What a fantastic trip this was. Our guide Lukas was so knowledgable and willing to share his own opinions of his native country with us as well as his extensive academic knowledge. The holiday was a mix of local, cultural and energetic experiences from walking through tea plantations and spice gardens, cruising on the boat, visiting temples, local shops and markets to cooking and eating our own curry and seeing elephants in the wild and monkeys on our hotel balcony!
Good company, just the right sized group. The tour guide was excellent, the driver and his assistant were helpful and safe. The route was well chosen with a combination of large and small towns / cities with interesting history and sites. The restaurants we visited were good with varied menus. Scenery was excellent. There was something for everyone: scenery, culture, wildlife, history and many varieties of kingfisher (of both types!)
A very busy tour schedule but the option is there to opt out of some of the activities: I decided against the 4 hour walk in Munnar because I felt it would be too much for me and didn't want to slow others down. There was no pressure to do everything. On the longer journeys we made frequent stops to look at things & have a snack or drink so it was always interesting with lots of points of interest. This is a real experience of the culture and life of Kerala and the guide was fantastic in the way he shared his knowledge with us, answering questions and acting as interpreter of food people & culture , A great intro into India in one of the most beautiful areas that in comparison to the north seems relatively affluent. The tea plantations and mountains are outstandingly beautiful.
My first trip to India was everything I hoped it would be. This was my 4th Exodus trip and I knew I would be in good hands. I was a woman in my 60's, travelling solo for the first time, but had no fears or worries. Everything went smoothly and I was in good company from start to finish.The whole experience was incredible and I have over 600 photos to prove it!
If you've never been to India before, this is a great trip, avoiding the big cities like Delhi & Mumbai for the gentler pace of Kerala & Tamil Nadu. That's not to say you won't encounter mad tuk tuk drivers and incessant horn tooting - but that's just India! I'd recommend this trip 100% - an adventure of a lifetime. Definitely want to see more of this fascinating country now!
A great variety of experiences: churches, temples, palaces, museums, tea plantations, spice plantations, rubber plantations, cookery demonstration, wildlife park, houseboat on Keralan backwaters, beach resort. The accommodation was a good deal better than expected with 4 hotels sporting swimming pools and the staff unfailingly helpful and welcoming. Food throughout was delicious.
This was my first trip to India. I chose this area in particular because I'd heard good things from others who had been there. I wasn't disappointed, Kerala and Tamil Nadu were so much more colorful, lush and relaxed than I'd anticipated. We saw so many different things, from the tea plantations to the beach, with a cruise on the backwaters in between.
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