1 independent reviews for South India holiday, small group

Reviews for South India holiday, small group


review 5 Jan 2015

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

Probably the meenakshi temple visit. I also thought Kerala was beautiful.

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

I would advise other travelers to research the areas being visited because I didn't think there were enough interesting activities offered.

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

Not sure.

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

2 stars. Although our tour leader was nice enough, I found her rather disorganized and not particularly communicative regarding the areas we visited (unless we asked direct questions) or the history of the areas /past/present. The local guides command of English was not great and often impossible to understand (except for mr Abraham, who was funny, sincere, and engaged). For instance, I don't remember anything that the guide at Meenakshi said. When I asked about the evening ceremonies ( something a friend who had gone with another company highly recommended ), it was met with disinterest by both the tour guide and the local guide. I was then given 2 incorrect times, and, as a result, I ( and 3 other tourmates I recommended this to) spent 3 exhausting hours trying to locate either ceremony. Luckily, we did get to see some of the final ceremony at 9:30pm. This guide I also heard was rude when we did not purchase something from his buddies across the street where we were corralled into for that "great photo" from the roof of their building. That whole hustle is really tacky and lame and I'm surprised your companies still engage in this stuff. At any rate, If the company can't offer an evening guide, at least have information available about this activity. Other observations: munnar was lovely but that tea farm visit was ridiculous (like a school trip) and visiting a dam? I heard the scenery around there was nice (I didn't go), but c'mon. I think someone needs to get on the ground in south India again and research either new places or alternate interesting things to do in these areas. Also, we had to leave cochi for alleppey quite early but for what reason? The rooms at Alleppey were unavailable for a couple of hours. Our leader said we left early " because we might see interesting sites along the way and stop." When we asked why we hadn't stopped, she said there " hadn't been anything interesting to stop for." And then there were the number of crappy restaurants. The big frat style restaurant in cochi was insane. I was ill (awful migraine -my head was on the table the whole night yet the guide never asked if perhaps I needed to go back to the hotel) and we waited about 2 hours for a meal I could not eat. The guide also often did not give us times to meet back up at activities where we dispersed. As a result there was often a lot of milling around unnecessarily waiting to connect with other members, being unable to go back to the bus or along to the next activity because the others may not know where we were. Anyway, south India itself and its people were beautiful and I wish I had had more of a chance to walk around amidst the people and learn more cultural and social facts. Also, the group members themselves were great. We all got along well and were quite well matched personality wise, for the most part. I think the thing was , almost everyone was very well travelled (I was probably the least well travelled person) and most had some issues with the quality of the experience. Whether they write about their experience remains to be seen.

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