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Help with a little over 3 week trip to South India

#1 Jan 30th, 2016, 04:52
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hello everyone so i have about 26 days and i want to check out a little of southern india and def need some help with my itinerary and suggestions to destinations would be super helpful.. this would be second week of february
i will be flying from nyc to bangalore and then heading back home from kochi
places i want to see are
would love to see some green, nature, nice trekking, culture, good healthy food

first stop would be take the overnight train to hampi from bangalore.. would train tickets be easy to get when i land? do i buy them online? if i do buy online what do i do, print something out?
im thinking stop in mysore to break up the trip as i head down toward kerala.
munnar or wayanad? not sure which would be best for me i also hear nargahole is nice. is that on the way?
and if i wanted to hit some beaches would goa or kerala be best?
i hear gokarna is nice, what about palolem, or agonda? could i do all? are they easy to get to?
and then i guess make my way to the backwaters
would kodaikanal be out of the way before i head home from kochi?
if anyone could help this messy itin and clean it up for me a bit i would greatly appreciate it! =)
#2 Jan 30th, 2016, 05:31
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Originally Posted by joeyt View Post first stop would be take the overnight train to hampi from bangalore.. would train tickets be easy to get when i land? do i buy them online? if i do buy online what do i do, print something out?
Since you travel next February the time is probably to short register for online tickets.
For some trains there are a few seats for foreigners, see http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...guide-t192751/.
Bangalore Hampi express has 2 of them in the SL class.

From Hampi take a bus or train to Goa. Hampi takes at least 3 days and withs some time in Goa it goes up to ten.

The overnight Netravati express from Goa to Kozhikkode has also FTQ seats.
From Kozhikode take a bus/taxi to Kalpetta or Sultan Battery in Wayanad. Spend some time there and then by bus to Mysuru.

From there take a train to Madurai and another to Alleppey for the backwaters.
This is close to Kochi.
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when i buy the first train ticket do i print it out?
so its
hampi--- goa -- mysore? not hampi --mysore --goa?
which beaches in goa? there are so many from what i see.. is gokarna nice?
then from goa -- wayanad? would it be easier to go to munnar then head to kerala?
also can i just buy my other tickets while im in india?
thanks!
is kodaikanal too out of the way?
#4 Jan 30th, 2016, 07:42
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Mysore is a nice pleasant place with a beautiful Palace. Once a week, I think Sundays it's lit up in lights for a few hours. You can google that. Mysore also is famous for it's market and Chamundi hill

Palolem is the most pretty beach in Goa. Patnem next to Palolem is more laid back and my preference. Agonda is even more laid back and non-touristic. Rent a scooter in Palolem or Patnem and ride to Agonda which is like 15 minutes away. Won't be hardly any traffic in Feb.
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oh awesome thanks ananda! so mysore to goa by train or bus? then from goa i can get to kerala correct? another train or bus
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I would go Bangalore-Mysore only 3 hours by bus. From there then Hampi and then Goa and then train towards Kochi from Canacona station in Goa which is a few km. from Palolem-Patnem. From Mysore to Hampi and Hampi to Canacona, Goa or Margaon, Goa which is farther from Palolem I can't answer. I'm sure someone else can give you those details. Madurai is also recommended in the south.

There was a train Goa-Mysore I took many many years ago but alas apparently is no longer.
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Originally Posted by ananda2193 View Post I would go Bangalore-Mysore only 3 hours by bus. From there then Hampi and then Goa and then train towards Kochi from Canacona station in Goa which is a few km. from Palolem-Patnem. From Mysore to Hampi and Hampi to Canacona, Goa or Margaon, Goa which is farther from Palolem I can't answer. I'm sure someone else can give you those details. Madurai is also recommended in the south.

There was a train Goa-Mysore I took many many years ago but alas apparently is no longer.
bangalore to mysore by car or bus? then mysore to hampi.. then hampi to goa
isnt bangalore closer to hampi though? im confused
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From mysore there's an overnight train to Hospet. Then a short bus or auto ride to hampi. I suggest you search the forum for past threads around places you'd like to visit. All the places you're planning to go to have been discussed many times.

Gokarna is quieter than Goa. Gokarna has 5 beaches (4 OK for tourists, fifth is a pilgrim beach, quite dirty). Check erail.in for connections to plan trains.
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i think the better option is to fly to kochi and head back home from bangalore
kochi-- explore kerala beaches and backwaters
munnar for some nice green trekking
then to mysore? or should i skip mysore and fly to goa
spend some time in goa (gokarna)
hampi--bangalore--home
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would i have time to visit tamil? thanks!!
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and if i wanted to hit some beaches would goa or kerala be best?
Goa has some serene quiet beaches but you will need to go out of your way to discover them. Most popular beaches are pretty crowded. Kerala is better for backwaters and a more exotic experience.

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