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11. Posted by vipingoyal (Full Member 16 posts) 10y

How is that you have not mentioned Rajasthan?Its a must to visit Jaipur-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer-Pushkar.Also see my profile as vipingoyal on hospitalityclub.org for more details

12. Posted by hillbec (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

thank you so much for all your replies and help! very appreciated!

I asked a travel agent to prepare an itinerary in Kerala (just to see what they'd come up with) and they suggested this below. Do you think this sounds good? seems to cover all the bases - has anyone done an organised trip like this before?

ta!


The itinerary

Kerala Tour Package

Sep 14 : You are greeted on Arrival at Kochi airport /railway station and transfer to your hotel. Over night stay at Kochin./ Cherai beach Resort.

Sep 15 : Morning proceed to Munnar after the cochin sightseeing visiting Jewish synagogue, Dutch palace, Chinese fishing nets etc…… (130 Kms/4 hrs from Kochi) check in to your hotel by noon. On your way visiting Cheyyappara Waterfalls,view points etc. Over night stay at Munnar.

Sep 16: Morning. Sight seeing in Munnar visiting Eravikulam National Park Mattupetty, Echo-Point, Kundala Dam etc. Over night stay at Munnar.

Sep 17:Morning, depart to Thekkady (110 kms-3.5 hrs) check in to your hotel by noon. Evening sight seeing, visiting tea-cardamom plantations. Overnight stay at Thekkady.

Sep 18 : Morning sight seeing in Thekkady visiting Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Murikady, Pandikkuzhi etc. Boating through Periyar lake will be an ever memorable one. Overnight stay at Thekkady.

Sep 19 : Morning proceed to Alleppey, check in to your house boat Back water cruise through paddy fields, coconut lagoons, narrow canals and coir villages to Alleppy. Over night stay at House Boat.

Sep 20 : Enjoy the beauty of the nature from the borad itself.. overnight stay at Houseboat.

Sep 21 : Morning,. proceed to Kumarakom check in to your resort by noon. Evening visiting Kumarakom bird sanctuary watch birds like Drongo, Egrets, Kingfisher etc. Over Night stay at Kumarakom.

Sep 22 : Morning: it's time to bid farewell. Drive to Cochin for departure transfer

13. Posted by chqttagold (Budding Member 43 posts) 10y

Hi Hillbec,

Good to know that u have chosen Kerala n Goa,both are amazing places.

I am a native of Kerala and i thought i should pitch in with some more info abt this beautiful place.In Kerala you have 2 choices,either take the beaten tourist path or move away n explore the virginity of the place.

If you go by 1st choice then wat i suggest is land in Trivandrum(Capital of Kerala State)airport,head to Kovalam beach which is around 45 minutes by cab from airport,considered to be one of the best beaches in the world.Spend a day or 2 there,travel to cochin by a cab which will take 4 hrs or u can catch a flight to cochin,check out the old part of Cochin for a day or 2,head to Alleppey first thing in the mornin(1 hr by cab from Cochin) hop on to a houseboat,stay in the boat n come back to Cochin the next day.Go to Munnar Hillstation(famous for tea plantations and Devikulam National Wildlife Park)which is 4 hrs by cab from Cochin,stay there for a day or 2 n come back to Cochin.

Hope this helps,but if u want to go for the second choice let me know and i can help u with that.Very difficult to put it down here..

regards,

Vicky

14. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 10y

The itinerary prepared by the tourist company is ok.But check how muh does it cost? It would be too expensive, i guess.
You can do the same trip by yourself with much much less amount ofcourse if you are not in a hurry and have a suficient holidays.

I find that sight seeing is Cochin is rushed up to take you to Munnar.

Also suggest you to spend your day time in Chennai to like Theosophical Society, Kapaleeswarar temple, Museum.On the way to Mahabalipuram you can visit 'Dakshina chitra', Crocodile bank to name a few.
Have a nice trip.

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