South Indian food tour, Kerala

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This trip can be tailormade at a time to suit you and adapted to suit your budget and requirements
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This trip can be tailor made to create a unique vacation for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. Sites and accommodations can be arranged to suit you and your budget. This is a comfortable trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort in characterful local accommodation!

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: South Indian food tour, Kerala

Rough Guide to India described our tours as “The most original, hands-on and ethical itineraries on the market” - we’re proud of this and like to think that the quote sums up our ethos neatly. When you take a tour with us, around 70% of your money stays in India - supporting the social/environmental work of our partners and the projects they support.

We feel particularly strong that guides should be local, giving you the opportunity to spend time with people local to the country, supporting their livelihoods and assimilating the local culture. All tour partners, tour guides and hosts involved in the South India Food Tour come from the host country. In most cases, your guide is from the specific village in which you are staying (usually the owners, or an employee of the owner). This may mean that your host has imperfect English but we like to think that the benefits are worthwhile.

Most of the food in this tour is cooked specifically by your hosts and is grown locally, thereby benefiting the local community. Home stays create local employment to work on the farm and to help in manage the home stays. An example is Spice Plantation homestay, based on a farm and forest gardens using traditional organic farming methods. Plants and spices grown on the farm supply the vegetarian cuisine prepared for the homestay - coconut, pineapple, bananas, different types of yam, tapioca, spices such as pepper, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, vanilla and other tropical fruit trees and medicinal herbs.

In terms of transport - you’ll see from the itinerary that we’re keen to cut the driving and encourage guests to stay several days in any one place with a local guide (rather than continuously driving from one place to another), guests will participate in lifestyles that are themselves sustainable - you'll eat locally produced food, use local transport, cook dinner with your host, and visit local environmental projects.

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Reviewed on 12 Apr 2017 by

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


The relaxed pace and seeing how different Southern India is compared to the north.

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


Although this is called a Food Adventure, and some cooking demonstrations were involved, there could have been more of an emphasis on food.

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


Yes

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


The two weeks were very enjoyable. There was a bit of confusion a couple of times about what was included in the journey, but it was quickly straightened out. The chosen homestays were wonderful.

Reviewed on 06 Dec 2016 by

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


As this was our first time in India, all the places were memorable for their own reasons. Even our first experience of the traffic was 'exciting' We had an
excellent driver/guide who was able to offer a lot of help.

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


This is also the first time of staying in different places. With hindsight I would have dramatically reduced the amount of clothes we took and used the laundry
service.

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


Absolutely. We knew the homestays supported local families and you could see how, particularly at the Spice Plantation

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


I would give this vacation a 5 star rating. From the flights to the hotels/homestays - everything was just amazing.

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