The Taj Garden Retreat is set amidst woods strewn with flowering shrubs and coffee plants. The 32 rooms are comprised of cottages built on stilts, all with private balconies, satellite TV, and en suite facilities. Dining is in the Periyar room, with a range of Chinese, Continental and Indian cuisine, as well as local Keralan specialties. Other facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, ayurvedic massage and the services of an in-house wildlife expert.
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"Having tea with a Maharjah. Lucky to travel at Holi time and enjoy the festivities.
Mrs Lynda James"
"Our guide Bhavari added to our enjoyment of the Amber Fort by telling us all about the historical background and explaining his own views. Rattan our guide in Delhi was also excellent. He is 75 and traced the huge changes he has seen in India through his own life story.
Mrs Angela Southon"
"I had a wonderful trip to India. It surpassed all expectations. From start to finish it was a flawless execution. The organisation was superb at all levels.
"We are just returned from a magical trip to Sri Lanka. The whole trip was beautifully organised from end to end and the quality of the hotels was astounding. Cox & Kings have really excelled in this holiday and the Sri Lankan hotels were of the best. We greatly enjoyed the train trip out of Kandy – even more so when, in exchange for a small gift, we were both invited in to the drivers cab for the most spectacular section of the journey. Thank you again for a memorable trip, faultless from end to end.
George and Sue Langton"
"Diana Driscoll educated us last year on Mughal Uzbekistan. Because of her we booked onto this Mughal India tour to continue our education. She is inspirational and enthuses us with her love of the subject. Everything about the tour was inspirational. If we have to choose just one thing.....it would be The residency at Lucknow. Also, the India based Tour Manager Madhav Das Rathmore was quite superb and liaised well with Diana, especially since this was the first time the tour had run and the first time they had worked together.
Mr Robert Mundell"
"Seeing the Himalayas emerge from the cloud and trekking in the Himalayas was awe inspiring.
Ms Christine Smith"
"Going to Varanasi which is a unique experience - an amazing combination of devout faith coupled with the madness that is India.
Mrs Anneke Berrill"
"Visiting ancient buddhist temples, caves and ruins. I was inspired imagining so many monks dedicating themselves the the dharma teachings of the Buddha.
Mrs Anthea Murray"
"Just about everything regarding the trip was absolutely wonderful.
Ms Annalouise Cronin"
"Everything always works! If you want a holiday tailor-made especially to your requirements, then Cox & Kings has it. No substitute for discussing possibilities and what you might want with a consultant who has been there are also is aware of your requirements. In the end you get what you paid for.
Mrs Esther Ford"
"It was all incredible and the organisation was excellent. The knowledge of the guides made the holiday inspirational for we were taken back in time and had a glorious picture painted of the Moghul era and Rajput era. The guide for the taj mahal was inspired and we were caught up in the romance and historical truths. In Jaipur the Amber fort was described superbly as well as Fatehpur Sikri. The excellence of the Delhi guide has stayed with us into our long term memory. This is a standard of high scholarship and deeply engaging presentation.
Mrs Kiron Wilcox"
"There were so many [inspirational moments]: the houseboat in Alleppey, the first sight of Kochi harbour at dusk, the Chola temples. An all-round excellent mix.
Dr Andrew Macfarlane"
"The opportunity to see the Taj Mahal, on two occasions, ie at sunset and at sunrise. This was all the more poignant for us as we saw the Taj Mahal, firstly, on Valentine's Day and, secondly, on my 60th birthday. It was perfect and well done for organising it on key dates!!
Mrs Wendy Emmott"
"The evening visit to the Golden Temple in Amristar. It was our first night in India and the combination of beauty, religious solemnity and being very far from home was overwhelming. We knew our holiday was going to be a good one!
Mr Shaun O'Connell"