South India attractions

#1 Apr 28th, 2006, 09:28
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Hi all,

I am travelling to Indai in Sept for 4 weeks. I am currently orginising my itinerary but have come to a dead stop.
I'm not sure if i should do the North or the South.
I like the look of the North but would also like to do the Kerala Backwaters.
Are there any other worthwhile monuments in the South.
What does it cost to fly from Delhi to Kozhicode and from Goa to Delhi?
How long should i allow for a trip from Kerala to Goa?

Once i complete my entire itinerary i will post it for people to point me in the right direction..

Thank you all

#2 Apr 28th, 2006, 09:58
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Hi Tim. I faced the same dilemma two years back and chose to head south. I had a wonderful time. We took a Kerala backwaters trip, visited the Western Ghats (Kodaikanal, Kumily nature preserve), spent time in Fort Cochin, and relaxed along the coast in Varkala. We then traveled up the coast to Bombay by train. It took about 30 hours, but we weren't on an express train, and actually needed to switch trains (due to a complete lack of planning on our part). So I'm not sure how long you'd want to allot for the Kerala - Goa trip...just depends on how relaxed you'd like to be.

I can't compare the South to the North yet, but I'll drop you a line in a month when I come back from a Delhi-Amritsar-Chamba Valley trip...
#3 Apr 28th, 2006, 11:15
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go south

given you've only 4 weeks, better to enjoy the relaxing south than endure the more intense north. of course, there are numerous attractions in both regions, but my experience is the south has more to offer for the first-timer. the people are friendlier, the food wonderful, it can seem a bit cleaner than the north, and kerala is of course a paradise.

september will still be quite hot and possibly monsoon, but that can be fun too. i love all of india, but often recommend the south as a more pleasant introduction to the country.

enjoy the planning, look into koorg, its gorgeous

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#4 Apr 28th, 2006, 12:01
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You can't go wrong either way. They're totally different in so many ways.

Plenty of monuments to see in the South, certainly more than you will be able to see in four weeks.
#5 Apr 28th, 2006, 12:05
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the Temples of Tamil Nadu, and the game parks of the southwestern ghats, are recommended, as well as no end of places in Karnataka.

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