Woodlands Hotel, Kochi
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saving money Generally, don't go throwing your money about even if yu think it's not much to you. THe tuktuk drivers only expect say 15rupees pertrip (ie few miles) and if they drop you at a shop will earn their own tips from the owners. No need to tip everyone, if you do, spend very little. Meet some locals, they are the best way to find the best food at lowest cost, plus they are really nice.
Spoiled Our Holiday - Grandeur Holidays Be Aware! This is warning for you all. DO NOT use Grandeur Holidays service. I had really rotten experience when I hired their Cab service from Kochi Airport for 5 days trip to Munnar, Thekkady and Alleppy. First the driver was horrible … we asked him to stop the car for lunch but he insisted us to drive till Munnar from Kochi which is 4 hours drive and have lunch there. We wanted to buy nausea tablet from a medicine store as my relative was not feeling well after his rash driving on the hills. We asked the driver to stop over to a medicine shop. He said he will only stop at Munnar … He behaves as if he is giving us a free services. However, we forced him to stop at the medical store and got our medicine. Grandeur tour owner told us that the driver will be our guide as well. But to my experience I had never came across such driver and guide. He started arguing and misguided us in many situations. Instead of having our specific sightseeing points which we got from Kerala Tourism department, he was more willing to show us the points which were not up to the mark and costly too. The driver totally misguided us and due to that we missed the opportunity to see some of the good tourist spot of Kerala. He told us there will a long queue in front of National Park and it will take 2 hours to get the ticket. There was no crowd when we reached there, we got our ticket within few minutes. In another occasion he told us there will be no water in the Periyar Lake . However, the lake was full of water and we had very nice cruise in the lake. He only stops in front of the handicrafts shop where he can manage his commission. This is just few examples … but there are at least 10 such occasions like this. The Grandeur owner didn’t pay the driver for buying any fuel for the car. That’s what he claims and extorts money from us in the gas stations. He threatened us in Alleppy that he will leave us there until we pay him money towards the Parking and food. As per our contract everything was included with the package (Driver Bata + parking + Toll). It’s really a bitter experience we had. Good Bye forever Grandeur Holidays!! You spoiled our whole trip …