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1. Posted by sradwxi (Budding Member 82 posts) 8y

hi guys n gals, just thought id look around for a forum dedicated to travelling and it seems they are hard to find, hopefully this one will be more successful than the last
im not a forum virgin by any means, i run my own for something completely different, but i am a travel virgin
anyway, what i would like to know, apart from the usual precautions, is there anyone here who has done any south indian touring who can give me any tips, places to see
hopefully in mid to late january ill be getting a month return ticket to mumbai
so i have a month to kill yeehaaaa
i was thinking of slowing it down the arabian sea coast
ive been to goa before a few times and i thought it was the most amazing place in the world,
until i went to kerala
so ideally my plan will be to spend a week in both of those places, maybe more, maybe less
i do love the beach life there but i also enjoy most if not all of the cultural side of things
so if theres a lot more to see, (which i know there is) then ill probably just pay the obvious two places some less attention and move about more
ive not done this before but i did go with a friend to lithuania this year which was largely unplanned and it couldnt have went better (or worse, depending on how you look at it)
landing in a completely different country and trying to figure out how to get to where we should be was an event and a half, but a great experience none the less
well ill look forward to hearing from anyone who knows a little about the place and will be giving any suggestions some real thought
upto now my only concrete plan is to buy the plane ticket to bombay, any more than that is open to suggestion
i aint even got my visa yet, i think i may be able to get a rush one from london before i go, ill have to double check on that tho
cya soon

2. Posted by sradwxi (Budding Member 82 posts) 8y

i take it theres nobody really here then
no probs

3. Posted by sradwxi (Budding Member 82 posts) 8y

ok i dunno what it is here, this seems to be a busy forum but nobody seems to be replyingthings have moved on slightly, im thinking of starting a new thread now because the money for travel has been secured and now im looking at visa stuff and within the next week or so i will be looking to try to find a hostel in mumbai to start off my travels
if anyone knows of any hostels near mumbai it would be much appreciated, at least then i wont be homeless in mumbai (not that i mind of course) but id rather have a roof over my head
please reply
thanx carl

4. Posted by SpaceCadet (Full Member 70 posts) 8y

i can sensed an amouunt of disastifaction and dissappointment you had in the "tone" of your post. i'm sorry. i'm sure ppl are reading it, but no one is bothered to reply. =p. frankly, it's easier if you ask question straight to the point. keep it short and simple.

too bad i've never been to india before. otherwise, i'll gladly assist.

5. Posted by Krayon (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y

Hey Carl,
Well I haven't been to bombay but I have been to kerala, it was frequently till last year. As my pop's from there. As for now I reside in Nepal. To come to the point, I guess you can take train or flight to kerala. Train would be adventurous, I mean seeing all the sights and all that.

To explore there's lots in Kerala, the beaches as you've mentioned. One thing I personally like to do is go on house boat on the backwaters, there's plenty good places around Kochi to do all of that. And kerala's famous for ayurveda, so getting some good traditional Kerala massage would refresh you up. And try some local sea foods, visit forts if you can try to go to Laskhadweep island, if you're if you want a total peaceful getaway. I haven't been there but want to, maybe this year I'll travel down there.

To go to laskshadweep, you can take a flight from Cochin or Ship. To enter there you need special permission. And yea forgot to mention, pondicherry, beautiful place.

That's all I know so far :)
Hope you have lotsa fun!

6. Posted by sradwxi (Budding Member 82 posts) 8y

thanx for the reply guys, i know you would help if you could cadet, the fact your replying is testament to that
thank you
kerala, yeah ive done a bit there, only 2 weeks but i spent it wisely
went into trivandrum a couple of times, visited a few of the beautiful beaches including lighthouse
went down to the cape of india where the 3 seas meet and had a look at the 2 temples there offshore, also had a look at the ghandi memorial there and seen some of the damage to the surroundings which was hit by the tsunami
also went to quite a few of the other temples between samudra and the bottom tip, seeing different villages and such
we stayed on a houseboat north of kovalam, i think it was kollam, not sure
i also went north upto periyar in the hope of spotting a tiger, (no such luck) but i did see loads of elephants and deer, also came pretty close to a bear and we found some tiger fur on a tree where it had been scratching
had an amazing time there
when i go back there i think periyar is one of the places im gonna revisit, as well as samudra beach
its a working beach, small but so natural, and the guys working there on the fishing were pretty cool
if anyone knows of any places between goa and kerala which are definately worth a visit id like to hear from them, some time during the journey ill be sweeping up that coastline and i dont wanna miss out on any hidden gems, i know there are so many there
cya soon

7. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

Sorry I didn't get to answer your question sooner, but I was away over the holidays and didn't get to use a computer too often.
The obvious answer to what to see between Goa and Kerela is the state of Karnataka. I was short on time by the time I got to visit it, and so only got to see two towns, but they were both highlights of the region. Mysore is a great city worth a couple days of exploring, with a cool palace and an interesting market. I also found the town a little more relaxed and cleaner than most Indian towns of it's size. Hampi is the other main destination in Karnataka and in my opinion is the highlight of South India. Not only does it have fantastic temple ruins, but the scenery is something surreal that I've never seen before. Spend at least a couple days kicking around Hampi.
In Kerela, if you haven't been to Cochin yet them make sure you make a stop there for a couple days. It's a great little town. Did you say you've been to the backwaters? If not, make sure you see in some way, either on a house boat or even just one of the public ferries. And finally, if you are looking for beaches, and you haven't been to Varkala, make that a stop.

8. Posted by sradwxi (Budding Member 82 posts) 8y

hi, yeah i did kerala, but i didnt see varkala beach so that will be on my list
regarding karnataka
ive heard a lot about hampi, ill definately take that advice from you as well as mysore
can anyone recommend a place to stay in mumbai when i first land, ill be tired and disorientated lol
the last thing i need is some cabbie taking me to his relations overpriced b&b
id rather have somewhere at least a little bit worthy
even a hostel would do, as long as its not gonna cost the earth
thanx in advance

9. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

Sounds too me like you need to invest in a guide book. I would recomend Lonely Planet. They have a fairly recent one on South India.

10. Posted by sradwxi (Budding Member 82 posts) 8y

i have an india lonely planet, half way thru reading it, ive yet to find the hotel section for mumbai tho
does it have one in the india one (not south india)
the south india one is on my shopping list this week