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Number of Reviews: 42 Overall score: *****
Houseboats on backwaters, India
Review posted by Sylvia Wilson
***** Written

Tropical South

Day 1 - met by Leader Santo James At COCHIN airport - bus ride to Grand Hotel - Kathakali dance show followed by shared dinner - Day 2 - Harbour cruise - explored Fort Cochin, Saw Chinese fishing nets, Dutch cemetery, St Francis Church, Vasco de Gama tomb, Visited Laundry, Spice shop, Jewish synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, Day 3 - drive to MUNNAR - group walk into town through spice market - hotel buffet dinner & back to hotel in Tuk-tuk Day 4 - Trek up through tea plantation - To tea museum/factory, Day 5 - Long drive to MADURAI - Tuk-tuk to Gandhi Museum, swim in pool on hotel roof top Day 6 - Visit to Meenakshi Temple & Palace - wander through market - carpet shop - fantastic Rickshaw 3hr ride through town - children & people very friendly - rooftop dinner & fireworks Day 7 - drive PERYAR WILD LIFE SANCTUARY - Ayurvedic massage & fun cookery class in chefs home Day8 - Spice farm tour, boat cruise - saw bison & otters but no elephants or tigers - Day 9 - Drive to ALLEPPEY - Boat cruise, stopped enroute at big church - saw pineapple & rubber trees, stopped to eat stuffed banana & then curry lunch & supper on houseboat Day 10 - Houseboat sunny breakfast of pancakes, omelette & stuffed banana while cruising down canal seeing villagers washing & brushing teeth. Arrived COIR RESORT at THRiKUNPUZZHA & another boat ride down canals when boat boy lost his hook & had to dive into water to retrieve it. Walk with Our Leader to see Coir rope making. Day 11 - lunch in VARKALIA at Juice Shack - arrive KOVALAM - Sagara Hotel - walk on Beach - dinner on roof top. fireworks Day 12 - optional trip drive to KANYAKUMARI southern most tip of India where 3 oceans meet - The Arabian Sea, The Indian Ocean & The Bay of Bengal, Visit Wooden Palace at PADMANABHAPURAM where 2 of our group were blessed by a guru & are blessed. lunched on Banana leaf curry eaten with fingers, Visit to Hindu Temple on Island - dipped feet in Indian Ocean Day 13 - early morning optional boat trip to Mangrove Forest - saw several rare birds - walk on beach In afternoon finished shopping, swam in sea & 2 hotel swimming pools - dinner at restaurant, jasmine flowers decorating table. Day 14- drive to TRIVANDRUM for flight home at 4:30 am
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Houseboats on backwaters, India
Review posted by Stella French
***** Written

The Tropical South

A very enjoyable holiday with a great variety of scenery. The trip is well planned with everyday bringing new discoveries and different experiences from small villages to large towns, remote hills, fertile plains and busy seaside locations. The local people are very friendly. I would happily repeat the whole journey.
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Houseboats on backwaters, India
Review posted by Linda Gray
***** Written

Tropical South

A great way to discover the contrasts of Southern India, large cities, countryside, beach, historical sights and the wonderful backwaters .This is a busy and quite active holiday with some optional trips if you want a few hours just to chill out .I was interested to see the contrast between the Northern and Southern areas of India and they are indeed very different.
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Houseboats on backwaters, India
Review posted by Peter Weidig
***** Written

India's Tropical South

Very different from India's North and a very pleasant experience. As expected from Exodus the trip was well organised and enhanced by the competence and flexibility of the guide. An ideal way to explore the sights of Kerala and Tamilnadu at an easy pace. Nice to explore tea plantations, temples and wildlife though lacking a bit of momentum towards the end due to makeup of schedule. Sufficient spare time for shopping opportunities if desired.
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Houseboats on backwaters, India
Review posted by Rita Carolyn Anita Jones
***** Written

The Tropical South

A brilliant two weeks! There were so many fantastic experiences and such a variety of places that it felt like a month rather than two weeks. Great mixture of culture, wildlife, scenery and a perfect beach stay at the end. A lovely group of fellow travellers and perfect weather too. Our first experience of India and of Exodus, would recommend both!
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Houseboats on backwaters, India
Review posted by Fiona Fiona
***** Written

Fascinating trip and introduction to India

An interesting trip that gives a real flavour of Southern India and its wonderfully warm people and culture, but be prepared for several very long travelling days.
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Houseboats on backwaters, India
Review posted by Anonymous
***** Written

THE TROPICAL SOUTH

A fantastic introduction to India and Exodus. Having been recommended to travel with Exodus by a friend, I chose the "Tropical South" - a two week tour of the most southern States in India: Kerala and Tamil Nadu.  It was the best holiday decision I have made.
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Houseboats on backwaters, India
Review posted by Anonymous
***** Written

THE TROPICAL SOUTH

A remarkable trip. So much to see and do.After each day my head was buzzing from all the experiences I had encountered. There was also many contrasts of landscape, from the coast at Fort Kochi, the mountains of Munnar to the plains of Madurai.
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Houseboats on backwaters, India
Review posted by Anonymous
***** Written

THE TROPICAL SOUTH

A wonderful colourful crazy frenzy of a trip. A good introduction to India if you've never been.
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