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kerala - help!

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kerala - help!

we are 7 girls travelling to Kerala in mid Novemeber for 17 days - as yet no plans set in stone, so looking for as much advice as possible to make sure that we get the most from our trip.

arrive in trevandrum - keen on doing/seeing the following - some short yoga course for beginners, beautiful beaches, elephants if poss, backwater trips, historic towns, a safe means of travel and cheap but typical accomodation.

any advice would be great as we dont even know where to start!


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1. Re: kerala - help!

Trivandrum- Kovalam Beach - Loads of cheap accomdation. Check out hotel California ( 300- 400 Rupees )

Thekaddy -Periyar Wildlife

Alleppy for backwater trips

Fortcochin for historic town

The best way to get cheap accomdation is to arrive directly and then look

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You will want to at least book your accommodation for when you first arrive. Most international flights arrive late at night/early morning (ie, predawn) hours, and it's not the time for 7 foreign, jetlagged women on their first trip to India to be looking for hotel accommodation. Pick up a Lonely Planet or a Rough Guide, or Let's Go, and pick out a few budget or mid-range hotels. Read some of the reviews on this site and on indiamike.com and then try to book ahead for at least your initial 2-3 days. Especially in mid-November as that is the tourist season. From there, you probably will be able to either call ahead to book a hotel at your next destination, or just find one when you arrive. Beware of touts and rickshaw wallahs and taxi drivers who will want to steer you to the hotel of their choice...they all get kickbacks and that comes out of your wallet. If possible, have your hotel arrange for a taxi to pick you up at the airport on your arrival...it makes things easier and the driver will know exactly how to find the hotel. If the hotel can't arrange one, then use the prepaid taxi stand/window at the airport, which will be clearly marked, usually before you exit the airport. You pay a preapproved flat fee, they give you a receipt, then the gov't approved driver takes you to yoru destination. Tip at your discretion, but don't overdo it.

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Yoga course- Sivananda ashram overlooking Neyyar wildlife sanctuary, Neyyar dam (www.sivananda.org)- for an experience you can stay for a couple of days.

Beaches- Kovalam / varkala

Elephants- paripally / Guruvayur

Backwaters - Kollam / Alleppey

Historic towns- Fort Cochin, Jew town

Forest- Periyar (Tea and spice plantations)

Hill station- Munnar (Tea plantation)

Some hotels have yoga teachers, so you can also check with hotel if you don't want to go to ashram.

Hotels range from Rs 500 to 5000 a day at all places.

If you want to travel by coach, a non airconditioned mini coach would cost you about Rs 1600 a day, which is a 11 seater.

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there is a beautiful site full of information - www.ayurvedic-spa-vacation-in-kerala.com. it might help

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6. Re: kerala - help!

For ayurveda and beach Try Varkala very calm beach with beautyful cliff.

resort may be rajapark beach resort.

for boating. Alleppy/kollam.

for hill station, Munnar/kuttalam/thekkady.

for heritage,cochin.

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7. Re: kerala - help!

i will be in kerala too .any good place for night life ?

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so will we and want to know the same thing!! we are based in Kovolam and plan to travel to Verkala for 2 nights and Cochin (to do the boats) for 4 nights.

In Kovolam, is it all eating based or are there any bars as in just bars with music?

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As it is the start of the holiday season, arriving without accomodation may be a problem. However, you could try the Royal Cottage Retreat at Light House Beach. Is is a cheap place and rooms are basic. I stayed here back in 2002. It also depends on what time you arrive at Trivandrum.

For excursion try Lenic of Cosmic Travel. His shop is near the Royal Cottage and he does all the thing you mentioned. Just tell him that Paul recommended you and he will do his very best. His English is very good so you will have no language problem.

For another trip you may like to consider visiting a children's hostel. I help run and finance one that is only 5.5km from Kovalam. Again, Lenic has all the details.

A word of caution regarding sunbathing - as female flesh is not very often seen by young Indian men, if you should waer a 'skimpy' bikini then you will be eyed, have you photo taken, and chatted up. This can be a problem and uncomfortable for some women.



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10. Re: kerala - help!

Would it cost much to do a back water trip?