Kerala and Karnataka small group vacation, India
Join a two-week small group vacation in Kerala and Karnataka, crossing the Western Ghats that separate two fascinating and beautiful states. An immersive experience into regional cuisine, handicrafts, culture and martial arts.
Bangalore Summer Palace Hassan Hoysala temples Coorg Mysore Kabini Nagarahole National Park Calicut Kalarippayattu demonstration Cheruthuruthy artisan workshops Kumarakum Allepey Houseboat cruise Vaikom Kochi
£2995To£3425 excluding flights
Price includes all activities/equipment, tour leaders, local guides and drivers, meals, transport (excluding international flights), accommodation and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary. Optional Single Supplement: £765
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1 Reviews of Kerala and Karnataka small group vacation, India
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 26 Feb 2019 by Aileen Barry
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
The first Dravidian temple and discovering people were so happy to see us.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Be prepared for mixed quality bedding and toilet facilities. Take sandals you can slip on and off really easily as you will need to do this continually.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, we visited eco lodges, took water filter bottle. I should have liked to purchase from co operative groups as well as watching the work of weavers, metal workers etc.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
A perfect way to experience many aspects of life in Kerala and Karnataka, architecture, religion, culture, politics, wildlife and food!
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetBy keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites and ecosystems we visit.
We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable and filtered water bottles. Our partnership with Water-To-Go provides a discount on filtered water bottles to our clients. We do not provide water from plastic bottles to our clients in country but always ensure there is regular access to drinking water on our tours.
We will be staying in a range of accommodations including an eco-lodge in Coorg in the fantastic natural surroundings of the Western Ghats. The Western Ghats are part of one of the worlds Biodiversity Hotspots. Therefore, staying an ecologically and environmentally friendly accommodation will ensure continued biodiversity in the region and minimal impact on the area. All proceeds from our stay got to an environmental NGO dedicated to nature by promoting organic farming.
Throughout most of the trip we will be traveling in minibuses. Traveling as a group in a small bus contributes less pollution than a multitude of vehicles. We will also be exploring the Keralan backwaters by boat, to not only soak up the amazing sights at a slower pace, but to reduce our environmental impact and footprint along our journey.
PeopleThe best way to share stories and meet new people is over a plate of great food and a glass of wine in hand. On Day 12 in Kochi, we will be enjoying a cooking class with a local family before sitting down and eating the splendour of our wares with them. India has a unique food history which uses spices that became the envy of the rest of the world. The spice trade and colonies brought many ingredients to India’s doors which soon integrated into its famous curries and other delights. Supporting the local food industry in India not only maintains the cultural identity of the country but connects cultures through the most ancient of pastimes, eating and drinking!
On Day 8, we will visit local artisans who create pottery, weaving and toys in a traditional way. We will also watch a performance of a traditional folk song and dance, unique to the area. The history of this art goes back centuries and was once used to tell stories of the gods and legends to the masses. Visiting artisans not only provides income to them via selling their goods, but also ensures they are able to continue their craft and pass it onto the next generations.
On each Group tour we use local ground handlers. This means that all operational costs go directly into the local economy and help improve employment opportunities in remote regions. Such support can also be seen in our incorporation of homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of local guides and drivers into our itineraries, which ensures that the money you spend with us goes directly into the local economy and local community.