Leila Suwwan review 3 Jan 2017
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Reaching the top of the Meesapuli Mountain, after days of trekking, was an amazing feeling of accomplishment! The whole camping half of the trip allowed
for complete de-stress, with great staff, food and equipment to support long hours of hiking during the day in beautiful and extremely varied scenery.
Waterboat and warm waters of Marari Beach were also amazing!
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Some of the hotels were not very clean and I would recommend lowering expectations in this sense. Also recommend independent reading since some of the guides not that knowledgeable/fluent.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Not sure if some of the hotels had this preoccupation, although I understand it must be a tough balance with quality. Eating at the hotel restaurants almost
exclusively was also unlikely to help locals.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
It was a great vacation but not consistently so.
Read the operator's response here:
We are pleased that Leila had an enjoyable vacation, but we were sorry to read that she was disappointed with some of the accommodation and local guides. We use locally owned and run accommodation to help ensure that the local community benefits from our business. We endeavor to include free time for meals during this trip so that clients are not restricted to eating in hotels only; all the properties used during this tour are on a Bed and Breakfast plan only, other than when on the houseboat and during the trek (camping).
We usually explore the Keralan cuisine and visit local vendors, cafes and restaurants in the area as it is a great opportunity to delve into the local cuisine; there is a good selection of restaurants in most of the towns we visit. We are glad that Leila enjoyed much of her vacation and we value all feedback and ensure we act upon it.