I have no hesitation in recommending the Kerala Travel Centre. The tour was impeccably organised, the hotels they picked were excellent and Johnson, our driver, was unfailingly good as were the local guides as we toured around Kerala.
We had a limited time for the holiday and they really helped us make the most of it.
We couldn't find what we were looking for in a package deal as we had already visitied Sri Lanka for a holiday before and had visited a lot of the tourist areas. However, we loved the country so much we wanted to go back and visit what we did not have a chance to experience on a previous visit. The Kerela/Sri Lanka Travel Centre listened to what we needed, then put the whole itinerary together both for the Sri Lanka part of the holiday and the second part in the Maldives. We had a driver for 9 days who was knowledgeable, polite and totally reliable. We will definitely use the Kerela/Sri lanka travel Centre to book our next holidays in Sri Lanka and Kerela in the future - we can't recommend them highly enough.
We travelled in a group of four with two of our friends and had a truly wonderful experience in a country that made us very welcome. The trip was tailored for us from start to finish by Kerala Travel Centre giving us choices of where to stay and we found all of the to be of a high standard.Our chauffeur was a local lad and he was very attentive and took us to some parts of Kerala that ready made tours would probably miss out. We were introduced to many local people, some in their homes, and everywhere we went we were made to feel special. The festivals are fantastic and shouldn't be missed - elephants, fireworks, food and fun. Our riceboat journey was really enjoyable and we would recommend that two nights aboard really should be a minimum stay to take in most of the high spots on the waterways. Many, many more experiences on this trip made it a holiday to remember, for all of the right reasons, and our thanks must go to Kerala Travel Centre for organising it so professionally.
Kerala is easily the most beautiful country I have ever been to. I have travelled widely, and love the Far East in particular. But Kerala is outstanding. The people are friendly and warm. The food is excellent. Our accommodation was in each case very good - particularly The Coconut Lagoon, which was extraordinary and very welcoming. I would love to go back to Kerala - and would thoroughly recommend the Kerala Travel Centre to anyone thinking of visiting.
One of the best holidays ever. We had a whole month in Karnataka and the northern part of Kerala. The itinerary incorporated wildlife safaris, hill stations & little trains , tea and spice plantations, palaces, temples and cultural peformances, a houseboat on the backwaters and a final five days at a beach resort. Throughout, we stayed in very individual, character hotels and - best of all - at four glorious private homestay properties, These were what made the holiday really special. The accommodations were all lovely, we learnt a lot about the families and their lives and the home cooking was superb - much better than the rather standardised fare in hotels and restaurants. We were treated like family guests. At one, we dined with the new regional police chief, at another we canoed on the lake and had a fantastic evening at the sixtieth birthday party of our host and enjoyed meeting his charming friends and famiy. Elsewhere, we were taken all around the area which included homes of several craftsmen, a school, a village breakfast and a huge religious festival with elephants and drummers. So very many memorable moments. Our lovely driver/guide and the service throughout were fantastic. We can unreservedly recommend Kerala Travel Centre. AND we had a quote for the identical itinerary from another company; Kerala Travel came in substantially less expensive! What more could you ask.
Fantastic holiday in Kerala organised perfectly. No problems at all with arrangements. All hotels although very different were wonderful and as described, well worth paying for the deluxe tour.
Our driver, Biju picked us up from our first hotel the following morning and stayed with us for 10 days. He was smart, polite but friendly, always on time and spoke excellent English, which was a bonus as we were told by others using different companies that their drivers English was not so good.
Half way through our holiday I became unwell and the driver was very quick to respond and got me to the nearest hospital where he dealt with everything for us & I was treated immediately.This could have ruined our holiday but when we arrived at our next destination he suggested changing our itinery so we would not miss out on any tours and I could recuperate before carrying on further. This efficiency impressed us and we did not miss out on a single tour.The drivers are obviously very well trained. Had we been on a group tour it would have posed many more problems.
Without a doubt would definately use this company again.
If ever you are thinking of travelling to india the best company to travel with is Kerala Travel Centre they are truly the best. We could not have been looked after any better. The drivers and guides really are kind knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble
our first trip to india and involved a number of hotel changes during the trip, and a night on a house boat, before five nights on the beach, all the hotels were first class, and the attention to detail made the difference,
my wife food allergy is sometime a worry, but always the staff and on two occassion the chef personnally came to talk us through the menu, the food was great ??
our guide drivers were friendly and proffessional and the cars comfortable.
dont miss the massages and treatment they are superb and good value
Kerala travel has enabled us to have three wonderful holidays in India and Sri Lanka.
We like the fact that they are based in India and know the area well and can offer sound advice based on local knowledge.
We also enjoyed the flexibility they offer on individual tours. The accommodation on their list would suit the majority of travellers needs and tastes.
They have some especially good small home stays and guest houses that give one the opportunity to get off the beaten track and enjoy some wonderful hospitality.
We would thoroughly recommend Kerala Travel and its associates to arrange a visit to India .
Visited Kerala in Dec 2012 having booked everything through KTC. Found the team very easy to do business with, they understood what we wanted and were very knowledgeable about the area. Our driver was excellent and very friendly as was the welcome host at our first stop. We had a fantastic trip and using KTC made that a lot less stressful as there was always support when you needed it - when travelling with family, that always helps. Couple of minor niggles: (i) the paperwork stated the driver was available if wanted during unplanned periods but he didn't seem to be (ii) one of the hotels was not quite as expected (lack of bar etc) but then we did go for the "economy" tour and the rooms and views were fine. Overall, would definitely recommend KTC to anyone looking at a trip to this area - particularly if constrained by budget / time as we had spent days trying to plan our own trip before we found these guys and they made it very easy in the end!
We have booked five holidays with Kerala travel Centre.
Each one has been excellent, and this is due in the main to the service we have received which in our opinion could not be bettered! We have put our own itinerary together and have left hotel bookings, travel etc to the agents to arrange.
I think that one of the reasons for the success of Kerala Travel is that the agents are based in India and therefore are extremely knowledgeable about the the different holidays they book for their clients.There is always a local agent on hand in the rare event of there being any problems.
An excellent company that I would have no hesitation in recommending for a holiday in India.
Had wanted to visit Kerala for sometime and was lucky enough to see them at the travel show in London. My friend was a little unsure (she was not with me at the exhibition anyway) but as soon as we made contact with Kerala Travel Centre, who tailor-made our holiday she was assured - and quite rightly so. Everything went as planned, and boy did they take care of us and when you are 2 ladies of a certain age, this is important! Our accommodation lived up to our high expectations, our driver became our friend, our houseboat stay was surreal, and our homestay was excellent - the recipes have been tried and tested- and worked!! My friend was particular about her diet - no problem - wherever we went they had been forewarned and cooked especially for her if need be - what more could we ask for. I can't speak highly enough of this Company, and look forward to travelling with them again. I would not hesitate to recommend them.
They organise what you want, or will provide ideas and suggestions if you aren't sure. Everything is done for you and you are met at the airport, taxi for the whole holiday with various experienced guides, then deposited at the airport for the return flights. Yet, for all this the holiday has the feel of being done independently. Everything is organised and booked for you with good accommodation.
We have been to Kerala four times recently, each time with KTC although, we have arranged our own international flights. They suggested tours the first time and we have chosen our own subsequently. We have always been looked after when there, and sometimes they have gone beyond expectations. I have recommended them to friends and family without comeback!
My wife and I had always wanted to go to India but weren't sure where to go on our first trip. We were seeking sun and relaxation so Goa was an obvious choice but we wanted a little more. Kerala was recommended and then I friend suggested using Kerala Travel Centre .....the team were first class and put together a wonderful itinerary and this was backed by the fact they had great people on the ground.
We had a wonderful trip and would use these guys again!
We were invited to a wedding in Bangalore and decided to see some of Kerala. The bride and groom suggested we talk to Kerala Travel which we did. From the first conversation with I was confident that they understood what we wanted. The whole package was put together well and came within budget. We were met at airports as agreed transfers were made without any fuss and the accommodation was great. Talk to Kerala Travel before you go.
If you are looking to plan a trip to south India then I would highly recommend Kerala Travel Centre. From the very start the team in the office listen to your requirements and budget and will plan an itinerary accordingly. Once your plane lands in India the driver and guides are excellent, friendly, attentive and above all professional. There isn't a better way to visit Southern India - for us the mix of accommodation was just right with Home stays, Boutique Hotels and a great beach hotel at the end to really relax before heading back to the UK.
My wife and I have now travelled with the Kerala Travel Centre to several different parts of southern India and we are looking forward to going again this year. We have tried many companies that provide bespoke packages; the KTC is by far the best. Their experienced agents carefully listen to your preferences and create your ideal holiday, selecting innovative itineraries and the best hotels. It is amazing that their outstanding, hand-crafted packages are invariably cheaper than inferior package deals provided by the larger companies.
I rarely recommend holiday providers, but the KTC is the exception. A number of our close friends were a little concerned about travelling to India, but with our encouragement booked a tour of Kerala with the KTC. They returned two weeks later delighted with their holiday and - like us - passionate about India and its people.
The holiday was well organised. Everything went to plan. Our personal driver was very good and always obliging. We were very happy with all the accommodation making our
holiday very memorable.
Mostly good in terms or organising but the holiday itself had a number of serious problems including the hotel on the first night unable to take us and leaving us without accomodation at 5am after a very long journey. Our trip in the tiger sanctuary had not been booked locally and they were unable to take us. Very disappointing. After return home in December there was no follow up contact until now! The holiday was excellent for the most part.
Given the above I doubt I would recommend to a friend.
We really weren't too sure of what to expect, as we booked through Groupon. We couldn't have arranged this trip any better from start to finish everything went smoothly, and to think we were in India!
Our tour started in Amritsar and we were treated to the delightful Golden Temple and then off to see the Waga border closing at sunset. The driver and guide looked after us well, stopping at the many roadside stalls to purchase traditional food for us to taste. This we did with caution so as not to upset our delicate British tums! The hotel was of a good standard and adequate for a one night stop. The next morning we set off on about a 6 hour drive into the Himalyas to a home stay owned by a retired brigadier and his wife.....so what, I thought when I first read about it, we'll not see him. How wrong I was, this charming couple welcomed us into their home, fed us well and were interesting company over lunch and dinner every day...nothing was too much trouble. Their hospitality was even extended when my husband became too ill to travel to our next destination, they let us stay on and even arranged a smoother car to train journey with the authorities. I must mention the Navek La is a wonderful pace to stay. The mountain views from our window, the gardens, the bubbling stream, the delicious Indian food and of course the hosts.
Unfortunately we missed out staying in Shimla. Our trip ended in Delhi. The Delhi guide was excellent, together we planned our tour for the day and felt that we had excellent value for money throughout the whole holiday. We'd certainly use the Travel Centre again.
We were very impressed by our organised holiday put together by Kerala Travel.
Everything was arranged to make it an easy an effortless trip for myself and my 87 year old mother. I would highly recommend a visit to beautiful Kerala, the boat trip on the backwaters being a highlight. 10 out of 10.
Travelled on the Kerala South tour and thoroughly enjoyed a contrast in locations from city to isolation. No problems whatsoever, excellent hotels and an itinerary that delivered a variety of wonderful memories.
Quite a bit of travelling involved but our driver Brian was excellent .
Kerala Travel staff were charming and informative and I would not hesitate to use them again.
Whenever someone says they're going to Kerala, I immediately tell them to get in touch with Kerala Travel. Raj and his team were absolutely professional from the first moment we showed interest. They helped mould our itinerary to exactly what the 4 of us wanted, so that we saw such a lot in the 16 days, from Mysore across to Mamallapuram. But inbetween we had wonderful rest days (overnight on a riceboat) and staying at a couple of the wonderful heritage places - we cannot recommend them more highly.
We also noticed that we often met other tourists along the way who were with more expensive tour companies, but we had just as good service with Kerala Travel. Wherever we went, there was always someone making sure that everything worked, including the patient drivers - we really hope to re-visit these places and ask Kerala Travel to look after us again.
What can i say but 10 out of 10.we traveled all over kerala.we stayed in fantastic hotels and house stays.our own personal driver rupesh was great.he would take us anywhere we wanted to go.the backwaters are a must see.food was fantastic ...no Delhi belly.and only a couple of mossie bites.we will be going again and would recommend to anyone.
Great price- contacted several other operators befoe chosing Keral Travel centre.
The tour of southern India was tailor made for us. The service was second to none-driver/guide, hotels. everything was well thought out even down to suplying us with an Indian mobile phone ( at no extra cost apart from topping it up with about 1GB£) so we could be in constant contact with our driver and even use it for texting UK.
I had the misfortune to break my arm during the tour, I was quickly taken to an excellent hospital by the driver, arm was xrayed, put in half cast - carried on with the tour and the local ground staff arranged a followup appointment at another hospital prior to flyng back to uk. The whole treatment cost me 20GB£
Have no hesitation in recommending Kerala Travel Centre
I would recommend Kerala travel centre to anyone, they offered great advice when travelling in India with Ideas where to go and great hotels to stay in along with all the logistics needed.
We traveled to Kerela on our honeymoon and were rather apprehensive with what to expect. We had the most amazing time, the rooms were spotless, the food incredible and each of the hotels we stayed in the staff were extremely accommodating. We had our own taxi for the duration of our holiday and he was brilliant and tried to explain and show us more than our trip offered. We would not hesitate to go back.
This was our first ever holiday to India and we have come back astounded by the beauty of the region and the warmth of its people.
Kerala Travel Centre staff both in the UK and Kerala were excellent and nothing was too much trouble. Everyone was friendly and thoroughly professional. The traditional welcome on arrival was as touching as was the farewell at the Coconut lagoon. The highlight of our trip was our houseboat cruise in the keralan backwaters.
A truly memorable holiday. We would highly recommend the Kerala Travel Centre.
We have just returned from India and had a wonderful holiday. India is now one of the most memorable places we have ever visited, and the Kerala Travel Centre's organisation of our trip was fantastic. The guides were very knowledgeable and hospitable and did an excellent job in showing us the sights, the hotels and houseboat all had their own unique character and were all very comfortable and enjoyable to stay at, the drivers were all on time and the vehicles very comfortable, and pickups, flights and transfers all ran smoothly. Everyone in the Keala Travel Centre both in the UK andin India bent over backwards to make our experience special. This made our holiday great, and we would highly recommend others to use this company.
I couldnt help but be impressed with the service offered by Kerala Travel. Fom the time we arrived at Heathrow for departure on Qatar Airways to the time we were met by their representative in Cochin we were looked after so well. Their driver was excellent and they even supplied us with a mobile phone in case we needed their help at anytime. We did not as everything ran like clockwork. A couple of minor details were missed as we are both vegetarian but otherwise first class treatment.
We have just returned from a fabulous 2 week trip organised by KTC. Of the many memories and great experiences, one of our favourite highlights was sighting wild elephants on our trek in Periyar National Park. All transfers, trips and hotel reservations were perfectly organised and no stone was left unturned to ensure we had a great time in Kerala.Many thanks to all the staff, drivers and guides who made our holiday an unforgettable experience.
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