Kerala in August

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Hello everyone! beach, are you there )))

volga_volga is going back to India, and this time it is for vacation. What's more, this time I decided to (finally) go South!

So here is the question. Suppose I have about 8-9 days, not including travel (HK to Mumbai is about 6 hrs). So far I haven't explored South at all, but I need a relaxing holiday (it's been a busy year). Not too relaxing though, as an alternative I also consider Nepal...

I like: ayurveda, Kochin fishermen, houseboat trip, not too many mosquitos, not too humid weather (we have 80-90% humidity in HK in August). Is that possible to enjoy all of these in Kerala in August? A beach visit would be a bonus, but not necessary. THANKS!

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August is post monsoon time in kerala, but rains will be plentiful so expect high humidity. For 8-9 days of trip I will suggest
:- Mumbai -> Trivandrum (Kovalam - beach) -> Allappey (Backwater & houseboat) -> Cochin(you know why) -> Munnar(tea estates/pleasant climate/scenic) -> Kottakal(Kerala's most respected Ayurveda place) -> Calcicut (wayanad - wildlife/waterfall) -> Mumbai
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volga_volga!

Guess what... I'm still here!

Kochi fishermen? If Malayalee Muscle rocks your boat, then try to be in Alleppey on the second Saturday in August for the Nehru Cup Snake Boat Race
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Nick-H, hi!!

Rahul001, thank you so much for the ready-made itinerary and reminding me about TEA (my other great passion)!

I just need to understand the situation with mosquitos in post-monsoon and malaria risk... How does Kerala state compare to say North India? I think Kerala is quite developed and may be malaria is already eliminated there?
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Hi Volga,
In the 4 years of my stay in kerala (study), i have not even heard of a single case of malaria. Apart from that my information is limited. Post Monsoon, take care that a lot of rain is going to be there and so do the mosquitoes, so be prepared, mosquito repellents are a must I will say.

Life expectency in Kerala is comparable to that of US, rest you can search for "kerala model of development" for further information.
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Hey Olga,

welcome back

How's life in HK? And what have you been doing all the time?

Can't be of much help regarding Kerala, sorry.
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Originally Posted by freemanx View Post Hey Olga,

welcome back

How's life in HK? And what have you been doing all the time?

Can't be of much help regarding Kerala, sorry.
Hi there freemanx!

I've been working hard all that time in Hong Kong ))) time to take a vacation. Funny it's the first time I am going to India for vacation only, since my first time in India in 2003. All the other numerous trips were for work, and the numerous explorations of the Nothern parts of India were short breaks from the work trips.

I've been spending all my 'vacations' vacations in China since 2005... I need change!
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Nick-H, 46,337 posts???!! You've been busy I see )))
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Originally Posted by volga_volga View Post I've been spending all my 'vacations' vacations in China since 2005... I need change!
Wow, you must be some China specialist now, good to know.

Good choice to come back to India at last.

Don't know how strong the monsoon in August in Kerala will be but swimming in the ocean will probably not be an option i think.
If it's all too rainy you can always move over to TN and say hi to Nick.
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A quick question about relevant airports - what are international airports in/around Kerala?

I can fly via Mumbai but there is also HK->Singapore->South India routes and HK->Colombo->South India routes and I'd like to check the pricing on the last two, for this I need to know which airport in South India I need?

thanks - and I promise I won't ask any more questions about the itinerary until I have browsed this forum, but this is a rather 'rush' question about ticket booking...
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Originally Posted by freemanx View Post Wow, you must be some China specialist now, good to know.

Good choice to come back to India at last.
Yeah, I've been just about everywhere in China (everywhere I wanted to go), plus have actively trained in Chinese martials arts so add to this a few stints in Shaolin))) So no prob to help with China at all.

Been back to Pakistan too, in 2008 via Kashgar/KKH/Khunjerab pass (passed that border twice in 10 days), so can help on that crossing, too.
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Hi there Olga, this is Conor from Ireland who you helped inspire to visit Pakistan 6 years ago. Can't help you with Kerala, but just wanted to say hello. I still have that great book ('Asia Overland') that you sent me!
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Originally Posted by Shiver me Timbers View Post Hi there Olga, this is Conor from Ireland who you helped inspire to visit Pakistan 6 years ago. Can't help you with Kerala, but just wanted to say hello. I still have that great book ('Asia Overland') that you sent me!
SO nice to see you Conor!

Where are you these days?

Oh, I see... somewhere in the Middle East )))

To all old friends, if you want to connect, my Facebook pages is
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Originally Posted by volga_volga View Post A quick question about relevant airports - what are international airports in/around Kerala?

I can fly via Mumbai but there is also HK->Singapore->South India routes and HK->Colombo->South India routes and I'd like to check the pricing on the last two, for this I need to know which airport in South India I need?
OK I've done some search already
how about if I land at Thiruvananthapuram (TRV) and leave via Cochin (COK) thus making my way from the very bottom of the Indian peninsula towards North up to Cochin? I must make a loop to Munnar! but I can skip Kottakal since I think I can find decent ayurveda anywhere else (and I only need 'decent').
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volga_volga, my post count is a measure of how un-busy I have been over the past five years!

If you can, then arriving at Trivandrum and leaving from Kochi would be a very good plan.

There is a "resort" hotel near Trivandrum, South of Kovalam, on the coast, run by a German guy. It would be probably be five-star if he had stuff like AC and swimming pools, but he doesn't, so it is actually quite reasonable. The ayurvedic massage there was excellent, and I had it confirmed by a practioner IM member that they are good, and above the tourist-level norm. I'll post the name of the place when it emerges from the brain cell (or when my wife gets off the phone).*

If you do go to to Alleppey for the boat race, Keraleeyam is a good lake-side location to see the boats, with the crews preparing. They also have good ayurvedic treatment.

*both failed... I looked out the business card, it is Thapovan.
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