Anyone booked on this trip departing Jan 14th?

Married female - 63, just booked. My first trip to India - travelling on my own!

Hi if you are booked for Tropical South, then yes I have just booked same as solo female 60 for 14 Jan. First trip India. Very much looking 4ward to it :)

Hi Mullie. Have you travelled with Exodus before? This is my 4th trip having been to Easter Europe, Cuba & China. Am travelling to Heathrow from Somerset. Up until last May I used to live 3 miles from Heathrow! Look out for me at the terminal!

Hi - No never with Exodus before. I usually organise trips myself on own- have been to Sri Lanka last 2 years but wanted added safety of group for India. Very strange - I live in Somerset but was brought up in Hayes! Yes will look out for you!

Hi again. Just caught up with your reply. Have been travelling again. Just did a trip to Tallinn, Riga & Vilnius with Titan, then a week self catering in North Norfolk. What a coincidence that you're also in Somerset.
Whereabouts are you? I'm in a village, about 7 miles from Bridgwater, off the A39 to Minehead.
Just had my typhoid jab, everything else is up to date. Only 3 months (13 weeks) to go!

I have a list of the hotels we will be using on this trip if anyone wants them. Useful to look up the reviews on TripAdvisor!

Hi - Yes not long now! I am near Wells.
Would be nice to see hotels if you can list them. I booked my own flight as I wanted to stay extra day at end but think outwards is possibly same - Sri Lankan Air on 14th departing 1235?

Hi again. Wells isn't too far from me - I've been to the market on Wednesdays a few times.

The group flights have been changed 3 times now. It was originally Sri Lankan, then it was Emirates and now it's Etihad via Abu Dhabi, departs T4 at LHR at 14:05, arrives via a change at Cochin at 08:20 Jan 15th.

Here's the list of hotels as were given to me last month;
The hotel used for this trip is below

Hotel Bright Heritage,
1/508, A1, Tower Road, Fort Cochin 682001 ,
Tel: +91 (484) 2216635
www.brightheritagekochi.com

Hotel Clouds Valley
Kannan Devan Hills, A.M.Road Munnar 685612, India - Tel: +91 4865 230687
www.cloudsvalleymunnar.com

Hotel Poppy's Madurai
122, Near Meenakshi Mission Hospital, Airport – Mattuthavani Ring Road, Madurai – 625107 - Tel: +91 452 4210 411
www.poppyshotel.com/madurai/overview.htm

Hotel Grand Thekkady
Lake Road, Periyar, Kerala 685509, Tel: +91 4869 222 607
www.grandthekkady.in

Planters Homestay
Paravarakathu House, Bharananganam, Amparanirappel PO, Kottayam Tel: +91 4822 236250, http://www.plantershomestay.in/planters-homestay/
Deshadan Backwater Resort
Kayipuram,Muhamma, Allepey – 688525 kerala, India Tel : +91-478-2584055
www.deshadanbackwaterresort.com/

House boat

Hotel Soma Palmshore
Light House Road, Kovalam, Vizhinjam, Trivandrum 695 521
Tel + 91 471 248 66 66
www.somapalmshore.com

Just got back from my stepdaughter's wedding in Galway yesterday - off to catch up with the washing!

Applied for my e visa yesterday and it arrived by email at 02:13 this morning. Impressed! In fact they sent 4 copies of the same email!

Yes I got my visa too with lots of text messages! I see the trip is full but no one else seems to be posting here. I will be on different flight via Colombo from T3 LHR so will see you there. My flight arrives at Kochi at 0910 so will see you at hotel. Am definitely in need of some warmth & sunshine now.

Good to hear from you again. Getting really excited now. I rang exodus today about currency as I was concerned about the situation in India since the government rescinded all 500 and 1000 rupee notes in November. Exodus assured me that everything was fine BUT...
The media reported 2 days ago that the central bank hasn't completed the task of printing new notes, which has led to queues at banks. Only 40% of ATMs have so far been recalibrated to take the new notes.
I guess we'll be appraised of the situation when we arrive!

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