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Reviews for Backwaters and Beaches 5 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.

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5 Tracy Mosley, 02/04/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

So many, Kerala is a wonderful place to relax and chill, but with so much to see and do. Lovely people, great places to stay. My 8 year old loved the home stay in particular.

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4.5 , 24/01/14

Name

Peter

Tour Name

Backwaters and Beaches

Tour Code

FKB

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

Houseboat, Sunset at Kochi on New Year Eve on the Harbour Cruise.

Tour Leader Name

Yaduvendra singh

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Yadu was absolutely fantastic. This guy has exceptional ability.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Don't worry about anything - the guide knows everything. You cannot bring rupees into India. Bring Sterling or Dollar notes - its easy to change. Bring Camera and binoculars. Christmas is a great time to go - perfect weather and they celebrate christmas in kerala (60% christian).

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

My wife and I have travelled extensively previously. This trip had a taste of everything and exceeded our expectations. It was a great education for our 2 boys - we saw so much and had so many experiences in 12 days. A memorable trip."

 
5 , 04/10/13

Name

Phil Williams

Tour Code

FKB

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

There was no one single higlight - what made this tour special was that everyday brought something new and interesting. It was varied but gave lots of time for insights into the lives of ordinary Keralans - a blacksmith working his privimive forge for example which in its self doesn't sound tremendously exciting but alongisde the elephant rides and temple visits etc gave a more rounnded experience

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Exceptionally good. We have been on 6 or so other Explore trips and never had a bad one yet but Rej really was excellent: good humoured and enthusiatic, very knowledgeable and very accommodating to all of our requests and questions.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Certainly recommend it but the prospectus needs updating. Post-tsunami it is more Backwaters and Foothills than beaches. Varkalam was good but it one was expecting a lot of beaches you would be a bit disappointed. Actaully we think more time could and should be spend in the Periyar area trekking etc.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

We had a great time but it was out first visit to India and we suspect an easier introduction than say Calcutta. As above, more time could have spent in the Periyar area and possibly one night less in the homestay (or an extra night added to the trip).

 
5 Sarah Williams, 15/09/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

"The cycle ride was fabulous, the sights, sounds & smells which we wouldn't have experenced any other way.
The train trip was very interesting & like the bus ferry in the backwaters gave us a real chance to chat to the local people."

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