But the highlight has to be the Aakriti home stay in the Nilgiri Hills. A brilliant choice. Such a comfortable atmosphere with the Kumars who provided a real experience of Indian life with home cooking, discussions about India and trips to market and tea processing plant etc. They could not have done more to make us feel at home. It is a great credit to all involved that everything came together over the three weeks we were there. I could go on but I'm sure you get the picture that you provided us with a holiday to remember. Many thanks again.
We had an incredible holiday and many wonderful memories of a truly fantastic country. Already working on the next itinerary!!!!! Thanks to Gary (Kerala Connections) we got this year’s itinerary just right, a good mix of 'things to see' and lots of down time in the pool! Perfect.
Lovey rooms at Palais de Mahe, spacious room at Heritage, Madurai; best meal at Raintree Restaurant in the Taj Connemara; best hotels – Paradisa Plantation and A Beach Symphony. Bennett our driver was very good.
Thank you for organising what was a fantastic holiday with everything going to plan and your service (together with that of Companion) being exemplary throughout. Malabar House - lovely atmosphere and great place to start. Swiss County - lovely room/view but restaurant average and noise from hotel next door could be a problem. Clean and friendly and we were not expecting 5 star comfort. Spice Village - probably our favourite hotel with lovely staff and a very pleasant vibe - would stay again. 50 mile meal good and we liked the “colonial” bar. Houseboat - exceeded expectations and food exceptional. Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam - lovely setting and food good especially fish restaurant. Overall a once in a lifetime experience and one we won’t forget. Thanks again for all your hard work.
Gary Tree very helpful – did his job well. Dewalokam was stunning; the yoga teacher at Punnamada was particularly good; the three crew of the houseboat were thoughtful and looked after us very well; the staff at Marari Beach were exceptionally kind, warm and attentive. Your info was really helpful eg about tipping was invaluable and saved any embarrassment.
Kathryn Hawkings and Christine Tait
Jim Bolton and David Barnett
Mr and Mrs Boulton
We had a wonderful time in Kerala, and were entirely delighted with the service provided by your company. I'm sorry I haven't been in touch with you sooner to thank you. The reason is that at the very end of the trip I fell and hurt my back. The ground team you provided proved very helpful in arranging wheel chairs at the airport etc. We'd definitely like to return to the Vivanta by Taj at Kovalam - the staff were wonderful, and we couldn't fault it in any way.
Rajakkad - we thought this was a highlight of the trip. It is a lovely place and we enjoyed relaxing there. A guided walk was offered each morning and it was good to eat communal meals in the evening. We'd endorse what you say about the friendly locals.
Aakriti is a wonderful place and the Kumars were great hosts. The accommodation was as generous as the family, who could not have made us more welcome. We enjoyed the programme they had prepared for us and were particularly impressed with the way they reacted to our interests
Gitanjali is a delightful place with a lovely garden. Another interesting cuisine to try!
Red Earth - We loved it! The accommodation is good and the grounds spectacular. Ravi and Rachael made sure that we were well looked after. The manager, Tony, and the naturalist were on top of everything and coordinated our activities. They, like everyone else, were very friendly and available. The food was geared to Indian rather than European tastes and was really good.
Tranquil - Two nights in the tree house was a great way to end our holiday and the place was everything we hoped it would be. Like most of the accommodation you arranged, we'd love to go back.
Thank you for the advice you gave us whilst planning this trip and for everything you did behind the scenes to make this such a pleasurable experience for us. Talking to others who travelled with other companies makes me aware that not everyone does as well. This will not be our last trip to India so we will be in touch again.
David booked through Responsible Travel. For his full report go to:
Bennett (driver) was great. He really made the holiday. Encouraging us to do mor adventurous things than might have been our normal way. He was funny, thoughtful and well informed. We loved him. The people at Cardamom Club were lovely and the food was excellent. We had a really great 2 weeks. So many lovely people and delicious food. Stunning scenery. We really loved it all.
India was not a destination we had considered but we decided to try it and visited Kerala for the first time in 2013. With the help of Gary at Kerala Connections we planned our trip and stayed in several different types of properties. The people are most welcoming and the food fabulous. We are now in the process of booking our third trip and can't wait to go back again. It's a really interesting country with beautiful scenery and we would highly recommend it.
A first class holiday. I could never go on holiday as a member of a tour group after this. First class treatment all the way with little touches that make such a difference. What we didn't really appreciate beforehand is how safe South India is. We expected it to be friendly. Thank you for organising such a wonderful experience.
We are very impressed by your documents and love your little booklet (Tour Information).
This was Mr and Mrs Bostock's fifth holiday with us.
Bennet could not be faulted. His driving was perfect, his knowledge of the area invaluable. Overall people were trying to please and one cannot ask more than that. The variety in the holiday was impressive and although my 6th visit to India I learned a great deal more about Indian life than on previous visits. Thank you.