South India & Kerala holiday

“Journey through the lush north of Thailand and beautiful Laos for a taste of the less-developed side of South East Asia.”

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Bangkok | Chiang Mai | Chiang Khong | Mekong River | Luang Prabang | Vang Vieng | Vientiane
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: South India & Kerala holiday

You will have many opportunities to interact with the friendly locals in your visit through southern India. In the Alleppey backwaters, the group is split between a few of the village homes for a couple of nights – a great opportunity to meet the local families and learn about how they live in the unique landscape. You can support individuals in this community by going punting with some of the locals who come from poorer families, having the local women sing for the group, or buying local handicrafts to provide extra income and ensuring these skills do not die out. In Mysore, our local friend Raju may take you into his home for lunch, where you can meet his family and learn the Muslim customs his family maintain.

Our jungle retreat in the Nilgiri Mountains makes the most of its natural environment in having created a charming getaway made totally from eco-friendly materials and powered by solar panels. You can take a walk in these beautiful surroundings, led by the retreat’s owner, who is also a passionate naturalist and environmentalist and shares a strong relationship with the local Badaga and Toda tribespeople. There is the possibility of purchasing some of the shawls that are made by the Toda tribes. On a visit to Periyar National Park, you will be supporting the park in its work to protect the many endangered species that live there, including the majestic Indian elephant.

You will have the option of visiting ‘Little Angels’ in the fishing village of Mamallapuram – a project that works with orphans and under-privileged children run by our guide, Stephen. By meeting some of the kids and buying some of the delightful Christmas cards they make, or making a donation, you can help support the resident 32 children to complete their schooling. In December 2004, this seaside town (along with many Indian coastal towns) suffered much damage and some loss of life during the devastating Tsunami. Visiting this area and supporting local businesses helps them get back on their feet.

At the end of our journey, travellers may donate any unwanted clothing, medicines and bandages, which are distributed to an appropriate local charity or support group in Kochi.

Reviews of South India & Kerala holiday

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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 17 Jun 2010 by

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


A fantastic trip. The highlights were canoeing down the Amazon with the sights and sounds of the jungle, watching the sun rise over one of the wonders of the world- Machu Picchu, to the incredible floating Uros island on Lake Titicaca where a small community lives on a surface of straw.

One trip but every day included something which took our breath away. The perfect tour in one of the most interesting countries I have ever visited.

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


Take is slowly to adjust to the altitude. Take in every wonderful moment. Use lots of anti bacterial handwash.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, we visited several communities sponsored by the operators foundation and the trip overall was carbon neutral.

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


Wonderful, fabulous, went beyond my already high expectations. Everyone should do this one, it's a gem.

Reviewed on 01 Feb 2010 by

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


Sitting in a shallow boat being punted along the backwaters whilst Matthew sang traditional songs from the area accompanied by his young friends. The sun was setting, birds were settling down for the night and the atmosphere was calm and quiet - it was marvelous. The exciting parts I remember are transport related - the road down from Ooty will take a lot of beating!

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


Forget everything you know, or think that you know, and go with the flow. There is a lot of travelling - most of it is entirely comfortable, but you will spend hours and hours sitting, Use the free time you have at each location to get out and about - move and look about you.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Local buses and cars, locally hired boats, daytime and overnight train travel - nothing was luxury coach and remote from others travelling to the same places. Guesthouses and hotels were locally, or Indian, run. Guides were all local, and the visits to peoples houses were particularly rewarding. I do believe we contributed to the very local economy wherever we visited. Boats and trains limit impact on the environment, but buses and cars were necessary for the length of journey we undertook.

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


Absolutely wonderful - and in making it so I would acknowledge the good company provided by the others on the trip, and the reliable and resourceful leader, Sam, who made it all seem so easy. This is a fantastic way to be given a taste of what a wide area of the south of India has to offer, and helps highlight places to which a return is required!

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2006 by

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


When Peter Lemass organised a car and driver for my wife and me so that we could go round Ooty and Ketti to see where I used to live as a boy. Also the Rock carvings at Mahabaliporam. Also the stay with Thomas in the Kerala backwaters.

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


Take a universal sink plug and don't take too many clothes because you will buy good stuff there.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I hope it benefited the local people and I am sure all efforts were made to minimise the effect on the environment.

4. Any other comments?


Many thanks to Peter Lemass for his leadership and attention to detail. His advice was well thought out and done with a considerable amount of humour which set a very good tone for the trip.

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