Kerala - Best places to go?

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I have 10 days in Kerala and I`m not sure exactly where to go. I thought about following the coast from Goa to Kannur, going inland to one of the Wildlife Sanctuaries (which one would be the best?) and making my way down to Cochin and Trivandrum. Does that seem ok? Where would be the best place to do the backwater boat? Many thanks
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Take a look at this post for some suggestions Kerala - What way round to do things!
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I made a week long trip last November to Kerala, covering Wayanad, Kozhikode, Cochin and Thekkady and really enjoyed it. Add Munnar to it it can complete all 10 days. Have a look at my Kerala trip report to see if you can get some ideas from it.
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You must visit Kumarakum, Thekkady, Munnar and Kochi.
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Not exactly Kerala but you should definitely visit Kanyakumari (its in TamilNadu), two hour journey from Trivandrum. And other place should be Fort Cochin (near Ernakulam) for its Anglo-Jewish culture and lifestyle.
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Best place for backwater cruise will be Allepy or Kumarakom.
Munnar ia must visit hill station.

However if you are looking for something off beat in Kerala go to Bekal Area in north kerala. It offers some unexplored beaches, backwaters, some heritage (Bekal Fort), a mini hill station. Here are some links...
http://www.bekalbeachcamp.com/
http://bekal.co.in/blog/bekal-beach-stay.htm
http://www.gitanjaliheritage.com/index.html
http://www.nalandaresorts.in/
http://www.neelambari.com/home.htm

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For the backwaters, see also Beach's excellent (if possibly somewhat outdated) Kerala Backwaters - A cruise on budgets!
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Skip Cochin and Trivandrum

My suggestion: do your wildlife sanctuary but do some background search first (some have no wildlife at all; not even a bird). Some sanctuaries have elephant rides and it can be a fun experience if its your first time. If I were you, I would skip Cochin and Trivandrum completely (honestly, what's there to see?), and just head to the southern sections of the backwaters and to Varkala beach. You'll see the Chinese nets on the backwaters, so you dont need to see them in Cochin. The northern route of the backwaters ending in Allapey is not at all as pretty as the first, southern section leaving from (or going to) Kollam.

If you have the budget, rent one of the beautiful houseboats on the backwaters with your own private cook. They are a Kerala tradition and unique for this region only, and just lovely, made fully of straw, coconut fiber and natural materials in a long-standing tradition of boat making.

If you are nearby a Katakali dance region, that too could be fun to see. Not to mention the regional martial arts, Kalaripayattu. I myself have not seen it but it would be interesting to see their school; this is a real ancient form of martial arts that has stayed fairly authentic over the years.
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In my (limited) experience Kollam is good for a quick canoe tour of the backwaters, Alleppey is good only to sleep between boats, Kottayam is brilliant for ordinary day-to-day shopping and the one thing that really knocked me out in Kochi was the murals in the Dutch Palace/Museum.
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well I did..

Kanya Kumari - Varkala - Allepey - Thekkady - Varkala - Trivandrum

Life time experience..
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There is stuff to see in both Trivandrum and Kochi, especially Kochi. The cities are worth experiencing as part of life anyway.

If I had to choose one, though, it would probably be Kochi.
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Le Royale (www.cochinkerala.com, Kalathiveetil, Vaduthala P.O, Cochin – 682, fourens@eth.net, +91 484 2394989, +91 484 2436280) is a splendid private home that receives visitors. It is nothing like a hotel, it is much better. You not only have your room for use, but there is also a very grand communal room for the guests to use. It is very well suited for families with small kids, as there is ample space to play. There is even an in-house cinema. Le Royale is run by the adorable Jenny and Jose, who do their utmost to fulfil all wishes of their guests. Jenny cooks excellent Keralan meals or western food if you like. They also run a travel agency, so they can help you with your onward travels. We cannot recommend them enough.

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Originally Posted by Cristiana View Post I have 10 days in Kerala and I`m not sure exactly where to go. I thought about following the coast from Goa to Kannur, going inland to one of the Wildlife Sanctuaries (which one would be the best?) and making my way down to Cochin and Trivandrum. Does that seem ok? Where would be the best place to do the backwater boat? Many thanks


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back waters in Vaikom Poothoota

or in the lakes on Northern Kerala

It is possible in kannur also
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Kerala in July-crazy?

Hello, having procrastinated for long enough I have decided that I would be very grateful for any advice available about travelling in Kerala in July. I know this is perhaps a stupid time of year to go, but I am willing to wear my wellies and get on with it!

Basically I have about 10 days in Kerala before I have to fly back up to Delhi on 19th July to meet up with a volunteer group going to Himachal Pradesh. I am flying into Mumbai on 10th July, will be travelling alone and have never been to India before so am trying to repress my desire to freak out about it! My queries are:
Is it a good idea to have a few days in Goa before travelling into Kerala?
I am really interested in the spiritual side of things as well as walking, markets, wildlife, spice gardens etc.
Tamil Nadu has been recommended to me for Temple going, but would this be too much for one trip?
Does anyone have any recommendations for hotels/homestays/heritage hotels in Kerala?

Thank you so much in advance for any help!
Alice

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