Can I run this itinerary by you guys?

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Hi,

I've plotted out a course to give me the experience of the Indian heat but meant to escape it for the most part. I'm pretty flexible and go by my feeling at the moment rather that a fixed schedule, so when I think one day it could end up being one week.

Start in Hyderabad for two weeks (school)

Take the train early morning to Vijayawada for one or two days (sightseeing)

Take an overnight train to Tirupai to do one days sightseeing and catch another train to get Chennai where I'll stay three or four days.

Bus or train to Vellore for two day or so

Bus or train to Bengaluru for three or four days

Bus or train to Mysore for three or four days

Finally, train to Cochin for a couple of days to depart back home.


In the ideal situation I can find someone to do yoga with, or a class and meet some people that way, but it's mostly to get a sense of South Indian food and touch a few different parts of India.

What do you think?
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Anything particular you want to see in Vijaywada, vellore or Tirupati?

I would not miss a trip to Hampi.
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Don't know when you are planning this trip, but right now its pretty comfortable and not hot.

Hyderabad-Vijayawada can be done multiple ways - Train, both at night and day and buses again day or night.

Vijayawada- Tirupati book the train in advance. At Tirupati, get a Tour of APTDC for all the local temples and sights. On your own, its too much of a hassle.

From Tirupati you can go to Vellore and from there Chennai as well. I think it will be closer.

You haven't included places like Madurai etc in this.
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Originally Posted by nayan View Post Anything particular you want to see in Vijaywada, vellore or Tirupati?

I would not miss a trip to Hampi.
My ultimate destination on that leg is Hyderabad to Chennai. To break it up a bit I thought I'd stop in Vijaywada because it's said to be "the heart of Andhra culture and language". I wanted to see what that meant with Hyderabad to contrast.

@Narendra, which way do you recommend to get from Hyderabad to Vijaywada? I was thinking taking a morning train, exploring in the afternoon, staying the night and seeing what it's like the next day. Alternatively I could book a train for that night to go to Tirupati -- or direct to Chennai.

I'm interested in the Venkateshwara Temple. I know I can take a tour from Chennai but I thought I could save time by just stopping on the way.


Vellore and Bengaluru just seemed like a good way to break the trip up from Chennai to Mysore, although I'm really interested in how the old and new mix in Bengaluru. It must be really interesting, and it's away from the heat.


Thank you both for taking time to reply.

Cheers,
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And thanks for recommending Hampi. I just looked it up and while it looks amazing that course bends upwards when I'm looking to travel south.

I took a bit of time trying to come up with a good route. Originally I looked at going further into Tamil Nadu. From Chennai to Madurai to Trivandrum and up to Cochin. Since I'm not sure how I'll feel about the heat, I thought it was best to chose what might be a more temperate route. Plus, I've read that Mysore is a great place to go for yoga and that's an interest of mine.

Any opinions on how many days to budget for a given local?
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Vijayawada is now more a trading hub and transit point than a cultural center. Morning train from hyderabad is best. The Krishna Barrage and the temple on the hillock adjoining it are places that you can visit. Half day is enough for these and you can take a train the same night to Tirupati.

For The Venkateshwara Temple, I suggest that you go over to APTDC @Hyderabad and see if you can take the tour at Tirupati. Quite frankly, for a tourist with not much religious fervour, the crowds there might just be too much for you. Keep in mind that Tirupati is the place that see's the highest tourist inflow in the country and crowds can get to about 140000 people passing thru the temple in a day. The APTDC tour will smooth out all the hassle.

Hampi is a must see as well in my opinion.
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I'm really curious about the crowds. I've heard so much about them, but i live in Tokyo and during events like hanabi (fireworks) or any New Years temple the crowds are a quarter million. Thankfully I'm 191cm, so I'm only inconvenienced by the slower pace. I will take you advice, though. Thank you.

If there really isn't much to see then would you recommend going from Hyderabad directly to Tirupati or to Channai and taking an organized tour to Tirupati?
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Advisable. Flying to Chennai is best.

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