2 weeks around Goa then 5 weeks-down the coast to tip then up inland to Bangalore

#1 Jan 2nd, 2018, 23:11
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Hi All,

Its been a long while since i spent 6 months in India.
Ive just decided to go back ( leaving in 7 days) and have 2ish weeks around Goa (9th -27th Jan) before my wife flies in to Goa and then we have 5 weeks with a broad plan to go down the Coast to the tip of India and then up inland through the south to bangalore.

I am sure much has changed in the last 15 years. (and much probably hasn't

Would anybody have any suggestions of where to visit. At this point in i haven't got far with any planning and just have a broad picture of - 2 weeks around Goa, 2.5 weeks heading down the Coast to the tip and then 2.5 weeks coming back up inland ( through the hills/western ghats ).

Fully realise thats far from detailed. If you could recommend anywhere to visit or a itinerary - that would be much appreciated. Many thanks
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If you didn't visit Hampi yet it is a goof start after Goa.
From there a train to Mysore and next through the Wayanad area back to the cost near Kannur and Khozikode.
Continue to Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
See the journals in my signature for some more ideas.
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Thanks Vonkla, iam reading your South Indian post. Looks like you visit many places. Do you have the route you did and any favourite places ?
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We did several trips. Among our favorite destinations are, for different reasons
Karnataka: Hampi, Banavasi, Wayanad region
Kerala: Backwaters around Alleppey but not with a house-boat.
Tamil Nadu: Kumbakonam + the Cauvery delta, train to Ooty/Coonoor
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For me I’d add;

Hampi (I know Vonkala mentioned it but the only place worth mentioning again!).

Gokarna.

Mangalore (if food is your thing otherwise skip it).

In Kerala all of the usual suspects are worth a visit; Cochin, munnar, varkala and Alleppey.

Personally I wouldn’t go to the top of India, kanyakumuri doesn’t have much going for it and is quite a way to go. I’d start to head across to Madurai from Varkala (through Kodaikanal).

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Many thanks iam looking into those suggestions!

I noticed Vonkla you did alot of car/driver hire. Would you say that's the best option inland/ day tripping ?

I really like your get up and go explore attitude. Is that is a driver car the best way to do that?
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If one wants to see places using public transport they have to depend on the time when it leaves, in some cases they should also have seats for the number of passengers traveling. You will be able to stretch your legs or eat or go to the loo when the public transport halts (in case of bus, in trains there is a loo).
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For day tripping we find a car preferable, it gives you the opportunity to roam around.
For a discussion of town to town traveling see this thread http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...s-bus-t238488/

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