Ride with Jay

Welcome to Jammin Global Adventures.
Jay’s book “Riding Towards Me”
has just been launched!
Get it in India.

Near Taglang La at 17,555 ft

Motorcycle Adventurer Jay Kannaiyan leads exclusive, small group motorcycle adventures in the most exciting parts of the world that he’s ridden through and more. Explore the site and get in touch to plan your trip.

Jay’s book “Riding Towards Me” has just been launched! Get it in India here and in the US here. For other countries, get it from the Amazon US site.

Check out Journey Posts for the travel blog on Jay’s 3 year motorcycle journey from the US to India.

Dive deeper into the site with articles Jay has written, press coverage, videos, and photos.

A summary of Jay’s journey from the US to India, put together by The Quint.

Book Release

Riding Towards Me by Jay Kannaiyan

It’s here! Introducing Riding Towards Me, or, a search for identity on the world’s backroads.

Get it from Amazon in India here and in the US here. Available soon in bookstores around India!

About Jay

Jay Kannaiyan is an adventurer turned coder. He loves exploring our world on two wheels and building products and services to improve peoples’ lives. Along the way he’s been a product design engineer, entrepreneur in the adventure travel and air quality space, and now a full stack software engineer. He cares deeply about building community, nurturing idle time, and sharing good food. Have you heard of his chicken curry?

TEDx Talk on Eudaimonia and Travel, New Delhi, 2016

In 2010, Jay dropped everything he had in the US to ride his motorcycle back home to India by the longest possible route. The journey took him 3 years and 3 months as he rode through 33 countries across Latin America, Europe, and Africa, before finally reaching India in 2013. Jay and his motorcycle, sanDRina, encountered mechanical meltdowns, remote Mayan villages, weeks of high-altitude desert isolation, Caribbean and Atlantic voyages, humility, and friendship. His go-with-the-flow attitude mixed with a whatever-it-takes resolve deliver a story of global trails and an adventuring insight that brought him fame amongst the overland traveling community before his journey was even complete. The book about the journey has just been published. Get your copy on Amazon (in India, in the US). Jay uses his varied experiences to inspire others to travel, explore, and discover how each one of us can contribute to a better world.

Motorcycle Travellers Meet Interview, Bangalore, 2013

Jammin thru the Global South

Jammin thru the Global South is the name of Jay’s journey that saw him ride sanDRina, his Suzuki DR650 motorcycle from Chicago to New Delhi overland through the Americas, Europe, Africa and into India from March 2010 till June 2013 with breaks along the way, including an extended one in Kenya. 

Jay has posted a rich, detailed account of his journey and now that content can be found under the “Journey Posts” menu tab where posts from the journey are grouped by country. 

Start at the beginning of the journey or jump ahead to these highlights: Sailing on the StahlratteBoliviaPatagonia, BrazilAtlantic Crossing on a Cargo ShipEurope, EgyptKenya, or Mozambique.

Jammin Global South Route Map
Jammin thru the Global South Route Map

Jammin Global Travel Posts

A random sampling of the vast content on the site. Dive in!

Egypt, Part 1: Alexandria’s Port and Intro

May 7, 2011 I arrived on the African continent by my preferred way of entering new continents: by sea. I love the notion of having to cross water bodies in order to arrive in a new land. There is something romantic about that, harking back to the original explorers in our past. And I guess…

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Egypt, Part 2: Alexandria the City and Ride to Cairo

May 8 – 10, 2011 I only spent 2 days in Alexandria as I had to get to Cairo quickly to sort out my visa for Sudan, which was reputed to be quite complicated. Plus, the Egyptian immigration officials only gave me a 72 hour transit visa compared to one month for the Dutch boys;…

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Egypt, Part 3: Cairo, City of Many Faces

May 10 – 15, 2011 Cairo, known as al-Qahira in Arabic, is not only the capital of Egypt, but is considered the center of all Arabic politics and culture. That’s partly due to its long existence (since the 10th century) and also due to its massive size. It’s the largest metropolitan area in Africa and…

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Egypt, Part 4: Al Tanoura Spinning Sufis

16 May 2011 My host in Cairo, Fabrice, told me about this cultural show that was a must see before leaving the city. It was put on by the Al Tanoura Dance Troupe and consists of men spinning around in big skirts. If I lost you with that description, I urge you to reconsider and…

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Ride with Jammin Global Adventures

Does the thought of riding a motorcycle across high mountains and dense forests in far-off lands excite you? But are you a bit unsure about how to go about full-filling this dream? A Jammin Global Adventure, led by Jay Kannaiyan, will provide you with a bite-sized adventure on a motorcycle across stunning landscapes in a safe and professional manner.

Jay has the experience of traveling across five continents and has a wide network of local contacts in all the countries that he leads tours in. His calm, collected and organized attitude ensures that there are no ordeals, only adventures. Ride with Jay and let the adventure add richness to your life!

Motorcycle Tours in


From the Rift Valley to Maasai Mara


From Delhi to Leh and around Ladakh


From Lima into the High Andes and the Amazon

Plan your dream adventure and ride in South America, India, or Africa. Get in touch to discuss your custom trip.

Recent Posts

Formula 1 2018 Calendar with Race and Qualification Timings

The Formula 1 2018 season is just around the corner! Here’s a google calendar with all the race and qualification timings correctly entered with their respective time zones. You can just bookmark this page or add this public calendar to your google calendar. Link to the calendar: F1 2018 Race And Quali Calendar You’ll notice…

A Motorcycle Tour Of Ancient Egypt

For those with an interest in human history, there may not be a more stunning country to travel through than Egypt. It’s a deceptively large country for one thing, which means you can truly treat it as a journey rather than a casual one- or two-day ride. Best of all however is that there’s a…