Established Swansea-based firm the Compton Group has launched a new company offering bespoke tours of southern India, with a view to opening up the as yet largely uncharted Indian tourism sector
Authentic India Tours, which is ABTA regulated, is the latest venture from the Compton Group, which was established in 1955, and has its roots in the property development and investment sector.
Authentic India Tours works with local Indian travel experts to craft original tours and experiences that showcase southern India's well known treasures and hidden gems. There are many different itineraries available to travellers, including 9 to 24 day tours of the region’s highlights, such as the tea plantations of Munnar, Karnataka’s famous markets, the temple town of Madurai, the Periyar Tiger Reserve, the Malabar coastline and much more.
Tailored experiences have also been created for those travellers with specialist interests, with wellbeing and Ayurveda retreats available, as well as cycling, culinary and bird watching tours.
Travellers can expect to stay in a wide variety of accommodation throughout their trip, including cruising on houseboats over Kerala backwaters, private beach villas complete with yoga decks on the Arabian coast, eco hotels in the Thekkady highlands and wildlife retreats in protected animal reserves in the foothills of the Nilgiris.
Compton Group has developed strong links with India since opening an office in Chennai, Tamil Nadu over 10 years ago. Staff members travelling to Chennai have extended their trips to visit other parts of southern India and it is as a result of their experiences and enthusiasm for the region that Authentic India Tours has been launched. Compton Group has also been involved with local charities to provide school uniforms to disadvantaged children and accommodation for visually impaired young women.
Angela Coyle, Head of Group Marketing for the Compton Group, said:
“Over 10 million foreign tourists arrived in India in 2017, compared to 8.89 million in 2016, representing a growth of 15.6%, so it is a region that is clearly on the rise.
“However for many travellers much of southern India remains something of a mystery, one of the last few destinations on earth that is largely untapped by the mass tourism market, meaning that new visitors are privy to something really rather special.
“By working with local travel providers we have been able to put together some truly magical tours and experiences that showcase the very best of southern India and take the worry and guess work out of planning a trip to the region, thanks to our specialist knowledge.”
Authentic India Tours is fully ABTA regulated and provides guidance and advice on the essential information all travellers need to know when travelling to India.