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This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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The holiday overall gave me a very good experience of Southern India. unfortunately I felt the trip notes were very misleading. The majority of the coach journeys were longer than stated the worst being from Coonor to Cochin (trip notes 5 - 6 hours) this took 10 hours and we were told that on a previous trip it had taken over 11 hours. If we had known there would be so much time spent in the coach we may well have considered some other holiday in India. There were other things that were underwhelming e.g the botanical gardens in Ooty which although it was a pleasant park was devoid of flora and every member of our group looked for orchids (see trip notes) but found none. There was also a mention of buying fish from fishermen in Fort Kochi and having it. cooked for lunch in a local restaurant but there was no mention of this when we were there. We were looking forward to more free time to explore or just relax but possibly due to extended time on the road this was not possible. I felt we had far less time outdoors than I would have liked but maybe I had wrongly anticipated the holiday format.
Mysore, we had a very good local guide and covered a lot of interesting palaces and temples in the time there. Our Exodus guide also took us to the Kaveri River to observe rituals etc., to the Chamundshwari temple high up overlooking Mysore and the Nandi statue carved out of solid granite these three places being additions to the Exodus itinerary.
Eugene our leader was excellent. He did not overload us with information but was always keen to give additional details when asked. He was very knowledgeable, had a good sense of humor and coped well with everyone in the party of 16.
Unless you are the sort of person who enjoys "coach trips" my advice would e to think twice about this trip. Ther was a huge distance covered and a lot fitted in but it was not an ideal holiday for myself or my husband. We do no regret the trip as the plusses were greater than the niggles!
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We loved the tour, which was greatly enhanced by our fabulous leader San. Everyday was pretty much filled with varied activities, you must be prepared for some early starts and long journeys. Most lunches and evening meals were done as a group (optional), on the leaders recommendations, which were usually very good venues and excellent value for money. The standard of accommodation throughout was very good, sometimes exceptionally good. The local people were very friendly, polite and a joy to meet. We always felt safe, except the chaotic roads can be a challenge to your sanity!
Mysore was a great place, with a vibrant atmosphere and beautiful palaces. We particularly loved the market, but some of the group found it rather daunting and overwhelming.
San was a fabulous leader - very attentive to our needs, nothing was too much trouble. He did everything he could to keep the group happy and informed, often adding extra attractions to our published itinerary.
Take advice from the leader, who is so knowledgeable. Just go and enjoy it.
Thank you for a most enjoyable holiday.
The trip encapsulated the culture, landscape, scenery,architecture, cuisine, people of S.India, wildlife. So diverse, so enjoyable and comfortable accommodation at the end of a busy day.
I don't know about inspirational but so memorable - at last seeing a tiger, the train experience Conoor to Ooty.
Learning about life and history in S.India. The wonderful,atmospheric stay in Conoor hotel. Tha cruise on the houseboat from Allepy.
So friendly, efficient, helpful, calm, knowledgeable, good company, always a smile -a very good trustworthy leader.
Be prepared for some early mornings and full day travel
I will savour this trip for a long time. It has to be said that the group dynamics was good - good company.a
Fancy a night out in India just like the locals? Head to a Bollywood movie and join the local in an evening packed with entertainment. The Bollywood masala movies are a mixture of dance, drama and musical with a break in between as most of these are lengthy 3 hours movies. This gives you the option to leave the theatre should you want to do that! The songs and dances make it like a 60’s musical where you could have the whole locals singing and dancing to the tune. Some movies become hits only because of these. Movie theatres that you may want to visit are; Raj Mandir in Jaipur, Odeon in Canaught Place, New Delhi, Filmistan, Karol Bagh in New Delhi - but all cities have theatres. A word of warning- try to avoid the rush when entering and exiting the theatre and the crowded area and keep valuables with close to you zipped at all times and enjoy the show.
Niraj Chand Shrestha - Customer Operations
Where do you start?! Half the joy of shopping in India is the sheer scale of what's on offer, from upscale boutiques in New Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta to the crowded and sweaty markets of pretty much any town or village you come to. Handicrafts, art, leather goods, spices, hand carved statues, silk, the list goes on - all the way to cheap knock offs of western brands!
Remember, outside of the proper shops, haggling is the key but don't waste your time trying to split the difference over a few pence - the best result is when everyone comes away happy!
Charlotte Taylor - India Operations
Any time I go out, I normally just take sterling cash which, as long as you excercise the normal degree of common sense you would at home, is safe and easy. The India rupee is a closed currency, meaning you can only get it upon arrival in the country. There are exchange facilities at all arrival airports, and ATMs are available pretty much everywhere as well in case you need to top up along the way.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
There is a real mix available and you won't be disappointed! The local cuisine is predominantly vegetarian, with lots of rice. You can enjoy everything from traditional spicy curries to stalls selling tasty sweets and deserts and even right the way to western style grub, if it all gets a bit too much. Vegetarians and 'non-spicy' food people are easily catered for, and the leader will make sure a wide range of dishes are ordered for each meal.
Charlotte Taylor - Customer Operations
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Charlotte Taylor - India Operations
India has delicious food to cater for all preferences but, like anywhere in the world, hygiene is important. Keeping your hands well washed before eating, staying as hydrated as possible and sticking to bottled water is the best protection against an upset tum. Otherwise, mashed potato is apparently a good cure!
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
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