Victoria-based adventure company honoured by National Geographic for Indian tour

Published: April 14, 2014

File photo: A water taxi passes a houseboat on the serene backwaters of the southern state of Kerala. Wendy Rockburn/Ottawa Citizen

TIMES COLONIST

Victoria-based adventure company Hidden Places has been honoured again by National Geographic Traveler magazine, which chose the tour operator’s Kerala: Kayaking, Culture and Cuisine trip as one of the publication’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime.

The news came just as Dag Goering and Maria Coffey, co-owners of Hidden Places, returned to Victoria after five months overseas, including time spent in India, where they led several Kerala trips.

Hidden Places also made the list last year for its fundraising 100 Miles for Elephants trek in Kenya.

The Hidden Places Kerala trip featured an exploration of the Indian region by kayak, on bikes and on foot. The couple’s extensive contacts ensured some unique encounters, including private performances by local musicians and dancers, and cookery lessons on an organic farm. All of their recent trips have included guests from Victoria.

The next Kerala trips are in November 2014 and February 2015. For more information, visit hiddenplaces.net/india-kayaking.php

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