I’ve not been to India before – I’m worried about noise, dirt and people begging.

India is definitely a bit of a ‘love it or hate it’, place! No doubt you will come across all these things but for most of us, the positives outweigh the negatives one hundred fold.

Kerala has one of the highest standards of living in India. There is a good educational system, excellent literacy and India’s lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy rates. English is widely spoken so it is a very good place for first-time visitors to India.

It is true that India is generally noisier than western countries – it’s all part of the rich and varied culture. If you are sensitive to noise we advise you bring ear plugs to help you get a good night’s sleep.

There is no road at Kailasam, so no traffic noise. At night we can hear the waves and the chirring of crickets, but you may notice dogs barking or tropical birds in the early morning, and occasionally we do have music from temples or other celebrations.