Tuesday, February 28, 2012

General Strike

Today - 28 February - there is a general strike in India.  We do not know how this will affect our customers who are currently travelling with us - but rest assured that we and our local agent will do everything we can to reduce the complications.  Yesterday we were working to alleviate issues which meant some customer were not able to board their houseboats as planned and others had to face some very early starts.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sunday Telegraph article on Kerala

On 12 February the Sunday Telegraph had an article on Kerala – top tips, recommendations and traveller advice from readers. We were very pleased to see that almost all the properties and activities that were featured are offered by us. We were pleased to see Old Harbour and Brunton Boatyard in Cochin and Vivanta by Taj in Kovalam as these are some of our customers’ favourite hotels. We were also delighted to see some of our most popular homestays and guesthouses including Olive Brook, Vanilla County and Kalaketty Estate.

The backwaters and houseboats were of course featured but we would disagree with the one contributor that stated that ‘one night is enough’. That may be the case for some people but most of our customers prefer longer as one night only gives an afternoon of cruising and a very short circular route. A two or three night cruise allows you to get away from the main cruising channels, which these days can be very busy with other houseboats.

One writer commented that you no longer had to fly from Heathrow - and it was good to be able to fly from Manchester to Trivandrum via Dubai. Yes – Emirates operate from many of the UK’s regional airports including Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle. They also fly into all three of Kerala’s airports – not only Trivandrum but Cochin and Calicut too. Qatar Airways also fly from Manchester. So if Heathrow is not convenient there is no need to fly from there - we have been offering our customers flights from the regional airports for many years.

Below is a link to the article:


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Border now Open

We are pleased to report that things now seem to be back to normal on the border.  Our customers (along with everyone else) is crossing in both directions without complications. 

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