The team at Iris went out of their way - all the way - to make us feel welcome and create a smooth and fascinating experience. Bravo to our driver Binu - always calm, punctual and able to solve all of our minor and major glitches. A real highlight was the four hour 'Shades of Kochi' walking tour organized by Jijo and Alex. The pace and closeness allowed us to connect with the community at a very intimate level - everything from a Hindu acceptance ceremony for a young man - to renovations of a royal palace - to a deep discussion at one of India's oldest Christian churches .
Out and about in Kerala we interacted with so many smiling and friendly people, ate so many wonderful foods, rafted in a tiger park, trekked through tea fields, piloted our houseboat, took a Kerala style cooking class, were blown away with an amazing Kathakali and a martial arts show, learned all about tea at one of the few remaining traditional tea factories and much, much more.
To top it all off we made a special visit to the Iris offices and the team had baked us a cake - so lovely - Namaste and നന്ദി Iris