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Newsletter for July 2008


Ladies Dressed in SareesWelcome to our first Indian Panorama Newsletter!

Our aim is to keep you up to date with news and places of interest which we have discovered on our travels and other information to help you when the time comes to plan your next trip to India.

We have also begun creating a Photo Gallery, which we will be adding to regularly. Here you will find some special photos we have taken from our travels, beginning in North India, Dharamsala to Mandi.


Elephants of South India...

Travelling in India provides ample opportunity to experience first-hand encounters with the majestic Asian elephant.



We have introduced a new and exciting independent itinerary which not only takes in many of the best sights of South India, but has an emphasis on seeing, touching & interacting with these beautiful and mighty animals.

The first elephants you will see on your tour were carved into living rock more than 1000 years ago in Mahabalipuram. In many places a "temple elephant" will happily bless you upon entrance to the temple.


At Elephant Junction, Periyar - interaction with the elephants can get a little wet!

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Join the Mahouts at Kodanad Elephant Camp...

Here the Mahouts will put their charges through some training exercises, before humans and elephants alike process down to the edge of the Periyar River for a long and languorous bath (for the elephants at least).


Humans require a fair amount of elbow grease to give the elephants their coconut-shell scrubbing they look forward to every day. Orphaned baby or juvenile elephants are rescued from the wild and are bought to Kodanad for training and domestication. This can be one of the most unforgettable experiences with Indian elephants!

This, like all our independent itineraries are completely flexible and can be customised to your requirements.

Click here for more details on Elephants of South India

Some of Our Favourite Places...

Nahargarh Ranthambore, Rajasthan


This very special place to stay sits on the edge of Ranthambore National Park. A visit to Nahargarh will not only give you a chance to experience a tiger-spotting safari, but also take in the splendour of this majestic palace. Nahargarh is a replica of a traditional Rajput Palace and its heritage feel oozes with the grandeur of the royal lifestyle. The huge rooms offer luxury accommodation at affordable prices, and you'll feel like Maharajas and Maharinis!

Ranthambore National Park is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. The varied topography of the national park is also home to animals such as the jackal, caracal, mongoose, nilgai, sloth bear and leopard.


Cardamom House, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu

Cardamom House is located in a stunning location on the edge of Lake Kamarajar, nestled in the foothills of the Western Ghats mountain range.

An enchanting family homestay, Cardamom House is located in a remote part of Tamil Nadu, South India. It is also an eco-farm and bird-watching centre. Here you can experience true unspoiled rural and village life at your own pace.

This warm, welcoming piece of paradise has been created by retired British physician, Dr. Chris Lucas. Chris is very much a gentleman, an enthusiastic foodie and a great story-teller who enjoys meeting fellow travellers. The team at Cardamom House share in Chris's humour and enthusiasm and prepare the most fantastic meals, using organic produce from their farm and local ingredients. Chris and the team embrace in sharing with their visitors this welcome retreat from the bustle of India, and do so with the broadest of smiles.


Bird watchers will enjoy seeing many different species by the Lake or taking a day trip into the hills. An excursion to Athoor Village can be a highlight, or there are many walks near to Cardamom House. But the peaceful surroundings are very conducive to simply relaxing and reading.

You will also enjoy breakfast on the bougainvillea-clad verandahs, and dinner on the rooftop terrace under the stars.

The team at Cardamom House attempt to follow as far as is practical, strict Ecological Practices and use Renewable Energy Resources wherever it is possible. Solar Cells provides the current used to pump water.

Mundackal Plantation Homestay, Kerala

A tranquil country homestay surrounded by spice plantations, rubber tree groves and banana palms.


Jose and Daisy Mundackal welcome you into their home with warm and genuine hospitality.

Upon arrival, you will be offered a homemade passionfruit juice and later laden with scrumptious Keralan food to your heart's content. Daisy also offers cooking lessons!

Nearby, at Kodanad Elephant Training Krall, there is opportunity to observe (and join in if you wish), in the daily elephant bathing ritual. (see our "Elephants of South India" itinerary). Afterwards, there is the opportunity to take an elephant ride, and then perhaps relax with a ready-made picnic at a lakeside tree-house.


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Jose will gladly take you for a tour around the plantation, where you will learn about the art of tapping rubber and the processes of preparing latex sheets for market. Jose will also show you the many different spices, coffee beans and fruits which are grown on the property.

Conveniently located near to Cochin Airport, it is a perfect two or three night stay at the start or the end of your trip.

Any of these destinations can be incorporated into your customised itineraries. Contact us for more information.