honored to have had this opportunity to volunteer and work with the adivasi communities in the area. This place and the work done at ACCORD are both very close to our hearts and we would love it if you could help raise money so they can continue the important work they do with adivasi communities in the areas of health, education and economy.”
– Lindsay, Josie and Tanya. Students from Australia
What is the registration fee and how is it separate from the funds raised?
The registration fee of Rs. 10, 000 paid by the participants will be used to help cover the trip costs, including:
- food and accommodation in the institutions and organisations we halt in
- juices, snacks and refreshments along the way;
- staff fees; and first aid/medical kit and material/parts for cycle repairs.
It shall not cover:
- Travel fares to the start-point and from the end-point;
- personal expenses, tips, laundry, etc.; and expenses incurred due to reasons beyond our control
In addition, participants and supporters are expected to raise funds through campaign pages set up in association with Social Investment organisation Rang De (https://www.rangde.org/about-us)The funds raised are used to advance ACCORD’s work with the Adivasis in Gudalur.
ACCORD works with the 20,000 strong Adivasi community in Gudalur & Pandalur Taluks, defined as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal groups by the Government – a title that indicates subsistence level of economy, low literacy and declining population among others. ACCORD, in association with AMS (Adivasi Munnetra Sangam), a representational organisation of the Adivasis, works on land and forest rights, ensuring legal representation and justice, livelihood and housing as well as ensuring basic amenities such as safe water, roads and electricity. In association with sister organisations ASHWINI & VBVT, ACCORD also works on community health, nutrition and education.
We suggest that each participant commit to raising Rs. 50,000, but we encourage you to not stop there but to keep going higher, so that together we can reach a target of Rs. 10 lakhs.
A great deal of enthusiasm and a desire to understand rural life are all you need to finish this tour. At least that is what 8-year-old Kanva and 60-year-old David taught us last October.
A professional cyclist will accompany the group and will train you on the basics of long-distance cycling. Besides, on most days, you will cycle for only the first half of the day. The afternoons and evenings will be spent interacting with social change-makers, learning more about the projects they are involved in and the difference their hard work and passion have made to the lives of the locals.
Once you register, and if you are unable to join the tour. There will be NO refund of the amount. This is purely because this is a fundraiser and by joining this cause you are aiming to help contribute to our cause
This is a one of a kind tour where cycling is only half the experience. The other half of the experience lies in meeting and interacting with inspiring individuals and projects working for social change.
Day 0- September 28, 2017 – Day before the ride
Participants arrive at the Fireflies Intercultural Centre at Kaggalipura in Bangalore by 6 p.m. Dinner is served in the beautiful grounds.
Highlights: You will have the opportunity to meet the other participants and staff and possibly the founder of Fireflies. An overview of the entire ride also will be provided.
Accommodation: Overnight stay at Fireflies
Address: Fireflies Intercultural Centre Dinnepalya, Kaggalipura P.O. Bangalore – 560082
Day 1 – September 29, 2017
The ride begins early, around 6 a.m. and ends near Malavalli
Accommodation: Yet to be finalised
Highlight: Visit and demonstration by Channapatna toy makers. Channapatna is noted for its famous handmade wooden lacquered toys and participants will have a chance to interact with people whose families have been engaged in the craft for generations.
Day 2 – September 30, 2017
The ride begins early, around 6 a.m., and ends near Chamrajnagar
Distance: 70 km
Accommodation: : Yet to be finalised
Highlight: Possible visit to a children’s home to meet and interact with them
Day 3 –October 1st 2016
The ride begins early, around 6:00 AM, and ends at Chikka Yalachatti, a small hamlet in Bandipura.
Distance: 70 km
Accommodation: Overnight stay at Chikka Yalachatti village
Highlight: Camping under a huge banyan tree, with the inhabitants of Chikka Yalachatti. Possible safari in the evening
Day 4 –October 2nd 2016
The ride begins early, around 6:00 AM, and ends at Gudalur, a major town in the lower Nilgiris.
Distance: 45 km
Accommodation: Will be provided on request.
Highlight: Cycling through the Bandipur and Mudumalai forests. interacting with the adivasi community and learning about their traditions, and livelihood activities.
The ride ends at Gudalur and particpants can choose to travel back the same day or they can choose to stay on longer and visit surrounding places including an eco tourism initiative aimed at financial self sufficiency of the Adivasi community – Ecoscape (http://www.ecoscape.co.in/)
How prepared are we?
The support crew comprises:
Cycling support staff
- A team of experienced individuals who have managed the GoMAD tours since 2010.
- A professional cyclist-cum-mechanic will accompany the group, equipped with a fully-stocked repair kit.
- A pick-up vehicle will follow the last rider.
- A lead vehicle will guide the group along the route.
- Additionally, staffers on motorbikes will monitor the whole group, keeping a watchful eye on every cyclist at all times.
Food and beverage staff
- The food will be cooked by a team of chefs from Green Hotel, a social enterprise greenhotelindia.com
- The breakfast, lunch and dinner menus will be carefully crafted to ensure wholesome, nutritious meals, inlcuding non-vegetarian fare. Our chefs will also ensure you get a taste of the local cuisine.
- In addition to the main meals, tea/coffee and snacks will be provided.
- Fruits and juices will also be available through the journey.
First aid and medical care
- A qualified physician will accompany the group.
- Our support staff is also trained to deliver basic immediate first aid care.
- A fully-equipped first aid kit will be available in the lead vehicle and in the pick-up vehicle. Rehydrates, water and sunscreen lotion will be available with our staffers on the motorbikes at all times.
- We request you to inform the physician of any specific health problem you may have.
You will be briefed on the day’s route, track and stops at breakfast every morning before the ride begins. We have firm limits on the maximum pace to be followed throughout the tour for your safety and in order to ensure the group remains together at all times. We request that you follow this, along with a few other dos and don’ts as and when communicated.