Just wanted to say a huge thank you for our amazing holiday. The arrangements were perfect... I really couldn’t fault it. We were extra spoilt by having the very best driver - Wilson - who was a gem and the envy of everyone we met. Secret Garden was lovely, an oasis in the middle of tiny lanes. Purity and the houseboat ....first class! The right amount of time at each. The Gateway finished the holiday in a relaxing way. All in all you can see it was really good. We especially liked the booklet - the best I’ve ever had from any travel company.
A huge thank you.
We enjoyed our trip to Kolkata and Orissa. We stopped quite frequently at various tribal villages – we were impressed by their ingenuity and cleanliness. My memory of visiting similar villages years ago, was that they smelled of the open sewer running through the centre of the village. No more. Each family has its’ own loo courtesy of the Indian Government and they use it too. The Hotels in this part of the trip were pretty basic.
Jacqueline and Peter Jonas
Mr and Mrs Jonas (regular customers of ours) did an interesting trip visiting the tribal areas of Orissa.
Our third holiday in Kerala with you and the best yet. Everything went smoothly and we were more than happy with the variety of accommodation and the friendliness of the people we met. As always we were grateful for the advice and help given in planning the holiday.
Our third visit and impossible to find fault with Dewalokam. Sinta and family were, as always, helpful in every way.
We loved Marari Villas and the couple who ran it. They had done everything possible to overcome recent problems with the cyclone and we didn’t feel disadvantaged in any way. Would recommend the resort to others.
Gary - could you suggest an outline of a trip to Northern India to include the Taj Mahal and Rajasthan? We feel we should try a different experience although it would be hard not to go back to Kerala!
Sheila and Geoff Rapley
The backwaters Cruise and birding at Thattekkad were the most memorable parts of the holiday. I recommend spending at least 2 nights on houseboat. I rate this holiday as 5 stars (excellent) - Kerala Connections were very helpful.
Richard booked the Kerala Homestay Tour through Responsible Travel.
We found Daniel and Jerry extremely helpful and attentive throughout. The calibre of the Companion Holidays drivers (Joe and Shibu) was way above those we used elsewhere. They looked after the vehicles beautifully, drove safely and were very companionable and looked after us well.
Jo & Roger Taylor
The local agent was very efficient service with excellent drivers. Our three drivers were very different but all kind, knowledgeable and approachable. Overall a wonderful holiday – thank you.
Andrew Hodge & Judy Flounders
Joe (our driver) was very informative and always arrived on time. He was very thoughtful and listened to our interests. For example I wanted to look at fabrics and he took us to a fabulous fabric Printing establishment employing people with special needs whose parents work on the tea plantations in Munnar. This was the highlight of my trip to India! We were also very grateful that he took us to clean cafes and restaurants! Our fear was becoming ill on the trip but we were fine. Dewalokam was a highlight of our trip- we loved this experience! Spice Village was fabulous; the houseboat a wonderful experience.
The holiday went like clockwork and we enjoyed every minute. Thank you Kerala Connections for your ultra professional service- we will and have recommend you to friends!
All drivers were very friendly, punctual and attentive. Nelpura Homestay - lovely food. Very welcoming and relaxing. Comfortable. Francis Residence - very welcoming. Outstanding food. Houseboat - Unobtrusive. Very welcoming. Relaxed. Periyar Villa - Lovely. Very clean and comfortable. So friendly. Dewalokam - more than outstanding in every respect. Paradise.
Everything was lovely. Very relaxed. No stress. Looked after so well. Immersed in Kerala and everything it has to offer. Lovely people.
A big thank you for all your help with our recent holiday. We had a really great trip and very much appreciated your help with the itinerary and hotels. I could not have envisaged how bad and therefore slow some of the roads were – the small and therefore more interesting roads were dreadful, made worse by the recent cyclone. Our toy train journey to Ooty was great fun and brought back lots of memories. We found your inclusion on the hotels tipping policy invaluable. Your personal service and speed of response, especially at a late stage, was superb. Highly recommended and would most certainly come to you again (if you're have us). We have already recommended you to friends.
Thank you so much for fixing Siji for us – as usual he was an absolute star in terms of his driving, good humour and overall capacity to act as a fixer. We loved the variety and the contrast to our two previous visits. The accommodation was generally excellent. Kaav was wonderful. Old Harbour Hotel at Cochin and Xandari Pearl at Marari Beach both score top marks from us in all respects. Ambience, location, food and service are all exemplary. Thanks for all your help with this trip.
It was a wonderful holiday. The service provided through the booking procedure and the arrangements made to ensure that everything ran so smoothly while we were there were outstanding. We would certainly use the company again and recommend it to friends. Thank you very much for arranging everything so brilliantly.
Robert and Delia Hannon
These customer stayed at Tissa’s Inn, Ambady Estate, Wildernest, Punnamada Resort, Houseboat and Marari Villas. They gave top scores for all.
A very succesful and enjoyable trip. Thanks for suggesting such a great programme prior to the party we were attending in Cochin.
Paul & Jessica Brown
I thought the whole trip was very well organised. The driver you - Sanil was great - a good driver, prompt, organised, very professional and courteous. The accommodation provided was also of a very high standard. Overall we had a lovely holiday, we were very pleased to have used Kerala Connections to book this experience. The booklet provided with our itinerary, tips and information was very helpful - a great idea.
Holiday booked through Responsible Travel and the feedback above was sent to them.
This was our first trip to India and we are already thinking about the next. It was probably one of our best holidays. We stayed in various types of accommodation and all had lovely staff and wonderful food, particularly on the Lakes and Lagoons houseboat and the Old Harbour Hotel. Dewalokam was our first experience of a homestay and somewhere we hope to visit again. Jose and Sinta do an amazing job keeping their guests and staff happy in beautiful surroundings.
Mrs Lynne Watkins and Mr David Allan
Thank you for helping us have a most marvellous holiday.
Stuart and Trish Butler
See the below website for prose and photographs from these customers
The most exciting part of our holiday was the houseboat, but all the hotels and rooms we had were fantastic. We enjoyed every part of our holiday – Kerala Connections built us a great tour which worked really well. Our driver (Siji) was helpful and friendly. We had a splendid time and would be more than happy to recommend you to anyone.
Jan booked through Responsible Travel where you will find her full report.
Best holiday ever - hope to go back sometime in the future. Thanks for all your help.
We have many happy memories. The most memorable part was the 2 night stay on the Houseboat and the fantastic scenery/river activity, plus our stay at Dewalokam Retreat, Kodikulam. Their attention to detail and guests was second to none! We recommend seeing the Kathakali and Martial Arts Displays. It was the most wonderful experience and introduction to Southern India. Every part of the holiday was efficiently organised from the booking with Kerala Connections to the attention given once in Kerala. Companion Holidays were most efficient and professional. Our wonderful driver (Sanil) was prompt, polite and informative.
This was a booking made through Responsible Travel.
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.