Monday, August 1, 2016

Kalypso Adventures wins major award

As a Kerala specialist we like to think we can offer our customers anything and everything that is possible in Kerala.  For some customers this may include some ‘adventurous activities’.  In 2000 I attended the very first Kerala Travel Mart and at that show I met Commander Sam T Samuel – recently retired from the Indian Navy (where he was a pilot – landing planes on the backs of aircraft carriers).  Sam, along with his colleague Commander Thomas had the idea of starting up an adventure company in their home state of Kerala.  This was unheard of outside the Himalayas but the Western Ghats are an impressive range of mountains so why not offer trekking, camping and cycling here? 

I immediately took to Commander Sam and felt sure that with his naval background he would look after our guests.  Shortly after that meeting we had a customer wanting some trekking and camping so we arranged it through Sam and his new company called Kalypso Adventures - that was their very first guest.  We have been working with Kalypso ever since. They have expanded and have a tented camp and offer kayaking on the backwaters etc and also activities beyond Kerala. 

We are delighted to report that they have just won the National Tourism Award for the Best Inbound Tour Operator for 2014-15.  When they informed us they thanked us for ‘believing in them’ and ‘supporting them when they most needed it’.  We would like to thank them for providing a service that was not otherwise offered and for looking after our ‘adventurous’ customers so well over the last 16 years. 

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