This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Bring a notebook for recipes and cooking skills. Homestays are havens of gourmet gorgeousness.
Solo travelers welcome, but it is an expensive way to do it. As car, driver & rooms are same price for one or two people.
Accommodation, breakfasts, transport and transfers, driver guide, tours, entrance fees.
Breakfasts included. Homestays do dinners, but your driver guide will lead you to favourite eateries.
Responsible tourism: Kerala vacation, Malabar Adventure
This trip also focuses on forest people’s role as care takers of forest, its resources and wildlife and by doing so also assures them a decent livelihood with dignity. Sustainable income through responsible tourism ensures increasing interest amongst local community members, which in turn supports conservation of wildlife and forest resources.
On behalf of every single traveler who visits the region, we plant sapling(s) to promote traveler's forest, which is a community owned eco-restoration project.
This vacation helps in a variety ways, mainly relating to helping back local people in terms of their traditions, cultures and livelihoods. Once practiced in several places in Kerala and especially on the banks of River Nila, featured art forms and rituals are no longer financially viable for people who practice it as there are less and less people who are showing interest in these rituals. This has affected the way of life of these ritualistic performers and they have been looking for other jobs based on daily wages. The Responsible tourism initiative has helped some of the community members to continue their lifestyle and earn from what they know for many generations. The boats we travel in were traditionally used for transporting fine sand and coconut husks to different locations. By hiring these boats we are giving them an alternative source of income.
Pottery and Bell metal workshops gives insight into the resilience of the artisans and how our vacations help them to make supplementary source of income. Promotion of such initatives have created new found interest amongst locals and new orders are regularly received by workers.
The traditional home stays that are part of the vacation accommodations were introduced as part of heritage revival and is providing a source of income for locals to maintain their age-old architectural marvels.
Reviews of Kerala vacation, Malabar Adventure
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 19 Nov 2014 by Marion Shepherd
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
The food and the beds
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
No alcohol on first day of month and every Sunday. Internal flights have much lower baggage allowance than international flights
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?