- This is a very interesting and varied tour covering the backwaters of Kerula and the hill station tea areas inland. There is a lot of road travel by minibus on roads best described as interesting, our only criticism of this is that a few more photograph stops to capture a bit more of the landscape would have been welcome but would also of course increased travel times.
The hotel and home stay accommodation was excellent. We were less taken by the houseboat. There is a real danger that the houseboat operators are killing the goose that laid the golden egg. At times it was like following a line of traffic down the M1. Personally I preferred the cruise in the large canoe. The food on the houseboat was good and the accommodation was ok, but the overall cruise was the least attractive part of the tour.
The visit up to Munnar was interesting, allowing a glimpse of the past life of the tea planters as well as a little insight into the current ways of life. The contrasts between the different parts of Kerula was as interesting as it was unexpected.
Our guide and driver were both excellent and bent over backwards to try and accommodate everyone's wishes. We were a small group of eight and all got on well together. A couple of people did rather suffer from the heat (it reached nearly 40C) but our guide helped them through that with no real disruption to the programme.
All in all we throughly enjoyed this tour and would highly recommend it. I have just dropped a single point because of the houseboat.
One final plea to anyone who does visit. Please be careful not to drop plastic bottles. Much of India indeed much of the world is slowly drowning in a sea of discarded plastic. We must try and set an example no matter how small if we wish to continue to travel and enjoy such beautiful places.
Published on: 24 April 2016