Following the huge increase in tourist visa fees as of 17th January 2013 from £32 to £82,
I just signed the petition “Government of India: Harmonise the global fee for Visas” on Change.org.
It’s important. Will you sign it too? Here’s the link:
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‘Pushkar Camel fair’
Witness a scene unchanged for centuries. Pushkar camel fair is set in a valley of 500 temples and timed to coincide with the Kartik Poornima religious festival. A stay here will remain long in the memory and offer a contrasting diversion from the Rajasthan trail. Nightly stays can be arranged in private tented villages on the outskirts of the town.Dates: 25th to 28th November 2012. Still time to book for a truly authentic experience
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Points South ‘Enchanting Retreat’ Kerala
Dewalokam homestay was rated one of our clients favourite desinations during the 2011/12 season. This peaceful farmhouse is located on the banks of the river Kannadipuzha and its farm and spice gardens provide meals rich in organic produce. Close by are the Thettakad bird and Kodanad Elephant sanctuaries.
Tamil Nadu is a great place for a trip, still very few tourists and plenty to see, we are allowed to enter the temples here for a close up on the fascinating rituals unchanged for centuries.
The miles of coastline offer some superb beach front resorts, such as the Dune Near Pondicherry.
Pondicherry retains a strong French atmosphere in both the buildings and the food. The area of Chettinad is really interesting, the villages are full of enormous mansions>built in the early 20th and late 19th century by the wealthy Chettiars as a statement of their wealth, many are now in ruins, a few have been converted into lovely small hotels, such as Visalam( a CGH Earth property) and Chidambara Vilas.
Points North has been launched to include Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra where we continue to seek out small interesting hotels for our customers and provide tailor made itineraries
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We told Jane Points that we didn’t do organised travel. She very cleverly organised everything without us feeling herded about, even to the extent of getting there a day later than we said we would, still walking on to our two connecting flights that day without a flicker on anyone’s heart monitor (except maybe Jane’s).
She interviewed us on the telephone for 20 minutes or so on three occasions, thought long and carefully about what she would show us, booked the most splendid and memorable places to stay and gave us a brilliant driver and car to get there.
We saw the unusual, the sublime, the theatrical, the hysterical, the colourful, the noisy, the vibrant, the welcoming, the breathtaking, the different, we saw South India in a way that captivated and enchanted us. This we were NOT expecting.
I’ve never met Jane before, she was introduced by a friend. I have no axe to grind but would say that we could easily have got lost in the mire of Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Google searching etc and would never have done or seen half the things Jane kindly sorted out for us. Ten out of ten, well done.
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This tour offers a comprehensive introduction to Kerala: a journey of discovery from the majestic Western Ghat mountains to the still backwaters, followed by two days relaxing on the stunning coastline overlooking the Arabian sea.
Ascending to Munnar one of the highest growing tea areas in the world located close to Rajmalia National Park. Here a trek can be arranged locally to enjoy the stunning scenery and bird life. Descending from the cool of the Western Ghats to the backwaters for a night on a houseboat. The backwaters form a network of canals and lagoon flowing into Lake Vembanad India’s longest lake, the area is home to many species of birdlife.The tour ends in Cochin, historic spice capital, busy harbour and Kerala’s main trading port.10 nights staying at top quality heritage hotels and resorts.
Day 1Arrive Cochin Airport
Transfer to Windermere Estate Munnar approx 3 ½ hours drive
Windermere is set on a cardamom plantation with superb views over the surrounding countryside, a local trek through the tea estates can be arranged, a drive to top station or a visit to the Rajmalia National Park.
Day 2 Windermere Estate at leisure Day 3 Drive to Allepey approx 4 hours Night on a houseboat cruising the backwatersDay 4 After breakfast you are delivered by boat to Coconut lagoon
Coconut Lagoon is a lovely heritage resort set on an island on Lake Vembanad,
Perfect for exploring the lake on a small canoe, bird watching, Ayurvedic treatment. The resort has a resident naturalist to help you identify the birds and plants.Day 5 Coconut lagoon Day 6 Coconut lagoon
Day 7 Transfer to Marari beach resort About 1 hour Marari beach resort is situated just outside Allepey, the resort is set in beautiful gardens with direct access to the beach, a large pool and Ayurvedic spa Day 8 Marari beach
Day 9 Transfer to Fort Cochin Brunton Boatyard Hotel Brunton Boatyard is situated on the waterfront, built in early Dutch style with a lovely pool overlooking the harbour. All the rooms have balconies looking out onto the harbour. A sightseeing tour of Fort Cochin is included. A very central location for shopping and exploring Fort CochinDay 10 Bruton Boatyard
Day 11 transfer to Cochin Airport for flight home. for details of the cost of this tour please contact Points South directly.Share on Facebook
Kerala is a great destination for a holiday as there is such a variety of things to do and places to go. From the long sandy beaches, the miles of relaxing backwaters , the cool green landscape of the Western Ghats, the rich tropical forests of the National parks, to the bustling streets of Fort Cochin there is something for everyone . The beauty of having a tailor made holiday is that it gives the client the flexibility to experience what is of interest to them for as long as they have available and the budget will allow, by talking to an expert on Kerala who makes visits 99% of the hotels she recommends Jane Points will help you to create the perfect itinerary, for a truly memorable holiday in an fascinating destination.
A deserted beach in Northern Kerala -only me!Share on Facebook