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
-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.