4 independent reviews for South India by rail holiday

Reviews for South India by rail holiday

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review 21 Feb 2017

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

The diversity between the different hotels/resorts/homestays. We were excited over a lot of things, cultural, historical places and the people we met. The mix between interesting places and relaxing places.

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

Don't worry, the local travel agent are very thorough and competent.

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

Travelling by train reduces environmental impact. Some hotels and resorts had an ecological approach. We where impressed that there was clear thoughts and actions to save water.

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

We are very satisfied our holiday met all our expectations. The local organisation gave us the feeling of security and good planning. Like a "guardian angel" by our side. But not to close, we felt as we where on our own when we wanted that.

review 25 Oct 2015

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

For us there were two extra special parts of this holiday, both of which were on our bucket lists. Firstly spending two nights on the houseboat in the backwaters, we were treated like royalty by the crew and loved watching the world go by in peace and tranquility. The second was visiting the temples of Tamil Nadu. No peace or tranquility here, but so beautiful. We also appreciated our final few days in Cochin. It was great to return to a familiar place and spend time relaxing.

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

Tip your drivers generously, they work really hard and take care of their guests so well. Local mosquito repellent is cheapest and best, and really necessary. Make the most of each stop/place, you may never be back here and this tour takes in some really magical places. Take a small towel everywhere with you. Hand washing facilities are everywhere, but no drying facilities! Finally, if you are waiting around for your bag at Cochin airport, check the end of the conveyor, they take them off and leave them there!

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

As we went just ahead of the season we hope that the few extra weeks of work were of benefit to all of the people we came in contact with; drivers, boat crew, local shops and restaurants and the hotels. At some of our hotels there were bikes that we could use for getting around and these were very welcome. In most places we were happy to see solar heated water and local products being used.

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

We very much enjoyed this holiday, completely met and often exceeded our expectations. This was in no small way due to the staff of the holiday providers who could not have been better. The hotels were well chosen, although if would have been nice to be closer to town in Pondy. However, overall, this was one of our best holiday experiences ever!

review 6 Mar 2015

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

Sitting with the train door open looking out over paddy fields as the train made its way south to Kanyakumari. Watching the sunset over the boulder fields and temples of Hampi. Walking in the tea covered hills near Coonoor.

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

Towns are exhausting and many of the amazing temples are in towns/cities, so factor in some peaceful time in the countryside too. Use some trains, driving is not always relaxing

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

Yes we spread our spending around to a wide variety of people. I'm afraid improving the environment in India will need a huge investment in the infrastructure to clean up polluted waterways and start a proper refuse collection service. Train rubbish just gets dumped on the tracks.

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

An amazing way to get an insight into the many sides of India. Trains are a brilliant way to see the countryside and talk to Indian people. The tour company was the most helpful travel company I have ever dealt with and I highly recommend using them.

review 23 Feb 2011

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

Staying in some fabulous homestays. Arriving at the first one, Nelpura, Moncompu in a canoe felt like royalty.

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

No need to take too many clothes so easy to get things washed. Had thought we would be dressing up for dinner so took clothes to cover this eventuality.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

It was wonderful to go into people's houses to see craftsmen at work - the potter, weaver, basket. Since returning have told many people about life out there, how people have so little materialistic but are so happy, friendly and grateful to be spoken to and if their photo is taken it makes their day. The school we visited was amazing, education so important but no resources, sharing this with children over here.

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

Brilliant/amazing. The operator did a wonderful job organising a holiday so suitable for us.

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