If you are travelling to India for the first time, JARVIS JOURNEYS is heaven sent. If you are already a lover of all things Indian and are looking to have that love rekindled, JARVIS JOURNEYS will ensure that will happen.
We should know, as between the four of us travelling together for two weeks through Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, we qualified for both descriptions, and over a month later, we still haven’t stopped smiling and laughing as we recall our wonderful memories .
Many a travel agent has the necessary expertise and experience to offer a successful and enjoyable holiday, but Vivienne Jarvis’ personal history has offered her a very special take on South India, which she enthusiastically uses and selflessly shares with you. Vivienne managed, with seeming effortlessness, to take the realisation of our combined hopes and dreams way beyond expectations. Her thoroughness and attention to detail before and during our holiday was a major factor.
However, her trump card is unique to her. Vivienne has an authoritative confidence and huge warmth that has obviously been conveyed to and therefore is now shown by everyone who took care of us, from our thoughtful, gentle driver to happy home owners and resort managers alike. All of whom performed their roles with kindness, efficiency and a natural eagerness to please, only to then double it on announcing their association with Jarvis Journeys!
Let’s do it all over again.
Mr & Mrs Edward Fairbairn
Mr & Mrs Jonathan Leiserach
We had always been attracted to going to India on holiday but where to go, what to see, who to ask?
Then we heard about Jarvis Journeys and all our questions were answered . My sister and her husband had previously visited South India with Jarvis Journeys, and so excited were we about her experience we were emboldened to follow suit. The reassurance & organisation that we had previously lacked was suddenly there on a plate for us.
We had lots of contact with Jarvis Journeys in planning our holiday. Vivienne Jarvis was a bottomless source of information, and the fact she personally knew every aspect of where we were going, made the planning exercise hugely enjoyable.
Indeed, it was Viv’s intimate personal knowledge of South India, from having been brought up there, that provided the bedrock of one of the best trips we’ve ever undertaken. There was not one part of the holiday which did not reflect Viv’s personal touch. Our accommodation was always of the highest quality. We were transported in total safety in the company of a charming driver. We visited so many different & fascinating places from the bustling metropolis of Bangalore, to the historic city of Mysore, to a stunning & luxurious safari experience, to the hills & tea estates of the Western Ghats where the days of the Raj were still to be seen including Ooty and the journey on the Nilgiris Mountains steam railway and onwards to the attractive port of Cochin and the extensive Backwaters.
We simply could not recommend our trip any the more and at every stage it was totally apparent that it was Jarvis Journeys’ personal touch, together with their brilliant organisational skills and attention to detail, that were able to provide us with the trip of a lifetime.
Roger and Vanessa Thomas
An experience that we will treasure and remember for many years!
Our second trip to South India was with Jarvis Journeys and was the experience of a lifetime.
From the initial discussions and planning through to the itinerary and arrangements, the attention to detail and the desire to meet our specification was outstanding. All the advice we received was so obviously based on first hand knowledge and experience that we were totally confident to put ourselves in their hands.
Jarvis Journeys made sure that we were superbly looked after by everyone we met and went out of their way to ensure that we visited and appreciated the major cultural sites as well as the smaller aspects of life in India that all added to the richness of the experience.
Jarvis Journeys clearly has an extensive network of personal contacts and agents in South India, which ensures a stress and trouble free holiday.
The standard of accommodation that was chosen for us was superb ranging from 7 star resort hotels, luxury city hotels, to old Maharajas’ palaces, more simple homestays, and heritage colonial bungalows. The level of service from everyone we met was second to none and demonstrated the welcoming and hospitable nature of the South Indian people.
We saw so many amazing sights on our journey from impressive temples and religious ceremonies to wildlife and spectacular views that our cameras worked overtime and we were just awed with the variety and diversity of this part of the India.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Jarvis Journeys to anyone who is looking to holiday in South India and wants an expert, personalised and professional service from someone who really knows the place first hand, to help them get the best out of their time there.
We will certainly be returning!
Lynn and Robin Thornton
I had a truly exciting and exhilarating experience travelling to South India with Jarvis Journeys. I saw so many things I would never have seen if it were not for their experience and knowledge. I felt safe and looked after every step of the way and I highly recommend their services.
Mrs C Rowlandson
Richmond upon Thames
Our trip to South India was one of the best holidays we have ever had and remains one of our all time greats. Our amazing experience was due to Jarvis Journeys’ very careful and thoughtful attention to our wishes and needs, in putting together the best itinerary. We were truly able to experience the wonders of southern India.
It was also particularly enjoyable staying at homestays rather than bigger hotels. We did cookery courses, ate with the family when we wanted and felt truly welcome into their homes. We visited wonderful places that other tourists didn’t go to (we know this because we didn’t see any!). We had a brilliant driver who stayed with us the whole time and because of Jarvis Journeys’ own internal intelligence and knowledge we avoided so many of the hiccups which can accompany a holiday of this kind.
We have no hesitation in recommending them and would definitely use Jarvis Journeys again.
Bruce and Roma Hooper
I had wanted to visit South India for some time and was (fortunately) introduced to Jarvis Journeys – what a revelation. Jarvis Journeys organised everything with such ease and took all the worry out of the holiday for me. They listened to what I wanted to experience on this adventure, and they took my thoughts and put together the most magical holiday I have ever experienced. I had the greatest confidence in them as they were so detailed in the planning from the start to finish. I started my holiday in Bengaluru arriving at 5 am just as the sun was about to rise and the wondrous sights and sounds of a magical country were there before me. I had a designated driver from the airport who stayed with me throughout my holiday. Kumar was an excellent and careful driver and ensured he took the utmost care. I travelled extensively staying in hotels and homestays which I had never heard of before but they are wonderful with the owners making us feel so welcome, indeed, like one of the family, with traditional, exotic and exciting food.
I travelled to Mysore and the dates had been arranged to tie in with the Mysore Palace illuminations – just stunning and quite breathtaking. Jarvis Journeys had set up a travel plan which I could choose to do or not to do, but I decided I wanted to see it all and so pleased I did. From the Market – a wonderful scene so colourful with fruit and vegetables and flowers – then on to the Silk Factory where you could have shirts made up within 24 hours so beautifully crafted. We spent a few days on a tranquil and beautiful tea plantation, something so worth doing staying in a charming authentic tea planter’s bungalow. The bungalow was surrounded by thousands of acres of tea bushes and it was fascinating to watch the tea pickers going about their daily task. I also visited the tea factory to witness how the leaves are treated and finally made into the leaves which make our tea at home. Then on to Ooty – an old town full of history and quaint. I travelled for many, many miles seeing along the way a herd of elephants which was a fantastic moment. I cannot recommend Jarvis Journeys enough. They made everything so easy, pleasurable and worry free – a wonderful holiday with so many beautiful memories. South India is more than I had hoped for and I will definitely be back – there’s still so much to see and do and enjoy and I know I can rely on Jarvis Journeys to make another detailed plan for another exciting holiday for me.
Mrs Thelma Gill
A Holiday to end all holidays! Thank you so much for organising and arranging such a superb holiday. I had thought there would be great change and certainly that would apply to all towns and cities but the tea estates do not seem to have changed at all and Sinna Dorai bungalow was for me the highlight. Thank you again Viv.