Need advice on Kerala - 4 Days in October

#1 Jul 11th, 2011, 22:50
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Hello all,

My wife and I are traveling to Kerala for 4 days at the very end of October 2011. We have managed to book 7 other cities on our month long excursion to India, however we are finding ourselves at a loss when it comes to Kerala. We truly have no idea where we should be staying and what there is to do.

We have heard about the normal stuff like houseboats and tea plantations, but does anyone know where we hire those boats? Can we make a booking online?

Is there a particular spot for tea plantations that is more of a central local than others?

Is it worth the half a day drive each way to get back into the hills?

HELP US PLEASE!!!! Any advice is more than appreciated and any links to hotels or booking sites are even more appreciated.

Thanks and we are looking forward to seeing what everyone has to say!

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#2 Jul 11th, 2011, 23:02
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Read a few good reviews about this in IM.
#3 Jul 12th, 2011, 17:47
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hi ,
in addition houseboats and tea plantations ,there are good beaches ,excellent forests plus lot of hiking/trekking options . kerala is a small state and you should be fine if u book activities thru quality hotels (they have tour packages ).or else you can fix the places you want to visit and proceed accordingly - must see in kerala are the backwaters of allepey,munnar,tekkady and if u have time ,definitely wayanad.
#4 Jul 12th, 2011, 17:56
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Check for place called Varkala beach 1 hour drive from trivandrum city.This beach is located on a cliff and most of the foreigners will be there.
#5 Jul 12th, 2011, 19:56
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My trip report on Kerala may help you, see link below. Have a look at Fourens travel, they are so helpful and can put it all together for you to your requirements.
#6 Oct 5th, 2011, 11:24
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Kerala is a far easier destination to get around compared to other destinations in India. Which means free advice from Keralites is available in plenty and mostly reliable :-)

Houseboats mainly start from Alleppey and Kumarakom, two towns on either side of the vast Vembanad Lake. Cruises begin at 12 noon and end the following day at 9am. Suggest you book ahead . Tea plantations are in Munnar and that's up the Western Ghats. Its a half days drive and is worth a visit.

Overall you will find Kerala and Keralites warm and engaging so `ask and the doors will open' :-)

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