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.
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
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.
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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.