- Overall a good trip. It was much better to stay in places for two nights. A bit disappointed in the hotel location in Goa. Was supposed to be a beach relaxing end to a lot of travelling but ended up in the middle of Panjim well away from anything and not really knowing what to do.
We each gave £105 to the leader for expenses (entry fees etc) and tips at the beginning of the tour - which we hadn't realised was coming. We received no accounts for this sum at all - on other holidays we had had a daily tally from the leader verified by one of the group members. Would also have liked the Explore custom of leaving a daily notice on the wall of the hotel so we didn't have to keep asking questions.
Highlights? Temple at Maduri (and excellent clothes shopping at the temple bazaar). Overnight trains - one was bad (screaming baby) but the other was good fun. Our guide wasn't provided with a bed! Seemed very mean. Homestay was a good idea and I particularly liked Cochin.
Oh - also flights! Very long and tedious journeys both ways. Are there no direct flights from Goa to London or Chennai to London? Yes! Why not offer these to customers? Might be more expensive but was a real pain. We had a 24 hour journey home.
Apart from this - a good tour. South India seems much cleaner and calmer than the north and some stunning scenery. Everything went very smoothly - transport connections, hotels etc and the group was great. Food was excellent and no-one got ill - and we got to eat at reasonable times which is a big bonus to me!
Thanks. See you again soon!
Liz and Graham
Published on: 16 April 2016