Munnar-Thekkady trip in October - please help me

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#1 Jul 16th, 2011, 00:17
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Hi friends, I am planning a trip to Munnar and Thekkady in the mid of October, and really need your help in planning the tour. I am a member of club mahindra, and have already booked the Munnar resort for 4 days from Oct 19-23, but I have flexibility to change dates. I will be touring along with my parents and sister, and will be flying from Mumbai. Can someone please help me in below queries:

1) From Mumbai, should I fly to Kochi, or Coimbatore?

2) I wish to take a taxi to Munnar, preferably Innova, as we are 5 of us and so Innova would be comfortable I guess.. can someone guide me on how much Taxi would cost?

3) I also want to visit Thekkadi, but am not sure how many days in Thekkadi is sufficient. As of now, I plan to stay there for 2 days.. will this be sufficient? Again, how much would Taxi cost from Munnar to Thekkadi.. and any good suggestions for stay in thekkadi as my club mahindra membership will not allow me to stay in their resort in thekkadi

4) I have heard a lot about house-boat stay in Alleppey, so am eager to consider staying there.. how much will this cost for 5 members?

5) If I want to go to Alleppey.. then how should I plan my journey? Should I go from Mumbai -> Coimbatore -> Alleppey (overnight houseboat and get down at Kumarakom) -> Thekkady -> Munnar -> Kochi -> Mumbai? Or how should I plan my journey so I don't end up spending most of my time on road.. I plan to spend around 7-8 days on this tour

Will really appreciate your help, as I want to book all tickets right now itself so that I get a decent rate.. Thanks very much.




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The better option is to fly down to cochin if you are a person wanting to avoid time on the road.. You can move to munnar from cochin airport(3hours) by innova.. Stay in munnar for 3 days, go around and get to thekkadi from there.. Give it a day to spent at thekkady.. I dont think you wont be able to do the treks in thekkady with your parents.. You can travel to kumarakom the next day and get in for an overnight stay in houseboat.. If you want a 3 bedroom houseboat, it costs around 25k-30k during the peak season.. Get down at allepey the next morning and proceed to the cochin airport(2 hours) for your flight back to mumbai..
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You can do the trip in the reverse order too..
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Originally Posted by stranger333 View Post Hi friends, I am planning a trip to Munnar and Thekkady in the mid of October, and really need your help in planning the tour. I am a member of club mahindra, and have already booked the Munnar resort for 4 days from Oct 19-23, but I have flexibility to change dates. I will be touring along with my parents and sister, and will be flying from Mumbai. Can someone please help me in below queries:

1) From Mumbai, should I fly to Kochi, or Coimbatore?

2) I wish to take a taxi to Munnar, preferably Innova, as we are 5 of us and so Innova would be comfortable I guess.. can someone guide me on how much Taxi would cost?

3) I also want to visit Thekkadi, but am not sure how many days in Thekkadi is sufficient. As of now, I plan to stay there for 2 days.. will this be sufficient? Again, how much would Taxi cost from Munnar to Thekkadi.. and any good suggestions for stay in thekkadi as my club mahindra membership will not allow me to stay in their resort in thekkadi Two days would be sufficient enough
4) I have heard a lot about house-boat stay in Alleppey, so am eager to consider staying there.. how much will this cost for 5 members? It all depends it starts from around Rs.6000 for 12 hours (please check it)
5) If I want to go to Alleppey.. then how should I plan my journey? Should I go from Mumbai -> Kochi -> Alleppey (overnight houseboat and get down at Kumarakom) -> Thekkady -> Munnar -> Kochi -> Mumbai
Will really appreciate your help, as I want to book all tickets right now itself so that I get a decent rate.. Thanks very much.

Rahul
1) Fly to Kochi (125 kms) & Coimbatore is around 156 Kms

2) Rs. 16/kms is the rate in Kerela (if i'm not wrong)
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Thanks tittooraju and vbhakuni for your replies... Houseboat for Rs. 25-30k would be too much of a stretch.. I am looking to shell out somewhere around 5-7k for 2 rooms.. any change I will get a houseboat at this price? or any good website from where I can pre-book at this rate (and not get cheated)?

And any idea how much Innova would cost for transfer from cochin to munnar (or coimbatore to munnar)? Will the Innova be available at per kms rate? I have checked flight fares, and fares from Mumbai to Coimbatore are Rs. 1000 cheaper than Mumbai to Cochin..



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Please help me friends.. flight tickets are getting more and more expensive as every day passes by
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i dont think u will get house boats at htat rate... because easter to onam is the peak season for houseboating... and he rates will skyrocket nowa days
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road distance from cochin to munnar is much less than coimbatore to munnar...
so better land in cochin..
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Tks again.. how about cost of Tavera/Sumo/Qualis/Innova? I was looking at coimbatorecabs.com and the rates mentioned there are for coimbatore - munnnar are much cheaper than cochincabs.com.. wondering why is this the case when the distance is more? Do you suggest booking a cab in advance, or reaching airport and there will be plenty of cabs willing to go to Munnar, so I can bargain and get a better rate?

And if I want to do a backwater day-trip, any idea where can this be done? I don't go on vacation with parents much, and so want them to experience all great things in this trip..

Thanks again.
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i dont use taxis often.. so not familiar with rates... you can still do the backwater trips in normal boats which are available at way cheaper rates... starting from 500 per hour to rs 4000 for morning to evening..
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Hi friends, anyone else has an idea of the Taxi fares between these locations? will really appreciate your help
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A Qualis or Innova should cost approx 1800 - 2000rps per day.
This includes Drivers Accom,Fuel,Road taxes(Tolls)and will also include local sightseeing in Munnar.

You can do a Daytime houseboat cruise or a Countryboat Cruise.

Countryboat cost approx 250 - 300rps per Hour, 3 - 4 hrs is ample.


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Thanks soo much Vandy.. These rates you have given are for how many minimum kms? And do you have any numbers whom I can call and pre-book, or you suggest landing in Cochin/Coimbatore and then look for taxi?

And just to get your thought, do you think landing in Cochin would be beneficial compared to Coimbatore? I don't mind spending 1-1.5hrs more on road if the journey is slightly longer from Coimbatore, as I am getting cheaper flight from Mumbai to Coimbatore then from Mumbai to Cochin.. and I have also heard that journey from Coimbatore to Munnar is far more scenic than that from Cochin..

And again, since you are a Maha Guru , can you tell me if 4 days in Munnar are required, or if I should make it to 3 days, and spend 2 days in Thekkady.. I now plan to do a day trip to backwaters as compared to an overnight stay, as o/n stay is coming out to be way too expensive.. so where will I find such backwater day-trip, in Munnar or Thekkady?


Thanks again for all your help
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See this recently posted Trip report.

http://www.indiamike.com/india/keral...eport-t124384/

3 Days in Munnar should be fine and 2 in Thekady is also good.

Backwater trips are in Allepey NOT Munnar or Thekady.

Car hire usually has Maximum NOT Minimum Klms.Usually around the 125 klms mark.

For a country boat you could try this one.

www.naturevisionkerala.com

How much is the cost saving re Coimbatore against Cochin ?

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Thanks again.. Cost saving is around Rs. 10k total

So even if I want to do day backwater trip, I need to go to Allepey?
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