Kerala budget holiday, tailor made

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

Map

Departure information

This trip can be tailor-made to suit your dates, budget and requirements
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Tailor made holiday

The tour operator offering this holiday is a British company with an intimate knowledge of the destination. All their holidays are tailor made which means that they can create a unique holiday for your individual requirements. They offer a range of accommodation from guesthouses and homestays to the more luxurious hotels. Where possible they use properties that are heritage or characterful. Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips. They are licenced to sell flights from the UK and will search for the best airfare for your dates. If you book flights with them, then the whole holiday will be protected by ATOL. This tour operator is also a member of ABTA this means that all their holidays adhere to the ABTA Code of Conduct, their finances, insurances etc are checked regularly and if you have a complaint that cannot be resolved there is an arbitration scheme available to you.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Kerala budget holiday, tailor made

By using homestays and small guesthouses on this tour, you are supporting the host families, their staff and the local community. The owners of the accommodation all have a commitment to environmental issues and as you travel between the properties you will find good practices, eg waste being recycled, low power light bulbs, water being heated by solar panels etc. With small numbers of individuals staying in small properties the impact on the environment is reduced, as waste, lighting etc will be minimal. This tour includes a visit to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Periyar is a protected area, is committed to conserving the numbers of tigers and elephants within the reserve and practices community based ecotourism. We support local charities and invite our customers to do so too (details are supplied with your travel documents).

The ground handling of this tour is provided by our local agent and we supply him with 90% of his turnover. All of the drivers and staff are local people. Thus we have fifteen local families that are directly financially reliant upon us. Our drivers have a contract and are paid a monthly wage. This is very unusual in South India where most drivers are normally employed on a commission-only basis (not easy for such seasonal work).

All of our customers are supplied with detailed information about their holiday. We supply general advice relevant to all customers as well as more specific facts about your particular tour. These documents offer our customers lots of advice and guidance including how to obtain an Indian Visa, which immunisations are recommended, how much to tip people, how to dress appropriately and how to behave in National Parks.

Reviews of Kerala budget holiday, tailor made

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the holidays.

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 13 Jan 2015 by

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


Most memorable - Kayaking through the Keralan backwaters, meeting villagers and experiencing daily life first hand! Extraordinary and an experience to cherish.

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


Research thoroughly the time you will need to spend in each location.

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


Yes, yes and yes !

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


10/10

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2015 by

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


The jungle trekking.

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


Beware of guides who take you unplanned into shops.


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


I hope it benefited the local people. As to the environmental impact The local inhabitants could improve it greatly by not dumping litter all over the place.
Hopefully the organised jungle treks help toward conservation.

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


The holiday was marred only by the aforementioned litter problem.
The people were friendly and welcoming and the food was great. The hotels and homestays were also very good. I would also like to thank the suppliers, who arranged everything, for a first class service. I couldn't fault them.

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2014 by

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


There's the obvious - trekking in Munnar, swimming in Varkala and the houseboats
on the backwaters. But more than that meeting the locals, having the best food
we've ever had and walking around lots of different villages, towns and cities
really made this holiday.

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


Homestays and drivers are the way forward in India. The luxury of a driver
together with getting to know locals by staying in people's homes was unbeatable.

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


Yes, everyone knew our tour company and it had a good reputation everywhere we
went.

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


Flawless. Never used a tour operator before because we never saw the need but
didn't regret it at all; didn't seem to add much to the cost and made sure we
covered twice the ground in half the time, plus we had the benefit of all their
experience.

Reviewed on 04 Feb 2013 by

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


Munnar was lovely but so was the backwaters and Varkala beach. Best bit though was staying at Koshy's home stay in Kumily. Really enjoyable and great facilities even if the hot water was limited.

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


Take up the organic farm, we dropped it but so many said how great it was. Also, one day on the boat is enough.

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


Homestay was great, and most of the hotels felt small and locally run so that was good. Driver was great but not sure driving just us two around was that green.

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


Really nicely looked after, didn't expect such good food or for most of the trip to be so relaxing.

Popular similar holidays

North India cultural tour

North India cultural tour

An adventure to one of the planet's exotic destinations

From 710 - 880 22 days excluding flights

Kerala homestay tour, India

Kerala homestay tour, India

Stay in homestays in various destinations in Kerala

From 1358 15 days excluding flights

Family holiday to India, sightseeing and safari

Family holiday to India, sightseeing and safari

Taj Mahal in Agra to the Palace of the Winds in Jaipur

From 1334 - 1460 11 days including UK flights

India small group holiday, a food adventure

India small group holiday, a food adventure

2 week discovery of the sights, sounds & flavours of India

From 1096 - 1690 15 days excluding flights

Convert currencies