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1. Posted by calgary131 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hello -

Anyone who is travelling to India, has travelled to India, or is living in India....please continue.

A 3 week adventure beginning in Nov/07 will start & end via the following areas: Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Trivandrum, Ooty, Mysore, Bangalore, Hampi, Mumbai.

Anyone who would like to hook up w/ my wife and I and/or advise on some train travel itenaries...thanks for your time:

- Is 3 weeks long enough to tackle these areas?
- Is a UK IndRail train pass required to ensure pre-booked journeys....thus allowing reservations @ guesthomes, hostels, & hotels possible?
- Any advise on guesthomes?

I look forward to your thoughts, comments, & possibility of chilling in Southern India in a few months.

Jeff Shewchuk

2. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

hi Jeff,

U have chosen the right time to visit India. the weather will be less oppressive then.

u can manage in 3-weeks but it wil be a bit hectic if u intend to cover all the areas as mentioned by you. In fact i would advise u to spend at least a week in Kerala, which is called the God's own country. Once ur in Kerala i would strongly recommend u to do the golden triangle of Munnar(Hill station), thekkady(wild life reserve) and then Alleppy(Centre of all Backwaters, often called the Venice of the East).

I dont think u need to buy the rail passes, that would be a bit expensive, u can book tickets directly for various destinations. Mumbai and Goa are connected by an overnight train and plenty of flights are also there.

Starting from Mumbai , then to Goa, u can go to Kochi and rest of Kerala and in return journey u can cover Ooty, Mysore, Bangalore and Hampi.

All these places have range of accomodation to suit every budget. what hotel preferences are u looking at and what budget have u set aside for the hotel rooms per night?

Do let me know if u need more info


[ Edit: Edited on Aug 31, 2007, at 12:19 AM by arif_kool ]

3. Posted by calgary131 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Good Afternoon Arif!

Thanks for the reply.

A week in Kerala sounds great. I imagine we could get some beach time in there too. We are unsure of budget for hotels, but are thinking maybe some guesthomes would be really good. Any suggestions?

Could a person do Mumbai-Hampi-Goa-Kerala-Ooty-Mysore-Bangalore....then fly back to Mumbai?

Should we be reserving places to sleep if we don't have rail passes (that is, we can not guarantee a train/seat to the next destination)

Where are you from?! Thanks again.


4. Posted by SVM (Inactive 46 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jeff,

Could a person do Mumbai-Hampi-Goa-Kerala-Ooty-Mysore-Bangalore....then fly back to Mumbai?

- Yes .. But would say u have to alter a little if u want to end in kerala..

Mumbai-Goa-Bangalore-Mysore-Ooty-Kerala..u can catch a flight to mumbai from kerala..

Regarding train passes it is always not so good in india as compared to europe or other countries..but nowadays there are many low cost airlines..u can try ur luck..train bookings also have options, if u are able to catch hold of some
booking agents..

i am from bangalore...feel free to ask me if u need any help regarding bangalore and anything that u wanna know..

5. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

hi Jeff,

I am from Mumbai

what u have suggested is very much possible... Mumbai ----hampi-- goa can be very easily done by rail or even by road. then once u finished Goa u can take a luxury night bus which will leave u in Banglore in the morning.

Then Bangalore---mysore----Ooty stretch is the most comfortable one, u can go from one place to another by road itself. Numerous buses ply between these places and time is around 4-5 hrs for each place by road.

Moving from Ooty u can enter Kerala by rail or road, then spend one week or so in Kerala, then take the return flight from Kochi, back to Mumbai

Regarding accomodation, u can get numerous guesthouses in Goa n Kerala and at other places u can consider a hotel with the basic facilities. Nov is a bit busy in Kerala, so it would be a bit expensive there.

Do let me know if u need more info

6. Posted by calgary131 (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

svelumani - thanks for the help

we have contacted a train pass agent from the UK that can sell us IndRail passes with pre-booked journeys. we can alwasy revise the pre-booked journeys and add/delete different paths as we come along.

although a 21-day pre-booker IndRail train pass is more expensive than buying tickets at the station, i believe with a limited 3 weeks that IndRail passes will deliver peace of mind!

we are still confused on the path though:

mumbai-goa-kerala(6days)-ooty-mysore-bangalore-hampi-mumbai [ALL BY TRAIN]

mumbai-goa-hampi-bangalore-mysore-ooty-kerala [TRAIN THEN FLY BACK TO MUMBAI]

mumbai-hampi-bangalore-mysore-ooty-kerala-goa-mumbai [ALL BY TRAIN]

it's amazing how many routes/transportation(road,bus,train,plane) options exist!!?

regarding your home of bangalore, would you recommend hotels, guesthomes, hostels?

what tech company do you work for in bangalore?


7. Posted by calgary131 (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

arif -

i hear hampi-goa trains run only 3 times per week....i don't think our days work for that option.

are luxury buses the same price as trains? does one book luxury buses far in advance?

the domestic flight from Kochi to Mumbai is daily & convinient? where is the mumbai domestic airport in reference to mumbai international airport?

thanks again!

8. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

hi Jeff,

Kochi is very far from Mumbai and the train journey would be quite long and tickets will not be easily available, so its better to fly from Kochi to mumbai. U will be surprised to know there are several flights a day for this sector. Besides the usual full service carriers like Indian Airlines, Jet airlines, Kingfisher there are several low cost airlines also like airdeccan, Go Air, etc

The domestic and the international airports in Mumbai are near to each other. There is a shuttle service from International to domestic at frequent intervals, even if u miss this u can go by cab.

Coming to Luxury buses the prices are a little less than the AC-3Tier of trains and in most cases u can get seats if u book a day in advance or even on the same day in some cases.

Hampi--goa u can do by bus as trains are few on this sector.

do let me know if u need more info

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hello Calgary:)

Here is a link, for booking Indian trains online.

Also, check in the Travellers point travel guide ror more information about India..
It is updated by the members of travellers points, who knows what cool information people will have added.
Here is the link, to it.


[ Edit: Edited on Sep 5, 2007, at 12:49 AM by Mel. ]