Southern India luxury train tour & beach holiday

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This trip is tailor made and departures can be arranged at a time to suit you but must tie-in with the train’s schedule.
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Tailor made holiday

The tour operator offering this holiday is a British company with an intimate knowledge of the destination. All their holidays are tailor made which means that they can create a unique holiday for your individual requirements. They offer a range of accommodation from guesthouses and homestays to the more luxurious hotels. Where possible they use properties that are heritage or characterful. Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips. They are licenced to sell flights from the UK and will search for the best airfare for your dates. If you book flights with them, then the whole holiday will be protected by ATOL. This tour operator is also a member of ABTA – this means that all their holidays adhere to the ABTA Code of Conduct, their finances, insurances etc are checked regularly and if you have a complaint that cannot be resolved there is an arbitration scheme available to you.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Southern India luxury train tour & beach holiday

Neeleshwar Hermitage
The owners and staff of Neeleshwar Hermitage consider themselves stewards of the local land and do all they can to create an eco-friendly environment. They operate a ’no-plastic’ policy and drinking water is supplied via reverse osmosis. Bags are made of cotton and all paper and kitchen/garden waste is recycled. Water is conserved and the gardens are free of artificial fertilisers. Consequently the gardens have a wide range of birds and butterflies. The beach is part of a 12 km stretch used for egg laying area for the Olive Ridley turtle. Neeleshwar Hermitage has been voted among the top 10 Eco Hotels by Vogue.

Orange County
Both the Coorg and the Nagarhole hotels are owned by the Orange County Resorts & Hotels Ltd. This group has a comprehensive list of responsible tourism initiatives. All their resorts aim to create local employment, promote local products, minimise consumption of water and energy etc. The group own a windmill which produces so much electricity that after they have taken what they need to run their resorts, they have some left over to sell to the grid. To prevent the use of plastic water bottles they provide a Reverse Osmosis machine in every room. Their policy also includes a wide range of initiatives to help the local economy, society and environment as well as a fair trade policy and a ‘conservation through education programme’.

The Metropole Hotel
The building that the Metropole Hotel now occupies was built in 1920 to accommodate the British guests of the Maharaja of Mysore. For years this lovely old mansion had been abandoned but was bought by the Royal Orchid Group of Hotels and restored to a 30 room heritage hotel.

The Golden Chariot
Train travel is one of the most environmentally friendly ways of travelling and luxury train travel means that you are able to see a wide range of places without having to constantly pack and unpack. Travelling in a comfortable train means that the journey becomes a positive part of the whole experience. The Golden Chariot train is wholly Indian owned and staffed.

Siolim House
This delightful heritage, boutique hotel was once a palace and the home of the Goan-Portuguese Governor of Macau. In 2001 it was one of very few Indian hotels to be shortlisted for the UNESCO Asia Pacific heritage awards for conservation. Siolim House is family owned & run and you will experience authentic hospitality and cuisine.

The ground handling of this tour is provided by our local agent and we supply him with more than 90% of his turnover. All of the drivers and staff are local people. Thus we have fifteen local families that are directly financially reliant upon us. Our drivers have a contract and are paid a monthly wage. This is very unusual in South India where most drivers are normally employed on a commission-only basis (not easy for such seasonal work).

All of our customers are supplied with detailed information about their holiday. We supply general advice relevant to all customers as well as more specific facts about your particular tour. These documents offer our customers lots of advice and guidance including how to obtain an Indian Visa, which immunisations are recommended, how much to tip people, how to dress appropriately and how to behave in National Parks. We support local charities and invite our customers to do so too (details are supplied with your travel documents).

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