travelling to India-advice please:)

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1. Posted by m.spall (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Dear all:

I am travelling to Dubai and India at the end of January, we are going to Mumbai and then to Goa, where I have been adviced to go to Palolem beach.

IS this beach nice?and any suggestions on activites?

Also We would like to go to a tree house I have been advised to go to Munnar
any advice on any particular place that offer ayurveda services?

We then like to go to Kerela and would like to do the backwaters tours, and also check into an ayurvedda place near Trivandrum.

Any suggestions on a good Ayuverda place near beach?I would really appreciate that!

Also any idea on how long it would take by car/train from goa airport to Palolem beach, from palolem beach to cochin, from cochin to Munnar?

Also where is the best place to see and rise Elephats?And see loads of wild animalas?

We starting to put a itinerary together I will really apreciate your help


2. Posted by Prem (Budding Member 39 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello Miriam,

There are many beached in Goa so it depends on what kind of taste you have & what kind of crowd you like.

About Munnar, I say Its a heaven. You will find lots of Ayurveda centers there. If you are not very much crazy about Goa then Do spend more time
in Munnar & other places of Kerala.

I suggest you to take Konkan Railway from Goa to Mangalore, It would be an awesome train journey in day time.

Oops, Gone are the days when you can see elephants on roads :) India has improved a lot, hehe kidding.

You can visit Bannerghatta national park in Bangalore which can give you an elephant ride & u can see all wild animals. If you plan to head to Bangalore, do give me a shout, I am located in Bangalore, would be glad to help you.

Have a nice journey.

3. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi miriam,
Palolem beach is spectacular, absolutely out of this world. I went there the first week in July when it was off season, so there were about ten people on the beach. I believe it can be a bit of a party beach during high season, but generally the southern beaches are quieter. We based ourselved in Benolim beach which also is beautiful.
There are ayurvedic treatments, massages, restaurants everywhere in india. You wont have any problem finding them, especially in rishikesh where they dont seem to see the difference between wanting diazapan for extremely painful septic tonsilitis and gargling some honey and paste crap!
I only saw one india wandering the streets in manali, and i expect he was probably captive. there are plenty of national parks where you can catch a glimpse.
Enjoy yourself, and consider the time of year you are travelling when you make out your itinerary. I myself travelled there in the hot wet season which made most of the desert areas out of bounds, but we had a blast in the himalayas!
Jenn xx

4. Posted by Travel_N (Inactive 161 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hey miriam,

I have not much to say about the ayurveda massages etc... in fact, ayurvedha and alternative healing therapie are very popular that you find them quite common in all states (i think) ... atleast, its very common in tamilnadu.

as for seeing animals, i suggest you go to mudumalai or bandipur (these 2 are adjoining each other) - benerghetta, if i am correct, is more like a zoo except animals are free roaming. however, u can get assured glimpses of lions and tigers i belive.

5. Posted by alemaari (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Miriam,

If you want to stay in one of the best tree houses, you ought to visit the Vythiri Resort in Kerala, which offers you tree houses as high as 100ft! If you want details about this place, I can mail you a trip report of one of my friends who'd been there.

Kerala can actually provide everything for the needs you've mentioned. For a backwater ride, you can visit Kumarakom, where you can also think of staying overnite in a boat house. Moreover, Kumarakom is most famous for ayurvedic centers in India.

For wild animals, Kerala is the answer again! You can visit the Periyar wildlife sanctuary near Thekkadi.

But if you really want to see herds of elephants (and tuskers too), you can visit the "Kabini River Lodge" in Karnataka (border of Karnataka and Kerala). There is a State Govt. run Lodge/Resort there, which offers very good facilities including treks/safaris. For more info on Kabini and other jungle lodges in Karnataka, check out

Finally, the itinerary. If you are including a jungle trip in Karnataka, the best would be to reach Bangalore by air after you are done with Goa. From here on, you can take the road; first travel to Kabini River Lodge via Mysore. Then go to Vythiri tree top resort in Kerala. Kerala is a narrow-shaped state, which has one main highway running from north-south, and every place comes either to the left or the right of that highway! From Vythiri, keep proceeding south to Kumarakom, then to Thekkadi, and reach Thiruvananthapuram/Trivandrum. This is well connected by air, and you can plan further from here based on your time available.

For driving directions in India, check out this site

Hope this helps. Happy journey.

- Ajay

6. Posted by alemaari (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Sorry for missing out the links:
Jungle Lodges:
Driving Directions in India:

- Ajay

7. Posted by m.spall (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone! thanks so much for such valuable information each one of you have given me!

I am still sort of studying my guide book and getting familiar with the map of India. Unfortunately after work I am so tired I cant really do much until the weekend. I will study then, all the alternatives you have kindly suggested and probably ask for more advise..!!
Alemmarim,do you think you can give me more information about Vythiri Resort in Kerala?

thanks again to everyone and you shall be hearing from me on the weekend:)

Miriam (so excited..!!!)

8. Posted by alemaari (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Miriam,

Here you go. Its a trip log of one of my friends, complete with pictures. You can download it from here -

The resort's website -

- Ajay

9. Posted by m.spall (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Dear all

I have been reading a lot more about the south of India, there is so much read and to know about and not even half done on the itinerary for the trip.

I am afraid to miss places I should see

Was thinking to go to Mumbai for a couple of days and stay at Shelleys hotel
Have anyone stayed there before?[/b]

In Mumbai go to the main sites such as Elephant island and take a tour.
[b]Any suggestions on tours?[/b]

[b]Any advice about SANJAY GANDHI NATIIONAL PARK ?is it good?

The moving along to Goa, not sure if to do package such as COASTAL ATTRACTION
Or stay in one beach for most of the time such as Palolem beach and so a few activities there instead of going to many beaches?

I have heard about DEN'S JEEP ADVEVTURE which takes you to DUDHSAGAR falls and other few places anyone heard from this company?[/b]

Then do the Jungle book adventure in a place such as Kabini River Lodge" near Bangalore and ride an Elephant there as well and the do the tree house experience in a place like the Green Magic resort in in Vithiri, Kerela.

or maybe go to the Dubare Elephant Camp, [b]anyone have been there before?[/b]

After take the backwaters tour and stay overnight on a boat. [b]Any recommendations on the route I should take?[/b]

[b]Then go to Periyar sanctuary kerela-is it nice?is it worth seeing?[/b]
And last stay in an ayurveda resort in Trivandrum

I would also appreciate any recommendations on places are worth seeing on the way. [b]Was thinking on maybe seeing the caves of Ellora and Ajanta?[/b]

Dear Aleemari this didn’t open

[b]I am going for 13 days what do you guys think?
Please advice

thanks a lot


10. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 318 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I just got back from Mumbai about a week ago. Here are my suggestions for places to visit/things to do.

a) Visit Elephanta Caves. The boat leaves from the Gateway of India.
b) Ride the "Neelambari" bus. It is a one-hour open-top double decker bus ride in the evenings that gives visitors a quick overview of some of the highlights of South Bombay. I enjoyed doing this a few weeks ago.
c) Kala Ghoda Art District
d) Shop at Colaba Causeway
e) Take a walk down Marine Drive in the evening.

Hope this helps.