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Kerala Itinerary

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Kerala Itinerary

Hi,

I'm going with my Dad to Kerala at the end of October for just under 2 weeks. He's originally from the Punjab, and this will be our third India trip, though we have never been to Kerala.

We are looking for a trip where we can enjoy good food (and drinks!), and we enjoy sightseeing and spending time immersing ourselves in the culture. Train journeys are a plus.

We arrive and leave from Cochin, and will be in India during Diwali (though I appreciate its not celebrated as much in Kerala).

We have an open itinerary at this moment, and I'm trying to piece together how the itinerary should go. I'm thinking:

-1 night in Cochin (beginning of the trip)

-3/4 nights in Munnar

-Spend a couple of days in Ooty

-2 nights in Thekkady

-Alleppey for house boat trip

-Varkala and/or Kovalam for a couple of days

-return to Cochin for a couple of days

1) I know we'll have to trim a few places - any recommendations on routes or places to cut would be appreciated.

2) Ooty seems like a bit of distance away from the rest of the itinerary. Is it worth it? I thought I could maybe spend Diwali here, but its most likely it will be cut from the itinerary.

3) We'd like a big celebration for Diwali, where is the best place to visit? is worthwhile going to Tamil Nadu? and cities or towns recommended?

4) Is there any other places we should add to the itinerary.

Thank you

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See my response below to another post, which I have edited for you. By the way, I think that Ooty is too far. We looked into this but with a round trip of over 600 kms it did not see suitable.

We spent 17 nights in Kerala in January and February. Below I will give you details of what we did and whether we would do the same again with hindsight. See my reviews of the places mentioned.

3 nights in Fort Cochin – great gentle place to start. Lots to see. 3 days perfect but 2 days may be enough for you, Londonmavs

2 nights in Munnar with recommended Stanley Wilson Tours staying at the Misty green View Hotel – would definitely go with this trip again. 2 days was enough

2 nights Thekkady – we did not do this but would do it in retrospect

3 nights in GK’s Riverview Homestay Kumakarom - great place in the backwater. Took 3 hour local ferry through the backwaters and a canoe ride. 2 days may be enough for you, Londonmavs

We spent 4 nights Kait’s Home Allepey on the banks of the river. Great place but would only spend 3 nights there. 2 days may be enough for you, Londonmavs. We got there by incredibly cheap 3 hour ferry from Kottayam to Alleppey. We would NOT take a houseboat trip. We think we saw more of the backwaters from local ferries and staying in the homestays. From the ferries and Kait’s Home we say what looked like bored people on the procession of houseboats

We finally spent 5 nights on Marari beach fairly close to Allepey staying at Austin’s Beach Villa. Though the accommodation was fine the beach was not very good. If we were to do the trip again we would probably have got the train from Allepey to Varkala and spent the rest of our time there.

All our accommodation was great, reasonably priced and in the homestays we ate very well and cheaply, the food being cooked by the family we were staying with.

Hope this helps. Get back to me if you have any other questions.

Edited: 14 September 2013, 10:26
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Thank you for your detailed post NomadicTraveller7.

A few questions for you.

1. How difficult were the homestays to locate? I guess you can't really book them in advance.

2. I'm debating whether to explore Cochin at the beginning of our trip or at the end. Is it best located to stay in the fort Cochin area, or are many of the points of interests in different areas?

3. Did you pre book the tours and hotels?

4. An open question. Where in Kerala will diwali be celebrated the most?

Thanks again

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If your dad likes his evening drinks with some choice , home stays may not be ideal. For Cochin, while Fort Cochin could be a preferred location, Brunton Boat Yard Hotel or Casino are great for food and drinks.

In Kerala one of the most celebrated places for food is Ayisha Manzil at Tellicherry., though here again drinks may be limited.Thsi will of course be a bit to the north,while your current itinerary is going down south

Instead of Ooty you could consider Kodaikanal from Munnar.

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My Dad and myself enjoy a drink or two. So I'll bear that in mind with homestays.

I've tried to focus on the places I definitely want to visit, and then try to accommodate places on route. I appreciate I don't want a very busy schedule, as we won't relax at all.

My current thinking is: Cochin to munnar. On route I'll try and stop in Gavi and/or the Athirapally waterfalls.

From Munnar I'd love to go to ooty, but it seems a bit too far out. I'm potentially thinking about travelling to Kodaikanal, but most likely will go to Thekkady/Kumilly.

Then I think we'll progress to Trivandrum/Kovalam/Varkala. Won't visit all 3.

From there it will be a trek to Allepey.

1. To throw a curve ball at the whole plan, what is the general consensus of Wayanad/Kannur instead of Munnar?

2. I love the long train journeys, any particular routes we should try and experience.

Appreciate I'm throwing a lot of ideas out there, but as we haven't set a solid itinerary yet, I'd like to have a few options.

Thanks again!

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6. Re: Kerala Itinerary

Hello again LondonMavs

Below are my answers to your questions -

1. How difficult were the homestays to locate? I guess you can't really book them in advance. We booked them in advance after researching on the internet including Trip Advisor. We booked GK’s Riverview Homestay Kumakarom with George Kutty by email See -

http://www.gkhomestay-kumarakom.com/

tripadvisor.com.au/Hotel_Review-g297634-d625…

Kaits’ Home we booked through their website or with a booking site - See - http://www.kaitshome.com/

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g608471-d648592…

2. I'm debating whether to explore Cochin at the beginning of our trip or at the end. Is it best located to stay in the fort Cochin area, or are many of the points of interests in different areas? We thought it was best at the beginning as a gentle introduction to India.

3. Did you pre book the tours and hotels? Accommodation we booked in advance. We booked the Munar trip with Stanley Wilson in advance but you could arrange that when you arrived in Kochi. Onward transportation we arranged with the people we were staying with, though the Stanley Wilson driver dropped us of at GK’s Homestay on the way back from Munnar. We stopped at a booze shop and bought some beer though this is not necessary as many places could get you beer as a favour. There are one or two drivers based in Kochi that you could use for 3 to 7 days. Read the recommendations in Kerala and Kochi forum.

4. An open question. Where in Kerala will diwali be celebrated the most? I cannot answer that one

Drinks – prompted by people we met, we started buying a bottle of the excellent local gin and having gin and tonics before and after dinner. You need to pick up tonic whenever you can as it can be difficult to find.

Hope this helps

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Thanks for the replies, it has been very helpful.

One last query how difficult is it to get a sim card, and what is the best network?

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In 6 weeks we never needed an Indian SIM card or wished we had one. Almost everywhere had wifi so we used email or went on to places' websites to book accommodation and explore where to visit and eat. Tuk-Tuk's we picked up on the street.

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