We had a superb holiday – thank you. The diver, Sunil, inspired the utmost confidence. He was always punctual, estimated times of arrival accurately and gave very good advice. Our visits to the pottery, silk weaving, tile making and bronze casting were all very interesting. The guides were very good. All in all a revelation for us – all three first time visitors to India.
During their time in Mumbai they asked us if we could arrange for them to visit Victoria Station to see the portrait of Josephine’s father who was General Manager there. This visit generated press interest and they featured in an article in the Mumbai Mirror.
We thoroughly enjoyed it all – it was a very, very good holiday. The houseboat was superb and the food very good. Xandari Pearl was thoroughly lovely. Tranquil has a very pleasant atmosphere. The village tour to a tribal community at Kabini was really interesting. Everything we did I would recommend.
We had an absolutely lovely holiday. There was very little damage visible following the cyclone. Our driver was an absolute star.
Just to let you know we are having a wonderful time. We were thrilled this morning to see the Taj in all its magnificence and with NO scaffolding!
Gill and Rosie Bruce
The holiday was excellent. I am very pleased with the way your organised it and will recommend you. If we do another trip to India we will certainly do it through you.
Mr and Mrs Sankey
We have just returned from the wonderful holiday in Kerala which you arranged for us. We doubt if we could have had a more enjoyable experience. Everything went like clockwork, from the moment we arrived at Gatwick to returning there. The Emirates A380 is one of the best I have flown, with 3” more leg length than BA or Virgin etc.
All the accommodation was first class, and we particularly approved of the environmental policies of the three CGH venues we stayed in. For luxury the Heritage in Madurai would be hard to beat. The crew on the houseboat were very helpful and looked after us well. Our final stay was with Sunil at the Teak House. What an interesting man and what a good host.
We must make special mention of Jess, the driver we had at our disposal for 8 days. Always spot on time, always helpful and very knowledgeable about local vegetation, crops etc. Weather was mostly good except when we caught the edge of the cyclone, which created a couple of days of monsoon like conditions.
Thank you Kerala Connections for a first rate experience.
David and Helen McGill
PS Other travellers on similar tours whom we met were very envious of the very useful booklet you provided.
Your organisation was fantastic with no waiting for anything - all drivers, guides were on time. Cars very comfortable with excellent drivers. Houseboat staff were excellent as was Francis Residence.
Mrs Rosalind Turner
Mrs Turner and her friend travelled to both North and South India.
We enjoyed the trip very much. Bhainsrorgarth – quite delightful and the best food we had. Jhalwar –in a kind of time capsule - especially the plumbing!! But that is part of its charm. Ahilya Fort – excellent, good service and lovely setting. Ahilya by the Sea (Goa) – slightly marred by the cyclone but nice all the same.
The arrangements went smoothly and there were no problems. Bennett (our driver) is intelligent, patient and reliable, he quickly tuned in to our sense of humour and as a result we had much laughter during the trip. It was a great trip, so thanks to all who assisted.
The organisation and communication was perfect. Our driver, Sanil, was always abreast of our itinerary, enormously helpful, punctual and friendly. He made an enormous difference to our holiday. The most memorable part of our holiday was the stay with the Kumar family in Coonoor. All the homestays were excellent but this was outstanding in terms of engagement with the family and (as vegetrians) food.
Bridget Taylor & James Gulliver
Your organistaion of our holiday was brilliant and exactly what we were after. Thank you.
Mr & Mrs Creed
The holiday was fabulous and we have absolutely no complaints. We had Bennett (our driver) last year, and he greeted us this time like old friends. He was excellent - very helpful, and making good suggestions for restaurants etc. He was fantastic. Thank you for a wonderful holiday; our second trip with you. I'm working on an idea for my next trip to India, so I may be in touch again quite soon.....
Helen Krasner & David Thomas
Kaav Safari Lodge was very good accommodation and service. The Kumars at Aakriti were very hospitable and we learnt a lot about Indian culture with great food. Excellent restaurant at the Old Harbour Hotel. Dewalokam Retreat was one of the best and they were the cleanest, well maintained of all - the staff were a delight. The owners even got up at 5am to see us off to the airport on the last day!
Colin and Carol Pepper
We just got back. Can I thank you for arranging the BEST holiday we've EVER had (and we've had a lot). I’ve just sent a rave review to Responsible Travel- no doubt they will forward to you. The houseboat was beautiful and the crew were fab. I could easily have done a week of that. What an amazing place and amazing experience we have had. Everything was BRILLIANT! and can't be faulted. I didn't want to leave any of the places or people. I put on half a stone the food was so good. I can't thank you enough for your help.
Liz and Mark Naylon
Liz and Mark booked through Responsible Travel. They awarded us five stars and the report to them included the following:
The people we met- ALL of them lovely- friendly, genuine, generous. Every single day was memorable and exciting. We had the most fabulous holiday of a lifetime, due in no small part due to the advice of the staff involved from Kerala Connections. Everything was organised and executed like clockwork. Each place we stayed was in its own way perfect. All the accommodation was faultless, and the travel between was well organised and exactly as planned and described. The drivers we had were professional and well spoken.
We had an amazing time in India and thank you for organising such a wonderful trip. I would definitely recommend your company to anyone looking to travel to India. The overall experience was a joy from booking through to the holiday itself. Gary's knowledge of the area was invaluable during the booking process and nothing was too much trouble in terms of our many requests. It was a wonderful experience from beginning to end - Brilliant holiday.
Every aspect of our trip was memorable and it is impossible to select one particular feature that stands out. We particularly appreciated the houseboat in traditional style. Our staff of 3 was excellent and non-intrusive and the food was spectacular. The holiday, which was recommended to us as excellent, proved to be such and we have no hesitation in recommending it to others. Indeed, we already have, and specified this company. We have no criticisms, only the greatest praise.
The trip was flawless. Everything was great. All of the accommodations were excellent. Our driver for 15 days - Bennet was impeccable.
I polled my family on their opinions so here goes in brief…
Gitanjali - We all loved this place. The hosts were gracious and worldly. The food was some of the best we had.
Palais de Mahe - We all loved this place and loved Pondicherry. The rooms, the food, the service, the location, fantastic!!
Visalam - This place was also a family favourite. A beautiful hotel, nice rooms and service that was perhaps the best of our entire tour.
Heritage - Certainly an over the top resort stay. Everyone loved the privacy and private pools. It was a lovely end to the trip.
So in conclusion, it was a great trip, one to be long be remembered.
Thank you for the fantastic and quick service, and for getting everything down in price so that we can afford it. I'm impressed - and now really looking forward to another great holiday in South India...
We are now back in the UK after our wonderful holiday in South India. Our trip was a huge success in every way thanks to Kerala Connections and your local agents. So good that we want to do it all over again. The choice of guest houses with their lovely hosts everywhere and Red Earth for our wildlife spotting was absolutely perfect for us. Our driver, Shibu, is a perfect Ambassador. He is good company with a ready sense of humour, always courteous and helpful and a very good driver. His car was kept shining like a new pin every day. Your selection of accommodation is a class act! Thank you so much for organising it all so beautifully.
Could not fault the service provided by Kerala Connections and agents. Secret Garden - was excellent due to the interaction with the staff/owner, the old India feel of the rooms and the quiet, calming location, very good value for money. Xandari Pearl - wow! - with a few minor (not necessary) tweaks this could be one of the best hotels we have stayed in. Deshadan - in itself a reasonable hotel for the price, easy access to beach and North Cliff. Coming from the Xandari took a bit of adjusting, but the room was clean and comfortable. Leela - lovely hotel, comfortable, clean, good location friendly and helpful staff. Once again, thank you for putting this all together at such short notice, will probably be in touch later in the year to organise something for Feb 18.
Dave and Angie Dawson