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Kerala or Goa?

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Kerala or Goa?

Trying to decide which place to go to in India and I can't go to both. Just want to go to a place that's laid back and has beautiful scenery.

I like beaches and swimming but dislike crowded beaches and touts.

I like to party but not like at a rave type thing. Just bars and that type of thing.

Any thoughts on where I should go? Kerala or Goa? What are the pros and cons of both?

Thanks!!

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1. Re: Kerala or Goa?

Which month are you travelling?

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2. Re: Kerala or Goa?

laid back and has beautiful scenery. <<< I would say that sums up Kerala. Goa is more commercialised and probably has better choice of restaurants and bars with more late night drinking. Evening entertainment in Kerala mainly meal in local restaurants and not many places to drink after about 1030. Goa probably has the edge on better beaches.

My choice would always be Kerala but hope you will get other opinions to help you decide.

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I'll be going anytime between October and December. I haven't purchased my plane ticket yet and will be going for two weeks. Just trying to decide when to go as far as weather, festivals, etc. Thanks!

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I think you would find what you are looking for in south Goa, its not commercialized or busy like the north. I have been to Kerala once and although I enjoyed it, Goa wins hands down for me, the restaurants are much better in Goa and also there is no problem getting alcohol. You can get alcohol in Kerala but few restaurants are licensed for it so there is not much variety and you may get your beer served in a teapot. Of course you may not drink lol but thought i would mention it.

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5. Re: Kerala or Goa?

Both similar; both different. I think that there is more of an Indan experience to be had in Kerala - it's a bigger state and places like Kochi and the backwaters of Alleppey, as well as the beaches near Trivandrum, are quite something to experience. It is also easy, even in a fortnight, to see some of Tamil Nadu too and there's plenty of amazing Dravidian temples to give you a real taste of the south. The beaches are probably better in South Goa than Kerala, but I do quite like the much more laid back and gentle beach shacks and bars in Kerala (and rather enjoy gin in a teapot!). Lots of charter flights into Goa, making it easier to get there from Europe, but some of the resorts are too built up and have sadly come to represent the ugly face of tourism. Kerala is more tropical weatherwise than Goa - a good blast of rain is very dramatic there and dries up fairly quickly, also some good thunderstorms by night.

There is always a festival going on in Kerala at the various temples and churches, lots of elephants on parade, all the houses and shops lit up with candles and fairy lights on the evenings of festivals. As you are looking at October or November, there is a good chance that you could be there for Diwali. If it is music festivals that you're looking for, Goa is probably your best bet, but in December for the Sunburn Festival in North Goa.

Whichever you choose, it will be a difficult choice to make. I usually plump for Goa, but pick very quiet areas there.

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6. Re: Kerala or Goa?

Kerala hands down. It hasn't been ruined like Goa has been. That's my opinion

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