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#1 Nov 22nd, 2009, 05:51
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Hello All,

I am about to start my backpacking holiday in India.

My itinerary is

Mumbai > Pune
Pune > Banglore
Banglore > Mysore
Mysore > ooty
ooty > combitore
combitore > kochin
Kochin > alappzha
alappzha > thiruvmanthiapuram
thiruvmanthiapuram > kanyakumrai
kanyakumrai > Madurai
Madurai > tirchirappali
tirchirappali > Thanjavur
Thanjavur > Puducherry
Puducherry > chennai

My question is is this doable in 3 weeks?
Also i here ooty was badly effected by the rain, is it badly effected and will i not be able to go there? if so then where should i go instead?

also, where is the best place to christmas? Kochin or alappzha?
and where should i spend new years? thiruvmanthiapuram or kanyakumrai or Madurai?

thanks in advance

hiten
#2 Nov 22nd, 2009, 06:15
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Far too many places!

Try:

Mumbai
Hampi
Mysore
Ooty
Cochin
Trivandrum
Madurai
Tanjore
Chennai

You might stand a chance of seeing something in each place instead of just passing through.
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1. Doable......depends also whether u r alone or in a group with children et al.

If you have small children, then this can get too tight.

2. Ooty is damaged, but road trip should be up and running in a few days....if not already running.

ribhu
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@Hiten,

At the least you could skip Mumbai, Pune & Ooty [ As toy train which is the main attraction is not going to be in action until summer 2010] I would say and the remaining part could be done in 3 weeks.

As you are planning for a backpacking trip, You could do :-

Bangalore -3 Hours in bus- Mysore- 3 Hours in Bus-Bangalore-Overnight journey in Train-Ernakulam Jn /Cochin-1 1/2 hours in Bus-Alleppey-2 1/2 hours in Bus-Trivandrum-2 1/2 hours in Bus-Kanyakumari-4 hours in Bus/ Train-Madurai- 3 1/2 hours in Bus/ Train-Trichy- 1 1/2 hours in Bus-Thanjavur-4 1/2 hours in Bus-Pondicherry-3 Hours in Bus-Chennai.

Alleppey might be good for Christmas and Kanyakumari might be good for Newyear.

If you need info, Please post.

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#5 Nov 29th, 2009, 19:23
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I'm stuck! Don't know where to start

Hi Pmvelu,

Could you please advice me on something very similar?? Visiting South India on my own first time for 2.5 weeks (i'm female). Will be flying back to UK from Chennai so not sure where to start my tour from but need to finish in Chennai. I def want to see Kerala and Ooty, anything that is scenic and beautiful.

Greatly appreciate your advice!!
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Chippy,

One possible option is to start in Bangalore...travel through mysore, nagarhole, calicut...and then traverse in kerala...turn around get to coimbatore, ooty, coimbatore - take a train to chennai and then you can return back.

If you can indicate your preferences in terms of what you want to see - beaches, backwaters, history, religion, then IMers like Velu will be able to give more tuned inputs.

Cheers

ribhu
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I would add a temple town in Tamil Nadu...Trichy, Thanjavur...there is also Mahalbalipuram with wonderful stone carvings which is only around an hours taxi ride from Chennai airport.

Varkala beach and Cochin, Munnar and thekaddy in Kerala...also the backwaters area....whatever you choose, you will have a great time.
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Hi ribhu95,

I started reading up on a few places, so I def want to see backwaters, natural beauty and some history/culture. Looking at South India map Kerela and Chennai at opposite ends, so not even sure what type of transport best to use to travel in between. You can imagine I'm nervous of being female and travelling alone and not knowing not knowing how to move from a to b.

Just need to pick a some lovely places to visit between Bangalore and Chennai.


Thank you so much for advice and respone!
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Originally Posted by Matthew Morris View Post I would add a temple town in Tamil Nadu...Tricy, Thanjavur...there is also Mahalbalipuram with wonderful stone carvings which is only around an hours taxi ride from Chennai airport.
Hi Matthew,

Many thanks for your post, I have def picked Mahalbalipuram to visit while in Chennai. Think I will spend 1.5 days there.

Thanks
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Originally Posted by chippy_123 View Post Hi ribhu95,

I started reading up on a few places, so I def want to see backwaters, natural beauty and some history/culture. Looking at South India map Kerela and Chennai at opposite ends, so not even sure what type of transport best to use to travel in between. You can imagine I'm nervous of being female and travelling alone and not knowing not knowing how to move from a to b.

Just need to pick a some lovely places to visit between Bangalore and Chennai.


Thank you so much for advice and respone!
Chippy,

There are some threads on single women travelling in India...Go through it. It would be useful, amusing and informative as well.

On places - Mysore, Nagarhole / Wayanad, Cochin, Alleppey - Should give you a nice mix of nature, beaches and backwaters - without going too far down in Kerala.

And Mahabalipuram as well as Pondicherry are options nearer to Chennai.

On Transport - It would be a function of your budget. Having said that in order of relative safety would be :

- Trains
- Buses
- Private Transport / Car - preferable only if travelling during day time

Even though Kerala and Chennai are at the extreme ends of the map, for you to reach Coimbatore from the farthest point in Kerala would be a 8 hour / overnight journey.

Similar for reaching Chennai from Coimbatore.

Think through and create a draft itinerary. I am sure IMers will help you refine and fine tune it.

Welcome to India and have a safe / nice trip.

ribhu
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Originally Posted by ribhu95 View Post Chippy,

There are some threads on single women travelling in India...Go through it. It would be useful, amusing and informative as well.

On places - Mysore, Nagarhole / Wayanad, Cochin, Alleppey - Should give you a nice mix of nature, beaches and backwaters - without going too far down in Kerala.

And Mahabalipuram as well as Pondicherry are options nearer to Chennai.

On Transport - It would be a function of your budget. Having said that in order of relative safety would be :

- Trains
- Buses
- Private Transport / Car - preferable only if travelling during day time

Even though Kerala and Chennai are at the extreme ends of the map, for you to reach Coimbatore from the farthest point in Kerala would be a 8 hour / overnight journey.

Similar for reaching Chennai from Coimbatore.

Think through and create a draft itinerary. I am sure IMers will help you refine and fine tune it.

Welcome to India and have a safe / nice trip.

ribhu
Hi ribhu

Think I've worked out my rough itenaray, for 3 weeks:
Bangalore
Mysore
Ooty
Kerela
Cochin
Alleppey
Maduri
Pondicherry
Mahaballpuram
Kanchipuram
Chennai

Do you think I can do this in 3 weeks?
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Chippy,

You can.

Also, if you intend to travel by train, work through your detailed itinerary and do your ticket bookings at an early feasible time.

Typically, in several routes, train tickets are sold out several weeks in advance - especially around weekends and holidays.

you can refer to indianrail.gov.in, irctc.co.in.

cheers

ribhu
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Agree with ribhu95, you should consider looking at booking some of the longer train journeys if thats how you intend to travel. I'm going to many of the same places, and saw that some trains are already booked out for some classes on certain days over the Christmas period.
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Originally Posted by ribhu95 View Post Chippy,

You can.

Also, if you intend to travel by train, work through your detailed itinerary and do your ticket bookings at an early feasible time.

Typically, in several routes, train tickets are sold out several weeks in advance - especially around weekends and holidays.

you can refer to indianrail.gov.in, irctc.co.in.

cheers

ribhu
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Originally Posted by Matthew Morris View Post Agree with ribhu95, you should consider looking at booking some of the longer train journeys if thats how you intend to travel. I'm going to many of the same places, and saw that some trains are already booked out for some classes on certain days over the Christmas period.

Hi Guys,

This is fantastic, you have helped me map out my itinerary! I am so excited. I will def try to book my train tickets. But first I need to map out what mode of transport I will use to visit all these places. I know I will fly in from Delhi and Fly out of Chennai to fly back home. But not sure where I will need train, bus and private taxi!! Any thoughts and suggestions will be most apprecited!

Many thanks all in advance, your advice is greatly appreciated!!
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Originally Posted by chippy_123 View Post Hi Pmvelu,
Could you please advice me on something very similar??
Greatly appreciate your advice!!
Hi Chippy,

I'm Away for past 5 days on a tour to Goa and just now I am back. Sorry for not able to respond to your queries on time.

Hope you got the required information. If you need more info onto what Ribhu & Mathew Provided , Please Post so that I could share what I know on the subject.

Happy Planning.

Regards
Velu


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