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    Cycling holidays through Kerala, Rajastan and Himalayas


    Trekking Holidays in Kerala and Himalayas


    Kayaking in the backwaters of Kerala and the Periyar River

    Multi Activity

    Cycling, Hiking, kayaking and safaris in India

    Family Holidays

    Fun filled adventure and activity holidays for the whole family

    Birding Tours

    Birding Holidays in Western & North India, Eagle's Nest, Western Ghats & the Andamans


    Glimpses of the amazing wildlife and bio-diversity of India.

    Eco & Culture

    Eco tours and cultural holidays in India

    Youth Travel

    Transforming youth through adventure, social work and conservation

    Special Interest

    Special Interest Tours in India - nature tours, over 50's travel & Photography tours

    Day Breaks

    Day Breaks from popular destinations in Kerala


"I am back in Ireland and thank you for a wonderful last week in Kerala. Let me begin by saying how much Carol and I enjoyed the being in the company of Roger and Joji. Their care and attention to our needs and interests were top class. We have had experience of many guides -- I think Joji was as much a guide as a driver -- and they were among the best, if not the best. They are a great team. They do not have any sense of their own importance which is something that many guides suffer from. Joji is an expert on birds -- but they were generally sufficient for our needs and interests. The best ride I had was the one with Roger on the Sunday. Cycling on the main roads is spoilt by the traffic. Best wishes, Tom Inglis | 10 May 2016

We would like to say how delighted we were of our experience in the hills and of our guide Abid.  He always explained the plan of the day clearly, pointed out interesting features and wild life to us, and adapted to our needs (and shortcomings as we weren't so strong on the physically demanding parts).  Thank you so much for your brilliant organisation.  We also met a World Challenge team, who also thought highly of your team, Thanking you and special thanks to Abid. Liz Huelin and Jim Schwabe | 22 April 2016

" I just like to say how much my family and myself appreciate the care and flexibility of both Brijesh and Shoby who make a great team, personality wise and with their different skills. Our trip was wonderful and without hitch. I personally could switch off "head of holiday" mode and put my faith in these two gentlemen. Brijesh helped with added requests and for personal shopping and was very open in his knowledge of everything in India. They also looked after our health with snacks and plenty of water and was very keen on our personal safety in crowds and on this street. Shoby was so calm in his driving. My little girl felt at ease with both of them and is missing them as they are key characters in our memories of India. Sarah Griffin | 21 April 2016 

" Just a quick e-mail to say thank you for a brilliant adventure in Kerala and in particular, to thank our superb guide Vineet and driver Joji. We really could not fault them, they met our every need and consistently went beyond our expectations. I run expeditions to Uganda and therefore have worked with many tour guides and drivers during my career, Vineet and Joji are definitely up there with the best. Thank you for your work in organising such an enjoyable trip. Lauren Lewis | 09 April 2016 

" Now the dust has settled, I’d like to thank you and your team for organising a wonderful cycle ride in Rajasthan. The whole team really enjoyed the event, and the Kalypso team were excellent throughout. We would highly recommend Kalypso to any other charity bike ride organisers, and would be happy to give you a recommendation on your Facebook page / your website etc. " . Matthew Glover | Sunday, March 6, 2016 

" I wanted to reach out and thank you and your team for an excellent adventure. My husband and I really loved our guide Praveen and driver Das - they were an excellent team who showed us a really fun time. I hope there's a way for us to share more feedback but I did want you to know how great our experience was with these two in particular.  Anna | 22 January 2016   

" My name is Martin Bernhardt. I was recently in South India for family holidays. From Dec. 28th 2015 to Jan. 7th 2016, our trip was organized by Kalypso Adventures, with the discovery of Parambikulam, Munnar, the Backwaters and Kochi.  We want to thank you for the professional organization of this tour. Everything went very well and we could get the best of our time in Kerala. We would like also to express our sincere appreciations to Jeffi, our guide. He is a fantastic person, truly and positively customer oriented, very kind and friendly. Jeffi proposed appropriate activities, understanding the needs and expectations of our family. He found the right arrangements and proposed interesting alternatives, also helped us to understand the complexity and the beauty of your country. He always made his best to make us feel comfortable, with the good mix of adventure and safety. With Jeffi and Kalypso, these holydays were a full success. Kind regards from Switzerland, Martin Bernhardt  |  15 January 2016   

"We had the most brilliant time thanks to both Prakash and Brijesh. Prakash was the calmest driver in the most mad driving conditions that we have ever experienced but he is obviously well used to and was always on had when we needed him to be and how he knows his way around everywhere still baffles us. Brijesh was simply charming adding humour and fun throughout our trip as well a responding so immediately and helpfully to any need we challenged him with - we really do feel we made a friend as well as him being the most perfect escort organising all other guides trips travels etc without any fuss or bother but ensuring we were able to make the most of the trip. Which brings me to the last point which was that the trip, with your help, was everything we wanted and imagined it to be and we sincerely hope to be back in Kerala as soon as we are able. Melinda and Richard Allison | 01 January 2016

" We wanted to write and thank you (and your team) for an amazing cycling adventure. Francis was a fantastic guide - knowledgeable, enthusiastic and great fun to be with. Mathew was a great driver - careful, encouraging and always smiling. They worked really well as a team and we felt they adapted the trip to our needs (which we really appreciated). We loved eating in local places and felt we got to experience the real Kerala. All of the accommodation was great. Our only comment was that the tea plantation should serve local food, rather than attempt to make western cuisine. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday with your company, and would highly recommend you to other tourists. Many thanks again !!! Camilla & Josh | 29 December 2015

" I just wanted to say an enormous thank you to everyone for making this cycling challenge the most successful and memorable ride this charity has ever undertaken. The route, the organisation, accommodation, food and team were perfect." Yvonne Konieczna-Genesis Research Trust - 24 Oct 15 

" I just wanted to say thank you for making our hike a magical experience. Our guide Vipin was fantastic. So helpful, knowledgeable and friendly, happy to do anything to enhance our experience. He deserves a gold medal for his efforts.  Glenn Smith - 20-Aug-15 

“I had such a great trip last year and have told so many people about my adventures that 2 friends have decided to follow my trip and do a few other bits I have done before."  - ELAINE GOLDSMITH - 25-May-15 

" Thank you for the lifelong experience. The itinerary designed by Kalypso Adventures allowed for was well thought out and allowed for a multi-facetted experience. We loved the variety of activities offered on this tour “hiking, kayaking, cycling “ and the introduction it gave us to different aspects of the Keralan landscape and culture. Highlights included seeing wild elephants and gaurs in Periyar NP, hiking up the second highest peak in the Western Ghats, visiting the world’s highest tea estate and gaining some insight into village life.  Our very knowledgeable guide, Vipin, and our skillful and friendly driver, Manuj, ensured that we had a most enjoyable and memorable time in beautiful Kerala." - Jay and Deb - Melbourne Australia - 10-May-15

" I would like to thank you and your team again for making our holiday in Kerala so fantastic!!!! - Angela Hanley-Cook - 09-May-15 

"Myself and my wife joined two other cyclists and we were guided by Ratan and Jeffen.In essence, we had a wonderful time on this holiday.The cycling was well tailored to our abilities and the fact that there was always a back-up vehicle for us was a very important factor in our being able to relax and enjoy each day. It allowed, of course, people of different abilities to enjoy the same route and was a very welcome refuge particularly when the tropical heat got that bit too much for us. We were very pleased with the standard of the bicycles: this made the cycling much easier and the bikes were sturdy and well maintained: a big plus, as we did not know what to expect from the standard. We were more than happy. The accommodations we found varied and delightful: each one had a different strength and character and they were obviously chosen from experience. We were particularly impressed by the way the guides and your office dealt with our holiday very personally. We felt that we were in good hands and that our enjoyment was something that was important to you and you did not cut corners anywhere. We got on well with our guides who were always courteous, good-natured and well informed. Thank you for an enjoyable experience on our first trip to India. " - James (Tony) Maguire - 19-Mar-15 

" It has been one of the best birding holidays I haver ever been on. I'm seriously thinking to come back to India with the same company. I'd like to remark the excellent work of Peter as a guide, he's a fine birding guide and a very concerned tour leader about well-being of the clients. The trip has fulfilled my expectations. It was a trip focused on endemic birds from Western Ghats and I got 17 from a total of 18 possible species. It's a big success. The total list raised to 214 species, a high number to an 8 days trip. " - Luis Mario Arce - 09-Mar-15

I was very, very impressed with Ratan throughout the tour. He is caring, considerate and very efficient, a true professional and a real asset to your company. I have worked as a customer service manager and staff trainer in the banking industry in the UK for over thirty years, and I have rarely met anyone to equal him. I only met Anup for one day, but my impressions of him were just as favourable. Mathew the driver was also excellent in every way. Helpful, informative, safe and very good company.And the efficiency of your whole organisation is superb. I hope to get the opportunity to travel with Kalypso again, and I shall recommend to my friends in the UK that they consider likewise. Thank you so much.Many, many thanks Thomas to you and your great team for a truly memorable trip to India."  David Hughes - 06-Mar-15 

"Thanks for the excellent tour - i enjoyed it very much. Guides & driver are wonderful. " - Urban Fassbind - 25-Feb-15 

"Thank you Archana for organising our holiday in such a short time. Until we were there we didn't realise how much organisation went into organising our tour. So many details! Chacko was cheerful, helpful and thoughtful all the time. Vineeth, as mentioned before, was brilliantly enthusiastic, knowledgable about birds, flexible, always positive and encouraging us. " - Andrew & Joy - 24-Feb-15 

"Thank you for a wonderful trip. The trip was imacculately organised and Vikram was a great guy and knowledgeable guide. Thanks for making it all possible and I hope we will be in touch again in the future." - Stavros Christodoulides - 22-Feb-15 

"Well what can I say – Kalypso are amazing – yet again you really excelled yourself. I really cannot fault your team in anyway – from beginning to end. We have had amazing feedback from all the participants; I will send you some of the emails. I have to say that Vishal did an incredible job in leading the team." - Ann Frampton - 19-Feb-15 

"Just a short note to say we had a fantastic week. Shabeeb was a top guide and good fun. The organisation was brilliant. We also enjoyed Vipin's company and knowledge of the flora and fauna.Our only disappointment was that we only booked one week! It has certainly been our best week in India. We would love to come back to Kerela and do more with Kalypso. We will certainly recommend you to our friends. " - Harry & Gill - 09-Feb-15

" Many thanks for your organisational work on our recent birding trip to Kerala/W Ghats. We could not fault the choice of sites, accommodation and the general travel arrangements, including routes. We loved the Keralan food. A thoroughly enjoyable trip with special thanks to Sathiyan and Sree; both excellent in making sure things went well. Particular thanks to you for ensuring we had a guide of Sathiyan's ability - we bumped into several others and they would simply not have been up to the job. He was excellent company all round and I'm sure helped things go well behind the scenes. Sree was a safe and personable driver - we could not have asked for more of him either. Anyway, thanks again to you and your team."  - David & Vicki Bryant - 02-Feb-15 

"I would love to express our thanks to you and Kalypso for the success of our Six days endemics tour of Kerala. The tour was fantastic. The two places where we stayed were very good (service, food, rooms, etc.). In particular, the setting of the Hornbill Camp is very beautiful, comparable to anything in the world. Mathew, the driver, did a very good job. He was polite, careful, always on time, and cooperated with all our special needs. And Sudeesh's job was outstanding. He is highly professional and passionate about his job. He went really out of his way to find birds for us. And he managed to balance, as I had requested, the diversity and quantity of the birds observed (more than 140) and the time needed by me to get photographs, as good as possible, of the highest number of species (more than eighty lifers photographed, and many more with improved photographs). The fact that we saw and I could photograph five owls and the Sri Lankan Frogmouth (three individuals of this species) is just one sample of a job very well done.The Kalypso tour was a very important part of this unforgettable first trip to India."  - Francisco and Claudia Piedrahita - 30-Jan-15

 "I would like to let you know that our trek was great, Kalypso's organisation excellent and our guide couldn't have been better. He was a young guy of 22 called Anoop who knew loads about the local flora and fauna and was generally very well informed, on top of which had a great sense of humour. We also had a tracker with us all the time."  - Harriet - 08-Jan-15 

" Thank you very much for: very good idea of the trip, excellent organization, and very helpful and qualified guide- Peter. We had an opportunity to discover South Indian people, nature, animals, and of course fantasctic Indian cuisine. We are sure it is not our last trip with Kalypso Adventures! Regards, and best wishes from our party."  Piotr Jedrzejczak- 06-Jan-15 

"I like to thank you once more for our fantastic trip. Everyone was impressed of the beauty of the South, the fantastic guiding and the mostly fantastic resorts/hotels." - Henk Klein Teeselink - 23-Dec-14

Just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you, Sam, and your whole excellent organisation for the superb arrangements for our recent Thompson trip. Everything was beautifully sorted out - the hotels, travel, and trekking were great. But the very best part of all the experiences came from your staff. Rathan and his companion were not just excellent guides, but they were mines of information, amusement, and charm. I managed to damage a rucksack in Munnar - Rathan took it away, had it repaired , and returned it in less than an hour. Your people, including the drivers, made the whole thing a genuinely memorable event". - Tim Cummins - 03-Dec-14 

"We had an excellent tour with Jijo.Highly recommended!!172 lifers for me.Jijo is a great guide and person. " - Jean Jacques Gozard - 01-Dec-14 

"Thank You for a truly world class trip to Kerala. In particular I wanted to bring to Your attention the Tremendous Performance of Your  team. They worked tirelessly to manage all issues of the trip, making sure everything went smoothly and to resolve even the smallest issue. Not easy with such a large group. The guys peppered him with endless questions which with he always answered in earnest, and with a smile. His selection of the final route, his marking, and the lunch set-up with Tents was picture perfect Every day. I think I speak from all of the guys on this year's trip when I say we will be back to Kerala, and we will be looking forward to seeing you! Thank You for an Excellent Trip."  - Mark Dolan - 01-Dec-14

 "Firstly, please can I congratulate Kalypso on the way we were treated whilst in Kerala. Secondly and the main reason for contacting you is to thank you for the way we were treated by Joji during our travels. He was a pleasure to be with for that period. Nothing ever seemed to be too much for him and he went out of his way to make sure that we had everything we needed. Although this was not primarily a birding tour Joji was able to show me many birds that I would not have found myself. Could you please pass on our thanks to Joji for a wonderful holiday which is unlikely to be forgotten. Joji is a credit to your organisation and I am sure he will continue to be so." - Bob and Sally Philpott - 29-Nov-14 

I mostly wanted to write to say what a positive experience it was and how good I felt about your organization. It seemed so organized and I always felt in good hands. I was aware that you were checking in at times so I knew you were watching out for us! Even if that weren't the case I felt in good hands with Shabeeb and Peter. I really appreciated Shabeeb's way. I was so struck by his warmth, energy, positive attitude, and skills. He was particularly good at both guiding us and providing options for us, but also sensing what we would like and flexing with us when we got pulled by certain things that he might not have expected. I was so glad you chose him as our guide. If I get to return with my husband I would definitely request him. I also appreciated his good English and that gave us the opportunity to have some really nice conversations. I would definitely give him an "A+" . We did not spend as much time with Peter, but in the capacity we did it was very positive. He was a very competent driver and very kind. I have been going through the many photos and was so pleased that he took videos of us which were a fun surprise. " - Mary Brevda - 18-Nov-14 

‘The trek was organized by 'Kalypso' they are the most professional and organized company I have worked with through World Challenge, the food was fantastic, as was the standard of the campsites. The staffs were excellent and all spoke very good English, which allowed for a good rapport to develop between the challengers and the trek staff.' - Wykeham Collegiate - 30-Oct-14 

‘Kalypso provided an impressive and professional service throughout. Kalypso catered for their needs well. I would not hesitate to recommend the company to others.' - Cranford House - 30-Oct-14

"I just wanted to say how much we all enjoyed our 5 days on the Munnar and Gavi tour. We had Francis as a guide who was incredibly helpful and such a nice person as well, we had lots of fun. We will definitely recommend Kalypso to friends and family, and hopefully return to India for another tour at some point. " - Isabelle - 20-Oct-14 

"I would like to thank you very much for the fantastic experience that we all enjoyed in the family tour of Kerala. This was the holiday of a lifetime that we will hold dear in our memories. I would like to thank you for your expertise and professionalism in supporting us in the organisation of the tour. You made the process of navigating the steps of arriving in Kerala seamless and straight forward. This was an unprecedented journey for us, not without anxiety, and the concise, exact and careful guidance you gave us was invaluable. The quality and variety of the experiences in your itinerary were hugely enjoyable, informative and unforgettable. We really felt that we had immersed ourselves in the beauty and culture of Kerala. The quality of the accommodation organised was luxurious and exciting and staff were consistently kind, friendly and informative. ."Hugh Garling – Aug 2014

 "I'm just writing to thanks you so much for organising our recent western Ghats birding tour. The organisation and running of the tour was faultless. The guide is an excellent guide with very keen eyes and ears and his enthusiasm is infective. He always ensured we managed the best possible views. Das, our driver was also a perfect companion for the trip. His driving was safe and he could never do enough to help during our walks. He was always insistent on carrying my tripod and helping Julia and I over rough ground. A final thank you to Mr Thomas who went out of his way to ensure the location and delivery of our missing . The standard of accommodation was lovely and the food excellent throughout." - Mike Haley/ Julia Kaminski, Mar 2014

Our birding tour was wonderful! Peter was an excellent guide & driver. He knew his birds & was perhaps too solicitous of our comfort & welfare. When Peter found out that we were about to celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary he delivered wine, flowers and a cake to our room at the Hotel and surprised us later with personalized coffee mugs from him and Kalypso! We are not accustomed to being treated as royalty. Thanks! " – Helmut Mueller Feb 2014

 " I just wanted to thank you and your team for a fantastic trip. We had a great time and were incredibly well looked after by Ratan and Mathew who were highly professional and also a lot of fun - they even managed to laugh at our humour! We hope to be able to return to India in the future if we do we will certainly be in touch to arrange our next Indian adventure! " -Kate Woodward, Feb 2014

"we wanted to let you know how pleased we we with everything you organised for our holiday. It has been excellent. I would also like to pass on feedback about Shabeeb who was our cycling guide and looked after us for our first week. He was perfect. He very gently guided, helped, directed or whatever else was needed. He was also a magician with the bicycles, managing to repair anything we managed to break. He also organised everything in the background so that we never felt hurried and meals, rooms, transport, snacks, water etc just happened. He also managed to work well with our diverse group with a 10 year old girl, two young men and 3 not quite as young people. Our sincere thanks to all of you. " Dawn Williamson  - Jan 2013

Just wanted to tell you that we had a wonderful trip which fulfilled our fantasies. The trip was well organized and just as advertised. It was a present from me to my husband. Francis is an excellent guide: well-organised, knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and cheerful. Sreekant is an excellent driver, safety-conscious and very pleasant. He patiently waited for me at the bottom of big hills and put me back on the road at the top. I just can't say enough good about these two young men. " -Ann Reid Mar 2013

I can honestly say they were the best two run events we have had since I have been running AFC for 14 years now. Sam is an excellent ground handler and should be used as the bench mark for all events! He just went that extra mile on everything. I just wanted to say a BIG AND HUGE thank you for two wonderful events - I cannot thank you enough - you truly are a great leader and organiser. We have had outstanding feedback and I can honestly say you are the best ground handler I have worked with over 14 years! I am sorry not to be on the third event but really do need to be back in the UK as we have lots going on here. " Ann Frampton, Action for Charity – (November 2012)

.....I just wanted to email and let you know how impressive I thought Kalypso was in their organisation of our trip from Agra to Jaipur. You sent a very impressive team who looked after us beautifully. We all had a marvellous time and I thank you for this.... Belinda Chambers – (November 2012)

..... Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you for delivering a superb event. I’ll feedback more constructively over the next week or two as we get feedback in from pax, but all in all it was a very impressive operation brought to fruition by your excellent team who are unfailingly professional, well organised and great fun to work with. " Tariq El Kashik, Action Challenge. (December 2012)

 "Our trip was great and Kalypso fully lived up to its reputation as the premier birding and nature tour organizer in southern India. First, Thomas at headquarters was very responsive to our inquiries, setting forth an excellent schedule and hotel choices, and working with us on changes to accommodate our particular tastes. Second, the logistics were flawless, the car was great, and our driver Deepu and guide Satyan were cheerful, attentive and professional. Third, the birds were great (we saw virtually every endemic) and we were privileged to have Satyan as our guide with his extensive knowledge of natural history, including birds, butterflies, mammals and more. We would highly recommend Kalypso to others." Byron Swift (29 Mar 2011), President, Nature and Culture International, 2806 P Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

 "Just a quick one to say thanks for organizing a great trip for us. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Everybody we met along the way were fantastic, especially Vip, who did everything brilliantly, please say thanks again to him for us. Sammy, who was always happy,friendly, and a good, safe driver. Finally a big thank you to Dus, who worked like a trooper in the short space of time we were with him. Once again, many thanks, and if I can, I will certainly recommend your company to anyone thinking of a trip to Kerala."  Kevin Culling (March 2011)

 "...We would like to thank you for the great cycling trip we did in Kerala. We really liked the fact that we had the feeling to discover the “real” South India through the cycling and not to be in overcrowded touristic resorts. It was very well organized – we had nothing to care about and could properly relax - but flexible at the same time. Last but not least, Francis and Joji were excellent guides and very helpful at all time. Joji impressed us with his smooth driving style and explained a few basics of his religion in a Hindu temple. A great thanks as well to Francis for his unbreakable flexibility and friendship! Again thanks for all the good time we had in India!..." -Soleyne & Greg Poillion, France (Oct 09)

 "......We had a wonderful trip to India, in no small measure as a result of your efforts, and we are very grateful to you for that. We managed to see 360 species of birds and several tigers in close-up, for which the credit must go to Jijo and Shayam. Naz was a splendid driver, and our thanks go to all of them too. Once again, our sincere thanks for making our time in India so memorable, and we hope that we may be able to meet you, Jijo, Naz and Shayam again some time. Our regards to all......."  -Mary & Andy Ferguson, UK (May 09)

 "...we are back in home now. We want to let you know, that we really enjoyed our trip. I added 42 new birds to my India list. We were very impressed by the skills of Peter. We particularly liked the stay in hornbill camp and the birding in the sanctuary. We will certainly consider to contact you again for a birding tour in Karnataka and TN. ...." -Maarten Bosman, Holland (March 09)                                        

 "....Back to the States now, Chris and I feel like we have had the best two weeks in decades. The whole trip was most satisfactory, from planning to end. Francis and the driver were top class, all of the accommodations were as expected or better, bikes were well maintained, and the food was beyond belief....." -Steven Hightower, USA (February 2009)

"...Just a line to say how much we enjoyed the birding trip with Peter.We were very impressed with the whole organization and Peter was fantastic- nothing was too much trouble and he knew just where to go and was a great birder. It was the trip of a lifetime and we've got some fantastic memories! Very many thanks....." 
-John and Aline Roberts, UK (January 2009)

Best wishes to you and your organization.We hope we might be able to travel with you again some time"...We want to thank you and your staff for another very successful holiday in Kerala, we have had a wonderful time and have been very well looked after. The accommodation was varied in style, we enjoyed it all and would recommend all the places to our friends. We really feel that we have experienced "real" Kerala, cycling through villages and seeing life at close hand has been a privilege. Our guide Jerry and driver Uni were faultless, please thank them again and send them our best wishes..."  
-Helen and James Hewlett, UK (November 2008)

 “…We have just back from your 3 day walking tour in Munnar and wanted to let you know how much we loved it. We couldn't believe how many different types of landscape we walked through and how completely and utterly pretty it was. Francis was fantastic, as were the rest of your staff, and the campsites were amazing. We'll be back for sure and recommending you too all our friends…” -Harriet Parsons, Senior Landscape Architect , Dubai (October 2008)

"...We had a wonderful holiday. The boys were great guides, the food was fantastic and everyone was so hospitable. We hope to get back again in the near future. .." 
-Lyn Stoltze and Tony Whittaker, Australia (September 2008)

 "...Our plan was to experience the cultural side of Kerala, which over our six stop over’s we definitely saw all there was to be seen, staying with families and learning about their lifestyle and traditions. The accommodation was luxurious and fantastic. Also for the whole two weeks wherever we went, we were superbly looked after by your staff. The only problem during the trip was the food – it was so good we all put on too much weight! We will definitely recommend your company to our friends and wish you success for the future...."  -Jeff & Janet Fine, Michael & Iris Friedler, Rob & Jenny Nathan & Clare Kirby (March 2008)

 ”…Our tour of South India went exceptionally well, everything worked perfectly and we were impressed with the professionalism of Kalypso Adventures and their representative Francis (who looked after us perfectly). Sathyan is a most experienced birder who found us 240 species including many endemics and he is also a pleasant and caring person. Our driver Sivadas was wonderful, handling the coach with great skill on all the Ghat roads. All in all a great team. Without exception - all of our 12-strong group were very happy with the tour and the organisation. we can certainly say we were impressed with everything and especially Kalypso's own personnel - were superb. We would recommend the tour to anyone. Full marks to them!...”  -Tony & Gerda Scott, SOC Birding, March 2008.

"...Colin and I would like to thank you for a most wonderful holiday birdwatching. We found from the start that everything ran like clockwork. The car was most comfortable and the accommodation good value for money. Our bird guide, Jijo, was a real gem, extremely knowledgeable and always good company, I cannot recommend him highly enough. Our driver, Anwar, was unfailingly courteous and, importantly, a good driver! Thank you for all the attention to detail and so much that we really enjoyed. We have been recommending Kalypso to our friends..." 
-Colin and Usha Hull, UK (22 Jan 2008)

"....I wanted to write to you to put on record our appreciation for your organisational planning , personal attention and the hospitality you and all your family gave to us on our recent holiday. I am so pleased we booked through your company and we will not hesitate to recommend your company and you in particular to many of our friends who are keen to visit the Kerala area. You made us feel like very special friends, not clients, the hotels you booked on our behalf were excellent. Everything went smoothly and your changes and suggestions made the whole trip run smoothly. We all feel we have made good friends in you lovely country and for sure we will return..." Stephen and Allison Glazer (09 Jan 2008)

"...Sue and I would like to thank you and your staff for executing a very memorable and interesting holiday for us. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in India and learnt a great deal about the Kerala area, it's people and the spices and tea growing. All of the accommodation provided was excellent quality and the rooms were all very clean and well furnished. The hospitality each night was outstanding and we really enjoyed trying the Kerala cuisine. In all, the holiday was a perfectly put together package. It enabled us to see the best of Kerala and its culture. Just what we wanted. Thank you very, very much. .."  Glyn Clark, UK (20 Nov 2007)

“….We can’t thank you enough for the wonderful arrangements you made for us for our recent tip. The trip went of without a hitch – the itinerary was great, the accommodations were very good but what was especially wonderful was our guide Satyan – outstanding in his capabilities and a joy to travel with. We felt that we not only saw more wildlife than we expected but a new view into the culture and customs of India. We certainly will recommend Kalypso Adventures to our friends and you may certainly use our names as references….”  Bill & Penny Mulligan, Nov 2007

"...I wanted to say that our trip was so utterly amazing .But Jerry and Shiju were just awesome and made our stay in Kerala so memorable. I’m convinced I should never do a vacation that doesn’t include cycling around a new country. It’s a wonderful way to see the area. Your staff in all the camps were fantastic, and we loved our homestays. Thanks again for your incredible kindness, professionalism, friendliness and overall excellence of service. Kalypso Adventures really made our vacation one to remember. .."  Melissa Clough, Director of Special Events, 'Dress for Success Worldwide' (12 Oct '07)

"...Our trip to Tamilnadu and Kerala was perfectly organised by Kalypso Adventures. I strongly recommend them to travellers to India..."  
Dr Paolo Magrassi, MD, Naples, Italy (7 Sep '07) 

"...Our holiday mountain biking in Kerala was great. Weeks afterwards we are still commenting on what a wonderful time it was. A great experience. It was excellent and we felt we were treated like royalty. We have no hesitation in recommending Kalypso Adventures and the holiday in general.."  Alick Fraser, UK

".....Thank you for bringing such wonder to my life. was not just an adventure it was a life altering experience " William Rudolph, US (Kayaking Tour, February 2007)

“..Just a brief mail to report at fantastic trip around Southern India in January-February: I guess you have heard from both Gorgi and Satyan that the trip was very, very successful - from start to the very end. All in all it was a pleasure working with you all. This is also obvious from reading my trip-report and I will strongly give my recommendations to others to use Kalypso Adventures..”  
Uffe Gjøl Sørensen, Environmental Adviser, Biologist, DENMARK


"...Thank you so much again for organising such a fantastic holiday - everything was so well planned and Shabeeb and Dhas were superb. We had wonderful cycling and wonderful experiences thanks to Shabeeb and Dhas. Although everywhere was great, our favourite places were the Tea Bungalow and the Kalypso hill top camp. I will recommend this trip to friends." Ann Mazzucco, HOLMAN FENWICK & WILLAN LEGAL CONSULTANTS, Dubai, UAE

“…We're back home. Overall our holiday was great. Thanks again for how responsive and helpful you were with all of our arrangements and reservations….”  
Jennifer Widom, USA


"..We are back in Japan and settling back into routine after a wonderful trip in India. We would just like to say how well we feel the trip was organised and what a great time we had. It was nice to have the opportunity to meet you & the Kalypso Adventures team.."  Natasha and Masayoshi Furuichi, Japan


"...This is just a quick email to say a big thank you to you and your team at Kalypso. We had an absolutely fantastic visit and our various trekking excursions organised through Kalypso were sensational. I found the level of organisation to be extremely professional; our various drivers and chaperones were punctual, polite and able to provide us with any information we required. Our trekking guide in Periyar, Biju (apologies for any incorrect spelling) and in Munnar, Beno (again, apologies for misspelling) deserve particular praise as they were funny, extremely personable, superbly knowledgeable and made every effort to ensure that our time with them was as enjoyable as possible. I am sure that you are extremely proud of your staff Mr. Zak, and rightly so; I look forward to recommending your services to my friends in the future, should they travel to Kerala. Many thanks again... " Alan R.A. Merson, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP,London


"...For any of you ever considering travelling to southern India (Kerala in particular), we want all of you to know how happy we were with the adventure company we used for our kayaking/houseboat portion and for the driver/car we had while there. They were wonderful and come highly, highly recommended. Those of you out there too who are into birding should not miss that part of the world. Kalypso Adventure's website is: and you will notice that Chris and I and our kayaks are in quite a few of their website pictures (thanks Commanders Sam and Thomas).  Chris & Beth Wallace,


"...Fantastic holiday. Everything ran like clockwork. Trek was amazing. Commander Thomas and Commander Sam were exceptionally hospitable and treated us like honored guests. We can't wait to go back again. You are the most helpful and informed travel company I have ever dealt with - nothing was too much trouble. I can't praise you enough..." Dr Julia Barr (UK)

 "...Now that we have got back to the UK and slowly started to get ourselves sorted out, I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you once again for the kind hospitality you showed Elaine , the girls & I when we visited you during our recent trip to Kerala. The whole trek was a wonderful experience with the added bonus of seeing so much wildlife. We have many photographs to remind us of the fabulous time we had. Please also thank the guides, who were both terrific, very professional and great company. I would have no hesitation in recommending them and your company to friends and colleagues who want to have an adventurous time in Kerala. I wish you and Kalypso Adventures every success for the future and hope that our paths cross again...." Gordon, Elaine and the girls from St.Margaret's School, Exeter

 "....This is just to say thank you for organising such a tremendous holiday for Gloria and myself. We greatly appreciated your efforts and had an unforgettable experience at both the 'Kalypso Camp' and Gavi. The sites, food, very obliging staff, and wildlife were all superb. Wish we could have stayed a great deal longer!..."  Allan and Gloria Brandon, UK

 “…. each place we stayed at was very different but very beautiful.. We would definitely like to go back. We thought the tour was excellent value for money and probably would have cost considerably more had we booked it in the UK with another company. We have already recommended Kerala and your tour company to our friends and would ourselves like to go back to Kerala in the future and would have no hesitation in using your company again. We thought the part of India we visited was a very beautiful and interesting region and would definitely like to go back. All the people we met were very friendly and helpful. Thanks for a great trip….”  Lee and Nicky (UK)

 This mail is to acknowledge and appreciate the fantastic, adventurous and well planned trekking, you have arranged for us. It was with utter professionalism, energy and information. The accommodation as well as the food served were simply amazing. Please pass on our BIG THANKS again to all of them, who made our three days trekking a great experience. Hope to catch you again in the future some time. .."  Ramananda Vodil, Chennai 

"....It was a pleasure to meet you in Munnar in Dec. Both I and Joelle enjoyed your warm hospitality and the excellent arrangements for the trek...." Gunther Hertz (Germany)

 "....We have now returned to Dubai after having a lovely holiday in Kerala. You might remember that we booked the 3 day trek, 2 nights camping with you at Periyar Tiger Reserve at the beginning of April. I would just like you to know how much we appreciated Binu (is that how you say it?) the guide. He was extremely attentive, helpful and courteous at all times. You are very lucky to have him under your employment. Meesupulimana was fantastic and we got lucky at last because we saw 2 herds of wild elephants..." Jon & Helen Rodd (USA)

 "....We just thought we'd email you a quick note to say how much we enjoyed the trekking tours in Kerala. It's a fascinating place and very beautiful. So we had a great time...." Nancy Reeve



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