Jane suggested a stay at Swa Swara, a magical place full of beauty, harmony and utmost relaxation. I spent 10 days there and I could have not wished for a better place to unwind and replenish myself.
The rooms were spacious, nicely decorated and secluded. The food was delicious and even better when we joined the chefs in the kitchen to learn more about the various ingredients.
The day to day schedule was full of wonderful classes, ranging from basic to more advanced yoga, relaxation and creative art and crafts. And the spa facilities were fantastic – the staff take care of you, are welcoming and the different spa treatments are beyond blissful. I spent many days and nights just in a peaceful relaxation, strolling down to the sea or learning about the ways the hotel tries to limit water waste and live in tranquillity with its environment. Suffice to say I will return and recommending this to anyone who needs some R&R!
Ms J Kressner June 2018
Outstanding holiday to Rajasthan, perfect to be off the tourist trail.
Great choice of hotels and routes, that really brought Rajasthan to life for us. Where do we go next?
Mr & Mrs G Eversfield- March 2018.
From the time that we were met at Chennai airport by Sanal, it was evident that Jane had organised a journey that had met both our need and expectations- in fact exceeded them! Our visit to Tamil Nadu and Kerala was a total success mostly thanks to Jane’s great knowledge of the area and thoughtfulness. We enjoyed a great mixture of culture with Tamil Nadu’s fascinating temples and amazing nature with the gentle beauty of Kerala. Our guide in Periyar Park was amazing.
Everywhere the people were exceptionally friendly and welcoming and we ate delicious food.
Our driver Sanal was fantastic, always punctual, cheerful, and full of good ideas on what to do and where to eat. The whole experience was memorable enchanting and relaxing. Thank you.
Mr & Mrs G Henley-Price -March 2018.
Our trip to Karnataka and Kerala was an extraordinarily wonderful trip, plenty of variety to keep everyone happy (6 of us), we stayed in fabulous hotels and home stays.
The Southern Indian people are charming and gentle, and we were able to begin to understand their way of life.We had an excellent driver, Bennet, his mini bus became our second home! Jane was so helpful in helping us to plan our trip, she understood what we wanted from this holiday and completely delivered.
Mr & Mrs J Petty March 2018
This was probably our best holiday-ever to Sri Lanka, brilliantly organised with a wonderful balance of history, culture & wildlife together with a relaxing stay on a lovely beach at the end.
Mr & Mrs T Sherston January 2018
I can’t recommend a family holiday in Kerala organised by Points South more highly.
The five of us had the most wonderful time staying in home stays, really getting a flavour of Kerala, thanks to Jane’s comprehensive knowledge of India and our wonderful driver, Bennett, who couldn’t have done more for us. Everywhere we stayed was different. One had staggering views, one had a spice farm, one had an amazing view of a festival boat race but the one thing they all had in common was that the owners would bend over backwards to show you everything you should see in the area.
Jane took on board exactly what sort of holiday we wanted and sorted it accordingly. We stayed a couple of days in each place and packed in a huge amount so that all five of us felt that the holiday had been tailored for us individually. That is no mean feat. If you want to go to India, go to Jane, tell her what you want and she does that and more.
Mr & Mrs Black September 2017
THANK YOU JANE FOR ORGANISING (AND I QUOTE FROM EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY) ‘THE BEST HOLIDAY OF OUR LIVES”. IT WAS SUCH A TREASURED HOLIDAY IN SRI LANKA, FOR US ALL – YOU TOTALLY UNDERSTOOD WHAT WE ALL NEEDED. WHAT MORE CAN I SAY, EXCEPT A VERY, VERY BIG THANK YOU FROM ALL OF US.
The Gore family February 2017
“We had a lovely two weeks in Kerala, very much because of Jane’s planning. For us, the idea of “home stays” is perfect, allowing us to meet local people – as well as like-minded visitors. But it does depend on knowing where to go and which to choose. Here Jane’s great expertise is what you need – partly, of course, to protect you from the vagaries of the internet!
Mr & Mrs Herbert January 2017
“We’d like to thank both of you for everything you did to ensure our trip was a success; it was fantastic.
The destinations, the hotels and the transport were marvellous. And Bennet our driver, just overcame any minor issues, such as the absence of bank notes, Jaya’s death(chief minister of Tamil Nadu) and the cyclone!!
Thank you so much for such a perfect trip.
Mr & Mrs Manning December 2016.
“A wonderful holiday, very cleverly designed by you Jane, highlights Diwali in Mumbai, Houseboat and Paradisa plantation.
Shibu our driver was such a nice man.
Mr & Mrs Frewer November 2016.
Firstly, lets congratulate the three boys for their respective roles as drivers through Sri Lanka, The south and Rajasthan: Jerry, Jess, Sunil….all in their own way were brilliant and became great friends.
“In the main we had an awesome time on our 6 week honeymoon, and much of that is down to your sage advice and great organisation, along with the partner agencies you chose to work with.If we were to change anything, that’s probably down to what we know now, that we did not know then!
Mr & Mrs Haley November 2016.
“We had the most fabulous holiday with an excellent driver, and loved every minute of seeing part of Southern India(Karnataka and North Kerala)
Many thanks Jane for your attention to detail-amazing.
Mr & Mrs J Capo- Bianco, October 2016.
“We had as two families, with seven children ranging from eleven to twenty, the most wonderful adventure during our first trip to India organised by Points South.
It was a breathtaking adventure with sights and experiences we will never forget. From the bustle of the cities and the sheer numbers of people to the peace of hill tops and then the magic of seeing a tiger and a leopard in the Nagarhole forest before finally the tranquility of the back waters. It really was the perfect introduction to this extraordinary country and the attention to detail, the variety of the sights and the modes of transport from trains to rice barges that Jane organised and achieved for us was an absolute triumph. We simply can’t wait until for our next Points South adventure!
Mr & Mrs G Eversfield & Mr & Mrs J Laidlaw -May 2016.
“We can’t thank Jane Points of Points South India Travel enough for the wonderful job she did of planning and booking our Christmas trip to Sri Lanka for us. She listened to our various requests and combined then into a great itinerary that met all our needs. Over the course of 12 days, we were immersed in history and culture, saw wildlife including elephants in the wild, tea stations, stunning landscapes and views and idyllic beaches. We ate both like kings and locals.
We walked and climbed and swam and reclined…
Our accommodation was perfect- smaller extremely comfortable boutique hotels with first class but non-invasive service. And our driver Douglas was a total treasure. Calm and kind and yet capable of negotiating the traffic madness swiftly and safely; (who knew this tiny island had a population of 20 million?!) he was an amazingly knowledgeable polite and humorous guide, and totally flexible to our needs. All in all a holiday we won’t forget and great value to boot! Anyone thinking of travelling to Sri Lanka please save yourself the hassle and get in contact with Jane and her vast wealth of experience at Points South.
Mr & Mrs Noakes January 2016.
“We have had a wonderful time, our tour has run like clockwork. We have been treated like royalty everywhere, which I’m sure is due to your connections”.
Mr & Mrs V Brown, January 2016.
“Having always wanted to go to India little did I imagine I would be taking two teenage girls with me. Jane, from Points South, in her amazing style managed to work her magic and deliver all our requests and dreams on the trip in the space of 16 days. Travelling as a group of three women felt a little daunting, but the planning behind the scenes was so well organised that we didn’t have one moment where we felt out of our depth. Armed with a personal driver Sanal he was there on time and delivered on time to all our beautiful destinations. Sanal was a dream, driving in India is no mean feet and he managed to make the trip smooth and very interesting with his local knowledge.
Our accommodation was second to none, we had asked to be housed in home stays and these exceeded our expectations, clean, charming hosts and amazing food. Each one of our home stays had its own uniqueness and charm, in many we wished we could have stayed at a little longer. India’s richness, in culture, colour, religion and beautiful scenery made for a trip of a life time for all of us. We have all suggested that another trip should be in the pipeline with Points South behind us”.
Maria Bird January 2016
“We fell in love with Bundi where we were able to cook a traditional Indian breakfast with local fresh produce and spices. Jane showed us that Bundi has an abundance to offer away from the tourist trails”.
Miss Antonia Hall December 2015
“An amazing, fabulous and most enjoyable holiday. Many thanks to Jane for all your attention to detail. Newton was most helpful at all times. Ram our driver was a star……All the guides are knowledgeable, courteous and just lovely. We would highly recommend Points South Travel to all our friends”.
Mr and Mrs Capo-Bianco December 2015
Jerry our driver was very attentive, friendly and punctual, he was very knowledgeable and couldn’t do enough for us. The car was very clean and comfortable and his driving very good I would highly recommend him. We absolutely fell in love with Sri Lanka, such beautiful landscapes and wildlife, beautiful weather and beautiful people. Our trip was very well organised and we found it fascinating and relaxing- simply put, we cannot wait to go back!.
Mr & Mrs A Leader September 2015
Travelling In India can seem daunting if you are a woman on your own, but with the right planning it will be one of the most rewarding trips you will ever take! I have now visited India three times with Points South, the first with my husband and the second and third on my own. They were two of the best holidays I have had. Although I was visiting my daughter , much of the time I was on my own while she was at work. I felt very safe and the Indian people are extremely courteous and helpful.
Going alone has it perks – if you like shopping then you will be in heaven, so many gorgeous bazaars and with no nagging husband you can shop to your delight and just do what YOU want to do. I thoroughly recommend booking with Points South, everything was meticulously organised, the reps and drivers were wonderful and I always felt safe. You will have a brilliant time!.
Mrs P Woodhead July 2015
We have just enjoyed a week at Club Villa to celebrate our 30th Anniversary with our young adult children. Having visited Sri Lanka 30 years ago we were keen to stay somewhere that reflected the country we fell in love with back then. Thanks to Jane Points, at Points South, who understood our needs and organised our holiday. Club Villa is not a polished boutique hotel, it is like staying in a slightly eccentric private villa. It has so much character and is a Sri Lankan experience.
Mr and Mrs J Dibble April 2015
Thank you for all your careful planning of our trip to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Angsana Ihuru in the Maldives was fantastic, we will definitely go back.
Mr and Mrs P Diggles February 2015
Jane, Thank you so much for arranging such a wonderful and memorable holiday. It is obvious that you researched all aspects of the holiday very thoroughly in advance. Everything went perfectly to plan, transport, accommodation, food- all fantastic. Our driver was tremendous, nothing was to much trouble , he looked after us as if we were his own family. We would not hesitate to recommend you to our friends.
Mr and Mrs Derek Stringer November 2014
Thank you so much for putting together such an amazing honeymoon for us!
It was incredible from start to finish. What an amazing country. Your itinerary was just perfect, all the activities were brilliant, Sigiriya was incredible arrived first at the summit, loved the village tour and elephant ride.
Adrian and Barbara Ramini August 2014
Our recent trip to Sri Lanka was fantastic. We stayed in beautiful hotels, colonial and boutique, ate amazing food and saw interesting sights. Our driver was very knowledgeable and took us to extra places not set out in the itinerary. At one point he suddenly stopped and to our delight waited until forty-two elephants had crossed the road! The success of the holiday was all due to Jane who listened to our requirements and devised an interesting trip visiting Colombo, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Nuwara Eliya and Galle. Everything worked like clockwork making the experience relaxing and enjoyable. Jane removed all the stress of bookings etc, all we had to do was sort out our flights. Thank you Jane for a great holiday.
Lizzie Bowen May 2014
We had the MOST fantastic trip and absolutely loved everywhere we went. Somebody asked what our favourite place was and it is a nigh impossible question to answer! You did such a fantastic job and we couldn’t have had a better holiday.
Mr and Mrs W Goodhew – April 2014
Points-South organised a brilliant trip for us. As this was our fourth trip to India and a return trip to the South (albeit after 25 years) we were keen to experience something different. Jane Points listened
and understood our requirements and produced a very well balanced itinerary based around homestays each of which had its own character. The home stays met our wish to enjoy authentic Keralan cuisine (and learn how to cook it), do some walking and bird watching and enjoy local culture at our own pace and without any obligatory sightseeing. We did not want beach but we did want relaxation – and we got that in spades despite some longish car journeys;
We stayed at least two and sometimes three nights in each place allowing us time to unwind and really benefit from all that a home stay has to offer – including time to wander round local villages and visit local temples as well as chat with (always interesting) fellow guests at the communal meals. Our hosts were wonderfully kind, taking us to an amazing festival at a local Hindu temple with decorated temple elephants and amazing music; to bathe elephants in the local river; and on forest walks and birdwatching excursions. Our driver was efficient (always on time) as well as charming and informative and bent over backwards to look after us – even suggesting and organising an impromptu stop at a nature reserve and finding us a guide at very short notice. We would highly recommend this very different experience of India to anyone. Jane’s insights and enthusiasm and ‘on the ground’ knowledge obtained from her personal visits and assiduous debriefs from her clientele are invaluable. Her personal touch extends to knowing and trying to ensure you have the best room and the right driver – that attention to detail is hard to match!
Mandy Warnford-Davis- March 2014