3 independent reviews for Tamil Nadu and Kerala holiday, India

Reviews for Tamil Nadu and Kerala holiday, India

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review 5 Mar 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing the evening ceremony at the ghats in Varanasi and visiting the temples of Madurai and Tanjore.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take lots of sunscreen as well as a hat - it is very, very hot and sunny in Tamil Nadu.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

To a certain extent yes as nearly all our hotels were local ones rather than multinationals so the money we spent stayed in India. However, we still had a huge carbon footprint due to the flights and use of car.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was truly memorable and a fantastic experience.

review 29 Jan 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

So many highlights of our month-long trip to Tamil Nadu. We'll never forget the stunning trek through the Nilgiris, spotting langur monkeys, deer and leopard poo (though no leopards!) and a host of birds with our knowledgeable guide, who took us to meet welcoming hill tribes on a route during which we didn't spot a single other tourist! Fabulous. We were blown away by the temples at Madurai, by the exquisite mansions of Chettinad, and the unspoilt countryside near our hotel in Kumbakonam (more bird-spotting from the patio outside our room). A final week in Pondicherry showed us yet another side of Tamil Nadu, a state of extradordinary contrasts, where Western visitors are relatively few (which meant we kept getting stopped and asked for selfies!), and the locals are wonderfully friendly.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take the Toy Train journey to or from the Queen of Hillstations Ooty - spectacular. Oh, and if you're going to the Nigiris in the winter, pack some warm clothes - it gets properly cold and sometimes frosty at nights, though daytimes are lovely and warm.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We stayed at hotels that made a point of supporting local people and using local staff, using organic and local food, and doing their best to avoid the environmental impact of plastic use

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

One of the best holidays we've EVER had. We loved it.

review 4 Dec 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Meeting so many kind and funny Indian people everywhere we went. Everyone was helpful, full of fun and the joys of life.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Think carefully and realistically about what you want to do/see and factor in travelling from one place to another via very slow Indian roads - or use trains which in our experience were efficient and much faster.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. Local people acted as guides and drivers. We stayed in a home stay and also hotels with good eco credentials. The local naturalists were passionate about conservation and we learnt a lot about the challenges faced and how we as tourists can support their work.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Best ever!

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you so much for your lovely words Lesley- you were are pleasure to help and for your first trip to India you certainly tore up the rule book and did what folk do on there second or fourth trip. I know the teams in the south all enjoyed meeting with you and very much hope to make your next India experience just as rich.

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