12 Days of Kerala

#1 Feb 8th, 2006, 09:12
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My 18 year daughter is volunteering in Kolkuta and I am travelling from Australia to visit her. We will go to Kerala for 2 weeks in May and have so far booked 3 nights at The Pimento near Cochin and have 12 more days to fill in. Our interests are food, ayurvedic therapies, houseboat trip and we would love to see tigers (though have heard that Periyar is not too good.
We will be departing from Cochin at the end of our stay. We are looking at budget to mid priced accommodation with perhaps a splurge on one night.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
#2 Feb 8th, 2006, 10:56
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I would reccomend Varkala,Its in southeren Kerala i was just there and spent 5 days.its a great place to relax,rest,get a massage and panchakarma treatments.The beach is just wonderful,all the hotels are on a cliff over looking the beach.You can find a good motel facing the beach at a cheap price if you shop around.I would reccomend the zion the people that run it are very sweet and you can get a double for about 300 rupees.
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#3 Feb 8th, 2006, 11:28
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For seaside relaxation and ayurveda, try http://www.thapovan.com/ .

Originally recommended to me by the Kerala royal family, who send a lot of their foreign visitors there!

It's hard to classify; in many ways it is like 4-star place, but they have no aircon, no pool, so it is not star-rated. Keeps the prices down!

It is comfortable, beautiful and laid-back. It has access to a secluded beach, but is just a few km from the tourist bustle of Kovalam or the city of Trivandrum.

The ayurvedic facilities are the best I've seen. I had the best massage I've ever had there. Our local resident IM ayurvedic doc confirmed that it has a good reputation.
#4 Feb 8th, 2006, 19:10
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Periyar

I liked Periyar even though we didn't see a single animal not easily visible on the side of any Indian road! The drive between Periyar and Alleppey is beautiful.
#5 Feb 8th, 2006, 19:36
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[QUOTE=ammadas]I would reccomend Varkala,Its in southeren Kerala i was just there and spent 5 days.its a great place to relax,rest,get a massage and panchakarma treatments.The beach is just wonderful,all the hotels are on a cliff over looking the beach.


Can't agree more with this. Varkala was an extrenely chilled out place with a lovely beach (good for crab watching - or is that just us?!)

Also the houseboat is something you must do. We travelled from Varkala to Kollam and took the boat to Alleppey. It's a wonderful way to spend 24hrs. It's a completely different side to India and the home cooked food on board was the best we ate in our time in India.

And of course Cochi is well worth a vixit to see those hugh fishing nets in operation. Plus you can buy fresh fish there and get it cooked at a hut on the beach. Lovely.......
#6 Feb 15th, 2006, 00:09
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For food - kochi is the right place to be.

ayurveda - kumarakom

tigers - tough one.. it is difficult to spot them anywhere in India and Kerala is not famous for them. Anyway periyar is one place. Then there is Wayanad. I have gone trekking in the forests of Wayanad, and i have spotted fresh tiger pug marks very near to our tent, when we woke up in the morning. That is the best i have seen of any tiger activity.

I will strong recommend you going to Wayanad.. it is an awesome place, not infested with tourists, but have plenty to offer in terms of rest, relaxation, ayurveda and wildlife.

Varkala is a charming place, yes.. but if you are looking for beaches, then Kovalam will be a better option.
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Tigers

Hello

me and my partner have just come back from Kerala/Karnataka and we went to Periyar and Wayanad. At Wayanad we stayed at Kalpetty and had 2 safaris. We saw a family of elephants very closely then when driving through into Karnataka and Bandipur a male tiger crossed straight in front of the car. It shows they are there but it is just chance if you see them. i hope you have a wonderful time in Kerala I thought it was a beautiful place.

Emma

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