Reasons to Visit
India's central parks are home to a vast range of species - on any game drive you might see spotted and barking deer, sloth bears, Indian gazelle, numerous bird species and of course the majestic tiger. But India can boast a lot more than this - visitors to the Chambal Sanctuary might spot the rare Gangetic dolphin and the elusive Asiatic lion can be found at Sasan Gir.
Whether it's the bright saris and traditional jewellery worn by Indian women, the colourful mounds of spices adorning market stalls, or the soft, pastel pink of a sunset over Agra, every way you turn in India you are confronted by vivid and beautiful colours.
As Brits we are famously fond of a curry, but anyone who has been to India will tell you that traditional Indian food is in many ways very different. The subtle and expertly blended herbs and spices create an incredibly tasty meal and the variation of flavours and ingredients between each region is remarkable.
India has perhaps the greatest diversity of landscape of any country; from the mighty Himalaya range to arid lunar landscapes in Ladakh, forested foothills, tea and spice plantations, deserts, mangrove forests, vast plains, tropical backwaters and remote islands. You won't have to travel far to feel like you are in a completely different world.
From the Mughal forts of Jodhpur and Gwalior to the palaces of Jaipur and Udaipur, there are majestic buildings in every major city. There are also numerous smaller forts and palaces which have been carefully restored, providing an excellent place to stay and experience regal Indian life as it once was.
India is the meeting place of several different world religions. We can suggest the most important places to visit to enjoy the beauty of ancient Buddhist sculptures or marvel at Hindu temples adorned with the pantheon of colourful gods. Our guides will point out the intricacies of mosque design or explain the meaning of a ceremony in a Sikh gurdwara.
Any trip to India should include at least one journey by train. Rail travellers will experience a glimpse of a bygone era, and an overnight journey offers the excitement of waking in your private car to a new and vibrant landscape beyond the window.
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Located 14 kms from Alleppey, this eco-friendly resort is set in 25 acres of coconut palm groves leading directly to the beach.
Located 14 kms from Alleppey, this eco-friendly resort is set in 25 acres of coconut palm groves leading directly to the beach. It is built in the style of a traditional fishing village with 52 white-washed thatched villas scattered beneath the trees.
Each detached air-conditioned Garden Villa has a small enclosed garden area with a veranda and is furnished in cane with terracotta tiling. Each bathroom is part-open to a small private courtyard, complete with banana or papaya tree! The Pool Villas have their own private plunge pool.
There is an Ayurvedic centre, a large swimming pool, a bar and an amphitheatre where cultural shows are performed. The main focus in the buffet restaurant is on Keralan cuisine, though a range of international favourites are also available. Seafood is based on the fresh catch of the day. Another favourite is the fishermen's curries, simmered in clay pots, and served up with a traditional leaf spoon.
There are plenty of places around the resort perfect for putting your feet up and relaxing. Yoga, beach volleyball and tennis are available for the more active and the long beach is great for a walk. The hotel can arrange a local excursion if you prefer to get out and about.
Marari Beach has won awards for its environmental programmes, such as its solar-driven water-heating and rainwater harvesting schemes, organic vegetable gardens and composting.
The small fishing village of Mararikulam is only 14 kilometres from Alleppey and just over an hour south of Cochin. It's the perfect spot to spend time relaxing on the beach.
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