Kerala Backwaters small group vacation, India

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17 Dec 2021
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11 Feb 2022
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Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Lush and beautiful Kerala is a joy to explore. As well as visiting the main points of interest, we get off the beaten track at many points to really give us a flavour of local life. Travel is as much about meeting people as it is seeing the sites, and there are many opportunities for both on this tour. Our local tour leaders are great facilitators when it comes to introductions and explaining local customs. We spend time on a traditional house boat and also a night with a family in their home, this gives an excellent chance to learn about the life in this tranquil state. We make use of local trains which is a great experience as well as reducing the amount of time we require a bus.

Whilst in Periyar we are careful to follow the strict guidelines of our Animal Welfare Policy, developed in conjunction with the Born Free Foundation, when viewing wildlife so we minimise disruption.

Our Tour Leaders are passionate about Responsible Tourism and brief each group on arrival. They are also on hand throughout the trip to offer advice on how to get the best from each location without causing any damage or offence, and by contributing to the economy.

We stay in simple, small accommodation throughout the trip and groups are encouraged to minimise use of water in order to help the owners manage their resources.

The maximum group size is 16 people. With a smaller group we can spend time with local families, enjoy time on houseboats and make use of public trains to travel between cities. It gives us the freedom to spend time talking to local people as we travel and truly immerse ourselves in the culture.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. Cool Earth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Our village homestay provides us with an excellent insight into lives of the backwaters residents and is a welcome additional source of income for our hosts. Choosing to stay in smaller hotels and homestays, using local leaders and eating out in a variety of local restaurants ensures that our tour really benefits local people in Kerala. Hiring a bike or taking a rickshaw tour helps in the same way and is incredibly good fun too!

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


There were so many memorable and exciting parts of the vacation: Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba and the Dead Sea, all were amazing.

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


If you're going during the winter make sure that you've enough warm clothing for the overnight in the desert. Might also be a good idea to take a sleeping bag
- although it is only one night.

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


I'm not sure about this, although a lot of the shops in Jordan appeared to support the craft skills of local people.

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


It was a fantastic trip, fast moving but thoroughly enjoyable and out guide Mohammad was just perfect - great fun.

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