Similar to the Eyewitness guides, this is a rather unwieldy but beautifully illustrated cultural guide. Divided into sections which focus on temples, museums, palaces and wildlife, it is less useful for travelling logistics and accomodation. Does not include Mumbai.
The creme de la creme of guides, beautifully designed by local craftsmen, printed on hand made paper and placed inside a silk bag. Inside, hand-drawn illustrations sit beside the best recommendations from Bangalore locals.
A vibrant photographic guide with plenty of historical and cultural information including sections on painted wagons and the Great Game. The practical information is all listed at the back which might prove frustrating for travellers relying on this for travel logistics and accommodation.
A brand new and revised edition of the Pocket Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent, this is the definitive guide to birding in the region. Contains descriptions and illustrations of 1375 species, concise text and helpful maps.
A compact, fold-out guide with listings of the chicest hotels, the most luxurious spas and the trendiest places to eat and drink. Perfect for the high-end traveller seeking the glamorous side of Sri Lanka.
One of the more detailed guides from Lonely Planet, with good information for independent travel in the south of the island. However, this guide is weaker on the north and there are some inaccuracies with their travel information.
Laminated, pocket-sized travel pack including a short guide and a pull-out map (1:500,000). Probably the most useful when there isn't much to differentiate between the Globetrotter, the Bradt and the Lonely Planet guides to the Maldives.
This guide is separated into two parts: the first has as much general cultural and historical information as you will find in any guide, the second is a specific guide to Male and the Atolls. Includes good maps and a useful index of the resorts with the price, number of rooms and distance from the airport.
A typically thorough guide to this rural region. The Rough Guide has plenty of historical, social and political context alongside detailed listings for accommodation and transport links. Suggested itineraries are included.