3 independent reviews for Walking and cycling holiday in Kerala, India

Reviews for Walking and cycling holiday in Kerala, India

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review 22 Apr 2016

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

The trekking through forests and cycling (especially the downhill run into Kumily)

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

We weren't fit enough to do the trek up the mountain and cycling up hill was hard for us, but our guide adapted to our needs and transport always available to rest our feet.. We are both over 65!

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

We were delighted with the notice given to local people and the importance of preserving the forests and wild life

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

We loved our 8 day experience and our guide was brilliant...caring, thoughtful, adapted to our needs...made our experience in Kerala exceedingly pleasurable.

review 22 Apr 2016

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

Hiking was amazing, gorgeous scenery and we were well looked after by Neeraj (who dealt with me very well when I had an unexpected bout of vertigo and he had to hold my hand and guide me up the last bit of climb!)

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

Pack lightly! I brought a huge suitcase and then wore the same three things all holiday!

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

Yes, I am happy that all the partners used were local businesses and I've always found Indians to be naturally hospitable people.

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

Brilliant - we are indebted to the holiday provider for their friendliness, efficiency and expertise! Many thanks also for rescuing my iPhone from where I left it in a hotel room and returning it safely to me several hours drive away - above and beyond the call of duty!

review 6 Dec 2009

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

Trekking through tea estates and then climbing to mountain tops to see the vast landscape revived our spirits. Well cared for and enjoyed the company of the guides and travel companions. Kerala never ran short of smiles and cheery hellos.

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

Check the weather carefully as can be much wetter than the historic averages suggest. Rain never spoilt our days but does mean wildlife is harder to see. Kovalam, lighthouse beach, was a real treat with nice waves and clean seas.

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

Definitely benefited local people with camps staffed by local villagers often and tried to buy from small tea shops and stores. The environment impact is harder to assess but one big problem is having to work through 2-3 plastic water bottles each day. Maybe more filtered water in the camps and homestays would cut down on the plastic water bottle trail.

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

Exceeded our expectations in terms of experience, scenery and relaxation. The tour operator were very helpful and when circumstances made changes to itinerary necessary, we were consulted and given a good choice of alternatives.

Read the operator's response here:

We would like to point out that majority of our guests specifically ask for packaged drinking water. They do not drink filtered water. We have tried this method of providing filtered water for the guests and many have refused to use it. Also, even though we use package drinking water, we ascertain that they are disposed off in the proper manner and that they are recycled.

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