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Far worse than the excellent previous edition
on October 8, 2012
I'm normally a great fan of the Lonely Planet guides -- I even check out random ones from the library for fun for armchair travel -- but this one is very disappointing. The contrast is especially great with the earlier (2001?) edition of the South India guide, which was excellent. I used the earlier edition a lot when traveling in South India. It was useful, well-written, and informative. I even had a nice chat with a local on a train who pointed out that he had the book also, and that it was his 'bible' for regional travel information!. I purchased this edition to have more up-to-date information for an upcoming trip. It's much thinner, has far less description of sights and transit (adding lots of restaurant listings instead), and is written in a superficial tone (as others have commented). Even the title is annoying -- "South India and Kerala" is as nonsensical as "Southern California and Los Angeles" -- Kerala is *in* South India. South India deserves (and used to have) a far better book than this one.