Questionnaire on cities' "worthiness to visit" in July.

#1 Apr 21st, 2017, 15:56
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Hi all, working on my itinerary, I think I have everything kind of laid out. But, bearing in mind that apparently I'm going to get soaked for the July monsoons, I wonder if it's worth visiting the following places. It would be great if you could give me your opinion about the activities that can be done there and for how many days...

- Mumbai
- Madurai
- Trivandrum
- Kollam (that would be a one stop to go to Munroe island or Alleppey)
- Munroe island
- Alleppey
- Kochi
- Munnar
- Goa
- Any other city that can be worth visit in July (Kerala up to Mumbai)??

Thanks,
G
#2 Apr 21st, 2017, 16:22
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Well they will all be hot, and they will all be wet. Any proper city is non-seasonal i.e doesn't shut down, so as long as you're prepared for the hot and the wet you'll be fine.

Generally speaking, avoid touristy coastal places (like Goa) and if you do head in to Kerala focus on places that are non-seasonal such as Munnar and Allepey.

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From your actual list skip Trivanduram, Kollam and Goa. Keep the rest. Maybe add Kodaikanal, Ooty and Periyar.
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#3 Apr 21st, 2017, 20:54
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Hi,

July will be pretty hot and wet for anywhere you go along coastal India. Kerala will be beautiful and lush green but you need to brave the rain.
Now to the places you have listed. I don't know for how many days you will be in India, so I am listing a little packed schedule.

- Mumbai - Keep at least 3 days. One day for local sight seeing such as Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves,Marine Drive. Devote a day for Dharavi Slum tour in case you are interested, else go to Sanjay Gandhi National Park. You may also visit the nearby Kanheri Caves. Dedicate a day for heartful shopping at Linking Street, Colaba Causeway.

You may go to Lonavala, Matheran two very popular hill stations near to Mumbai if you have more time. You can also go to Alibaug.

- Madurai - 1 day for this Temple Town
- Trivandrum - maybe 2 days. Instead you may stay at Kovalam. You may go through my blog http://thetravellerweare.blogspot.in...of-kerala.html

- Kollam (that would be a one stop to go to Munroe island or Alleppey) - Can be skipped. Back waters at Allepy is much better. You can stay in a boat house for a day or two.
The price will also be discounted because of off-season. My blog: http://thetravellerweare.blogspot.in...e-of-east.html

- Munroe island : This is also known for backwater. You may stat for a day at any local homestay
- Alleppey : Already discussed.
- Kochi : very hot , but beautiful, Visit Kochi and Ernakulam. Keep 3 days. All places on my blog http://thetravellerweare.blogspot.in...ld-charms.html
- Munnar : Its the crown, keep atleast 3 days if you want to cover everything including the nearby National parks.
http://thetravellerweare.blogspot.in...ll-around.html
- Goa : Keep 1 week if you intend to visit North, South and Old Goa. You may check my Goa blog also

Also consider the following places : Periyar, Ooty- Coonoor, Kodai,Mahabalipuram (hot!)
Warm Regards
Soma

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http://thetravellerweare.blogspot.in/
#4 Apr 21st, 2017, 22:12
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Boat ride to Elephanta caves will be closed during monsoon. Would agree to give at least 3 days to Mumbai out of which 1 would be to help you overcome the jet lag. If possible try to see the CST Hertiage Gallery.

If rain is a problem then move towards Trichy / Thanjavur from Madurai. From there move on to Kanyakumari and then a train to Alleppey.

Goa should be easy on the pocket during monsoons.
#5 Apr 23rd, 2017, 18:26
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Just a reminder: There is no monsoon in Tamil Nadu in July. If there is too much rain in the West, just head East for some relief. Some wonderful temple towns in Tamil Nadu, like Srirangam near Trichy, or Tiruvannamalai.
#6 Apr 23rd, 2017, 19:25
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Gosh, despite my love of train rides I did not even know there was a CST Heritage area to view.

Note to self: Read a guide book, dummy.

Ed

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