Kerala Small Group Tour, India, 15 days

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12 Nov 2016
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03 Dec 2016
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07 Jan 2017
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Responsible tourism: Kerala Small Group Tour, India, 15 days

Environment

On our South India Tour, we make an effort to minimize our carbon footprint. We have limited the number of flights to one we use trains when possible. On some days the logistics require us to use a private van.

Additionally, our company uses 100% recycled paper for all our print products. This does not only include brochures, hand-outs and feedback forms, but also envelopes and carry bags. We have recently transitioned from using paper feedback forms after our tours to an online form. Guests fill it out using their own electronic devices. We have also moved away from providing plastic water bottles after our tours. We now use a communal water tank with re-usable glasses.

Online through our NGO's website, we offer merchandise products after the tour that represent an upcoming green and fair-trade movement in India. For example we sell shirts from 'No Nasties', a t-shirt label that provides 100% fair-trade and 100% organic cotton t-shirts.

Community

A key feature of our South India Tour is connecting with and understanding the local communities that you visit. Visiting a place with the intention of listening and learning is a key aspect of responsible travel in our opinion and we encourage and facilitate this as much as possible throughout the tour. We do this at several points throughout the tour, most notably, during our two day stay in Heranjalu.

We use 80% of the profits from this tour to support our NGO, Relaity Gives. Currently, profits generated from the tours enable Reality Gives to run programs for the Dharavi (Mumbai) and Sanjay Colony (New Delhi) communities. Reality Gives is currently developing and testing several high quality curricula and teacher training modules that we plan to make widely available for other NGOs to use. We plan to use resource sharing like this as a way to support local NGOs in Kerala in a sustainable and helpful manner.

Reality Gives provides high quality English, Computer and Life Skills classes/syllabus for vulnerable individuals, prominently young people. We also run a Teachers Training Course to ensure that not only we have high quality syllabus, but quality teachers (in India there is a shortfall of 600,000 teachers, and the present ones are not of good quality). In addition to this we provide Community Centres as hubs for young people to express their creativity through a wide range of inspiring activities that children from low-income communities too often do not have access to (drama classes, dance classes, sport, for example). Our syllabi as well as teachers training will be available to other NGOs to use.

Since 2009, the profits from our tours have enable Reality Gives to work with more than 6,000 young people from Dharavi and Sanjay Colony.

Reviews of Kerala Small Group Tour, India, 15 days

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The most exciting part of the holiday was biking home from the family dinner at night in Udaipur in the middle of traffic. We had to dodge scooters, horse drawn carts, bikes and I nearly biked into the side of an elephant. At that moment I realized I was in India. Other great moments include the Mumbai slum tour, the crowded Lord Ramen street party in Jodphur. I liked the City Palace, Kumbargh Fort, the Jain Temple and the Taj Mahal. The numerous rides on moot-rickshaws through narrow old city streets were also exciting if not occasionally terrifying.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared to get right into India. You will not be seeing things from an air conditioned bus, you will be right in the thick of it, sitting in a rickshaw in traffic with the music, and the smoke and the people and the cows. However, accommodation was always clean, with A/C. Be open minded & flexible and you will have a fantastic journey.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think the holiday benefitted local people and was a relatively low impact trip from an environmental standpoint. The trip was organized by a local NGO that uses 80% of the profits from its tours for the capacity building work it does in
the slums of Mumbai and Delhi. In the trip we stayed at small family owned hotels and homestays and relied on local transportation. I do not think the trip supported conservation. However, we did learn about how the slums are centres for recycling plastics, cloth, paper and electronics.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was an excellent tour. Not only did we see amazing sights and get a sense of life in different cities in Rajasthan but we also were able to sample local cuisine. It was an exciting eye opening trip that gave us a real taste of life in India and of the rich culture and history of the place.

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I can't decide between threshing rice, morning yoga class in Munnar, getting lost in the backwaters of Alleppey, or watching a movie
in Malayalam and loving it even though I hardly understood a word.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't worry - you have made the right decision.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - our guide steered us toward activities which benefited local people and increased our understanding of the culture and
environmental issues.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This ten-day Kerala tour was the highlight of my six-week visit to India.

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