South India & Kerala vacation

Enjoy two weeks as part of a small group on a clockwise round-trip from Kochi including two overnight sleeper trains between Mysore and Madurai.
Kochi Conoor Mudumalai National Park Mysore Mamallapuram Pondicherry Madurai Periyar National Park Kerala Backwaters
Price
US $1615ToUS $1745excluding flights
Duration
15 Days
Type
Small group
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US $1615ToUS $1745excluding flights
Single supplement $415.
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South India
Kerala
Kerala is like opening up a lucky bag of surprises. The first thing most people pick out is the western coastline that unfurls along the Arabian Sea. ...

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Reviewed on 14 Feb 2018 by

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


Meeting lots of kind local people, and all the selfies they wanted.

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


Travel light, expect the unexpected, always think about hygiene and keep a sense if humour. Listen to people that have been to India before.

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


Tourism is good for the local people, but doesnt help the road congestion or smells. It did support less use of plastic.

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


Fascinating once i got used to the congestion and number of people, enjoyed the rural parts more than the towns and cities. Quite a lot of sitting on trains and hard seats, some days great, some okay, and some extra good. Very energetic people i travelled with, and we had a great time. Our guide Maddy was fun and he kept us safe, well done!!

Reviewed on 29 Apr 2017 by

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


Experiencing the varied natural beauty of South India including the Western Ghats.

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


Great for those who wish to experience the local foods, sites, forms of transport and culture in a safe and meaningful way.

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


Yes- supported local business and industry, environmentally responsible.

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


Wonderful experience - very professionally and sensitively handled.

Responsible Travel

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.

Planet

Our jungle retreat in the Nilgiri Mountains makes the most of its natural environment in having created a charming getaway made totally from eco-friendly materials and powered by solar panels. You can take a walk in these beautiful surroundings, led by the retreat’s owner, who is also a passionate naturalist and environmentalist and shares a strong relationship with the local Badaga and Toda tribespeople. There is the possibility of purchasing some of the shawls that are made by the Toda tribes. On a visit to Periyar National Park, you will be supporting the park in its work to protect the many endangered species that live there, including the majestic Indian elephant.

People

You will have many opportunities to interact with the friendly locals in your visit through southern India. In the Alleppey backwaters, the group is split between a few of the village homes for a couple of nights – a great opportunity to meet the local families and learn about how they live in the unique landscape. You can support individuals in this community by going punting with some of the locals who come from poorer families, having the local women sing for the group, or buying local handicrafts to provide extra income and ensuring these skills do not die out. In Mysore, our local friend Raju may take you into his home for lunch, where you can meet his family and learn the Muslim customs his family maintain.

You will have the option of visiting ‘Little Angels’ in the fishing village of Mamallapuram – a project that works with orphans and under-privileged children run by our guide, Stephen. By meeting some of the kids and buying some of the delightful Christmas cards they make, or making a donation, you can help support the resident 32 children to complete their schooling. In December 2004, this seaside town (along with many Indian coastal towns) suffered much damage and some loss of life during the devastating Tsunami. Visiting this area and supporting local businesses helps them get back on their feet.

At the end of our journey, travelers may donate any unwanted clothing, medicines and bandages, which are distributed to an appropriate local charity or support group in Kochi.

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