Client Testimonial: Splendors in South India!

Allison Sodha

I recently received a testimonial from Marilyn Fisher, who traveled to India with her family in December. Their itinerary included North and South India: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Cochin, Alleppey, and Mararikulam.

We really enjoyed our trip. You spent lots of extra time fine-tuning the plans based on our wishes and we appreciated the time and care. I especially enjoyed the cooking demonstration in Jaipur. The manager was charming and he took the time to join me for a cup of chai tea after the demonstration. I think our favorite portion of the trip was southern India. Staying in the historic district in Cochin was a wise move, walking around in the evening and early morning was a great treat. We all enjoyed seeing the old synagogue. In Jewtown we walked into a warehouse/trading room with huge piles of dried ginger in 42 different grades. The smell lingered on us for hours. I think our favorite part of the trip was the houseboat stay. It was fun to sightsee from the boat and I asked the cook and his assistant to let me watch them cook most of the meals. I made notes and once I am willing to look a coconut in the eye again I plan to make the pineapple curry we had, it was a great combination of sweet and spicy. In Alleppey I bought lots of whole spices from a vendor in the street market. I wish we had had the time to go up into the mountains to see the tea and spices growing but I know it would have been too much travel for the number of days we had in the area. The beach on the Arabian Sea was almost deserted except for the fishermen. One night we walked 5 minutes down the road for a cooking demonstration and dinner at the fancier beach resort next door. The front desk at our resort told us we could not go just for dinner but your local contact called and arranged it for us. One night we took a taxi into Alleppey for dinner at a heritage hotel on the beach. It was a lovely hotel and dinner was very good but our beach seemed much quieter and more pleasant. I was surprised by how much we enjoyed Mumbai, I’m sorry we didn’t have more time there. I had expected it to be too crowded to be enjoyable but it would have been fun to spend more time in the historic district. Maybe next time...

Thank you, Marilyn, and we look forward to coordinating the details of your next Indian experience! We always appreciate client feedback:

Topics: India, Mumbai, Kerala, Testimonials

Allison Sodha

Written by Allison Sodha

As the President of Sodha Travel and author of Go! Girl Guides India, Allison has spent almost two decades exploring South Asia. She has a passion for creating experiences fueled by a deeper understanding of local communities.