2 Weeks in South India Itinerary?

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Plan on flying into Thiruvananthapuram and out of Goa (so South to North)

What would be a logical list of places to see, and would a detour at the end to Hampi be possible/worthwhile?

I prefer more authentic experiences, ie small towns and culture.

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... authentic experiences, ie small towns and culture.

when are these two weeks .. why choose Goa airport ?
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Originally Posted by old india hand View Post when are these two weeks .. why choose Goa airport ?
Aug 11 - 26th

I can fly out of either Goa or Chennai, but GOA seems like a more logical route (?)
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Or in and out of Kochi is also an option.
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You do realize that you will get wet weather, then some more wet weather and then some more of the same in the period you are planning to come.

Do plan accordingly.

As for the in and out, look at where the flights are cheaper, you can leave from either of the three options you mention and plan according to that.
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Forget flying out of Goa in August. A completely pointless detour.

The challenge you have with Hampi is you will lose 2 days travelling there and back and with only two weeks that seems like madness.

I would personally fly in to Truvanduram and out of Chennai. You could see Kodaikanal, Madurai, Pondicherry, Mammalapuram (in some ways a similar vibe to Hampi) then Chennai?

I wouldn't waste time in Kerala in August. Kerala is fair weather tourism so in august I'd stick to Tamil Nadu and historic, palace, temple style locations weather is less important.

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Would agree with NB.

Fly in to Trivandrum. The hire a cab to reach Kanyakumari so that you can see Padmanabhapuram palace (closed on Monday) on the way. Take a bus to reach Tirunelveli / Tenkasi for Courtallam or take a bus for Thanjavur (Big temple, palace and library, Darasuram, Gangaikondacholapuram). Other places from there could be Madurai, Tranquebar, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram and then Chennai.
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Originally Posted by NomadicBoo View Post Forget flying out of Goa in August. A completely pointless detour.

The challenge you have with Hampi is you will lose 2 days travelling there and back and with only two weeks that seems like madness.

I would personally fly in to Truvanduram and out of Chennai. You could see Kodaikanal, Madurai, Pondicherry, Mammalapuram (in some ways a similar vibe to Hampi) then Chennai?

I wouldn't waste time in Kerala in August. Kerala is fair weather tourism so in august I'd stick to Tamil Nadu and historic, palace, temple style locations weather is less important.

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So do an East Coast trek up to Chennai and skip Kerala? Isnt the Nehru Trophy Boat Race worth a peek? Or does the weather just make it pointless?
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If rains are falling hard, then to the Tamil temple towns (Courtalam waterfall on way) .. if little or no rain itís going to be hot in those towns .. can seek higher cooler ground in Karnataka around Mysore .. thereís an overnight sleeper train from Kumbakonam to Mysore.
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Originally Posted by Jared Moya View Post So do an East Coast trek up to Chennai and skip Kerala? Isnt the Nehru Trophy Boat Race worth a peek? Or does the weather just make it pointless?
Deffo worth a peak if you can make it work. I wouldn't go to Kerala just for that - only my opinion though.

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It is good, and if the weather permits, you can have a rain holiday as well and enjoy some more.
We had a trip in August around Nehru Race almost 6 years back, enjoyed a relatively no rain trip. All the other cultural shows - Kathakali, Martial arts were on and so were the massage places. But there were days when the views were all shrouded with clouds.
So probably you could take a call closer to your actual travel dates. Plan a couple of alternatives depending on the rain scenarios, that is if you usually do not do all the bookings way in advance.
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Originally Posted by snotty View Post It is good, and if the weather permits, you can have a rain holiday as well and enjoy some more.
We had a trip in August around Nehru Race almost 6 years back, enjoyed a relatively no rain trip. All the other cultural shows - Kathakali, Martial arts were on and so were the massage places. But there were days when the views were all shrouded with clouds.
So probably you could take a call closer to your actual travel dates. Plan a couple of alternatives depending on the rain scenarios, that is if you usually do not do all the bookings way in advance.
U did? And weather ended up decent-ish?

What route did u take? This might also be an option.

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It was a rather short tour (5D/4N), visited only Kochi, Munnar and Allepey for houseboat stay.

Rained only one morning but had clouds atleast for some time on two days.
Visited in first week of August, got a rather good deal (or so I want to believe) because it was offseason time.
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Kerala is not necessarily a washout in August. I don't recall any rain at all on the day that I attended the Nehru Boat race.

It is hard to predict the start and progress of the monsoon.

As to the race itself. If a person has an interest in boats, then I think that the snake boats are something to be seen: they really are amazing. Would one want to sit through a whole day of races? Well, I wouldn't do it again. I enjoyed watching the preparation and practice, the day before, from a lakeside hotel (Keralayam) more than the races themselves. It's good to see a race or two, but not all day.
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Originally Posted by Jared Moya View Post Plan on flying into Thiruvananthapuram and out of Goa (so South to North)

What would be a logical list of places to see, and would a detour at the end to Hampi be possible/worthwhile?
Apart from all the valuable comments you have got, this option is just to give you an idea about the amount of travel you need for your original idea.
All travel can be done by train, see erail

Fly into Trivandrum or Kochi and from there travel to Kanyakumari and next to Madurai.
Then an overnight train to Mysuru and another one to Hampi.
Four days a week there is a train to Goa or fly out via Bangalore which has a daily connection with Hampi.

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