Where in Kerela mmmm????
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Where in Kerela mmmm????

I know there are probably loads of related links to this question but............me and partner are there for Christmas New Year, probably we are assuming it will be less busy! We have not decided exactly where to stay though (Any ideas) and also whether it is better to book accomodation in advance or just turn up......we will be arriving probably about 20th December or earlier if needed!

Any ideas from those who have been before would be great!

Cheers

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Magical Munnar

The beaches of Varkala and Kovalam will have some beachy things to offer, but if you want a magical tour of the tea plantations I suggest renting a car or motorcycle from Cochin and taking 3-4 days to tour Munnar. I know a great guide for this journey if you'd like to PM me. You need your own transportation when you get up there or you'll miss the best stuff. I found it to be one of the most beautiful sights in all of India...(and I've seen a lot of them)
#3
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Ludi - you'l LOVE Kerala !

Sounds like you're on a 14 nt charter flight ?

I've done this a number of times as it's often very cheap from here in London. It also allowed me to visit my favourite part on India frequently without missing too much work back here.

You'll be a bit tired after the flight and I'd suggest either taking the accoms ( if you have them included ) in Kovalam or blagging your way onto the transfer bus to the villiage. The usually don't mind.

Try the Pappakutty Beach Resort ( ask for 'Kiran ) It's bang in the middle of things and the cottages were 250 rs last year. Very clean etc. There should be plenty of other options too.

Enjoy a day or so on the beach to 'tan up' a bit and head off !

In the past I've done 'mini tours' ( 2-3 weeks depending duration ) to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka & Kerala. It's surprising how much you can fit in .

For a 'first visit' I think you will not be disappointed with the classic Backwaters, Cochin and maybe Munnar combination. Munnar will make thigs a little tighter with time if you want some beach time. Nothing wrong in that !

Varkala is anothe option - though less convenient for Trivandrum Airport on a tight time schedule..

I'll be out there around that time so I'll keep my ears open for Glaswegian accents !

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munnar!

Originally posted by: anandiThe beaches of Varkala and Kovalam will have some beachy things to offer, but if you want a magical tour of the tea plantations I suggest renting a car or motorcycle from Cochin and taking 3-4 days to tour Munnar. I know a great guide for this journey if you'd like to PM me. You need your own transportation when you get up there or you'll miss the best stuff. I found it to be one of the most beautiful sights in all of India...(and I've seen a lot of them)



I loved munnar! yes anandi is right - you have to have your personal transportation. you should ideally take 3-4 days, and spend a day each on each of the major routes out of munnar ( munnar-udumalpettai, munnar-devikulam and munnar-top station ). each route offers you enough for a day. stop where you want & relax. December will be quite cool & pleasant ( i have heard that munnar goes as low as 0 degree celcius once or twice a year. ). the day temps will be extremely pleasant.

cycling also is a nice option in munnar.
miles to go....

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Kerala

Hi
I would suggest that you would be better off making up your mind on where to stay though. Last heard from some friends they were unable to make reservations at certain hotels during this period. There are many categories as accommodations go could suggest a few if knew category
Cheers
Bibiana


Originally posted by: LudiI know there are probably loads of related links to this question but............me and partner are there for Christmas New Year, probably we are assuming it will be less busy! We have not decided exactly where to stay though (Any ideas) and also whether it is better to book accomodation in advance or just turn up......we will be arriving probably about 20th December or earlier if needed!

Any ideas from those who have been before would be great!

Cheers

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Originally posted by: Bigzero...spend a day each on each of the major routes out of munnar ( munnar-udumalpettai, munnar-devikulam and munnar-top station ). ...

cycling also is a nice option in munnar.


That sounds much nicer than driving if the distances are under 40km. Is it possible to cycle between the routes you have mentioned above? Would we be sharing a narrow road with many cars?
I assume you are not recommending to cycle to munnar itself (or r u?). How would we find cycles for rent there?
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| back to my old ways
you'll get bicycles for daily rent in munnar . well, unless you are a major cycling enthusiast, it doesnt make much sense cycling from cochin. most of these trips i mentioned out of munnar are within the 40 km range. and the traffic is also light. roads are quite narrow and winding, so prepare to be pushed out of the tarmac once in a while!
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Vakala Beach is short of one hour 20 min drive from Triavndrum Airport.
Life is a beautiful journey so keep travelling with a SMILE :) :) :)
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Originally posted by: Ludime and partner are there for Christmas New Year, probably we are assuming it will be less busy!


Christmas/New Year is High Season: it will be very busy!
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Life gets aadhar every day.
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yes, esp in Kerala and Goa.
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