Places to visit and why.

#1 May 28th, 2018, 20:56
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Hi,
Another India trip coming up.
Plan to travel through Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Apart from Madurai, I would very much like to visit other places so if you can recommend places to visit and the reasons why I would be much interested.
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Be a little more forthcoming about your interests. If you like classical music Chennai is great, for me its the pits except for great rail links outward. There is a pseudo french town to fondly recall colonialism and a pseudo religious colony. Also, a real antiquity on the shore upward bound. Temples, TN is your appeal, for me I only get joy out of human interaction at such places. I would run to Kerala, for Kanyakumari, a palace or two and some good beaches and again for human interaction..
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Places to visit and why.

Well Edwardseco, I do not know what to make of your reply.

I would love to sit around a table with good single malt whisky and have a conversation with you about , who knows.

I have been to India 26 times now and have been in Chennai twice. Once after loosing my passport which resulted in me spending an enjoyable day on the beach eating fried fist and second time staying at a hotel called The Conarmara (I think),which was great. George town was also interesting.
I certainly would not call the place the pits.

I like temples and places of interest and love Indian classical music but most of all I love the people.
I have done and seem many things in India and have many friends there, I just wanted to find some where I have not seen and just thought others could tell me what I have missed.
Anyway, thank you all the same.

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You could consider spending a few days at Amar Seva Sangam.
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Thank you aarosh. Will look at visiting Poovar.
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It's difficult to recommend places without knowing where you've been but I can share what I enjoyed. I really liked the vibe of Pondicherry. It was a great place to walk and walk and walk and also just hang out and relax on the Promenade. Some great temples/churches in and near the city. Liked the Museum (I have a fondness for sculpture) and thought Auroville was worth a visit.

We definitely had our fill of temples in Kanchipuram. I particularly like Dravidian architecture and was not disappointed there. People were nice. Only thing to be aware of are temple hours (tend to close for 3-4 hours in the afternoon) and the busloads of devotees!

Mamallapuram was so peaceful. I loved exploring the caves and temples and spending time on the beach. I have visited twice and still have not made it to the annual dance festival!

In Kerala I have only been to Fort Kochi. It is really one of my favorite places. We just did so much there - love to walk and explore - and eat. :-) We had a great homestay as well. I don't relax well so we only did a day backwaters trip (delicious lunch). If I could relax I would definitely try spending 2 or 3 nights on a boat.

I have favored the north of India but soon will have to visit in my summer, which is monsoon in India. I'm looking forward to exploring Kerala then. Enjoy wherever you end up!
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Hello Tony,sorry I can not offer any travel advice about Tamil Nadu,and have been to India a few times but not 26 .
I will be in Chennai from the 13th of December and have a rough itinerary,head south to the southernmost tip then head north through Kerala to Goa by mid February. So if you could post/pm me any interesting places you visit or hear about I would be grateful.

Happy travels Simon.
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Hi Tony if you have been to India 26 times you must have visited a lot of places already. Any area of interest now before I start recommending stuff you have already experienced.
Travelling. What else? Theuntourists.com
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I spent a few days in Munnar when I was in Kerala. I stayed at a lovely ecolodge outside of the town (Ecotones--quite pricey but worth it) and did some predawn trekking, walked in non-touristy tea plantations, spent some time with drinking toddy and eating plates of spicy meat, and just relaxing. I loved it.
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A lot depends on the time of year. I loved the snake boat races in Kerala. But, that depends on which month..
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Places to visit and why

Thanks. Many years ago I managed to see the Snake Boat races.
Good idea, I shall check again when they take place.
Thanks
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North Eastern states, for not many usually add it to their itinerary. Many here would agree is probably a must if you are visiting India.
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Thank you.

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Thank you Francesb for your message. Munnar is indeed a beautiful place.
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Hi Lismoresimon,,
I can only think you must be from Lismore, if that is the case you are so very lucky.I love the Isla

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