What is the best place to live in Kerala

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I am a middle aged man planning to move to India with my 2 college aged children. I plan to move to the south of India, most likely Kerala. I would like to know which city would be the best considering that my children will have to continue their college and university. The cost of living will also be another consideration as I will need a 4 bedroom flat because I work from home. Can anyone suggest a good place which is inexpensive, safe and has the social environment necessary to keep two young adults occupied? Thank you
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you will want to peruse this thread about moving to India -- http://www.indiamike.com/india/moving-to-india-f97/

but foreigners can't stay in India indefinitely, i.e., like forever, unless you marry an Indian or other such factors. I have a 10 yr tourist visa as an American but I still have to leave every 180 days.

are you going to have a business visa? the regulations are different but still don't allow a foreigner to stay indefinitely (from what I remember about them.)
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Thanks for your reply. Well only time will tell if I re-marry. But my plan was to stay as long as possible. So what you are saying is that I should plan to leave India every 180 days. How long do you have to remain outside the country before coming in again? And do you need to go through the whole visa application again? Can I just go down to Sri Lanka while I wait? How do you do it? Do you go back to the States? Thanks for your help.
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Your profile says you're in Canada and I don't know what the India visa regs are for Canadians.

But for me as an American, as I said, I can stay 180 days and would have to leave. It used to be that one had to stay out for 2 months (this was after the Mumbai bombings for awhile) but then that was rescinded. And yes, people I know leave and go to Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal, etc. for a week then return for another 180 days. But I think you don't even have to stay out that long.

I have never stayed for 180 days, the longest was almost 3 months. And no, I don't have to re-apply for a visa as my visa is for 10 years and is multi-entry. It expires in 2020.

Sorry, that's all the info I have!
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Andy, you seem to making plans on the basis of some assumptions, and you need to check that stuff out before going any further. Some disillusionment may be involved. India is not immigrant friendly. You cannot just arrive and make your home here.

Having said that, it is possible to make a home here. People do. They either visit that home regularly for a few months every year, or even spend the majority of their time here. You can, as the situation currently stands, leave for a few days and not exceed 180 days on one trip.

You need to investigate those immigration matters, you need to investigate tax implications. Children: a tourist visa does not allow work or study. How could that work out?
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I think the term for Canadian visas got amrikaned to a longer term of validity (but not stay). Modi came and conquered. Nick will know the Latin reference. Still, stay is something to be tried out first. I know of cases where the results were not happy..
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Children: a tourist visa does not allow work or study. How could that work out?
This would be my primary concern. Even if you can you have to seriously consider for your children’s future whether you should.

As someone who is responsible for graduate and experienced hire recruitment for a large multinational, I can speak with authority when I say where they go to university does matter. Are they complicit in this decision?

Clearly there are some subjects less so, and others where an Indian education may even be perceived to be of distinct advantage (eastern/philosophical studies and some IT/tech degrees) but by and large these will be in the minority for someone of non-indian heritage or those looking to pursue an entry level career in the West.

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Thank you all for your replies.

I have no problem coming in for 180 days, leaving for a few, and coming back. I am self employed and work from my laptop, so I can work from anywhere. But it was my plan to find "conventional" employment in India using a headhunter so that the job would allow me to become a resident. Having visited India in the past, I don't really see any hurdles other than these. As far as the comments regarding education, some of the best schools are in India, so I am sure I will be able to find the kids a good school.

The real issue is that I have never been to Kerala and would need a starting point. A city that is comfortable. I am leaning towards Coimbatore. I would like to know what people think of living in Coimbatore and if there are better options in Kerala. Also what are your opinions on a foreigner living in a village versus a city?
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Originally Posted by Andy777 View Post The real issue is that I have never been to Kerala and would need a starting point. A city that is comfortable. I am leaning towards Coimbatore.
Coimbatore is in Tamil Nadu.

And if you've never been to Kerala I strongly suggest visiting first.
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I stand corrected. Any recommendations? What city would you recommend in Kerala?
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Originally Posted by Andy777 View Post I stand corrected. Any recommendations? What city would you recommend in Kerala?
Ernakulam and Trivanduram are really your only options (unless you speak fluent Malayalam).

If I had to pick one it would be Trivanduram.

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ditto. TRV or Kochi.

Andy777, honestly, you can't pick a place to live off a map or out of a book.
As edwardseco says, one can be very unhappy with their choice without visiting first, more than once.

As for village v. city, what do you want to do? Lots of English spoken in Kerala but in a village, who knows? You said you can conduct business on your laptop. What about WiFi in a village v. city?

Are you going to learn Mallayalum or Hindi? What do you like to do? Do you plan to work on your laptop all day, never go out and about? That's why you need to visit first.
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The information missing here is why Andy wants to move to India? What is the advantage, it is a big wrench for youngsters too...? Why do you choose Kerala?

Any background info you can share will allow folk here to give better answers...

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I am moving to India because I always wanted to live in India since I was a youngster. I have visited India and have friends in India and although I know it is different than living there, I am sure I will find it easy. I am not a difficult person and live a very simple life. And yes, I plan to learn Hindi and whatever other language I will need to communicate with people locally. A few years ago I hired someone to prepare a complete move to Mumbai, but things changed and I never executed the plan. That experience taught me that it is very feasible and would in fact be more beneficial for me than remaining here in Canada. From a business perspective there are more opportunities for me in India than in Canada. Dropping myself in a city like Trivanduram or Coimbatore by renting a flat for six months would not mean that I would necessarily have to stay there, but it would be a starting point and that is what I am looking for. I would obviously travel a lot throughout the area in those 6 months and maybe end up staying or moving to another city. My 16 and 18 year olds will certainly find it a new experience, but they have both traveled extensively with me and will eventually decide on their own if they want to stay or move back to Canada. In response to Sama who exclaims "honestly, you can't pick a place to live off a map or out of a book"... I would say that in my case, I have no problem doing this. Thank you all for your responses. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome.
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Quote :" I am moving to India because I always wanted to live in India since I was a youngster. I have visited India and have friends in India and although I know it is different than living there, I am sure I will find it easy. I am not a difficult person and live a very simple life. And yes, I plan to learn Hindi and whatever other language I will need to communicate with people locally. "


I moved to the USA almost 40 years ago from India, and was fortunately able to make this home. Even though I can speak,read and write Hindi, Tamil, I am not so sure I could live in any city in India, for an extended period of time. Moving to a new place is always easier when you are young.

Do you have a back up plan, in case Kerala does not work out? I trust moving back to Canada, in case things don't work out, is still an option for you?

Even so, I second the suggestion that you try and live in Kerala for a few months, and get a feel for the day to day rhythm of life.

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