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South India Explorer QDS

Visiting: India
Tour Duration 17 Days
  • Mysore Palace
  • Houseboats on the backwaters
  • Friendly locals
  • The Five Rathas in Mahabalipuram
  • Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
  • Tour Style: Simply
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Pace: Moderate
  • Tour Comfort: Simple
 

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10 Janet Howells, 04/03/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

I was expecting the Meenakshi Temple at Madurai to be stunning, and it was. I was expecting Kerala to be beautifully peaceful, and it was. I was expecting the Ooty train ride to be fun, and it was. I knew nothing about Mamallapuram which had a beautiful laid back atmosphere with intricate rock friezes and temples, or Mysore with it's stunningly gaudy Palace, or Hampi,with thatched bungalows, beautiful river, scenery and temples, quite magical.

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9 , 06/12/13

Name

Sarah Tennant

Tour Name

South India Explorer

Tour Code

QDS

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

Visiting the Raghunatha Temple on a hilltop in Hampi and then sitting amongst the resident monkeys watching sunset. A very spiritual and moving experience.

Tour Leader Name

Sorab

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Superb, in every way. Highly intelligent, extremely knowledgable about India's history, culture and religion. Nothing was too much trouble. He's a real foodie, so we ate fantastic food during the whole tour. He had a great sense of humour too and paid great attention to making sure our trip went as smoothly as possible. He was well organised and efficient and really good company.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Take the usual precautions when visiting this part of the world in terms of eating sensibly, keeping hydrated and using lots of sun screen. Don't pack too much either as you will have to carry your bags on to several day and overnight trains.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

It was fantastic. I always enjoy Explore trips and this one was no exception. I came away feeling I'd been completely immersed in another culture and am enriched for it. Everything about it was so positive and enjoyable. The trip was well put together and captured the diversity of this great country - the people, the landscape, the Hindu religion and the food. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

 
10 Sam Burns, 25/02/13

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Climbing out to the end of a Chinese fishing net in Kochi to watch the sunset; drifting around the Martian landscape of Hampi; garam chai by the open door of the train from Hospet to Margao; the long haul up to Ooty on the Nilgiri railway.

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0 Gill Boyd, 19/12/11
This is a new trip and we were the second trip out. It was brilliant, thanks in no small part to the group and tour leader Ranjeet Singh. For me the highlight was exploring the ruins near Hampi - I had no idea they were there - absolutely fantastic and reminisent of Angkor Wat. Another highlight was visiting the Hope foundation school and the Ooty toytrain was great fun (although it would have been better to transport the luggage by truck!). The overnight trains were fine and great for interacting with locals, although maybe a bit daunting if your very first adventure trip. There was a good mixture of historical/religious sites along with relaxing days. Shopping is probably best at Kochi although Mysore has excellent silk shops. The food is largely vegetarian and good value - thali's and lassi's abound !!  There were two hotels we used which where basically stopovers in small towns, the hotels where OK but not great. I can honestly say I did not really notice a drop in hotel standard from other trips I've taken with Explore despite this being a "budget" trip. Some hotels where great and most close to the centre of actvity. I've done several trips with Explore (double figures no less!) and this rated along with the best. Don't let the "budget" tab concern you, it was a brilliant trip and I can't recommend it enough. (QDS - 13th November 2011)
 
 
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