help needed to plan 1 week trip to Kerala!!

#1 Jan 18th, 2009, 00:39
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Hi I am new to the site!!

I am flying out to Mumbai and will arrive 8th March with 2 other friends and we are hoping to take and internal flight to Kerala the next day and spend 5 days thre and then fly back to Mumbai to spend the last 2 days there before going back to the UK. I wanted to ask the following questions:

1. Is it cheaper to buy a internal fight to Kerala at Mumbai airport when we arrive or should we buy a ticket on internet before we travel?

2. Where about in Kerala would be recommended and fly into? We are 3 girls looking for chilled time and exploring the backwaters

3. We are on a budget and so what hotels in Kerala would people suggest

4. Likewise were would be recommended to stay in mumbai for the few days we are there (hoping to spend most of the time there shopping!!)

Thanks in advance
#2 Jan 18th, 2009, 14:10
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A partial answer to your queries:

Book your flights ahead. March is not a 'season' so there will be no problem in getting seats.

I would suggest Cochin COK as the gateway and exit point especially as you prefer backwaters.

What kind of shopping in Mumbai? Street stuff or high end? The Linking Rd & Bandra / Santacruz areas are great for shopping. For hotels in Mumbai, look at the Maharashtra / Mumbai threads.
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#3 Jan 23rd, 2009, 03:54
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1. If I were you I would book it on the internet.Mumbai-Trivandrum. Try this site www.zoomtra.com
2. The best place for backwaters is Kumarakom close to Kochi.However if you wanna enjoy the beaches and smaller backwaters you can go to Trivandrum-Kovalam,Varkala.Try this place call Aquaserene,I just heard of it from a friend and I hope to visit that place sometime.
3.In Kovalam there are a lot of budget hotels that will suit you.if its backwaters Kumarakom has many places too in fact some families accept accomodation also which would be cheap but I hear that the houseboat rentals here are very expensive.
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4. Think you should save the shopping for last.You should visit fashion street and crawford market.
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Originally Posted by shelly79 View Post Hi I am new to the site!!

I am flying out to Mumbai and will arrive 8th March with 2 other friends and we are hoping to take and internal flight to Kerala the next day

1. Is it cheaper to buy a internal fight to Kerala at Mumbai airport when we arrive or should we buy a ticket on internet before we travel?



Thanks in advance
Buy the ticket around three weeks in advance, when prices are lowest. Prices can be obtained at:
http://in.farechase.yahoo.com
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Originally Posted by shelly79 View Post Hi I am new to the site!!

I am flying out to Mumbai and will arrive 8th March with 2 other friends and we are hoping to take and internal flight to Kerala the next day and spend 5 days thre and then fly back to Mumbai to spend the last 2 days there before going back to the UK. I wanted to ask the following questions:



2. Where about in Kerala would be recommended and fly into? We are 3 girls looking for chilled time and exploring the backwaters


Thanks in advance
Two options here:
Fly to Trivandrum in the south, if you wish to go to Kovalam beach. Then travel further north.
Or fly to Cochin, for Fort Kochi.
Where all do you want to go?
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3. We are on a budget and so what hotels in Kerala would people suggest


Thanks in advance
It is possible to book home-stays through the Kerala Tourism website. These are cheaper than regular hotels.
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I think Cochin-Munnar-Thekkady-Varkala-alappuzha-Cochin are the best places to visit during a short visit
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Best fares are if you book on airlines web sights. You can check on Yatra, cleartrip, makemytrip, travelguru, zoomatra etc but after checking go and check directly on airlines web sights.
You can directly book with credit card on airlines web sight. No frill airlines don't charge in foreign currency and foreigners can book. Hope this is helpful.

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