Seeking advice for trip to Kerala in July.

#1 Apr 20th, 2017, 16:58
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Hi, I'm planning a trip to Kerala going up to Mumbai in July (I know, monsoons... but that's when I can do it unfortunately). It's going to be with my wife and teenage son. I't my first time in India so bear with me for the long post.

This is the plan...

1 Full day Trivandrum
1/2 day Trivandrum -> 1/2 Varkala
1 Full day Varkala
1/2 day Varkala -> 1/2 Kollam
Ferry from Kollam to Alleppey (the one that last 9 hours)
1 Full day Alleppey
1 day Alleppey Houseboat with overnight stay. (any suggestion on reliable/good/not too expensive, one bedroom houseboat company?)
1/2 Alleppey -> 1/2 day in Kochi (train or car?)
1 Full day in Kochi
1 Full day in Kochi + overnight train to Goa
2 Full days in Goa
Flight to Mumbai.

Many people didn't reccommend to go to Goa in July, and I'm wondering if it's indeed something to avoid and go instead somewhere else, especially since I thought to visit the beaches below.
Around Goa I was thinking to see:
- Shri Mangueshi Temple
- Colva Beach
- Vagator Beach
- Calangute Beach

As far as the ferry/boat trips are concerned:
- Is the ferry from Kollam to Alleppey the nicest way to go there?
- For the houseboat trip, is there a "less mainstream" way to visit the backwaters?
- And is it better to start from Alleppey or Kumarakom?

It'd be great to get all the possible feedback, because I know that for trains and planes is better to book in advance and I guess I have to do the same for the houseboat (or not?)

Thanks a lot,
Gondwana
#2 Apr 20th, 2017, 17:22
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As far as the ferry/boat trips are concerned:
- Is the ferry from Kollam to Alleppey the nicest way to go there?
- For the houseboat trip, is there a "less mainstream" way to visit the backwaters?
- And is it better to start from Alleppey or Kumarakom?
-There are government public boats running from Alleppey town to many small remote places in the district. It is always fun and super cheap (20 -40 rs max for 2 hrs journey). Get down at any remote place,try some toddy and local fish curry from some toddy shop and get back to the town in the returning ferry Perfect way to visit the back waters!!

- For me Alleppey is more interesting with its narrow backwaters and the local life. Kumarakom backwaters area are very large in size, looks more like a lake.
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Most of the time the Kollam Alleppey ferry sails on the larger lakes. There is a stop for lunch in a resort and a short chai-break. The scenic is nice but after a few hours we found it somewhat boring.

The first time we arrived in Alleppey was with the local ferry from Kottayam. We saw the returning house-boats where many people were just watching TV and decided to explore the backwaters on a different way. With the assistance of the guest-house owner we hired a rowing boat for an hour of six and found this very rewarding.
Later we did the full day trip with the KTDC out of Kochi also a nice and varied trip.

As far as I know you don't have to reserve a houseboat in advance.
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heavy monsoon in july. what beaches?? they are completely off limits.
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I beg too differ regarding the monsoons and Goa.
Monsoon is off season for Goa, this has given rise monsoon tourism. Low prices - enjoy the rains and loads of waterfalls to explore in the western ghats. The rain brings in low temperatures and fresh air.
Waterfalls - I am not even talking about dudhsagar, there are many in the Chorla ghat, enjoy them. The drive would be beautiful as well..
The seas are bad, beaches okay, entering the water is a strict no. There would be lifeguards even in monsoon, so they should help you better with the water scenario, till then stay out of it.
The rains are heavy, but there are breaks in between, definitely for 4-6 hours, at times even 3-4 days in Goa.
The temples can be seen and the same about the churches too, if you want.
I would recommend Sinquerim for the lower Aguada fort - the monsoons will get huge waves crashing on the walls, you can enjoy it for hours. Again stay on the fort, do not go down to the rocks, all it takes is one big wave to hurt and there would be plenty of those.
So for Goa and Kerala too, get your rainy gear and get ready to get wet despite it and at times without it.
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#6 Apr 21st, 2017, 07:53
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@OP,

Hmmmmm If possible try to postpone/ prepone the trip. Not sure with Kerala's Furious non stop rains , how much time we will be able to enjoy rains confined in our hotel room . Not sure in such a peak monsoon season , whether Alleppey- Kollam Ferry will be operating and Varkala/ kovalam beaches will be off limit and there wont be any water sports in Goa beaches .

Shikara boat rides wont be operating in Alleppey backwaters (Smaller boats which will take you to narrow canals) . When we Visited (In non-rainy season) , even For slight wind and rains, the boat person stopped at a Snack bar in the banks and he started after the wind/rain subsided.

Cochin normally receives heavy rainfall during the season when compared to Trivandrum and Alleppey/ Kumarakom will be with thunderstorms (Not sure how comfortable it will be to be at a stationed houseboat in Vembanad lake of alleppey at nights at such drastic conditions ).

If you are making your trip as planned, No Need to book houseboat in advance. Just visit in person (Punnamada is the place from where the houseboat ride starts ) , select a boat (bargain heavily) and board. There are hundreds of houseboats lined up all over Alleppey's canals and hence that's not an issue.

Also plan to include kanyakumari ( A Day trip could be made from Trivandrum) and if time permits plan munnar ( 2 nights/ 3 days at the minimal) ( 4 hours from cochin).

Definitely, Kerala will be at it's best during monsoons But as a tourist how much we can tour / Visit places is the only issue.
Happy Planning

Velu
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Originally Posted by vonkla View Post Most of the time the Kollam Alleppey ferry sails on the larger lakes. There is a stop for lunch in a resort and a short chai-break. The scenic is nice but after a few hours we found it somewhat boring.
What would the alternative be to go from Kollam to Alleppey then?

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Originally Posted by vonkla View Post The first time we arrived in Alleppey was with the local ferry from Kottayam. We saw the returning house-boats where many people were just watching TV and decided to explore the backwaters on a different way. With the assistance of the guest-house owner we hired a rowing boat for an hour of six and found this very rewarding.
Later we did the full day trip with the KTDC out of Kochi also a nice and varied trip.
Was the ferry Kottayam->Alleppey a nice trip? i.e. another way to visit the backwaters? Or quite boring instead?

Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Gondwana View Post What would the alternative be to go from Kollam to Alleppey then?
As you can see here http://southernbackwaters.com/kollamtour.htm doesn't run in July.

You can take a train direct from Varkala to Alleppey, see erail.

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Was the ferry Kottayam->Alleppey a nice trip? i.e. another way to visit the backwaters? Or quite boring instead?
The Kottayam ferry takes about 2.5 hours and is the public services with many stops to load and unload passengers. We enjoyed it.
Details you can read in my From Kochi to Delhi journal.
An option is to take an early train from Varkala to Kottayam and take an afternoon ferry
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Originally Posted by vonkla View Post You can take a train direct from Varkala to Alleppey, see erail.
Ok, then I might take the train from Kollam since, if I go to Munroe island, I have to go back there.

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That sounds really nice. It's just like a bus I guess
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Originally Posted by Gondwana View Post Ok, then I might take the train from Kollam since, if I go to Munroe island, I have to go back there.
Muntoe island gives the same experience as the backwaters around Alleppey.

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I still have my one year India multiple entry visa burning a hole in my passport

I like the sound of Snotty's description, which prompts a few questions from me.

I have understood that it does not rain 24/7. Is the weather always cloudy during this monsoon between downpours, as one would expect, or is there sunshine between?
Is the atmosphere "fresh" during this monsoon, or is it "steamy, hot and humid"?

I agree the recommendation above to try and visit Kanyakamari, the southern tip of India is a place of pilgrimage, and managable easily from Trivandrum.

Any extra tips from those aware of particular monsoon issues would be appreciated.

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The actual conditions over a given number of days are impossible to predict far in advance. Perhaps it should be pouring with rain in July, but I have been there three or four times in July-first-week and barely got moist.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post The actual conditions over a given number of days are impossible to predict far in advance. Perhaps it should be pouring with rain in July, but I have been there three or four times in July-first-week and barely got moist.
Was it hot and humid, even without much rain when you were there, or fairly fresh?

I would so like to return to India this summer, but am afraid of doing myself in with the heat!

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I would so like to return to India this summer, but am afraid of doing myself in with the heat!

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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post Was it hot and humid, even without much rain when you were there, or fairly fresh?

I would so like to return to India this summer, but am afraid of doing myself in with the heat!
It was more comfortable than Chennai!

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It's what the hill stations were made for, of course

The [July] birthday I spent in ooty was shivering cold. Coonor was nice.

My only caution is that serious monsoon weather in the hills can be dangerous and disruptive.

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