Booked with Tender Greens, wanted a flexible schedule with driver and car. I wanted to go to the agricultural area of Kerala. Lovely area, with lots to see, went to coffe plantations, cardamom experimental station, spice garden. Stayed at the Taj Malabar, good hotel, a bit out of the way, explored Fort Cochi by foot after taking bthe ferry for 2 Rupees!, then drove up to Thekkady to the Spice Village Hotel, nice bungalos, clean and good food. Driver took me, by request to see the Cardamom Auction. Next day visited the Cardamom Experimental Station and Coffee Estates onf the way to Munnar. Stopped many times to see coffee and cardamom. Tremendous bird popilation, a bird watchers paradise. Driver knew the area and the roads. Do not try and driven yourself, At Munnar I stayed ar the Windemere Estate, a working plantation with lovely rooms, just SUPER. For me the trip could not have been better. I will book with Tender greens again.
- Carl Nottebohm