Dennis, London, UK (Wildlife Trail in Chennai & Chennai city experience)

We were really pleased to have had great guides for a sightseeing tour of Chennai. We got to see the major attractions, plus a couple of places that we wouldn’t necessarily have thought of going to which were also very interesting and worthwhile. Chennai has a great history, both before and after Europeans arrived, and has a lot to offer, and I’m happy to recommend travellers visit with 5Senses to get the most out of their stay.

Christopher Munson, Oregon, USA (Bangalore City Experience)

Marie Claude & Patrick Jeanty, Reunion Island, France (South India Cultural Experience)

Starting from Chennai passing through Pondicherry, Karaikal, Thanjavur, Madurai, Periyar park, Kochi and ending in Bangalore and Mysore, the whole trip was just fantastic. Every day, we discovered new customs, new people, new food… Incredible India! 5 Senses Tour had organised everything. The guide was knowledgeable and very patient with us, always showing us what to be seen and telling us what to be known. The driver was just the perfect driver for India.

Egor Nikitin, Germany (Pallava architecture trail to Mahabalipuram)

Vince, USA (Mysterious temples of Talakad and Somnathpur)

This trip was phenomenal. Before this tour, I hadn’t really considered the age of the Indian culture. This tour takes you to a pair of temples that are 1,500 and 1,000 years old. In fact, Somnathpur, the older of the two, is part of an archeological site that has been covered by sand for centuries. This site is outside a small village, roughly a 2 1/2 hour drive from Bangalore. You do have a sense of having gone backwards in time. Also, please be aware that this is an active place of worship and the final destination of a pilgrimage for many. One of the charms though not for locals of this small village is that you will see monkeys running about. It’s also located fairly close to the Cauvery River, a place we also stopped and visited. You have the option there of going on the river in a small, circular shaped boat. Somnathpur is not quite as remote. It’s a youngster at a mere 1,000 years old. The architecture will remind you of Angkor Wat. As my guide pointed out, it was not unusual for the architects to move between palace/temple projects. You’ll find the detail in the temple’s friezes incredible. Regrettably, some of these were damaged hundreds of years ago during Moslem invasions. As a result, the site is no longer a place of worship.

This tour makes use of local guides. This means that you will be driven to the site and there meet a local person who will guide you through the site. This is part of the strategy of the tour company to encourage sustainable tourism. The company utilizes local people who are familiar with the site in their village and able to speak about the cultural and local significance of the site. This also helps to create jobs in that locale. This is a terrific strategy that we travelers should encourage. I’ve also posted three photos. One of each of the sites and one of the river. Please note that some parts of the Talakad have been restored, due to damaged sustained while they were embedded in sand. These restored sections are the lighter colored roofs of the building. I encourage people interested in learning more about Southern India’s history and culture to take this tour.

Michele, USA (Culture trail to Mahabalipuram)

Regina, Colorado, USA (Pilgrim trail to South India)

I traveled to South India with nearly 20 friends in February 2017. The purpose of our trip was a spiritual pilgrimage to Tiruvannamalai, but we wanted to add a little time in Chennai at the beginning of our trip and a little time in Pondicherry at the end of our trip. We also needed a way to get 20 people plus luggage to Tiruvannamalai. The idea came to hire a tour company. The first company we contacted seemed legitimate, although their prices were surprisingly low. However, when it came time to pay we got suspicious because they wanted us to wire the payment to a bank account in India, but the name on the account was a series of letters and numbers instead of their company name. I started looking for reviews on that company and couldn’t find anything about them. However, I did notice that lots of people had given 5 Senses a good review, so I decided to forget about the previous company and contact 5 Senses. So glad I did!!!

I worked with Narayanan to plan a few different day trips for our group. The prices were fair. They weren’t as cheap as the previous possibly-fake company, but they were very inexpensive by western standards. During the planning process, Narayanan answered every question I had promptly. He also stayed in touch during our stay in India to make sure we were satisfied with the tours, and we were.

Our tour guide was Satish, and he was incredibly caring as a guide. He watched over us like a father watching over his children making sure no one was lost as we walked the streets of India. He arranged local guides for us at Mahabalipuram and Kapaaleswar Temple to make sure we were properly educated on these magnificent sites. He taught us to participate in the puja ceremony at the Sai Baba temple, which was a highlight for most of our travelers. One friend on our tour said she noticed him give money to the beggars outside of a church we visited in Pondicherry so that the beggars would let us pass by without a hassle. Once a member of our group saw a coffee shop on the beach and spontaneously suggested that we stop there. Satish immediately agreed and we had a nice refreshing unscheduled stop.

Next time I go to India, I will definitely contact 5 Senses again. With them, I have found a tour company that I know I can trust from beginning to end.

Christopher, UK (World’s largest Monolith Trail on Motorcycle)

Deborah Kassel Day, Seattle, USA (Bangalore City Experience & World’s largest Monolith Trail)

“I enjoyed my day of bargain shopping with guide extraordinaire, Ganesh. It was fascinating to travel the narrow roads of Bangalore where the recyclers and wholesalers do business and to make purchases in family run shops. Furthermore, Ganesh helped me find the souvenirs I wanted, all at reasonable prices. Everyone was so kind and helpful, and I was lucky to experience a slice of life that tourists rarely see. It was truly a five senses immersion into Indian life! The afternoon flew by quickly because it was so enjoyable! You are fortunate to have Ganesh as a partner with 5SensesTours–he was by far the best guide I had during my two week holiday in Bangalore and Kochi and truly an ambassador of Incredible India!”

Ben, Genval, Belgium (Mahabalipuram on Royal Enfield motorcycle)

From Chennai, we booked a 1 day motorbike tour to visit Mahabalipuram. We were just two of us with Vijay, our guide for the day; Early Pick up, at our hotel, motor was waiting for us (great service), cool drive in the morning on a 350cc very pleasant and comfortable Royal Enfield. A delicious breakfast in a true Indian hype place and we visited two places during the day : a “rebuild village” illustrating the different area of Tamil Nadu (lot of Indians visiting, great place to go; interesting historical perspective) and the famous Mahabalipuram. 5sensestour booked a private guide for the site which is very convenient and valuable.
5Senses Tours care for everything during the day, we just relax and enjoyed. Delicious sea food for lunch along the beach. Definitively a best partner if you want to visit Chennai in optimal conditions, enjoyed great Indian food, meet true Indians and… ride a Royal Enfield. Colorful and living experience.
NB : despite some traffic in the evening, it remains very cool to drive. Lot of traffic, for sure, but low aggression. It is almost relaxing to ride in India, just go with the flow and take it easy 🙂

Brendan, Newzealand (Following the footsteps of St Thomas)

Karin & Christian Stummer, Germany (Wildlife & Tea Tasting Trail)

“We were a group of 11 motorbike friends from Germany. 5 Senses did a great job in organizing the trip according to our needs. We went to Halebid and Belur, to Bandipur and Conoor on Royal Enfield. It was one week for all our 5 senses and we highly recommend 5 Senses as they showed us places you normally would not see. Thank you so much to the whole team”.

Peter, Singapore (Cultural trail to Mahabalipuram)

Sarga, Hungary (Palaces & Museums of Mysore)

I always wanted to know more about the life of a Maharaja and see their palaces, but with the freedom of a customized trip. I contacted Five Senses Tour only 2 days before my travel date to Bangalore. I was worried a bit as it was really a short notice, but they were just great! We went to Mysore on a 1-day trip and had a wonderful time. The Palace was great and although it was crowded, we had our personal guide knowing many secret paths. After a lovely lunch to keep up the interest level of my 2 boys aged 5 and 8 they proposed to visit the Rail Museum which was good fun. Exposed there was the train of the Maharaja, of course, to fulfill my curiosity! Overall it was a forgettable experience, truly customized. We had a lot of fun! Thank you Five Senses Tour!

Brook Handford, Hongkong (Mahabalipuram & Dakshin Chitra Trail and Silk Route to Kanchipuram)

“I only had one day available to sightsee. Five senses got back to me right away and customized my tour to Mahabalipuram and even made a few recommendations. Vijay, my guide, picked me up at the hotel on time. His English was perfect and he had a knowledgeable answers to all my questions. We had a driver who wasn’t reckless. I purchased the “all inclusive” which meant I didn’t have to worry about anything. I’d definitely recommend this for anyone who is visiting for work and wants to make the most out of a day off.”

Jooss, North Carolina, USA (Culture trail to Mahabalipuram)

I did a solo day trip with 5 Senses to Mahabalipuram. Kannan was an excellent guide–thoughtful, sincere and knowledgeable. He went out of his way to accommodate my interests. In addition to touring the impressive monuments, it was a great opportunity to learn about typical southern Indian cuisine. I was able to appreciate and enjoy the food much more during the remainder of my trip.

Andrew, UK (Culture trail to Mahabalipuram)

Mrs & Mr Moodliar, Durban South Africa (Organic Farming & Silk Weaving Trail)

“The day trip was amazing after being fetched from the hotel at 7 AM, experienced a tasteful breakfast followed by a 2.5 hour drive to the farm. We experienced various dairy and organic farm activities. The interactions with the locals was excellent to understand the flavor and trends of India’s farming community. Lunch was amazing at Kanchipuram. This was followed by the Saree weaving with excellent local technique and shopping for Sarees and home utensils. I recommend this trip to others especially to see the real India. A half an hour cooking demonstration by local people in the rural area will be appreciated.”

Dilek, USA (Cultural heritage of Pondicherry)

Amazing, I would definitely book the tour again. It was very well organized and the tour guide is very knowledgeable, explained everything and answered all my questions. I got an overview of the Indian culture, history, food, people and way of life. The impressions were authentic and I did not feel like a tourist. As a single female traveller I felt safe and comfortable.  Satish thank you for all the good memories and the interesting conversations. I really enjoyed the day and had fun.

Justine, France (Silk route to Kanchipuram)

Wilbur Madison, Massachusetts, USA (Organic Farming & Silk Weaving Trail)

“I am a frequent visitor to South India. I make it a point to do a visit one key destination either near Bangalore or Chennai in each of my trip. Most of my trips are self organized. This time, on insistence of my friends, decided to try Five Senses tours than organizeone on my own. Two things helped me make the decision – I wanted to try Royal Enfield [Bullet] and also have a local help me buy an authentic silk saree. Five Senses Kanchipuram tour was what I was looking for – Bike ride that is not cumbersome and a visit to silk weavers home. Vijay from Five Senses tour was outstanding. Helped me navigate Indian roads and importantly filled me with enough stories. Tour is as good as the guide and you cannot get a better person than Vijay. I will definitely use them next time for a longer tour but might not opt for bike tour. Nothing against their bikes but Indian road and traffic needs a different kinds of skills than mine!”

Deydeal, Michigan, USA (Chennai city experience)

It was awesome. Saw Chennai like a local. Vijay was a great guide for the temple and the churches. He had insider knowledge of the history od the city. While there was a plan for the day, he allowed for flexible.

Uwe, South Africa (Bangalore City & Paintings trail to Lepakshi)

Judy, Washington, USA (Pilgrim trail to South India)

I had a number of tours on this trip snd Five Senses was definitely the best. Satish the tour guide answered my questions with detailed information so I had a much better sense of Southern India and the sites we visited. also I was never asked to tip during the tours where on other tours I took in India I had to tip the Boatman and the shoe men and everyone a long the way. I was happy to tip at the end because they did such a great job. I would highly recommend them.

Sharon, Mumbai, India (Cultural trail to Mysore)

“I had heard about this organiser from my friendswho couldnt stop raving about the unique style and curated experiences, that i had to give it a try. They wowed me in every way. What can i say! A superbly managed trip where not only did i feast my eyes on ethnic art and handicrafts but also got a chance to interact with artisans and learn a few pointers right there in their village.
Beyond the usual sights and sounds of the city of Mysore, I could experience the real flavour of the area. Sampling traditional food in a traditional home. There was a yoga session as well as a private classical music performance. The sand museum too was unique and novel. I’m already talking to 5 Senses to plan my next trip this April. Looking forward to a week of surprises.”

Hope, USA (Silk route to Mahabalipuram)

Thorsten, Stuttgart, Germany (Bouldering trail to Kolar)

We did a day trip, bouldering in Kolar, which was a very welcome experience after 1.5 weeks in india’s loud and crowded cities. The calmness of the area was overwhelming, nice views, many good pictures were taken, mondeys seen, politics discussed (which was also quite welcome, getting insight into thoughts of politically interested people from India).
All in all a good experience, nice food, good explainations and such a good break out of indian cities..Thank you!

Muralidharan, Bangalore, India (Organic Farming & Silk Weaving Trail)

As a person having interest in organic farming (inspired by the renowned organic agriculturist Nammazhvar), it was my pleasure taking this tour and got a chance to meet the organic farmers and of course, silk weavers. There is always something to learn from these people and it gives a different perspective to our lives. The interactive trip was more than a usual sight seeing one and I really enjoyed every bit of it.

Shekhar Srinivasan, Bangalore, India (Shravanabelagola Trail)

“It was a memorable ride on a Bullet from Bangalore to meet Bahubali at Sharavanabelagola. The arrangements were like clockwork and the guide was friendly . The food was also fantastic! Highly recommended.”

David, New York, USA (Bangalore city experience)

Mandi, New York, USA (Bangalore city experience)

I made a mistake booking some flights so we had an extra day in Bengaluru, which I realized at the last minute. I contacted Five Senses and told them we had a free day and were interested in sights and food. They put together a custom itinerary at the last minute. Satish was our guide and he was wonderfully friendly and knew the history of the city very well. He was able to make some last minute changes due to unexpected closures of places that were on our planned itinerary and the days was still excellent. We visited some temples, went to the botanical garden, toured a palace, and enjoyed some delicious biriyani. I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for a tour, and will definitely use them for our next trip!

Tuff, Pune, India (Coffee trail to Malnad)
“Must say five senses tours was an awesome experience, it was a great time and enjoyed the Coffee experience in booth coorg and chikmagalur as well as the Tibetan settlement in Bylakuppe. It was a guided motorcycle tour and you rode in a group of 4 Royal Enfield Desert Storm 500 Cc. All aspects of the trip like stay, food, safety and experiences were impeccably organized.”

Debra, USA (Cultural trail to Mylapore)

Arvind, Mumbai, India (Wildlife & Tea Tasting Trail to Nilgiris)

“I had been to the wildlife and tea tasting trail to Connor. it was a surreal experience to ride amidst lush tea gardens in the Harley Davidson Superlow.  The tour begins from Bangalore and goes all the way up to Coonoor. It was 600 km through wildlife corridor of Bandipur, mudumalai and masinagudi as well as the tea plantations of Nilgiris. Being a tea lover, I found the tea tasting memorable, as I got to taste 12 different types of orthodox light and flavourful hand rolled teas. Would definitely recommend this trip by 5senses to someone who is looking for an earthy, yet finer things in life experience.”

Mario, Switzerland (Culture & architecture trail to Mahabalipuram)

Chandrasekhar, Goa, India (Bewitching Ruins Trail to Hampi)

“I enjoyed the bewitching ruins trail organised by 5sensestours. It was a unique way of experiencing Hampi and Badami. I had memories of this place of my childhood when I had visited with my family, but this ride on an Enfield Bullet with it’s majestic thumping was in a different league. A must do travel experience with unforgettable memories!”

Sunil, Bangalore, India (Stone Marvels Trail to Belur Halebid)

“The stone marvels trail to belur and halebid was fantastic. I had been to belur before in a car, but riding on a bullet was more fun. It was 4 hrs of leisurely ride on a weekend. The guide was very helpful as well. I would suggest try one of these rides. It’s a different feeling riding on powerful motorcycles in leisure tour!”

Erin, USA (Cultural heritage walk to Mylapore)

Kerry-Anne, Australia (Countryside & dance trail from Bangalore)

I had a wonderful day trip to the countryside near Bangalore with this company. My guide, Satish was genial and knowledgeable……his English was also very good. I learned a lot about the cultural side of India from the places we visited. The dance school was a highlight of the tour, as was the Eco-Village. The meals included in the trip were authentic and delicious.
I would recommend this tour company to anyone seeking a real taste of India. I would happily book another tour with them.

Magesh, Bangalore, India (Wildlife and Tea Tasting trail to Nilgiris

“It was a fun ride on a Harley Street all the way from bangalore to Connoor. It was a week full of adventure. It was exciting riding through forests of Bandipur and Mudumalai. What I liked most in this tour was the experience of life in a tea plantation as well as meeting the toda tribal people. Now I know how to pluck tea leaves! I would strongly recommend this tour to people looking for a new way to experience the Nilgiris”.

Rui, Sydney, Australia (Palaces & museums of Mysore & Bangalore countryside dance trail)

Manish, Bangalore, India (Cultural Trail to Mysore)

“I decided to visit mysore on a motorcycle tour with 5senses tours. It was very well organized and we experienced a mysore we did not know of! The entire experience was unique. I particularly liked the artisan village and silk saree making process. The yoga was a good addition. Try this tour. It’s quite different & a must visit”

Alexis, Colorado, USA (Bangalore city experience)

Kartik, Dubai, UAE (Stone Marvels Trail to Belur Halebid)

“I had heard of the magnificent temples of Belur and Halebid from friends in India and this time when was in Bangalore chose to take the tour with Five Senses. It turned out to be a good choice. We had a wonderful time riding the Bullets and loved the intricate carvings and architecture at Belur and Halebid. The guide was very well informed and educated. He gave a great perspective of the Hoysala times. The food was also great. I would recommend this tour as a weekend getaway from Bangalore”.

Charity Jacobs,  USA (Culture & architecture trail to Mahabalipuram)

I have a great time on my day trip to Mahabalipuram! It was wonderful not to have to worry about anything – tolls, breakfast, lunch, arranging a cab, getting a tour guide…My shoe broke during the tour and they provided a temporary fix then took me to a shop where I could buy another pair of shoes. Vijay picked me up with a driver, then in Mahabalipuram we were joined by a local tour guide. I am glad to see them working towards sustainable tourism – I enjoyed the local tour guide, but was happy to also have Vijay around who answered questions and interpreted when I didn’t quite understand. We went to a stone carving shop that was owned by a relative of the local tour guide where I picked up a couple of souvenirs. We stopped for lunch at a gorgeous restaurant with an ocean view. We also made a special stop to DakshinaChitra and toured representations of the southern states of India. Vijay took pictures during the tour and shared them with me and answered many questions about India. I definitely got more out visiting Mahabalipuram this way then I would have had I wondered around there on my own. Now to find those sunken monuments!

Nataraj, Atlanta, USA (Bouldering trail to Kolar)

A leisurely morning bike ride made the highlight of my short trip to India . We got out of the urban bustle and soon the breeze turned cool and the scenery became green . About an hour of exciting driving – people staring at us – the Royal Enfield 500 is a unique bike. The right Blend of History , sturdy build and road cred. Then we climbed the bends on the mountain where we came across nice vistas and the relics of an old temple on the top of the mountain. We climbed some boulders and swung back to the Shiva temple where we saw the amazing perennial spring with sweet water- hence the name antara gange or ganges on the mountain top. Bonus we caught a local wedding ceremony in the temple and some birds – i am sure I have not seen before. Surprise morning on a business trip.”

Chris, UK (Culture trail to Mahabalipuram and Chennai city experience)

Pankaj, Mumbai, India (Shravanabelagola Trail)

“A friend and i took the Shravanabelagola tour on Royal Enfield motorcycles. It was a fun ride for 2.5 hours. Once we reached the statue, it was mesmerizing. The climb over 600 steps is a good exercise and then the sumptuous Jain meals in a traditional home was a great way to end the tour”

Ankit, Mumbai, India (Organic Farming & Silk Weaving Trail to Kanchipuram)

“An experience very different from the norm. Enjoyed the bike ride on the Enfield & the lunch at the farm rounded off the trip very well. The houses of silk weavers were an ethnic treasure. All in all recommended.”

Ganesh, Bangalore, India (Organic Farming & Silk Weaving Trail to Kanchipuram)

“Was fascinated by the skills and patience of the silk weavers of Kanchipuram. The pallava architecture at the temple was exquisite , we visited the place during february , though a little warmer , we had some wonderful memories to carry back with us. Thanks Five Senses tours for the experience.”

Ramesh, Bangalore, India (Organic Farming & Silk Weaving Trail to Kanchipuram)

“The bouldering trail to Kolar was great ! We rode on Royal Enfield classic ad had a great time bouldering and caving at Antaragange. An exhilarating weekend gateway from Bangalore.” “I loved the tour from chennai to Kanchipuram on Royal Enfield 500 cc bikes. I was in a group of 5 bikes and enjoyed the ride thorugh the country side and farms. The food was authentic local cuisine and also enjoyed speaking to farmers and silk saree weavers and got to know how they made their living.”

Sambeet, Bangalore, India (Organic Farming & Silk Weaving Trail to Kanchipuram)

“I loved the tour to Kanchipuram organized on 500cc Desert Storm Royal Enfield. Although chennai was hot, on the bike, it was cool due to the strong breeze. I loved the dairy farm and the Pallava temples. My wife preferred the silk saree weaving session. We even bought a couple of sarees! Overall a highly recommended tour for anyone visiting Chennai”
Devranjan, Bangalore, India (Organic Farming & Silk Weaving Trail to Kanchipuram)
“It was fun riding the Royal Enfield motorcyes through the farms coupled with a learning experience about a day in the life of a farmer. Most impressesive of the tour was the ingenuity showed by them especially in using organic means and bio gas as fuel instead of fossil fuels making it the most memorable well organized tour”.
Rajesh, New Jersey, USA (Bouldering Trail to Kolar)

“In my last trip to India, had a fantastic experience going on a bouldering trail to Kolar with 5 senses tour on motorcycles from Bangalore, it was a fun trip and great experience with the guide, food everything well planned.”