exploring southern india

#1 Jun 11th, 2005, 00:43
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If you had one month to explore southern india, how would you organize your itinerary? (low-budget)
would you try to spend several days all over or would you stay in a few areas but for a week at a time?
If you wanted to spend a good amount of time in the Tamil Nadu region, which 5 villages would be your absolute must-see's?
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#2 Jun 11th, 2005, 00:49
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I spent a month crossing from Mumbai to Pondicherry, trying to fit in as much as possible, and i was exhausted and miserable by the time I got there, and hadn't seen anything "properly"....
I'd definitely make fewer stops next time - think i made 11 stops in the month, but one was for 12 days (at the beginning) so the others were all really short.
Sorry, but my karma just ran over your dogma
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I would start in Bangalore. Do an overnight trip to Mysore. Go to Goa. Head down to Kerala. Go to Chennai, do a short trip to Pondicherry.
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well, I like to break it into themes between Mumbai and Chennai, then build a route with a dash of each theme.

If I have only one month, I'd pick a Tamil Temple city or 2, A game park, a Deccan Sultanate or 2, a beach, . . . you get the drift, isn't it? I can do Mumbai-Chennai many times over the years without repeating myself that way.

And if I have never seen Ajanta-Ellora, or Belur-Halebid, I'd be sure to include one of those

Dunno why, but for some reason up north it works better for me if I concentrate on one area.

Of course, it's all up to you
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hi,
This is our south india trip, we will be starting out this friday. all in 4 weeks.

europe- bombay-aurangabad-hyderabad-hampi-puttparthi-pondicherry-rameshearm-kanyakumri-kollam-kottayam-palakkat-combatore-bombay-europe.

goog luck
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ooooops add Madurai-Meenakshi temple, either to Rameshwarm or out of rameshwaram, you have to pass Madurai if you want to fly or take a train.

good luck
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Better to fly in to Chennai; everyone seems to say Mumbai is a dreadful airport - gets awful ratings. Chennai is fine, small not too busy.

from 19 Feb to 14 March 2003 we did this:
London - Chennai - Mamallapuram - Trichy - Thanjavur - Madurai - Ooty via Erode overnight - BR Hills wildlife sanctuary - Nagarahole NP - Mysore - Chennai - Bahrain - London

Absolutely fantastic! TN is great, loved every minute. Went to Kerala last December and were slightly disappointed after TN. Yes, its much greener, but also more modern in many ways. Also if you're into temples, its hard to beat the ones in TN. There's enough for us to need several more trips to see them.
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Thumbs up

Have arranged for a couple of friends the following itinerary for 28 days:

Madras
Mahabalipuram
Kancheepuram
Pondicherry
Chidambaram
Gangaikondacholapuram
Kumbakonam
Thanjavur
Trichy (Srirangam)
Madurai
Periyar (Thekkadi)
Munnar
Alleppey
Backwaters
Fort Cochin
Bombay

Not sleeping in places like Madras, Kanchipuram, Gangaikonda, Chidambaram, Trichy, but the journey was this one. Most of the trip with car and driver and from Cochin to Mumbai by train (almost 24 hours)

Since yesterday they are in India, hope everithing is going well.

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