7 independent reviews for Southern India tour, temples & nature

Reviews for Southern India tour, temples & nature

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review 25 Feb 2020

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

Everything! The homestay with Renu, Ravi & Rajat Kumar was exceptionally warm and comfortable with great food & cultural knowledge shared! Temples/Palaces amazing! Guides, Sachin & Veena very approachable & told us interesting facts/stories of the temple history. We were quite privileged to attend a private classic Indian concert with Manasa Nayana & His amazing Mridanga drummer! Inlaid wood work visit nice as well, we bought several pieces. Driver, Afsal was professional, experienced on the chaotic roads, helped us feel safe & accommodated our requests for stops, waiting and helping us as needed.

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

Book some down time to adjust to jet lag fatigue, changes in water, food and culture. Bring some melatonin or other meds/treatments for jet lag, stomach issues. Do not drink the water or use it to brush your teeth unless you know it is RO & UV treated. only buy sealed bottled water. Bring toilet paper. Bring some cash, ATM's don't always work. Relax & enjoy the differences, things are not the same as in the West! Recognize the beauty & resilience of the people and animals & land!

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

Yes, the guides & drivers were local, we purchased mainly local items, stayed in more local places as possible, used recycled materials & only used plastic water bottles when absolutely necessary. We brought a Steripen to sterilize the water & used RO & UV water when possible. We supported conservation at the safaris & other places but did drive often, perhaps electric or alternative fuel cars?

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

Excellent! In spite of a few glitches as mentioned above, (fatigue, stomach issues, not always sleeping well d/t jet lag, ATM issues) we were treated like royalty everywhere we went (mostly) & we had wonderful interesting experiences & fantastic food!

review 13 Feb 2018

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

The boat safari in Nagarhoke national park and watching a tiger for 30 minutes.

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

Book a holiday with our tour operator as exceeded expectations and was stress free. It's hot so forget taking jeans just cotton trousers, dresses and shorts. Stay in home stays as so much better than hotels.

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

All of these

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

Excellent, it was a fantastic holiday. We were well taken care of and the welcome from home stays was brilliant.

review 18 Jan 2016

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

Orange county - feeling like a queen and wonderful safari.

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

Be prepared to have a lot of hours in the car.

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

We made sure to give tips and to advertise India to all our friend to come visit.

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

5 star.... the only thing i would not recommend is going to Hassan.

review 12 Sep 2015

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

All was pretty memorable- perhaps Nagarhole and the Toda tribal village

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

Expect the unexpected!

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

Hopefully the first, less sure in what ways 2 and 3.

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

Excellent

review 4 Feb 2014

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

It was all pretty unforgettable - Rajat did great job of combining all of our interests into a varied holiday that was fast-paced but never rushed. We especially enjoyed our time at Nagarhole national park - the safaris were fantastic! - and our hike through the Western Ghats during our stay in Wayanad. It struck a great balance between nature and culture. We say tons of birds, incredible views, learned about many proud traditions and met some amazing people as well.

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

This holiday was customized to our budget and interests, so no two holidays through ExplorIndya would be the same. Be up front about your budget and wishes, and you will be very happy with the results. We could easily have spent more than a week traveling, so give yourself plenty of time. And be open to surprises!

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

We were clearly able to see how our holiday benefited local people, at all three places we stayed. The fanciest of the places we stayed - Orange County, Kabini - partners with local tribes to provide employment and conserve the local traditions and heritage. Our homestay was a delightful bed-and-breakfast style place where we got to get to know local farmers. Our hike through Muddy Boots, involved the expertise of several local guides. Eve our trip through Mysore clearly gave our business to a small company, Royal Mysore Walks. Everyone was so knowledgeable and we were delighted to see our money flowing back to the people of India.

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

Five stars! We had an incredible adventure for our honeymoon, and hope to go back. Southern India is breathtaking, and we had nothing but good experiences with all of the people and companies we traveled with.

review 6 Jul 2013

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

There were two very memorable parts of the holiday. First the wonderful home stay in the Nilgiri mountains with Rajat and his family. An unforgettable experience that gave me a deeper understanding of the culture of South India. The second was the overnight trip to Hampi, a truly magical place that I would love to visit again. But everything that Rajat Kumar organized for me was wonderful and he selected the best places to stay and visit.

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

I would suggest being very clear about what kinds of experiences you like. Rajat picked lovely western style, modern hotels that were also focused on sustainability. I appreciated the focus on hotels and travel that benefited the local community.

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

Yes absolutely!

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

Excellent, I can't say enough good things about the trip and the experience.

review 4 Nov 2012

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

I loved the Story Trails tours in Chennai. The short thematic excursions with our own guide made it feel like we were visiting friends iwho were showing us around the sights. The Nilgiris are beautiful and the Kumar family was exceptionally welcoming with good conversation and an ease that makes you feel at home. The food was terrific terrific terrific.

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

If you want to see the lost wax bronze process, make sure it is going to be open when you are in Swamimalai. Our day there was organised for a Sunday and it wasn't open. The boss came to show us around but it wasn't operating. It was something we had really wanted to see and were supposed to be able to be hands-on. We expected it to be hot. But July was VERY hot... except in the Nilgiri hills where it was beautifully cool. No wonder the British spent the summer in the hills. It was manageable with the help of an air con car and accommodation but I have to admit, if you can, go in the cooler season. The Nilgiri hills are also great for an easy introduction to India. Small, uncrowded towns and villages. Quite easy really.

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

It benefitted a number of small businesses that badge themselves as green. We also appreciated the time and care of our driver who took us across southern India. Whilst he didn't speak enough English to have a conversation, we understood each other and he was courteous, reliable and always made sure we were ok. we were very happy to provide a good tip at the end of the week and we hope that helped his family.

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

I had a wonderful holiday. I have recommended it to many friends already. I think Akriti and explore India do a great job of making a trip across India easy. Great for people who want to go but feel overwhelmed or nervous.

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