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South Indian food tour, Kerala

From £1473 (16 days) excluding flights
Per person (based on twin share). Full board (except at Kochi), train ticket to north Kerala (Aysha Manzil), local transport when at Aysha Manzil, local transfer to the rest of the places which are in close proximity, and drop back to the airport, local hosts/guides. Some activities are included, such as sightseeing and Kathakali dance in Kochi. Cooking included in all places except Aysha Manzil. We can help to arrange flights.
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South Indian food tour, Kerala

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South Indian food tour, Kerala: the story of this holiday company

Described in the Rough Guide as "Original, hands-on and ethical", we bring together travelers and country in a way that is beneficial to both. Through our tours you will have the opportunity to spend time with local people and absorb yourself in their cultures, while providing support for local projects, including wildlife and conservation. The company is run by Kumar, a British-based Indian/Sri Lankan. Kumar spent his childhood working on the family homestead. A love of agriculture led him to study his B.Sc. in agriculture in India and his Master’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture, took him to England. It is Kumar’s passion for community-based development led him to set up the company. All our tours are tailor-made and all guides and drivers are local to the country.

Responsible tourism: South Indian food tour, Kerala

Rough Guide to India described our tours as “The most original, hands-on and ethical itineraries on the market” - we’re proud of this and like to think that the quote sums up our ethos neatly. When you take a tour with us, around 70% of your money stays in India - supporting the social/environmental work of our partners and the projects they support.

We feel particularly strong that guides should be local, giving you the opportunity to spend time with people local to the country, supporting their livelihoods and assimilating the local culture. All tour partners, tour guides and hosts involved in the South India Food Tour come from the host country. In most cases, your guide is from the specific village in which you are staying (usually the owners, or an employee of the owner). This may mean that your host has imperfect English but we like to think that the benefits are worthwhile.

Most of the food in this tour is cooked specifically by your hosts and is grown locally, thereby benefiting the local community. Home stays create local employment to work on the farm and to help in manage the home stays. An example is Spice Plantation homestay, based on a farm and forest gardens using traditional organic farming methods. Plants and spices grown on the farm supply the vegetarian cuisine prepared for the homestay - coconut, pineapple, bananas, different types of yam, tapioca, spices such as pepper, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, vanilla and other tropical fruit trees and medicinal herbs.

In terms of transport - you’ll see from the itinerary that we’re keen to cut the driving and encourage guests to stay several days in any one place with a local guide (rather than continuously driving from one place to another), guests will participate in lifestyles that are themselves sustainable - you'll eat locally produced food, use local transport, cook dinner with your host, and visit local environmental projects.

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South Indian food tour, Kerala

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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Tailor made holiday

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. Sites and accommodations can be arranged to suit you and your budget. This is a comfortable trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort in characterful local accommodation!
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