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Kerala & India's South

18 days from £1999*
Departing: September 2018 - November 2019
* Price shown: 09 May 2019 from London Heathrow - LHR
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India's far south

Explore languid, verdant Kerala, temple-dotted Tamil Nadu, the historic hill stations of the rolling Western Ghats and the dusty Mysore Plateau. This extraordinary corner of the world, which its inhabitants call 'God's Own Country', is an idyllic, tropical land of ancient trading ports, traditional 'houseboats', and forested uplands dotted with churches, temples and tea and spice plantations.

Kerala Holiday Highlights

  • Explore Bangalore
  • See Mysore's beautiful Maharaja's Palace
  • Visit a tea plantation
  • See Cochin's famous Chinese fishing nets
  • Explore Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Marvel at Madurai's myriad temples
  • Enjoy a rickshaw ride to Madurai's markets
  • Discover French colonial Pondicherry
  • Take a sightseeing tour of Chennai

What does the price include?

  • 14 nights' hotel half-board accommodation at hotels in Bangalore (1 night), Mysore (2), Ooty (1), Coimbatore (1), Kochi (2), Periyar (2), Madurai (2), Pondicherry (1) and Mahabalipuram (2)
  • One night's full-board accommodation in a traditional, thatch-roofed 'kettuvallam' houseboat
  • Return flights from the UK to Bangalore via Mumbai, returning from Chennai
  • Air-conditioned coach travel throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Kerala Holiday Itinerary

Day One: Fly to India

Fly overnight to Bangalore via Mumbai or Abu Dhabi.

Day Two: Travel to your hotel in Bangalore

Arrive in Bangalore, meet your Tour Manager at the airport, transfer to your hotel, check-in and enjoy dinner and a relaxed evening there.

Day Three: Explore Bangalore

Your discovery of India's many mysteries begins today with a tour of Bangalore. See the vast Vidhana Soudha state 'capitol', the 16th-century Bull Temple, and the Summer Palace of British military adversary Tipu Sultan. Later you'll journey by coach to Mysore.

Day Four: Explore the sights of Mysore

Today you'll visit the Chamundeshwari Temple atop the Chamundi Hills, Mysore's spectacular Maharaja's Palace and the Railway Museum. This afternoon, we head to the Keshava Vishnu temple at Somnathpur, returning to Mysore in the evening to the glittering sight of the Palace illuminated by thousands of golden lights.

Day Five: Travel into Tamil Nadu to Ooty

This morning you'll head into Tamil Nadu and the foothills of the Western Ghats as you make your way to Ooty, the 'Queen of Hill Stations'. En route, you may see deer, peacocks and even elephants on the roadside.

Day Six: Ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Today you'll ride the historic Nilgiri Mountain Railway through forested hills to Mettupalayam. On the way, you'll stop for a tour of a tea factory followed by an included lunch.

From Mettupalayam we'll head south to your next hotel, in nearby Coimbatore.

Day Seven: Travel to Kerala

This afternoon we'll take the Ernakulam Express to Kerala for your two-night stay in Kochi.

Day Eight: Explore Kochi

After a relaxed breakfast, venture out on a guided tour of Kochi. Wander the grounds of Mattancherry Palace, visit the Paradesi Synagogue - the oldest operational site of Jewish worship in the Commonwealth - and tour Fort Kochi, an area famous for its picturesque Chinese fishing nets.

This evening, experience something unique and different - a traditional Kathakali dance performance.

Day Nine: Cruise on a traditional houseboat

Today you'll head to Alleppey and enter Kerala's backwaters, to board a traditional thatch-roofed 'kettuvallam' houseboat. Spend the afternoon relaxing on-board as the vessel wends its way through the Keralan waterways, passing rice fields, coconut plantations, temples and tiny islands. Later, your on-board chef will prepare a traditional Keralan evening meal for you before you spend the night on board.

Day 10: Travel to Periyar and visit a spice plantation

Wave a fond farewell to your kettuvallam, and journey through a rolling landscape of tea plantations back into the foothills of the Western Ghats to your next hotel, in Periyar. Once settled in, join your guide for a tour of a local spice plantation.

Day 11: See Periyar's wildlife

Witness India's wild side this morning with an optional guided walk through Periyar's wildlife sanctuary. In the afternoon, take a relaxing boat-ride on the lake at the sanctuary's centre. Possibly see numerous rare and endangered mammals, including Indian elephants, palm civets, giant squirrels and - for the lucky few - wild tigers and leopards.

Day 12: Travel to Madurai

Descending from hill country, you'll journey to Madurai - one of Asia's oldest cities and home to the incredible Meenakshi Temple.

Day 13: Explore Madurai

This morning you'll have an introduction to Madurai's Old City, with its colourful temple gates, known as gopurams, and beautiful Meenakshi temple. You'll also have the chance to visit the beautiful 17th-century palace of Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal. Later, enjoy the buzz of the city by night as you take a cycle-rickshaw through the streets and local markets.

Day 14: Journey to French-speaking Pondicherry

Travel through a landscape of rice-paddies to Gallic Pondicherry, where French is still widely spoken and kepi-wearing 'gendarmes' patrol the promenade.

Day 15: Explore Pondicherry and travel to Mahabalipuram

Visit the Pondicherry Museum, and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram spiritual community before we head north along the coast to the seaside resort of Mahabalipuram, where you'll spend your final two nights in India.

Day 16: Sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram

Today's morning sightseeing tour includes the extraordinary, 8th-century Shore Temple, the monolithic stone 'chariots' of the Pancha Pandava Rathas complex and the vast, cave-cut Krishna Mandapam Temple.

This evening you'll enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel.

Day 17: Explore Chennai before flying home

You'll say goodbye to India, today. After transferring to Chennai you'll take a panoramic tour of the city of Clive of India, which will include the Fort Museum, the famous Chepauk Cricket Stadium and St Mary's Church - the 'Westminster Abbey' of Asia.

After the tour, we'll transfer to the airport to board your overnight flight home via Mumbai or Abu Dhabi.

Day 18: Arrive home

Arrive back in the UK at the end of a colourful, enthralling journey.
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Aberdeen
Aberdeen 20 September 2018 £2199
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 04 October 2018 £2519
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 25 October 2018 £2519
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 08 November 2018 £2569
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 15 November 2018 £2569
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 17 January 2019 £2549
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Aberdeen 24 January 2019 £2549
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Aberdeen 07 February 2019 £2549
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Aberdeen 14 February 2019 £2549
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Aberdeen 21 February 2019 £2549
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Aberdeen 28 February 2019 £2549
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 07 March 2019 £2549
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 14 March 2019 £2549
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 21 March 2019 £2549
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 25 April 2019 £2299
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 02 May 2019 £2249
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 09 May 2019 £2199
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 12 September 2019 £2249
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 19 September 2019 £2249
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 26 September 2019 £2299
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 03 October 2019 £2599
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Aberdeen 10 October 2019 £2599
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 17 October 2019 £2599
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 24 October 2019 £2599
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 31 October 2019 £2599
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 07 November 2019 £2599
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 14 November 2019 £2599
Belfast City
Belfast City 20 September 2018 £2199
Belfast City
Belfast City 04 October 2018 £2519
Belfast City
Belfast City 25 October 2018 £2519
Belfast City
Belfast City 08 November 2018 £2569
Belfast City
Belfast City 15 November 2018 £2569
Belfast City
Belfast City 17 January 2019 £2549
Belfast City
Belfast City 24 January 2019 £2549
Belfast City
Belfast City 07 February 2019 £2549
Belfast City
Belfast City 14 February 2019 £2549
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Belfast City 21 February 2019 £2549
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Belfast City 28 February 2019 £2549
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Belfast City 07 March 2019 £2549
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Belfast City 14 March 2019 £2549
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Belfast City 21 March 2019 £2549
Belfast City
Belfast City 25 April 2019 £2299
Belfast City
Belfast City 02 May 2019 £2249
Belfast City
Belfast City 09 May 2019 £2199
Belfast City
Belfast City 12 September 2019 £2249
Belfast City
Belfast City 19 September 2019 £2249
Belfast City
Belfast City 26 September 2019 £2299
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Belfast City 03 October 2019 £2599
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Belfast City 10 October 2019 £2599
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Belfast City 17 October 2019 £2599
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Belfast City 24 October 2019 £2599
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Belfast City 31 October 2019 £2599
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Belfast City 07 November 2019 £2599
Belfast City
Belfast City 14 November 2019 £2599
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 20 September 2018 £2199
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 04 October 2018 £2519
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 25 October 2018 £2519
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 08 November 2018 £2569
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 15 November 2018 £2569
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 17 January 2019 £2549
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 24 January 2019 £2549
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 07 February 2019 £2549
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 14 February 2019 £2549
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Edinburgh 21 February 2019 £2549
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Edinburgh 28 February 2019 £2549
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Edinburgh 07 March 2019 £2549
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 14 March 2019 £2549
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 21 March 2019 £2549
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 25 April 2019 £2299
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 02 May 2019 £2249
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 09 May 2019 £2199
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 12 September 2019 £2249
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 19 September 2019 £2249
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 26 September 2019 £2299
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 03 October 2019 £2599
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Edinburgh 10 October 2019 £2599
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Edinburgh 17 October 2019 £2599
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Edinburgh 24 October 2019 £2599
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Edinburgh 31 October 2019 £2599
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 07 November 2019 £2599
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 14 November 2019 £2599
Glasgow
Glasgow 20 September 2018 £2199
Glasgow
Glasgow 04 October 2018 £2519
Glasgow
Glasgow 25 October 2018 £2519
Glasgow
Glasgow 08 November 2018 £2569
Glasgow
Glasgow 15 November 2018 £2569
Glasgow
Glasgow 17 January 2019 £2549
Glasgow
Glasgow 24 January 2019 £2549
Glasgow
Glasgow 07 February 2019 £2549
Glasgow
Glasgow 14 February 2019 £2549
Glasgow
Glasgow 21 February 2019 £2549
Glasgow
Glasgow 28 February 2019 £2549
Glasgow
Glasgow 07 March 2019 £2549
Glasgow
Glasgow 14 March 2019 £2549
Glasgow
Glasgow 21 March 2019 £2549
Glasgow
Glasgow 25 April 2019 £2299
Glasgow
Glasgow 02 May 2019 £2249
Glasgow
Glasgow 09 May 2019 £2199
Glasgow
Glasgow 12 September 2019 £2249
Glasgow
Glasgow 19 September 2019 £2249
Glasgow
Glasgow 26 September 2019 £2299
Glasgow
Glasgow 03 October 2019 £2599
Glasgow
Glasgow 10 October 2019 £2599
Glasgow
Glasgow 17 October 2019 £2599
Glasgow
Glasgow 24 October 2019 £2599
Glasgow
Glasgow 31 October 2019 £2599
Glasgow
Glasgow 07 November 2019 £2599
Glasgow
Glasgow 14 November 2019 £2599
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 20 September 2018 £1999
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 04 October 2018 £2319
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 25 October 2018 £2319
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 08 November 2018 £2369
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 15 November 2018 £2369
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 17 January 2019 £2349
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 24 January 2019 £2349
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 07 February 2019 £2349
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 14 February 2019 £2349
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 21 February 2019 £2349
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 28 February 2019 £2349
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 07 March 2019 £2349
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 14 March 2019 £2349
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 21 March 2019 £2349
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 25 April 2019 £2099
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 02 May 2019 £2049
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 09 May 2019 £1999
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 12 September 2019 £2049
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 19 September 2019 £2049
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 26 September 2019 £2099
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 03 October 2019 £2399
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 10 October 2019 £2399
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 17 October 2019 £2399
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 24 October 2019 £2399
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 31 October 2019 £2399
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 07 November 2019 £2399
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 14 November 2019 £2399
Manchester
Manchester 04 October 2018 £2519
Manchester
Manchester 25 October 2018 £2519
Manchester
Manchester 08 November 2018 £2569
Manchester
Manchester 15 November 2018 £2569
Manchester
Manchester 17 January 2019 £2549
Manchester
Manchester 24 January 2019 £2549
Manchester
Manchester 07 February 2019 £2549
Manchester
Manchester 14 February 2019 £2549
Manchester
Manchester 21 February 2019 £2549
Manchester
Manchester 28 February 2019 £2549
Manchester
Manchester 07 March 2019 £2549
Manchester
Manchester 14 March 2019 £2549
Manchester
Manchester 21 March 2019 £2549
Manchester
Manchester 25 April 2019 £2299
Manchester
Manchester 02 May 2019 £2249
Manchester
Manchester 09 May 2019 £2199
Manchester
Manchester 12 September 2019 £2249
Manchester
Manchester 19 September 2019 £2249
Manchester
Manchester 26 September 2019 £2299
Manchester
Manchester 03 October 2019 £2599
Manchester
Manchester 10 October 2019 £2599
Manchester
Manchester 17 October 2019 £2599
Manchester
Manchester 24 October 2019 £2599
Manchester
Manchester 31 October 2019 £2599
Manchester
Manchester 07 November 2019 £2599
Manchester
Manchester 14 November 2019 £2599
Newcastle
Newcastle 20 September 2018 £2199
Newcastle
Newcastle 04 October 2018 £2519
Newcastle
Newcastle 25 October 2018 £2519
Newcastle
Newcastle 08 November 2018 £2569
Newcastle
Newcastle 15 November 2018 £2569
Newcastle
Newcastle 17 January 2019 £2549
Newcastle
Newcastle 24 January 2019 £2549
Newcastle
Newcastle 07 February 2019 £2549
Newcastle
Newcastle 14 February 2019 £2549
Newcastle
Newcastle 21 February 2019 £2549
Newcastle
Newcastle 28 February 2019 £2549
Newcastle
Newcastle 07 March 2019 £2549
Newcastle
Newcastle 14 March 2019 £2549
Newcastle
Newcastle 21 March 2019 £2549
Newcastle
Newcastle 25 April 2019 £2299
Newcastle
Newcastle 02 May 2019 £2249
Newcastle
Newcastle 09 May 2019 £2199
Newcastle
Newcastle 12 September 2019 £2249
Newcastle
Newcastle 19 September 2019 £2249
Newcastle
Newcastle 26 September 2019 £2299
Newcastle
Newcastle 03 October 2019 £2599
Newcastle
Newcastle 10 October 2019 £2599
Newcastle
Newcastle 17 October 2019 £2599
Newcastle
Newcastle 24 October 2019 £2599
Newcastle
Newcastle 31 October 2019 £2599
Newcastle
Newcastle 07 November 2019 £2599
Newcastle
Newcastle 14 November 2019 £2599

Don't want your holiday to end there? Lengthen your visit to India with an unforgettable tour extension in Goa.

Goa Extension Itinerary

Day 18: Travel to Udaipur

Fly to lakeside Udaipur, be greeted by your tour guide and transfer to your hotel. Choose to spend the rest of the day pool-side, re-energising after your trip, or strike out into the welcoming streets of one of India’s most magical cities.

Day 19: Get to know Udaipur

Today, take a tour of Udaipur, the former capital city of the Mewar Kingdom, home to the incredible City Palace that incorporates 11 ornate palaces, Sahelion-ki-Bari gardens and Jagdish Temples. After a day spent around the lake, the evening brings the opportunity to take to the water on a boat ride to see the spectacular water palaces up close.

Day 20: Fly from Udaipur to Delhi

Enjoy your last morning in warm-hearted Udaipur, before bidding farewell to one of India’s jewels and flying to the country’s bustling capital. Check into your hotel and enjoy your last evening in India.

Day 21: Fly home

Wave goodbye to India and her wonderfully welcoming people, as you board your flight back to the UK.

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Kerala and India's South Touring Hotels ★★★★

You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of a four- and five-star standard. In all cases, rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning.

Further Information

Passports and visas

British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. Your passport must contain two blank pages and be valid for 180 days after your return date from India. A visa is also required for entry to India. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before departure. British CITIZENS and some other European nationals satisfying certain conditions may use the online e-Tourist Visa application process at a cost of $75 (US) per person. Other British passport holders, who are not British CITIZENS, must apply for a full visa which costs £112. You may also, at extra cost, use the services of CIBT, our recommended visa handling partner, who will handle the whole process for you. Note that all travellers of Pakistani descent, regardless of citizenship, will generally be subject to more detailed processing by the Indian authorities, which can take up to four months from application.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Road Conditions

In developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.

**This offer applies to new bookings on air-inclusive holidays to India made between 10th May and 12th June 2018 (inclusive). Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (FARAWAY) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

India’s Exotic South & Kerala reviews verified by reevooReevoo

India’s Exotic South & KeralaScores 8.3 out of 10 based on 23 reviews
(9 out of 10)

JAMES

Kemnay Bus party of 26
We had a great time with the tour guide being very knowledgeable made it that much better. Schedule was quite busy but that was exactly what we signed up for, with just the right amount of free time. A couple of the hotels were getting real "tired" but rooms were always comfortable.
Confirmed traveller: 29 April 2018
Published on: 14 May 2018
(9 out of 10)

SUSAN

Brighton Friends
Well worth the money. Saw absolutely loads of sights, so much to take in.
Confirmed traveller: 29 April 2018
Published on: 10 May 2018
(8 out of 10)

MARILYN

Basingstoke Couple
We were very impressed with the holiday overall, good hotels, well planned excursions with plenty of variety and really good tour manager.
Confirmed traveller: 29 April 2018
Published on: 10 May 2018
(9 out of 10)

STEPHEN

MAIDSTONE Couple
A good tour with an excellent guide (Mahesh), safe and comfortable coach, good standard of hotels on route offering
a variety of local dishes along with Western options. This is a full on itinerary so the final hotel (Grande Bay) with a fabulous pool
was a great place to relax
Confirmed traveller: 18 March 2018
Published on: 30 March 2018
(9 out of 10)

JAMES

Bury St Edmunds Couple
A great cultural insight into southern India. Diverse experiences showing many different aspects of this amazing country.
Confirmed traveller: 18 March 2018
Published on: 27 March 2018
(8 out of 10)

SIMON

Stone Couple
Very enjoyable holiday most hotels fab but the Taj hotels are very tiered looking and need updating. The driver,bus boy and guide were excellent very helpful,It is full on for the first week but slowed down for second.
Confirmed traveller: 18 March 2018
Published on: 26 March 2018
(5 out of 10)

JENA

Beccles Friends
If it had not been for the abysmal Tour Guide we would have had an incredible holiday. It has left a very bad taste with regard to ever using Newmarket Tours again. The main issues were her inability to understand the needs of the tour party, in particular the need for clean and frequent toilet facilities/stops, to the point that people became desperate. She also had no empathy for those who felt unwell and offered her home grown solutions to problems. For instance one of the party needed a chemist and she just told them to think themselves out of it and drink tea!

Coupled with this, we got very little information about India and she spent a lot of her time talking in Tamil to the Driver and his Assistant, so that we did not listen when suddenly she was speaking English and talking to the Group!

We were surprised to be asked on more than one occasion for additional money for tips for the toilets and payment/tips for visits to what she called "surprises".

On the last day we were given a coach which did not meet safety standards, as there were exhaust fumes leaking into the rear of the coach, it was dirty and the microphone did not work. So what little information we might had had was non existent. On this day President Modi was visiting Chennai, so the traffic was terrible. It would have made sense when we arrived at the National Museum to see the Bronze Shivas, to have suggested we spend the rest of the day there, because the Museum is of international repute. Instead we spent most of our time in an unroadworthy coach negotiating very heavy traffic.
Confirmed traveller: 25 February 2018
Published on: 28 March 2018