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. ”

Highlights

Bangalore | Summer Palace | Hassan Hoysala temples | Coorg | Mysore | Kabini | Nagarahole National Park | Calicut | Kalarippayattu demonstration | Cheruthuruthy artisan workshops | Kumarakum | Allepey | Houseboat cruise | Vaikom | Kochi |

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Kerala and Karnataka small group vacation, India

Environment

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to this trip and as tour operators, it is something we are careful to promote. Your guide on this trip will have been trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas.

We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through this region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive - after all, there are also many good things that the traveler can bring.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit – particularly important as this trip visits some delicate ecosystems such.

On day 10 we will stay in the Rainforest Retreat eco-lodge on a plantation set in the tropical
rainforests of the Western Ghats. All proceeds from our stay got to an environmental NGO dedicated to nature by promoting organic farming.

When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by your flight. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on your behalf through sustainable energy or rainforest restoration.

Community

In India we have spearheaded travel into rural areas ensuring that local people benefit from tourism in places where there are not many opportunities to earn an income. We have developed unique relationships with many people, and through our form of interactive, socially conscious tourism we have helped them adapt to the modern, changing world by providing the ability to financially provide for themselves.

All our India cultural tours employ the services of local guides and drivers, stay in locally owned hotels and guesthouses – often staying in our guides villages and homes, which again diverts important funds directly into the area. The wonderful thing about this kind of interactive tourism is that everyone gains – the locals financially, and our clients with the unique experience and social interaction.

In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can directly channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities.

We also support several other Aid agencies and NGOs around the world which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit such as:
- Tesfa an excellent community based tourist project in Ethiopia, set up by one of our former guides.
- the Hope Foundation which works to help the street children of Calcutta by providing education, nutrition and health care and ultimately removing them from the street into better lives.
- Shuxiong Schools Fund, another one of our guides set up schools and educational projects for Tibetan children in Eastern Tibet, Bhutan and recently in the harsh environment of Zanskar, Ladakh where the community school in Rangdum has been given a vehicle to transport the children to school in all weather conditions.
- Adopt-A-Minefield, with more than 830 square kilometres of land left to clear of this deadly menace, Afghanistan is the most heavily mined country in the world.
- Children of the Caucasus, set up and run by the British Georgiaphile, Peter Nysmith, this is a great little charity that helps orphaned children of Georgia and the Caucasus through art, theatre and education.

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