2 independent reviews for Kerala hiking vacation in India

Reviews for Kerala hiking vacation in India

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review 5 Feb 2017

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

The trek, climbing Meesapulima mountain especially. Beautiful walks through tea plantations, forests and grasslands with knowledgeable, courteous and attentive guides. I had a problem with breathlessness and was escorted every step of the hills. We learnt so much about the wildlife, landscape, agriculture and the local people.

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

India's cash free policy is a nightmare and in rural areas ATMs are rare in urban areas queues can be 15 deep. I used Barclays whose policies left me penniless for two days so take a card from a provider who will register your trip before you depart.

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

Yes, staff tried very hard to avoid all the pitfalls of overuse of plastic.

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

Just brilliant trip of a lifetime, no stomach upset, no insect bites, nice hotels, lovely staff.

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.

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