Central and Southern India in 3 weeks

#1 May 11th, 2015, 19:43
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Hello All,
In January 2016 we are planning a trip to Central/Southern India for about 3 weeks. Our rough itinerary looks followingly:
1 Arrival to Mumbai
2 Mumbai
3 Flight to Goa
4 Old Goa
5 Panjim
6 beach (Anjuna?)
7 to Hampi
8 Hampi
9 Hampi
10 Hampi
11 towards Fort Cochin
12 towards Fort Cochin
13 Fort Cochin
14 Allepey - backwaters
15 Allepey - backwaters
16 Mararikullam beach
17 to Munnar
18 Munnar trek
19 to Madurai
20 Madurai
21 Buffer
22 Buffer
23 Flight to Mumbai
24 Fly out of India

I would very much appreciate your feedback regarding the above itinerary, some main questions that come to my mind:

1) How to best spend the last 2 buffer days? Is it worth to spend some extra time in one of the above mentioned places? Or maybe add some other nearby place to the plan? Or maybe we should cut time somewhere (e.g. Hampi?)?

2) Just to comment: we are not beach-type of people and get bored pretty fast on the beach, so it seems that 2 full days on the beach is enough?

3) Which beach in Goa is the most interesting in terms of “culture” / local life? I picked Anjuna due to the market, is it a good choice?

4) Is it realistic to get from Hampi to Fort Cochi in 2 days (may include night travel if needed)?

5) I know about Ajanta/Ellora caves, but have a feeling that squeezing them in would make this itinerary too stretched. Please advise.

Thank you!
#2 May 11th, 2015, 20:45
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Ajanta and Ellora alone are worth a trip to India. Two full days (excluding travel) is what you need for Hampi, another day if you want to go across the river to Anegundi. Cut something accordingly and find the two days (full days) - one each for ajanta and ellora.
#3 May 11th, 2015, 22:08
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If you are no beach-types why don't you skip Goa at all and go to Ajanta and Ellora caves instead.

From Mumbai you have two options:
-by train to Jalgaon which is close to Ajanta caves. Later to Aurangabad and visit Ajanta from there.
-by plane or train to Aurangabad and use that as base for the cave visits

From Aurangabad to Hospet is somewhat complicated but this is an option
-by bus from Aurangabad to Ahmednagar, 2 hours in a good bus
-overnight train to Hubli
-from there by bus or train to Hospet/Hampi

After Hampi it is easier to visit Madurai first and then Munnar, Cochin and the rest
-train from Hospet to Bangalore and another to Madurai
#4 May 12th, 2015, 14:47
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Thank you for your advices so far. Ok, I will reconsider Goa and maybe replace it with the caves or just add extra days if possible.

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