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1. Posted by charlieacton (Budding Member, 3 posts) 31 Jul '13 06:39

charlieacton has indicated that this thread is about Kochi (India)

Hey everybody! first post and first real overseas trip (Bali and New Zealand don't count). I'm nineteen and live on the east coast of Australia and am travelling to India early September. I have flights booked in and out of Cochin leaving two months later in early November but it is imperative that I head north. I booked the flights because they were dirt cheap and I don't mind booking flights up to Delhi to save time although I've heard so much about the rail I'm not sure what I should do.
Was wondering if any experienced travelers had any suggestions for what i should do regarding the logistics of it all and any ideas on places to stay In Kerala around Cochin.

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Jul-2013, at 06:39 by charlieacton ]

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1747 posts) 31 Jul '13 08:19

If you have two months, what is the hurry with a flight?

I have twice travelled around India by train on two 7 week trips.

In two months you can see a good part of India and still end up where you want in time.

Invest in a Lonely Planet guide to India, and don't forget your visa.

3. Posted by vaibhavm23 (Budding Member, 93 posts) 31 Jul '13 21:50

well since you would be going to Kerala, you can head to Vythiri resort search it on google. Its one of the best place to stay. You can go backwaters kerala.

From kochin you can head up to multiple places, Forest reserves/Sanctuary. Check out the Indian festivals falling in Oct and Nov which you would like to see...

4. Posted by charlieacton (Budding Member, 3 posts) 1 Aug '13 07:33

Thanks! although I'm meeting my sister in Cochin and she's still intent on flying up to the north. good to know that two months is plenty enough time. My lonely planet guide is in the mail as I type.

I don't know about anything with the word resort in it I'm still on a budget haha but I'll look it up. Reserves and sanctuaries are just my kind of thing and sister dearest told me of the backwaters too!

Thanks again

5. Posted by kumar_rakesh (Inactive, 5 posts) 13 Aug '13 03:19

Hi

You are surely going to miss something if you come to India and don't travel in the train. You can surely book your train tickets for Delhi from any of the railway stations in Kerala. As for places to stay in Cochin, you will have ample options to choose from. Though one suggestion - try to visit Munnar. Its a hill station there, which is famous for tea estates.

6. Posted by joel007 (Budding Member, 2 posts) 14 Aug '13 03:25

The best thing to do when we are planning to go other country is to have an experienced travel guide of that country so that you will guide you to the best places around the cities of the country and which will lead to the worthwhile of visiting the other countries...

7. Posted by sameep (Budding Member, 6 posts) 16 Aug '13 13:02

hi Charlie

If you are coming to India ,you definately don't wanna miss Leh ladakh in kashmir . . . !!!
it's truly beautifull !

8. Posted by Borisborough (Full Member, 200 posts) 16 Aug '13 14:43

IMO, you can ignore 6, joel007 - you can certainly enjoy India without an experienced travel guide,

We went three years ago for six weeks and, because we didn't have the luxury of time, we booked important train journeys three months in advance on Cleartrip http://www.cleartrip.com/trains , Train tickets are cheap, you get a reserved seat (or you can save accommodation costs by booking a sleeper - ideal for ten hour + journeys) and you avoid the scrum as the train enters the station.

Amritsar up north is worth a visit for the Golden Temple and the Wagah border ceremony - see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ0ue-XGl9c. We went across for a couple of nights in Lahore, Pakistan but be careful with getting the right visas if you want to do that.

Enjoy India!

9. Posted by karam_jeet (Inactive, 14 posts) 16 Aug '13 23:17

I just want to say that Railway network in India is very complicated , it's obvious to be complicated for a new traveler. But belive me india has such a beutiful place to visit Ooty , Darjeeling, Nainital is the best one place that i recommended you to because i am hundred and one percent sure you have an experience there for a lifetime..

10. Posted by Jake007 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 16 Aug '13 23:32

Two months in India are enough to see the various wonders that reside in india. In kerala and cocin you will only grab memories ofvarious rituals in india. But if you want some fun while in India , go goa. And irrespective of how cheap air fares are, you must enjoy the "indian rail".