Delhi-Kollam-Aleppey-Cochin-Goa-Delhi, Please Advise!

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Hi everyone

I'm posting after a million years!Though have been following the forum fairly religiously

To overcome the recession stress I'm planning to go down South in March to chill for a few days!The loose plan is to take either the Mangla Lakshwadeep down to Cochin and head to the island village of Kumblangi (5th-7th);(12 kms from fort Cochin) for a village homestay (place called Kallancherry retreat,anyone stayed there?), soak in the rural atmosphere for a couple of days,then move into Fort Kochi(8th-10th) (Beena homestay?Bernard Bungalow?Napier House?)for a day or two.Time permitting go down to Aleppey for a night and stay at the wonderful place Vandy reviewed (Malyalam homestay),explore the backwaters on a country boat head back to Cochin and 12th night take the Rajdhani upto Goa.On the 17th take the train to Delhi

OR

Take the Kerala Express down to Kollam on the 3rd(march),arrive on the 5th.Spend the day in Kollam.6th morning take the 8 hrs ferry via the backwaters to Aleppey.Spend 6th & 7th night in Aleppey. Take the train/bus to Cochin on the 8th and spend time there till 11th.Then onto Goa and Delhi as above


I am slightly apprehensive about the 50 odd hour train journey- flying isn't an option for a few months,(after a dvt episode last year)but plan to book 3/2 AC and spend as much time I can in the sleeper class (more interesting,airy and way better views)and come back and crash for the nights in the aircon.


What do you guys think?Please feel free to offer suggestions on any aspect.I've never been down south.Also on any staying options in Kollam/Fort Cochin.I'll be travelling alone and would love to touchbase should any of you be around at the same time Other than arriving on the 5th and departing on the 12th morning(for Goa),I have no fixed plans,generally will go with the flow.


Thanks a ton!

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