SOUTHWEST INDIA three week tour...can we do this on our own? Recommendation for tour company or driver/guide?
I am planning a 21 day trip to southwest India in January 2014. Two travelers to start in Mumbai, sightseeing Dobi Ghat, caves, fly to Goa (see Panjim, Siolim, Anjuna), Bengalore, Mysore to Madikeri, Mysore to Wayand resort, Mysore to Calicut (Khozikode) (3'45") and see Theyam performance temple, Cochi via Thissur, Cochin, Cochin Punarjani Kalaripayatut Kathakali dancers, north of Cochin procession, Thrissur-art Festival season?
Cochin to Munnar for one day while at Cochin, train to Aleppi, Alleppo tour to backwaters, to Quilon (Kollam) or backwaters cruise, ??Amlayalam calendar, Ambalapuzha temple festival , depart for US from Trivandrum.
Could we do this on our own???, get our own hotels but hire a company for the transfer etc parts? Would it be a good idea to get a driver for some of the journey?
We have a modest to mid-point budget and are more interested in seeing any festivals, architecture, historical sites, culture, people. Charming small hotels desired.