Robert S.United States
While the tour was expensive it was excellent. Very informative. We really got to see Cochin. Had a great time.
Backwater Cruise: This was our second tour with Lijo, completely different from the first and a great success again. He seems to know every bird, flower, plant, animal, about navigational currents. He is sensitive to client needs, ensuring that dietary restrictions were considered. He offered a short trip to a site along the route which was interesting and offered a change. He pointed out activities along the shore. He is passionate about his work. Great guide!
Jewish Heritage Tour: Lijo is a 5 plus. Started late due to unforeseen circumstances however Lijo made sure we saw everything and then some. He is so knowledgeable, so pleasant, we felt very lucky to have him as our guide. We asked many questions, he knew the answers. He seems to have a great way of relating to his clients, understands timing and needs and desires. Highly recommend him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ma'am, you people are Georges
Gillian YoungUnited Kingdom
Nice place to go but it was not what we booked which was disappointing. Our guide who was not Lijo but he was fine. We did not get a houseboat.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Really wonder when I see your feedback here, You are aware of strike on that day and no other boats were running rather than us, You have private boat
Carol ZinkUnited States
This was an excellent tour. Lijo is very knowledgeable about the past and present of Cochin, and he took us to many interesting sights in a very comfortable, air-conditioned van. He cheerfully answered our many questions, and made sure we were comfortable. Of note, he took us to a women's collective shop, where we bought good quality, reasonably priced souvenirs. We also visited a Jewish temple and he knew the whole history of Jews in Cochin. We learned a lot! Book Lijo!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ma’am
Rhonda SugarmanUnited States
What a wonderful tour. Lijo was wonderful. He knew more about the Jewish Heritage of Cochin than I thought was possible. He took us all around Cochin and was pleasant and fun to be with. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone!!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ma’am
Really excellent guide and driver. Great tour and experience. Highly recommended. Cochin is beautiful, and we loved the Fort area we visited. Will definitely return for a longer visit
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you sir
Christine AdlerUnited States
Not your tipical tour here in Cochin. It was so much more.
Bebe HalimiUnited States
Lijo was fantastic, helpful, knowledgeable, and flexible with our itinerary. His driver was very kind and accommodating.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ma'am and really enjoy the time with you
Fabulous tour by an even more fabulous guide. Lijo is a professional from A to Z. He was well-informed, energic, flexible and helpful. We had a lovely day with him and felt we had a sound understanding of both Cochine, in general, and its Jewish heritage, in particular. An amazing place! We highly, highly recommend Lijo.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow , What a lovely feedback ma'am Love you both
Denise SelatiUnited States
A wonderful experience---Jo is very knowledgable and made our day very interesting
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ma'am I really enjoy the day with you as a memorable day in my life
Scott NixonUnited States
Lijo did a great job for us. He met us promptly when we disembarked and put us in a very clean van with great AC. The driver was very attentive and knew how to negotiate the roads of Cochin. Lijo was very informative and did not intrude or force himself into discussions when we were having discussions among the group. He took us to places where we could see the local culture in action. We all highly recommend him. So much better than an excursion with the cruise line! And cheaper!
Michael KreisbergUnited States
LiJo was very knowledgeable and showed us some very interesting sites. We had a Wonderful day and we recommend him Highly. Michael and Adriane Kreisberg
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you sir & ma'am , Really miss you guys
Karl ShallenbergerUnited States
Lijo met us at the ship, took us to all the sights worth seeing, while avoiding the obvious tourist traps. We were very satisfied with his tour.
Paul AustinUnited States
Lijo was wonderful, he is very knowledgeable and showed us all of the interesting sites. He met us on time with an air conditioned car with a driver. We had a wonderful lunch at a seafood Restaurent. On the water. I highly recommend this tour and Lijo..
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you sir for your kind mail See you again in this wonderful place in the world
Kathy ScottUnited Kingdom
George OverendUnited States
Lijo is an excellent guide. I would use him again without hesitation and recommend him to others with the highest compliments!
Roberta SloanUnited States
This tour made Cochin a very special place for us. Our tour guide, Lijo, was excellent. His knowledge of Judaism in India was particularly impressive. He is well spoken and extremely personable. My husband and I will look back at this tour as a highlight of our trip. We enjoyed the entire day and encourage others to have the experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you maam, I really enjoyed your company ...miss you both
Sondra EttlingerUnited States
Lijo is an excellent guide and he fulfilled all of our excursion wants and needs. We especially enjoyed the Elephant festival and he took us there when it was not too crowded. I gave a 4 * instead of a 5 * rating because he was constantly on his cell phone during our tour making business arrangements that had nothing to do with our tour. It was annoying, and took away from his full attention for our group.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Yes I know this was terrible of me to use my phone, there was a particular case that day that needed attention but I will not do that again in the future.
Leslie NathanUnited States
We cannot praise Lijo enough! He was thoroughly knowledgable and professional! 5 stars all the way! The place he chose for lunch was incredible-a gem in the middle of the backwaters of Cochin!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ma'am for your great review, I really enjoyed your company too
Francisco GomesUnited States
Lijo was an outstanding guide- he showed tremendous pride and knowledge of his city and the state of Kerala. I was very impressed with his professionalism and dedication to his job. He made my trip to Kochi worthwhile and enjoyable and I'm sure I will come back with my family in the near future since there is yet so much to see in this town once the pride of my ancestors, Francisco B Gomes MD, Florida USA
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you sir
Jill BauerFernandina Beach, FL, United States
The Cochin tour consisted mainly of a drive from the cruise ship to the lake for a relaxing houseboat tour with a delicious lunch. There were a few churches, temples and markets along the way, but being Sunday, not everything was open. The guide was very informative and helpful. As this was the first time I visited India, this was a wonderful introduction to the country.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ma'am for the kind review
What a wonderful day! Lijo provided an interesting and comfortable day in beautiful Cochin. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the local life.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi ma'am, Thank you for your kind review Sincerely Lijo
Hank Greenbergwellington, FLORIDA, United States
He arrived late. We told him that we wanted to go to the Paradesi Synogogue and Jew Street in Jew Town. The 4 of us felt that he did not want to take us there although it was part of our itinerary. He insisted that we go to a Hindu Temple where there was an elephant festival. We went to the temple and instead of having lunch at a private home, he took us to a restaurant of a friend on the beach. We did not get what we paid for. I would not recommend him to my friends.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We’ve discussed this situation at length with both the guide and Mr. Greenberg. We’ve issued an appropriate compensation for Mr Greenberg's dissatisfaction.
John BomanUnited States
This was one of 3 tours we booked through Tours by Locals on our 41 day cruise from Singapore to Venice. This was the best. Lijo is a nice person, and a very good guide. We especially enjoyed the backwater boat ride. We had a very good lunch at an attractive small waterfront seafood restaurant.
Amy PaulUnited States
Lovely ,informative gentlmen
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ma'am for your lovable comments
Amy PaulUnited States
Lovely young man. Very knowledgable
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ma'am for your lovely words
Leon KennedyUnited Kingdom
I would like to thank you and the driver for the fabulous Jewish Tour Of Cochin which both Judi and I will never forget.The Jewish personalities that you introduced us to who you knew personally so well as well as the visits to the synagogues were amazing. The visit to the synagogue and Jewish Cemetery in Jew Town was very nostalgic as well as our long walk down Jew Street which was about 20 minutes away from Jew Town. I would have no hesitation in recommending your tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Madam, thank you for the great feedback. I am so passionate about sharing my love of kochi and her secrets. You both were great company and we all had fun that day.
Our tour with Lijo was a wunderful experience. Besides discovering Kerala's backwater, we got the unique chance to join a Hindu festival and other religious spots. Jo is very friendly & open-minded guide with a very good historic background and knowledge. He offered us an individual sightseeing tour without being typical touristy. Although we only had one day to visit this part of India, we were deeply impressed by this country, its people, different religions & excellent food. A tour with Jo is a must.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hi,I read your comments again and again.Thank you so much.I hope all is well.
Gayle RosenbaumUnited States
We were picked up at our cruise ship by our guide Lijo and, along with a professional driver, spent the day touring not only the old synagogues of Cochin, but went to a local festival, took a boat ride on the backwaters, took the ferry, had a great lunch, saw a local weaving mill and spent a lovely day touring around.. I'd recommend this trip to anybody wanting to experience Cochin at it's finest. And, thanks Lijo for the adorable elephant - ...
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the review. It was a pleasure showing you and your family around.
The tour guide Lijo and Sunil were friendly without being intrusive. they were courteous and took good care of us. They had the knowledge and the communication skills and were full of information. We will go back again with the same team.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much! Loved your company and glad you enjoyed the day.
Robert PetersonLas Vegas, United States
First Class in every respect
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you sir, i have no words to express my happiness and feelings towards your review, Conway my regards to all from my bottom of heart.