The original and best, the Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run is the ultimate mixture of machine and mayhem on three-wheels as you journey through Southern India in one of our lovable Rickshaws on an adventure that will provide an experience you’ll never forget. You’ll journey from the Bay of Bengal to the Arabian Sea via some of the most breathtaking places the world has to offer on one of the greatest adventures still possible.
At speeds that allow you to savor the experience and revel in the culture and history of the Tamil Nadu region, RC Classic Run is an adventure in India like no other and at the helm of your trusty auto Rickshaw you’ll see some of the most breathtaking scenery, amazing ancient monuments and wondrous sights travel to India has on offer as you traverse the most magical country in the world.
With ten years experience, and extensive local knowledge, The Travel Scientists have exploring the real India down to a fine art but just how much assistance you want us to provide is up to you, tailor your Classic Run to your needs. A bare-bones option is available for the hardcore adventurers, and more inclusive standard and deluxe packages for those who want the experience without too much drama.
Whilst you’re free to see what you want on the Classic Run, and getting where you’re going is definitely half the fun, you will be passing through some amazing places that we recommend you don’t miss out on!
Pay your respect at Shore Temple, one of the oldest temples in Southern India.
Visit Mahamaham Tank, one of the largest temple tanks in Tamil Nadu.
Admire the 33 000 sculptures of Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai.
See Krishna’s Butter Ball, a giant balancing rock.
Visit a tropical fruit farm.
Get lucky and meet some sloth bears and jungle cats at Neyyar Dam.
Watch the sunset over the most southern point of mainland India.
Day 1 (28-Dec-23)
Meet your rickshaw, learn to drive it and give it a spin! Full instruction and safety tips given so that even a novice can master this iconic little vehicle and be confident at the controls.
Day 2 (29-Dec-23)
Complete the challenge of getting out of Chennai, and cruise your trusty three-wheeled steed down the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal right up to the famous seaside city of Pondicherry.
Day 3 (30-Dec-23)
Time to head inland deep into Tamil Nadu’s land of temples, allowing you to travel back in time experiencing the vibrant history of India as you head towards Thanjavur, home to one of the Great Living Chola Temples.
Day 4 (31-Dec-23)
Spend New Year’s Eve getting to one of the biggest parties in India as you arrive in Madurai with its stunning temples, amazing atmosphere and get to see in the start of a brand New Year in the Athens Of The East.
Day 5 (1-Jan-24)
Take the day off from racing around to recover from the festivities of the night before with a leisurely day in the streets of Madurai including a visit to the simply unforgettable Meenakshi Amman Temple.
Day 6 (2-Jan-24)
A drive to the beautiful city of Rajapalaym famous for its cotton mills, hills, falls and forest.
Day 7 (3-Jan-24)
Cruise down the coast road to the glorious city of Tuticorin home to a thriving fishing industry and which is famous across the world for its highly skilled pearl divers and the treasures they collect.
Day 8 (4-Jan-24)
See a side of Tamil Nadu well and truly off the tourist track as our local knowledge gives you a unique experience leading from shore-side temples to picturesque hidden away beach towns.
Day 9 (5-Jan-24)
Celebrate the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal on a real-life tropical fruit plantation. Learn to cook traditional Pongal fare, how to create Kolam and get into the spiritual essence of the season!
Day 10 (6-Jan-24)
Head for the state capital Trivandrum to finish off your journey in style through the beauty of Kerala in time for the Classic Run’s traditional closing ceremony and one of our famous after-event drinks parties.
Prices per team of up to 3 people.
Hotel Not Included
Deposit: We ask for a 750 Euro deposit on each Rickshaw which may sound pricey but provides ample deterrent against event participants wrapping their new transport around the nearest tree for the sheer hell of it (we have found). The deposit also acts as an expense account for any repairs that need doing along the way that some of our more adventurous packages don’t cover.
|Luggage Truck Service|
|Navigational sheet (Day Plans)|
|In-Auto Rickshaw WiFi|
|Airport Pick up|
|Storage of valuables in Safety car|
|Road Map, Phrase Book|
|Overnight Checkup||Team pays for parts and labour||Team pays for parts, labour free||Fully Covered|
|On the Road Service||Team pays for parts and labour||Team pays for parts, labour free||Fully Covered|
|Breakage||Team pays for broken parts/fittings||Team pays for broken parts/fittings||Fully Covered|
|Rickshaw Entertainment Package||Budget||Standard|
|Rickshaw Painting Package||Budget||Extreme|
|Vehicle Horn||Dynamo||Musical horn||Musical horn|
|Water bottle holder|
|New Tyres and Tubes|