As we travel through the stunning coastal and mountainous landscapes of southern India we leave the well-travelled tourist trail and are invited into villages and communities for an amazing insight into rural life.
Starting with Fair Trade Alliance Kerala we visit smallholder farmers in the Western Ghats. In an area under threat from deforestation and the commercial use of natural forests, the farmers of organic coffee and spices see themselves as guardians of one of the most important areas of biodiversity in India. We learn about how the benefits of fair trade help them to adapt their farming practices to protect the forests that they are so passionate about preserving.
Our tour then continues south along Kerala’s coast to the Chinese fishing nets at Kochi and the backwater lagoons before we head back up into the cooler hills. Continuing east we stay with craft workers before heading on to Madurai and its iconic temples in the heart of Tamil Nadu. Our tour ends on the eastern coast of India with visits to Pondicherry and the famous shore temple at Mahabalipuram, a great end to a great tour.
“I liked all the food put in front of me VERY much and ate like a horse the whole holiday! I liked the subtlety of Indian cuisine. I liked Ranjith’s determination that we should experience all the interesting things the area had to offer”
“We had been looking forward to going on a ‘Meet the People’ tour of India for many years. The tour more than lived up to our expectations.”
“We were impressed by the variety of projects we visited and the warmth of the welcome we received. It was good to see at first hand the benefits of fair trade”
1 night on houseboat
2 nights in project-run accommodation
All other accommodation in hotels and guesthouses with en-suite facilities
45% meals provided
2 train journeys (one overnight)
4 long road transfers
4 producer visits including meeting smallholder farmers supplying coconut oil for Traidcraft’s Clean & Fair household range
1 development project visit
6 tourist visits
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