Excellent advice and service from Gary Tree and also from Diana with the visa service, which took a lot of the worry out of the visa application. I will definitely use your company again and your visa service for sure. We enjoyed the choice of tours and accommodation on offer, and found all our home stays very good but in different ways. Nelpura was our favourite for the location and things to do, plus the food and hospitality. Teak house had the best food of the lot and a very nice view, plus pool was a bonus. Walton was good for its location in the centre of Cochin, and hosts were friendly and helpful. Pepper County had the best bedrooms. Overall though we very much enjoyed the whole trip and your organisation of it and had no complaints at all.
Couple of minor problems effectively and quickly dealt with by agent. Night-time noise was an occasional problem - particularly in Udaipur where an adjacent building played amplified music until 3am. The guides in Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur were polite and informative but were "going through the motions" rather than inspiring us with the beauty of what we were seeing. By contrast, the guide in Ahmedabad was superb. Overall, we are extremely impressed with India/Kerala Connections and will very likely book with you again
N J Morison
We had an incredible journey, it was beyond our expectations – amazing. The drivers were lovely, and the food was delicious. Le Colonial was a lovely hotel to start the holiday. We had our best meal here. Paradisa Plantation was our favourite location. Marari Villas was a great place to finish the holiday.
Mr and Mrs McTurk
Once again a great holiday. Many thanks for everything. Drivers and guides were flexible, polite and knowledgeable. We would recommend you to other people – and already have done so.
Mr & Mrs Swan
This was our first time visiting India. We both agree it was the best holiday we have ever had (and I have travelled a great deal). Everything went so smoothly from the minute we were picked up at the airport. We did and saw so much in three weeks. We have totally fallen in love with India and we are already panning our return visit. Thank you so much.
Jane Waterhouse & Helen Roper
Your itinerary and quote is excellent and the map at the back really helped us to understand the routing.
We had an amazing time, and Kerala certainly lived up to all our expectations. Every different part of the trip was a wonderful new experience and nothing disappointed.
From the moment we booked with Kerala Connections we were confident we had made the right choice. The pre-holiday information pack was so useful and any questions we had were always dealt with promptly and efficiently. The professional looking tour information booklet was really excellent - our Bible! - and it contained all we needed to know about each location. We could not fault in any way any aspect of your arrangements for us - which speaks volumes! We really did not want to leave Kerala and I know we shall return one day - and we will certainly choose you as our tour operator again. The holiday way exceeded our expectations and we truly loved every minute of it.
We were very impressed by the documents supplied by you.
Mr and Mrs Riddlell
Top scores given for all aspects of our service, the agents and all the accommodation.
We had an excellent holiday as we visited the places we wanted to see and stayed in a range of very good accommodation. All of the arrangements went very smoothly. We felt confident as a returning customer that we would get helpful advice during the planning for the holiday and the local agent and their arrangements were faultless.
Gerry and Pam Gurhy
The overall holiday experience was once again excellent. Possibly the best stay was at Dewalokam because the hosts were so charming, the shared meals made for interesting mealtimes sharing experiences with a wide range of guests. Next best accommodation was Coconut Lagoon. Because they could not give us the cottage we had booked we were upgraded to the best accommodation which had a private pool and suite - spectacular!
Martin & Sheila Hook
Everything was wonderful. A fantastic holiday. We haven’t stopped raving about it. Thank you for one of the best holidays we've had.
Jacqui Lord and Clive Wallace
The whole trip was fantastic, including hotels, food and people. Agents/driver excellent – helpful and efficient. Your tipping information was extremely useful.
Anne Leahy and Rosalind Brooke
All the hosts at the different accommodation went out of their way to make us feel welcome. At Nelpura Mr Chacko took us round his paddy fields; at Kayal they arranged a Kathakali performance; at Chera Rocks we were taken to see Theyyam and then invited into a home for a festival meal. These experiences help to make our holiday very special!
Robert and Mairi Harris
The whole holiday was amazing. We were very pleased we booked 2 nights on the Kerala Houseboat - this gave us the chance to get away from the busy waterways and into the narrow canals and really see life. The overall holiday was excellent! Our original plans were to book on a small group holiday but we found travelling on our own with a driver was a good experience that we would like to repeat. The drivers were supportive and thoughtful but not intrusive. Our hosts at the homestays were welcoming and informative.
Caroline booked her holiday (Kerala Budget Holiday) through Responsible Travel and her full report can be found on that site.
Absolutely everything was FANTASTIC ! Everyone was friendly, helpful and went out of their way to make sure we had a holiday of a lifetime. The itinerary was prefect for an introduction to Kerala; the accommodation was superb, the food delicious and all activities were interesting and worthwhile.
Kate booked her holiday (Kerala Luxury Holiday) through Responsible Travel and her full report can be found on that site.
We had a lovely trip. Beach Gate Bungalows - this was a little oasis. I loved Cochin and found it very interesting. I enjoyed the Kathakali performance more than I expected. The Good Earth Rice Barge was my choice and not one you promote. The boat was VERY basic, but it was clean and the three crew were delightful. We had a lovely three days cruising the backwaters. Aakriti Homestay - what excellent hosts the Kumars are. Our three days here were excellent. KAAV Safari Lodge - we loved our tents!!! They were so comfortable and on their own away from the main building. The manager - PK is superb. He is quiet, gentle and runs a really tight ship. Amaryllis - we probably had the best view from our three house – the lower one. The food was excellent – and Victor and Jini are great hosts. Chera Rocks Beach House - the rooms were fairly basic, but lovely hot showers and were right on the beach.
So that’s a run down on our holiday. As you can see it was a great success. Thank you for organising it for us.
I would just like to echo Alli’s comments about our truly wonderful holiday. We were looked after from beginning to end by so many lovely people, saw so many wonderful things, and enjoyed the magic of India once again. Thank you so much.
Hilly and Andrew Noble
Thank you for such a well written and comprehensive set of documents to send us on our way. Your care is much appreciated. We will recommend you to anyone.
We're safely back from our second trip to Kerala (the previous one was in 2006). Companion Holidays (the local agent) was obviously doing things efficiently in the background. The drivers were all careful, polite and pleasant. Brunton Boatyard and Coconut Lagoon - the same perfection as on our previous visit.
This was our first self-guided India holiday - no detailed timetable, no early mornings to go to temples etc- and it worked perfectly. After six visits to India, we had the confidence to get around and see what we wanted at our own pace - having luxury accommodation to fall back on helped! A great trip, thanks. As always, we said to ourselves that it would be our last to India, but who knows........
Helen and John Richardson
Nothing went wrong – what more can I say? I cannot praise your people enough. It all worked like clockwork. Thanks very much.