Kerala homestay tours

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Responsible tourism: Kerala homestay tours

This particular trip is unique as the homestays which we have selected are all owned by the local Kerelan families who are doing excellent work by maintaining some of the old buildings. They are kept in very good condition and generate revenue for the families livelihood. For the last few years this region is fast gaining popularity all over the globe and now a lot of revenue is generated by way of jobs in homestays, local guides, transport etc. We only use those home stays which are fully owned by the local community.

These old/new houses have now been converted into homestays and are helping the locals get good jobs. All the accommodation which we are using has a local staff. All our accommodations are eco friendly and have used local materials & handicrafts. Our accommodations are equipped with energy saving lights.

With the passage of time many have totally vanished but thanks to tourism serious efforts are now being made to preserve these magnificent old houses which not only help the local economy but also generate a huge amount of jobs.

We not only help the local people to keep their properties in good condition by generating business for them but we also make a point that they should give employment to the local people so that the local economy can benefit from tourism.

We will be using local guides throughout this trip who are trained in their field and will certainly make a difference.

Reviews of Kerala homestay tours

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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
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2012 by

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


Overnight trip on rice barge and canoe trip through villages.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make use of the tour operatorís helpline phone number if you have any queries or problems - they resolved any issues really quickly and efficiently.

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


Benefited local people as used local driver and small guesthouses.

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


Fantastic - everything went much more smoothly than we anticipated. Very easy way to see a little bit of India with no hassle!

Reviewed on 07 Feb 2012 by

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


The stay in Kumily. It was my first 2 days. Having spent the last 2 weeks in Madurai and Chennai, it was nice to find somewhere cool, clean and tranquil. There are lots of things to do there and it makes a good starting point from which to explore Kerala

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Check out the prices with the hotel directly. The travel agent made very significant mark up on the cost of the accommodation. This left a bad taste in the mouth and certainly soured my vacation.

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


A little but not that much. I think my direct action of local purchases made more impact than the vacation itself.

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


Kerala is a beautiful state in India and well worth visiting. I hope to return again over the next few years. Unfortunately the cost through the agents made this prohibitive and I will be booking it this myself in future.

Read the operator's response here:

1. All the tours are finalized after the confirmation from the guests. When the guest is satisfied then only we ask for payment. We assume that the guest is satisfied about the cost before booking.

2. It is not possible to refund the money if the guest does not avail any service mentioned in the tour as we have to pay in advance to all the service providers.

3. In the tour there was one rail journey which the guest cancelled when he arrived in India, which Peter wanted to have the refund so really it was very difficult for us to explain to him that all these changes and refund is not possible once you have booked the services.

4. However we have taken all his feedback in a positive manner & really feel bad that we could not deliver things as he wanted.

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2010 by

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


Walking in the hills around Munnar & staying at Parnasala (backwaters).

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


By far the best food is to be had at homestays.

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


Some of it.

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


Excellent. It would have been nice to have been informed earlier and consulted about the change of accommodation at Munnar. Also, arrangements should have been made in advance for the strike day which prevented travel from Kumarakon and involved an accommodation change.

Read the operator's response here:

We thank you very much for your valuable response as it always helps us to know how to improve ourselves. As suggested we will keep in mind next your suggestions and views.

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