7 independent reviews for Walking and cycling vacation in Kerala, India

Reviews for Walking and cycling vacation in Kerala, India

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review 1 Feb 2023

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

The most memorable part of the trip was arriving at the top of Meesapulimala, the second highest peak in the Western Ghats, we really felt like we were on top of the world. But all of the adventures we were taken on were memorable.

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

My main tip would be to double check the level of the challenges. Whilst I coped well with the treks (I am a walker) some of the cycling was a little to much for me. However, it wasn't a problem, since Vippin, our guide looked after us so well I was able to skip some bits and then start again laer.

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

Yes! all of our accommodation and food (which was amazing) was run by local people, and we had to register and pay to enter the national parks, which will hopefully contribute to the financing of these amazing reserves.

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

In summary, fantastic. We were so well looked after by the guide, Vippin, the driver, Biju and Thomas at the tour operator. I honestly don't think I would have changed a thing. A truly memorable adventure.

review 30 Jan 2020

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

Having a Cobra dash between our feet on a mountain trek

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

Keep talking worth your guide about their culture and relate it to yours

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

Absolutely. All our activities, except for the driving between sites were using local facilities and carried out by responsible environmental groups

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

Excellent. Our guide knew so much about the wildlife and culture of Kerala. He also cared for our safety and comfort throughout. A great experience for us.

review 25 Jan 2020

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

Walking to the second highest peak in the western ghats

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

Follow the advice of the specialists! We organised a bespoke trip and were given very good advice, resulting in a very special and unique activity vacation Away from the madding crowds.

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

We used eco-friendly hotels and a number of homestays. Pleased to see that Kerala has banned plastic bags and is definitely environmentally conscious

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

We would definitely use this operator again when we return to India. Iím sure you might be able to arrange the vacation cheaper yourself, but having specialists who know the area and someone to take the pain out of the bureaucracy certainly warranted the little bit extra.

review 9 Jan 2020

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

Walking in the Western Ghats, Good bird and wildlife, Very good hotels

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

Try to minimise travel , apparently short distances can take a long time by car.

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

Yes

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

Absolutely first rate. the operator was extraordinarily helpful swift and organised. Their arrangements were perfect in every details. Their staff ( guides/naturalists/drivers etc) were all in the top flight (sympathetic, organised and knowledgeable).

review 3 Jan 2019

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

Relaxing in paradise.

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

Go for it!

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

Sure.

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

Perfect despite breaking my arm the first day there.

review 22 Apr 2016

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

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

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

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 vacation 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 vacation 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 vacation?

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 travelers booking this vacation?

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

3. Did you feel that your vacation 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 vacation overall?

Brilliant - we are indebted to the vacation 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!

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