Goa and Kerala in two weeks - are we being too ambitious?

#1 Jan 12th, 2009, 03:31
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Me and my partner are hoping to fly to Goa in late February for two weeks. It will be our first trip to India.

While researching the trip we've started looking at Kerala and around and possibly some time at a tea plantation or in the western ghats sounds more up our ally than two weeks at a beach in Goa, though if we head down here for some of our trip we would probably miss going up to Hampi which looks amazing as well. We're pretty active and the cycling / kayaking etc down there looks pretty appealing.

We're torn between the two areas (he'd prefer to head down to Kerala and I'm not sure its wise to subject ourselves to two long train journeys) so I was wondering if there was any advice from regular posters which could help us make our decision? Two weeks is way too short but its all the time we have...



-Are we taking on too much to try and train down to Cochin for 8 or 9 of the 14 days we'll have or should we cut our losses and try to find some less touristy parts of Goa?
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hi Emma welcome to india.
well two weeks for goa.kerala.hampi and lall are too less. you need minimum one month for all these.
i suggest be at goa as you have come with your partner. and then visit hampi and mysore and go back. next time when you visit then you can go to kerala.
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Originally Posted by Emma Offshore View Post Me and my partner are hoping to fly to Goa in late February for two weeks. It will be our first trip to India.

While researching the trip we've started looking at Kerala and around and possibly some time at a tea plantation or in the western ghats sounds more up our ally than two weeks at a beach in Goa, though if we head down here for some of our trip we would probably miss going up to Hampi which looks amazing as well. We're pretty active and the cycling / kayaking etc down there looks pretty appealing.

We're torn between the two areas (he'd prefer to head down to Kerala and I'm not sure its wise to subject ourselves to two long train journeys) so I was wondering if there was any advice from regular posters which could help us make our decision? Two weeks is way too short but its all the time we have...



-Are we taking on too much to try and train down to Cochin for 8 or 9 of the 14 days we'll have or should we cut our losses and try to find some less touristy parts of Goa?
#3 Jan 13th, 2009, 11:18
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As you're flying into Goa you must be on a charter trip, try to change this to a Kovalam (or other part of Kerala) charter flight, this way you'll have plenty of time in Kerala.

Unless there's a specific reason for choosing Goa other than the beach.

Goa, Hampi and Kerala is too much, you may need a holiday after visiting all those places in such a short space of time.
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#4 Jan 15th, 2009, 21:05
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I would like to suggest you to cover goa and then kerala. In goa you can have beach life with bit of water sports in case you are interested or you can just enjoy laid back life on the beach side
You should skip hampi,because even though hampi is not sea side but if you take up accomodation in southern goa, that is peaceful . so its similar to hampi, hampi has nothing much apart from ruins of deccan empire and it is on the banks of tunghabhadra river. good for chilled out people who just want to spend time away from crowd or for people who are interested in archaeology. Hampi sees less indian tourists, you will see more expats especially from israel. thr are others as well.its basically one side hampi's unesco area declared alcohol free and on other side of riveris hampi island where you can stay and can chill out with varieties of food n booze is available.
Kerala you can have a day or two at houseboat and you can take up accomodation at a resort or you can choose a homestay depending upon your likes. its good to enjoy local life thr and people are friendly.
Hope that helps.
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Skip Hampi

Hampi is for those who have plenty of time and who can criss cross the sub-conti or you have the strongest desire to see this at any cost. Otherwise, save it for next time.

If possible try to fly into Goa and fly out of Trivandrum.
That way, you will make only one train/flight journey from goa to kochin/trivandrum.

After 5 to 6 days in Goa and exploring 3-4 beaches, panaji, vasco and madgaon, you can comfortably leave Goa and go to Kochin.
2 days Kochin, 1 day Kumarakom, 1 or 2 days varkala and the last two days in trivandrum. You can cover this without exhaustion.

Or spending the entire vacation in Kerala is also very worth it. Like STEVEN says, if possible fly down to kerala after the first couple of days or immediately.


There is a latest thread by PEEK,
Kerala Trip - Cochin& Munnar Looks interesting and informative.

Please see this Kerala Trip artile too.

Have a great trip.
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Thanks for your advice everyone - we are flying on a charter but can't change this to fly out of somewhere close to Kerala I'm afraid. We are currently looking at planning a Goa - Hampi - Mysore - ???? - Goa trip possibly but still nothing booked. I'll let you know what we decide.
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You can easily do one week each in Goa and Kerala, but leave out Hampi and Mysore. Can you take the option of a low cost flight from Goa to Cochin at least one way, and take the train on the way back?
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flights / train booked

Thanks again for all of your help.
We have just decided that we will attempt to see some of both Goa and Kerala by flying from Goa to Cochin and catching a train back 8 day later.

We will have 3 days in Goa then 7 in Cochin and around before catching a train back up to Goa for a couple of days in Panjim before we leave. A tight schedule but the best we can do with only 14 days!

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