12 /14 days November - South India - ideas..?

#1 Jan 22nd, 2016, 22:28
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I know this is extremely lazy but...

Let's say you have 14 days to spend in India in November and you've never been to the south before. Allowing a day each end for flights you have 12 days to fill. Assuming you can fly in at one city and out at another where would you go and what would you see? Trains (preferred), buses and cabs acceptable but no internal flights, ideally.
I have a very tentative plan taking shape - in at Kochi - out at Mumbai but I'm by no means certain.
I'm interested more in culture than beaches.

Or should I go to the East coast.....

Thanks in anticipation,
Jeff
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We had much more time on our hand for this part of our trip that started in Chennai and ended in Kochi.
Details you can read in the Mainly the South journal in my signature.
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Just 14 days .. every day require purpose .. can forget slothfulness in Kerala .. myself would use either Trichy, Madras, Bangalore or Hyderabad airports and which would depend on flight and train times.
Can use
http://www.90di.com/travel/index.htm...arch_home_page
as planning tool.

Think of five highlights and see how overnight trains can string them together or think of your one favourite place and go there for a holiday.
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Bangalore - Hampi - Badami - Aihole - Mahakuta - Bidar - Bijapur - Mumbai
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Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Thanjavur (Kumbakonam) - Trichy - Madurai - Chennai
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Bangalore - Hampi - Badami - Aihole - Mahakuta - Bidar - Bijapur - Mumbai
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Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Thanjavur (Kumbakonam) - Trichy - Madurai - Chennai

Interesting inclusion of Mahakuta .. can start early and walk the ancient path from Badami .. pack bathers.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Bangalore - Hampi - Badami - Aihole - Mahakuta - Bidar - Bijapur -
Thank you for the suggestions. I like the look of this very much, except...

Bidar is a long way from Badami. I reckon it's about 677Km routing Badami to Bidar and then on to Bijapur, whereas Badami to Bijapur is around 120Km only.

Is it really worth such a diversion? I'm concerned about the time spent travelling.

Might it be better to miss Bidar altogether and break up the 500Km journey from Bijapur to Mumbai with a stop-off somewhere. Any suggestions for sightseeing along the Bijapur to Mumbai leg of the journey?
Thank you,
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For a truly different (off the tourist circuit) experience, take a bus from Bijapur to Solapur and continue to Pandharpur. Google some images. You'd have to stay overnight due to connections. There's atleast one train to Mumbai but bus might be more convenient. Or return to Solapur for the train to Mumbai.

Also, unless you have a serious interest in Indian temples (I do), Aihole can be missed, easily. Instead, give more time to Hampi. Rest of the places are good. Include Pattadakal - purchase the goodearth guide book sold on site and walk through the well maintained UNESCO site.
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Another option:
Start in Kochi, explore the city and go for the backwaters in Alleppey
Take the overnight train to Madurai
Continue to Mysuru and next Hampi.
From Hampi take a train/bus to Hubli and catch the train to Mumbai.
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Originally Posted by jhiker View Post Bidar is a long way from Badami. I reckon it's about 677Km routing Badami to Bidar and then on to Bijapur, whereas Badami to Bijapur is around 120Km only.

Is it really worth such a diversion?

Bidar is ok even with screaming air force jets .. but would include only if the travel fits to the rest of itinerary .. donít shape an itinerary centered on going to Bidar.
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This is taking shape now, thanks for the suggestions. I'm thinking start in Kochi/Aleppey for a couple of days and move on up the coast a way before striking out for Hampi. On to Badami, then Bijapur, finishing with a few days in Mumbai. So... Up the coast from Kochi, could you recommend one, maybe two stops before heading to Hampi/Hospet. Trains preferable but bus/taxi would be fine too.
Thanks.
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Anybody travelled the Mandovi Express from Madgaon to Mumbai?
Is it as picturesque as they say?
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No traveled by Mandovi. Have traveled by Jan Shatabdi and the Konkan route is picturesque provided you are traveling during the day.

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