Responsible tourism: Kerala walking holiday, along the spice trails
We are committed to providing sustainable tours and encouraging authentic, environmentally friendly experiences. Walking tours are one of the most environmentally-friendly forms of travel, relying predominantly on muscle power rather than vehicles and thus having a small carbon footprint. By travelling on foot, not only are you being kinder to the environment, you are in the unique position of being able to immerse yourself in the environment and the local culture, visiting local people in their own villages and interacting with them. This trip also helps in raising awareness about the unique bio-diversity of the Western Ghats, one of the 34 biodiversity ‘Hot Spots’ of the earth. All parks in this region have Eco Development Committees and Forest Protection Teams employed in tourism related work and arrange wildlife programmes for tourists. So when visiting the park and taking part in the safaris or treks, the proceeds of such activities go to the local communities directly and almost in full.
Both ourselves and our local operator are passionate about sustainable tourism, and ensuring that the local people that are visited on these tours benefit accordingly. We use local operators and businesses for supplies and accommodation. This ensures that the money generated through visits to the area, remains local and goes back into the local economy. We employ guides, drivers, cooks and porters from the local communities, increasing local employment opportunities and ensuring that our guides really do have the best local knowledge of the terrain, flora and fauna, so that you get the best experience possible. A prime factor for this tour is the location, where even today the traditional ways of live and agriculture thrives. With globalisation, the indigenous communities have largely lost their traditional livelihoods, therefore tours such as this provide employment opportunities, business opportunities, and help to keep traditions alive. By spending the majority of your time on foot, you will be able to participate in authentic, positive cultural exchange with the local people as you walk along the way.