This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Kerala & Mumbai luxury holiday
As a company: We strive to operate as a paperless company as far as possible, and recycle wherever facilities are available. We use toxic-free fair trade products whenever we can. Our clients’ requirements are of primary importance to us at all times, as we know that our growth and success depend on their continued support. Having travelled extensively ourselves and witnessed first-hand how tourism can have either positive or negative effects on local communities; we vowed to always endeavor to leave a positive mark on all places we visit and send clients.
On the road: Many of the resorts and operators we work with offer our clients free drinking water refills to minimise wastage of plastic bottles through out the trips; and ask clients if they want items laundered before simply washing towels and linens unnecessarily, to conserve water. We travel by train when possible such as to minimise carbon emissions. This also offers clients the opportunity to experience local modes of transport. The train can certainly be counted as one of the marvels of modern India, and no visit is complete without at least one train trip.
Supporting local business: We use local tour operators throughout this trip, and the hotels are owed and run by locals too. This gives the local people an opportunity to gain financially from the increase in tourism in the area. All guides are local to the destination and can provide insight into the culture of the place. For example meeting local residents of the slum in Mumbai, Dharavi and having the unique opportunity to learn about life from an insider's point of view. We also eat out in local restaurants in the evenings, thus spreading our holiday spending through the local community. The cooking class we attend is led by a local lady and the income earned from it goes a long way to support her family. Participants will learn to cook authentic traditional dishes eaten by locals thus furthering their immersion into local culture. We strive to support local culture by exposing clients to it in a genuine and authentic way. An example of this is touring the local market with the owner of the home stay in Thalassery. Another example includes the opportunity to meet and fish with the locals using Chinese fishing nets to become immersed in the culture.