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review 10 Feb 2006

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

The homestays were particularly enjoyable, allowing us some insight into everyday life in a way that can be difficult to experience as a tourist. Our hosts were warm, genuine, entertaining and thoughtful people who put a great deal of effort into ensuring that we got the best from our trip. It felt very sad each time we had to move on! Also, Keralan food is wonderful, though 3 home cooked meals a day can have a serious impact on your waistline (perhaps we should have refused those 3rd helpings…)

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

It’s definitely worth taking the time to travel to the north of Kerala. We saw very few other tourists (none at all for a couple of days) and were welcomed as something of a novelty by the local children! The Theyyam rituals are fascinating and you are likely to be the only non-villagers in attendance.

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

There were several examples where we could see direct benefit to the local people (various co-operatives and employment schemes). Some of the accommodation is fairly simple (though comfortable and very clean) and I’m sure we used less power and water when staying there. Much of the food was home grown and we occasionally drank (boiled) well water rather than bottled water, with no ill effects.

4. Any other comments?

This was an excellent trip, exceeding all our expectations. The organisation was absolutely seamless, making the travelling really easy and relaxing. The people that we met really made this holiday for us – there were so many small kindnesses. Complete strangers went out of their way to be hospitable to us, to point out sights or explain things to us and we even received a number of small gifts.

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