Places:Tamil Nadul, Karnataka, Mumbai, Goa (fast), Kerala. Time: 1 MONTH.

#1 Dec 3rd, 2010, 06:24
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Hello every body! Im new to IM and also to India!!! I have to say Im very excited but also kind of confused... here is the thing:
I will be arriving on the 11th of Dec To Trivandrum and head towards Kodaikanal where I will be for ten days (Ashram). My husband is arriving on the 22nd (also to TRV) and we had though to meet in Madurai and start our journey from there, our conditions are the following:

Age: 33 (both)
Duration of the trip: 1 month (22nd Dec to 20 Jan)
Budget: from low to medium. Wanting a little indulgence during the trip, lets say towards the end.
Travel Background: We are both Colombian living in the US. We have both lived and traveled around Europe and I have been to Morocco and Egypt not to say around South Amrica. We enjoy Backpacking kind of trips. We dont want trance parties and not muuch of natural reserves (eve though my husband want to see tigers), we would like to be able to share with indians, their culture, costums, their religion, past, beliefs and cities and villages, and markets and trains and FOOD!!!! but also some unmissable places, so beautiful theyve become touristic.

Transportation: wed prefer trains and buses when possible.

Ok so, now that you know about us, here is the question: I have been reading India Mike for about 2 weeks and came up with this... its not as specific as I would like it to be so I wont call it Itinerary, but lets call it a list of places arranged in a n organized route in the map:

1. Madurai - Rameswaram - Madurai
2. Mettupalayam - Ooty: For the train
3. Bandipur - Nagarhole National Park - Mysore - Srirangapatna - Shravanabelagola - Belur - Halebidu - Hampi - Badami - Pattadakal.
4. Mumbai
5.Palolem (a very quick stop) - Gokarna (Beaches)
6. Kannur (here is where I thought the indulgence to happen: the kannur Beach House Hotel... is it too high end tourists?)
7.Cochin - Munnar - Kottayam - Alappuzha
8. Quilon: here we would like to take the back waters boats (the ones the local population takes)
9. Trivandrum: Take the plane back to the US

Ok, Am I crazy? can you please give me advise on what really is nice, very India like and unmissable? I love temples, markets, and FOOD, Oh! also any festivals would be great!

Thank you very much I hope someone will have the courage to answer back....

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