Kerala, 3 wks, single female, 1st time, travel co's?

#1 Aug 3rd, 2009, 02:07
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Hi
Firstly, apologies if this should have been in India for beginners - I wasn't entirely sure. Also, sorry if I'm a bit long winded.

I'm a single, white female, turning 30 in November and feel I need some kind of 'rejuvenation/strenghtening/waking up' experience. I grew up in Qatar and have travelled all over the Middle East and Thailand but always with parents/boyfriends. I feel I need to do something on my own.

I love seeing the beauty and 'culture' of countries, along with their cuisine (v important) and nature (love water).

I was looking to travel to India for 3 weeks in November (dates flexible) to experience the above. Rough budget 3000 but willing to spend more rather than miss out and less if I can.

As travelling alone, thought it would be best to go with a company and one has provided a rough itinery based in Kerala (the feel of the place seems right).

Would really appreciate any views on the company (Nivalink) and other suggestions (if that's allowed) and views on the itinery? I am really quite flexible and just worried as I've left it so late http://www.indiamike.com/india/images/smilies/shy.gif

Basic itinery: Day 1- Chochin to Thattekad, Hornbill camp; 3- Dewalokam; 5- Munnar; 7- Periyar; 9- Alleppey; 11- all woman crewed overnight houseboat trip; 12 - 3nights on beach at Marari or Kovalam or Varkala; 15- few days diving Lakshadweep then Cochin

Any comments really appreciated as feeling a little lost and overwhelmed. Really sorry about the length, wanted to provide as much info as poss. Thanks for reading.
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Hiya...

Welcome to IM...!

Your budget is way way above what is really required to experience Kerala and Lakshadweep...

I feel that you could divide the Kerala trip into two parts - one to be done on your own and one through the services of a company... Just so that you feel more comfortable, it might be a better idea to do the company bit first... After spending a week at most, you would have gotten used to the way things happen around here and might even start considering yourself an expert...

You should do the Varkala bit on your own...
Just relax...

Cheers...!
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Check this thread from Indiamike for information on Lakshadweep
http://www.indiamike.com/india/other...report-t19378/
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Thanks for that. It's reassuring to know that I should be able to do some of it on my own.

I think I was kinda worried about being intimidated and missing out by not knowing how to get anywhere and find out about things, I guess some of that is part of the experience. Do you think it's best to get a local guide and car? I noticed in the article (thanks for the link) that you can hire a car and driver - would this be the best thing for someone like me to do? Would I just arrange that through the hotel? [Sorry, I must seem very clueless ]

Thanks for your replies
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Hi there,

A car & driver is the way to go.

have a look at the threads in Forums(Kerala section)

3 Travel companies that come to mind are;

Inspire Kerala

Fourens Travel

Drizzle Holidays

Have not heard of ALL Women crew on Houseboats.

There's a possibility you can find someone to share the houseboat experience, ask around on IM.

vandy
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Hi, and welcome to IndiaMike!

Do NOT let the thought of travelling around India alone intimidate you; Kerala is one of the easiest areas to travel alone and you'll be fine. If you feel you need a group around you before you get your bearings, then I agree with Vandy -- do the group part first and cut loose after a week!

There are probably a dozen threads about women travelling alone; you're not the only one who wonders if it's good or bad to do so. I recommend you set aside a couple of hours to search for these and read through them!

I've never taken a travel agent tour through India; have been travelling alone there for almost 40 years. The most important thing is to keep your "street smarts" wih you. You know, if a place looks dodgy, don't go there. Don't take candy from strangers. If anyone touches you, scream!
The map is not the territory. --Alfred Korzybski
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Hi Vandy

Thanks for the advice and info. I've checked out the co's and have a few more ideas. Inspire Kerala do car and driver hire as well which gives me a bit of an idea about that.

I'm not sure about the Houseboat. Do you know if it's worthwhile? I heard there're more eco friendly 'canoes' or something and that as the Houseboat doesn't go anywhere overnight, you're as well doing something else. Do you have any experience of this? Does it sound right?

Thanks
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Thanks Wonderwoman. It's good to know other women travel alone and love the experience.

It's not so much the 'danger' aspect of travelling alone I worry about - I'm about to move to the murder capital of Europe! - it's more not knowing when/how to haggle, not being able to find out how to do/get things, asking people questions - general confidence stuff. I guess that's kinda why I'm going, try and get the best out of myself

Thanks for your advice and support
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Originally Posted by Blackcat View Post Thanks Wonderwoman. It's good to know other women travel alone and love the experience.

It's not so much the 'danger' aspect of travelling alone I worry about - I'm about to move to the murder capital of Europe! - it's more not knowing when/how to haggle, not being able to find out how to do/get things, asking people questions - general confidence stuff. I guess that's kinda why I'm going, try and get the best out of myself

Thanks for your advice and support
Thats a great reason for going,I'm going on my own for the first time this October (last 4 times were with partner/friends) for the same reason.
Go to Varkala on your own,you will meet lots of lovely people and there will more than likey bump into someone on there own looking for someone to share a houseboat with (we met loads!)-have a wonderful time!!
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Originally Posted by Blackcat View Post Hi Vandy

Thanks for the advice and info. I've checked out the co's and have a few more ideas. Inspire Kerala do car and driver hire as well which gives me a bit of an idea about that.

I'm not sure about the Houseboat. Do you know if it's worthwhile? I heard there're more eco friendly 'canoes' or something and that as the Houseboat doesn't go anywhere overnight, you're as well doing something else. Do you have any experience of this? Does it sound right?

Thanks
Good Day Blackcat,

Many travellers have enjoyed the Houseboat experience, yet some have found it boring.Personally I feel the countryboat experience
is much better value as far as seeing the smaller
canals where locals live.

Search the threads in Kerala section and you should see some posts and pics regarding country
boats.

vandy
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Originally Posted by Blackcat View Post It's not so much the 'danger' aspect of travelling alone I worry about - I'm about to move to the murder capital of Europe! - it's more not knowing when/how to haggle, not being able to find out how to do/get things, asking people questions - general confidence stuff. I guess that's kinda why I'm going, try and get the best out of myself
I've found that many of those burning questions are covered in the guidebooks. Lonely Planet's information pages about health, sending packages, info for women travellers ... a lot of good info there and it's perfect for reading on the plane on your way to India!

Which city is the murder capital of Europe?

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