A great country to visit with very friendly people. The scenery was beautiful and varied from the quiet misty cool hills down to the hot busy towns. Many new experiences over the two week period.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Walking up to the Meesapulima peak and seeing (briefly) the magnificent views when the mist lifted.
Walking through the tea plantations.
Sailing in the backwaters of Kerala and watching the world go by.
Taking a rowing boat down the numerous waterways around the Coir Village resort.
Playing chess during the evenings in a local café by torch light which seemed to be of great interest to the local people, who I think, probably played a much better game than I did.
Learning a little about the religions of India, visiting temples and experiencing the noise of India.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Our leader, Santosh, was great – very helpful, overcame all problems and helped to make the group bond together.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Not sure if the water purification tablets were required as the drinking water on the camp was double boiled and bottled water was readily available.
Some of the experienced camper had brought with them a small sheet of plastic for taking off ones boots before going into the tent, something I would include on my next trip.
If you are going in December waterproofed trousers are useful, something I forgot also a travel sink plug would have been most useful as there were no plugs available in any of the hotels.
I found it most interesting to add a few days on at the end of the holiday and visited Mumbai on my way home.
It was suggested to me that to avoid stomach problem it was best to avoid meat in resturants, as it was uncertain where the meat had been stored. I became a reluctant vegetarian for the two week period and suffered no problems with the food.