Southern India itinerary advice - 15 days

#1 Mar 1st, 2017, 17:48
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Hi all,

I am planning my first trip to Southern India for 15 days in mid April. Planning to arrive on 15th April into Mumbai and returning to the UK on 29th also from Mumbai.

My itinerary so far:

Mumbai - 3 days
Pune - 2 days
Goa - 4 days (undecided on exactly where in Goa/which beaches are worth visiting.
Hampi - 3 days
Alleppey (possibly)
Fort Kochi/Kerala backwaters (possibly)

I think I may be trying to cram too much into a short space of time but I wish to explore Mumbai and then head down to some beaches in Goa/Gokarna beach area. I would also like to take in the Kerala backwaters and Fort Kochi if possible but like I said, I may be trying to cram too much in.

Any advice on how I can make the most of my trip without rushing around trying to make my flight back from Mumbai?

Many thanks in advance.

Matt
#2 Mar 1st, 2017, 18:07
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Any specific reason for 2 days in Pune?
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Any specific reason for 2 days in Pune?
None really, just thought it would break up the journey between Mumbai and Goa, but if there is nothing really to see there then I can cut it from the itinerary.
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Coast too hot, Hampi too hot .. head for higher hill lands, at least Pune somewhat less hot.
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Originally Posted by old india hand View Post Coast too hot, Hampi too hot .. head for higher hill lands, at least Pune somewhat less hot.
According to the weather reports I've researched, Goa has highs of 33c, perfect for me really. (I prefer hot weather and have worked in a lot hotter out in Australia). Is there anything essential to see in Pune?
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The train travel from Mumbai - Madgaon is from 8 hours to 12 hours depending on the train. I don't think there is any need for a break between the 2 cities.

North Goa is usually busier than South Goa.
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I think you must chose between Hampi and Kerala, both will be to much travel.
Goa Hampi takes a day and from Hampi to Goa takes another two.

Skip Pune, from Goa take a train to Ernakulam(Kochi).
Explore Kochi and take a backwater trip from there, see http://www.ktdc.com/tours.php.

Spend the remaining days in a hill station like Munnar.
Train back from Kochi to Mumbai or take a flight if you can afford this.
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April-May is school holiday time in India so some popular places like Goa will have more Indian tourists than foreigners. April isn't too hot imo for Goa, though ac is recommended at night. Forget Pune unless your into Osho. Mysore, Madurai and a hill station down south could be an option also.
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