Off the beaten track in southern India

#1 Nov 18th, 2009, 02:58
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Feb 2008
  • Clo is offline
Hello everyone,

I'm heading to Mumbai at the beginning of December for 7 weeks. Lonely Planet has some good suggestions of places to see and things to do, but I want to get off the beaten track as well. I'm sure I'll work out a lot as I go, but has anyone got any stories or tips they'd like to share with me?

My 'plan' (which is a loose term!), based on Lonely Planet, is to fly into Mumbai, and travel by train to Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and return to Mumbai via Hampi and Pune.

I'm looking to escape the beaten track every so often. I'm not that keen on beaches, but LP assures me that Goa isn't all about tourist swamped beaches. I like hills! I want to experience some of the craziness of Indian cities, but I'm really looking forward to chilling out in beautiful places.

Has anyone got stuff to recommend, the kind of things you don't find in a guidebook? I really want to travel without relying on a guidebook.

I've been to northern India a couple of times, but I can imagine southern can be very different.

Also, can anyone recommend a cheap hotel in Mumbai that isn't in LP? I'm sure there must be much better deals to be had in places not recommended, but I arrive quite late at night, and want to work out where I'm sleeping in advance.

Thank you very much,
#2 Nov 18th, 2009, 14:36
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Sep 2001
  • steven_ber is offline
Do a search for Chettinad in Tamil Nadu, a real nice find.

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