I arranged a day tour with Lijo Jose for Cochin on one day and a four-hour tour in Mangalore, the next. Lijo was our guide in Cochin, but not in Mangalore, and the difference definitely showed. In Cochin, a group of eight of us were met by Lijo at the cruise terminal and we enjoyed a delightful day of sightseeing--Kerala Life Tour with Backwater tour; Hindu temple festival with decorated elephants; fishing harbour; Chinese fishing nets; the first mosque in India; and so much more. We also enjoyed an authentic, eat-with-your-fingers, lunch of Indian delicacies off of banana leaves. Lijo is very, very knowledgeable about India, its people, its economy, its religions, and the area in and around Cochin. I would definitely recommend Lijo as a superb guide with an excellent command of the English language.
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