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Catriona's journey through Southern India - Part 1: Northern Kerala

There is nothing more exciting than leaving a blustery and wet London and touching down 13 hours later in a gloriously hot India. Those initial steps off the aircraft onto the tarmac below make you want to run to the nearest swimming pool with a cool spritzer and to start your holiday in style (whilst those back in the UK are battling the weather with their soggy umbrellas!). In March this year, I embarked on an Indian adventure and took my mother along for the ride. We explored northern…

South India photoblog: From Kerala's Backwaters to old colonial Cochin

In Kerala we journeyed from the Backwaters of Kumarakom and Alleppey to the palm-fringed beaches of Marari, and ended at the colonial heritage city of Cochin, home to Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic and British traders at various times in its history. We have inspected all the good hotels in the region (43 hotels at our last count since arriving in South India) and eaten many delicious seafood curries. Here are a few photos of our Keralan adventure... The quirky turquoise houseboat at Privacy, part…

South India photoblog: Dindigul, Madurai and Munnar

Follow us as we continue our journey through South India; this time from the fresh and fertile countryside of Dindigul, to the cultural hub of Madurai and into 'God's own country', Kerala, to the emerald green mountains of Munnar, carpeted with tea fields. It is always exciting when you find a new secret gem, and discoveries don’t come more delightful than this one in Dindigul… Opened in October 2012, Rajakkad Estate is an intimate garden hotel with 7 unique bedrooms within an 18th century…

Special Offers on a balmy beach holiday in Kerala, South India and on the Oberoi’s luxurious palace hotels in North India

If you feel like escaping to warmer shores to experience a real 'Indian Summer', we have a few excellent special offers to tempt you.  Firstly, for holidays at selected Oberoi hotels in northern India we have a special deal for the month of September: “Stay two nights and get a third night free!” at the Amarvilas in Agra, Rajvilas in Jaipur and at Udaivilas in Udaipur.We also have a truly superb saving on an exotic holiday to Kerala staying at CGH Earth properties for 18% cheaper than normal…

New itinerary: Tamil Nadu and Kerala... A Luxury Tailor-made Tour of South India

We have designed a brand new itinerary which we are extremely excited about...TAMIL NADU & KERALA, A LUXURY TAILOR-MADE TOUR OF SOUTH INDIA 16 days from £3610 per person Mahabalipuram | Pondicherry | Tanjore | Karaikudi |Madurai |Backwaters | Mararikulam | Cochin Towering temples, mist shrouded hills and palm fringed beaches are just a few of the incredible sights that await you on this wonderful tour of India's two southernmost states, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, which are incredibly…
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