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South Indian Images DS

Visiting: India
Trip Duration 14 Days

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South Indian ImagesScores 8.6 out of 10 based on 20 reviews
(7 out of 10)


Fellow group members and Indian people warm and welcoming. I enjoyed most of the trip. But, I did feel that the trip notes were not quite accurate. It was a relaxing, colourful and interesting trip, but certainly not full-on compared with previous tours.
Time-management could be improved to make most of opportunities eg.would have been a real wow start to the trip to have seen Mysore Palace lit up at night.
Also, given the high temperatures, it would have made life more comfortable if we'd been able to have a few early starts to avoid being at sites at height of the day eg. visit more exposed temples before more enclosed palaces.
Trip to Ooty lake was a waste of time as we did not know that we could not walk around the lake. It needed to be explained that the only way to see the view was to take a boat trip which I think most of the group would have done if they'd known, rather than stand around in the fun fair section.
Hotels were mostly excellent but sometimes felt isolated as some were too far away from sites (eg. Kochin) to be able to go back in during free time.
Confirmed traveller: 20 February 2017
Published on: 23 February 2017
(9 out of 10)


This was a really good trip showing most aspects of Southern Indian as stated. It satisfied category of 'Full on'. Though it didn't often feel 'full on' as our guide was very adaptable and sensed we needed a bit of space at times.
1) The time spent at Bandipur National Park in a lodge and the 2 wild life drives. So special. The food- particularly the dosas- was amazing.
2) Kochi, though obviously more touristy, we really enjoyed. Local guide was good, finally finding fish and eating the same. Also visit to St Franchis Church with the punkhas.
3) Kerala Backwaters- Disappointing initially (M25!) but as dusk drew in and kingfishers were spotted frequently became magical. Sharing meals cooked by the crew was special.
4) Thekkady- our guide (Tinu)'s home town. So generous of him to welcome us to his family in his own house. And the best tea on our trip! Loved the cookery course and the visit to spice plantation the following morning- Tinu's Dad was the guide! First rain of the trip and better for that with freshness and aromas.
5) Madurai - the Meenashki Temple. Absolutely amazing. Can't understand why it isn't one of the 7 Wonders of the World.
6)Mammalapuram. - A great ending to a very special trip. The granite hand-carved friezes were astonishing and the end of the trip couldn't have been better celebrated by a lunch of grilled fish on a roof top terrace, looking over Benghal Bay. Thanks Tinu. A very special rtrip.
Confirmed traveller: 18 February 2017
Published on: 03 March 2017
(9 out of 10)


This is a fairly leisurely tour but with large distances being covered. It caters for a wide range of interests: the ancient rock cut temples of Mamallapura, elaborate palaces of Mysore and Madurai, colourful local markets, amazing Hindu temples thronged by worshippers, wildlife in Bandipura National Park and water birds in the Kerala backwaters. The people everywhere were friendly, welcoming and inquisitive and the food delicious!
Confirmed traveller: 18 February 2017
Published on: 24 February 2017
(10 out of 10)


This was an excellent tour. The areas visited were varied, and included fertile valleys, coastline, hills and waterways. It was interesting to visit historic cities including Cochin and Madurai, and to see palaces as well as temples and rock carvings dating fromthe 8th century. We had a few long days of travelling but these were not arduous as our guide made sure we had plenty of stops. Super hotels!
Confirmed traveller: 19 November 2016
Published on: 28 November 2016
(8 out of 10)


Highlights: Mysore, Kochin, Madurai, Ooty train, and Houseboat.

Be prepared for: at least 3 long drives and a 4 hour drive to Mysore upon arrival. Final hotel is a long way from anything. You have to collect luggage from your first entry port and transfer it to domestic departures - several of us missed the connecting flight to Bangalore and arrived several hours later.

Tips: Take an overnight bag for the House Boat. Enjoy every minute you will see a lot!
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2016
Published on: 17 April 2016
(8 out of 10)


Very interesting and enjoyable, but too much time on the road, probably unavoidably so.

The compulsory tips policy is irritating. Just pay your staff appropriately and charge us appropriately.
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2016
Published on: 10 April 2016
(8 out of 10)


The main tour was fine. However I did a 5 day tailor made extension at the beginning of the tour. The driver was very nice but I did have some issues with communication and the Hotel was too far away from Hampi. There was no time to exchange any money and the first 2 hotels I stayed at didn't have exchange facilities so you definitely need to exchange a small amount of money at the airport on arrival.
There were many highlights on the tour 2 of which I organised myself which included doing the steam train from Coonor to Mattapalyum and an Elephant encounter in Ooty. The night on the houseboat in Kerala backwaters was also very enjoyable.
There was also an issue with transfer arrangements at the end of my holiday but after a couple of e mails to the Uk is was resolved but a worry I could have done without
Confirmed traveller: 08 April 2016
Published on: 03 May 2016
(9 out of 10)


The trip was super - my 1st trip to India. The Indian people are delightful.
We were taken care of beautifully by driving crew, guide and hotel staff and felt valued by all.
Our guide was a gem, ensuring that we experience the best of his country and that any rumples should be ironed out at once. Yes, Lucose's G&T stands up to any competition!
The holtel at MGM beach resort is a lovely hotel, but inappropriate for this holiday. It's location was a compromise between the temples at Mamalapuram and the return flight from Chennai. As such, it was sadly too far away for either purpose.Better to find alternatives closer to both.
Confirmed traveller: 27 February 2016
Published on: 03 March 2016
(10 out of 10)


This is a fantastic trip with a good variety of activities and things to see and do. Southern India is a great place and if you haven't been to India before a good place to start. The people are friendly and welcoming and the scenery is varied and interesting. highlights: Kerala backwaters, the temple at Madurai and the fishing nets at Kochi. Having our own bus from start to finish made it so easy and the driver, bus boy and guide were all terrific.
Confirmed traveller: 27 February 2016
Published on: 02 March 2016