From the start to finish it was very easy to deal with Iris Holidays. I told George Joseph at Iris Holidays what we wanted and he made a trip for us! It was a very easy way to see this part of India travelling as 2 women on our own. It was our first trip to India, and being met by a driver at the airport and being driven to beautiful places and hotels was amazing! I would really recommend it.
Our driver Ansu was great, he is a very good driver, and we felt very safe. He was very relaxed about start times, which we liked, and let us change the plans where we needed to. He also took us out in the evenings if we wanted. So even though we traveled quite a distance we really felt we had had a holiday and rested. The hotels we went to were lovely, The Dutch Bungalow , Kochin Fort, such a historic building, The Leaf Munnar is very special, lovely staff and scenery. I was travelling with my sister who is Gluten and Dairy free, but each hotel took this very seriously, and often the chef would cook special dishes for her, which was lovely, The Aveda Kumarakom is in a stunning lake side location on the edge of lake Kumarakom, it has a 150 m pool, and the water is a lovely temperature.
We stayed over night on a luxury houseboat, a great experience, but I had read we docked at 5pm and then the evening was long with not much to do, so we asked Ansu to take us out which he did, we then got back at 8.30pm in time for a nice dinner. Our final hotel was the La Plage Marari which is right on the beach, truly amazing! The staff again were so lovely. We had the best time and Ansu was a credit to this amazing company! We will definately use them again. Thanks George Joseph and Ansu.