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Reviews for South India tours, temples and monuments


review 5 Feb 2012

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

The traditional male dancers at the accommodation near Madurai were very much the local equivalent of morris dancers - bells, hats, stick dances, waving hankies, the hobby hoss .... Totally unexpected, and they had as much fun dancing as we had watching! The enormous and mostly colourful temples. So many friendly children (and sometimes adults) who wanted their photo taken even if they had their own cameras too. The crocodiles at the breeding center south of Chennai.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Balance of vacation cost must be paid either by bank transfer or cash when you arrive - credit cards are not taken directly by this company, and Paypal is OK when used for the deposit has a large supplement if used for the balance. It takes a long time to get anywhere in India, even when it is a straightforward journey on good roads English is spoken less widely than you would expect. The vacation seemed to have been subcontracted out to a 3rd party, so the communication of arrangements to some hotels was patchy.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Local people did benefit, especially as we stayed in locally run and mostly locally owned accommodation. The accommodation Kadambavanam near Madurai was quite new, and incorporated a Tamil center to show both tourists and local children Tamil culture in song, dance and stories and also traditional food.

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

The vacation was good - it would have been better if the driver had spoken more English as he was obviously knowledgeable but not able to communicate much to us. He made up for this by being a safe, careful driver which was very welcome!

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