Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sunday Telegraph Article

Article by Teresa Levonia Cole

We are often frustrated when reading articles about Kerala as very often some of the facts are misleading if not wrong. So we were very pleased to read this one by Teresa Levonia Cole that we found to be very well written, interesting and factually correct. It appeared in the Telegraph in November and can still be found on their website – link below:

All the hotels she mentions in the text are properties we promote and highly recommend – so if you would like to duplicate her trip please let us know.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Our Homestay Tour is No.1

We were delighted to find that Responsible Travel selected our Kerala Homestay Tour as the first holiday on their Top 5 Hot Picks for 2011.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Indian Visas

The visa process is constantly adjusted in order to try and improve the service. We supply all our customers with information to help them through the process – but we also strongly advise you to check the VSF Global website before you begin the process in case there have been any changes made since we sent the information.

Recently there have been two major changes to the system that applicants need to be aware of:

From 23 November 2010 all applications must be completed on-line. Up to that date handwritten application forms were sometimes accepted – but no longer. This means that if you are unable or unwilling to complete your application on-line yourself you will need to employ a Visa Agency to do it for you.

From 6 December 2010 the standard UK passport sized photograph will no longer be accepted. The colour photographs you supply must be square - 50mm x 50mm or 2 inches x 2 inches.

Extreme Fishing with Robson Green

Episode 10 of the latest series (3) of this Chanel Five programme (shown on 6 December 2010) featured Kerala and the Maldives. Kerala Connections was responsible for arranging the accommodation and transfers in Kerala for Robson Green, the production and film crew. In Cochin they stayed at the Tea Bungalow Hotel in Fort Cochin. This hotel had not been open very long at the time of their visit. They really enjoyed their time at this small heritage hotel and Robson said that he would like to return there with his family for a holiday. The houseboats (three houseboats were used) were owned by Lakes and Lagoons. The visit to a resort to participate in Kalaripayattu (which we also organised) was Coconut Lagoon at Kumarakom. It was unfortunate that in Kerala he only “caught tiddlers” but I am pleased to report that there were no complaints about our services and organisation.

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