Itinerary help for Southern India

#1 Jan 24th, 2016, 05:29
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whats up everyone so i was torn for a while if i should do southern india or sri lanka, but im leaning more toward india
ive traveled the north a little bit a couple of years ago and now India is calling me back
im starting an ayurvedic program here in nyc in march so i figured it would be nice to go to Kerala where it all started and check out the vibes. i have almost 30 days and need a little help
it would be from february to march
these are some of the places i wanted to visit
i know this one is further north but if i can squeeze it in it would be awesome
Manali, or parvati valley, /tosh not sure if it will be too cold?
Hampi
wayanad
kerala area, beaches munnar varkala,
vattakanal
are these all available by bus or train? does any of this make sense? haha thanks guys
#2 Jan 26th, 2016, 06:16
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Originally Posted by joeyt View Post whats up everyone so i was torn for a while if i should do southern india or sri lanka, but im leaning more toward india
ive traveled the north a little bit a couple of years ago and now India is calling me back
im starting an ayurvedic program here in nyc in march so i figured it would be nice to go to Kerala where it all started and check out the vibes. i have almost 30 days and need a little help
it would be from february to march
these are some of the places i wanted to visit
i know this one is further north but if i can squeeze it in it would be awesome
Manali, or parvati valley, /tosh not sure if it will be too cold?
Hampi
wayanad
kerala area, beaches munnar varkala,
vattakanal
are these all available by bus or train? does any of this make sense? haha thanks guys
Yes, as you thought north India is a bit on the cool side in Feb, specially in the higher elevation Himalayan foothills areas such as Manali/parvati valley/tosh. But that region is pleasant after about mid March when the days are warm and sunny although evenings and nights will still be cold. If you do decide to go there then you should plan to go there in March.

The trip up north (Manali etc.) is going to take at least a week and you may not have that time if you intend to spend more than about 10 days in Kerala for your Ayurvedic interest.

Hampi is a good choice but not the easiest place to get to and your other interests Wayanad and vattakanal are also a bit hard to get to without any train connections.

Munnar is delightful and is well connected to Kochi by road. Varkala is lovely and very scenic beach resort but in my opinion India's best beaches are in the state of Goa where I am headed in a couple of days.

Have you already booked your flights to India and which city are you landing in and exiting India from or are you flexible on the entry/exit points in India.
#3 Jan 27th, 2016, 04:48
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thanks for your reply! so i havent bought a ticket yet because i am still stumped :/
i wont go up north this trip ill save that
i would love to see hampi, have you been? it seems like it is really tough to plan around going there. i would fly out of nyc so was thinking fly into bangalore and go to hampi that way? is that a good route?
i originally was going to do southern india but i think i want to split my time and head to Sri Lanka
but after hampi my other interest would be wayanad and the backwaters then fly from southern india and head to sri lanka then back home to nyc
Sri lanka seems easier to get around and not waste as much time traveling then when i have more time i would just do southern india
hows that look?
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In Hampi and Wayanad you have picked two places that are hard to get to but difficulty of access is probably the reason that these places have not seen too much tourism and are still unspoiled and pristine unlike north Goa that does not look anything like it was 20 years back.

Bangalore has good train connections to Hampi but getting train tickets at the last minute is another difficulty when travelling in India. After Hampi, Wayanad can be done via Mysore if you have the time or for this trip in India you could visit Hampi only and then head back to Bangalore or Chennai for a flight to Sri Lanka or this time go straight to Sri Lanka and leave India for your next visit when you can have more time.

Yes, many travel options and I can imagine that you are feeling a bit stumped and I am also a bit stressed with my packing as I am leaving tomorrow for Goa via Delhi and may not have internet access for a few days to come back to Indiamike but keep asking your questions as there are many members here with rich travel experience in India who I am sure will be able to help.

Happy India/Sri_Lanka travel planning
#5 Jan 27th, 2016, 08:37
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Originally Posted by torontomm View Post I am leaving tomorrow for Goa via Delhi.
Bon Voyage and have a happy safe time!

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