Mumbai during Diwali, Goa and Kerala - Help please!

#1 May 24th, 2007, 22:44
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We're mum, dad and kidlet age 8 travelling through India for 2 months later this year. We will be in Mumbai during Diwali and in Goa, travelling south to Kerala, after that.

1) Do we need to book something in advance for Mumbai given that it's Diwali?

2) We like the look of Palolem in Goa but would other posters suggest different areas and/or specific lodgings? We'd like to be fairly near a nice beach. We don't mind a walk but something close would be preferred and right on the beach would be heavenly. We're not looking for rock bottom prices but we are travelling for a long time (this is part of an 11 month trip) so the cheaper the better.

Also, we'll be in Goa around the second week of November. Can we arrive without reservations or would that be stupid?

3) We had our eye on a 7 day Kerala backwaters homestay tour through a local company featured on responsible travel but the price has increased by a good third since we got a quote last year and is out of our reach now. Any recommendations on local companies or homestays? And again, is this something we need to book ahead or can we book there? We're hoping to spend a couple weeks in Goa so should be in Kerala around beginning of December.

Thanks so much! Any help or advice is much appreciated.
#2 May 25th, 2007, 09:09
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Originally Posted by jrbb0309 View Post 1) Do we need to book something in advance for Mumbai given that it's Diwali?
Mumbai is more of a commercial center rather than tourist place, most of the hotels there are used by business tarvellers from Indian and abroad. Diwali would be hoilday period and most of the business are not running full scale. So hotel should not be a majot problem, but still you can book in advance if you can, you will find a lot of options and recommendations on IM.

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Originally Posted by jrbb0309 View Post 3) We had our eye on a 7 day Kerala backwaters homestay tour through a local company featured on responsible travel but the price has increased by a good third since we got a quote last year and is out of our reach now. Any recommendations on local companies or homestays? And again, is this something we need to book ahead or can we book there? We're hoping to spend a couple weeks in Goa so should be in Kerala around beginning of December.
In Kerela, are you looking to stay on a housebaot OR looking for some accomation (hotel OR guesthouse)..please also specify your per night budget..
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Would it be a bad idea to spend Diwali in Mumbai then? Would we be better off (for the best experience of Diwali) with a smaller town or city? It's also our daughter's birthday and she's very excited about the two things coinciding.

In Kerala, we were originally looking at a combination of both and our budget was $100 CDN a night including all meals, accommodation and transportation. This was a *huge* splurge for us though and we'd rather spend a /lot/ less. The majority of our accommodations in India while we're there are going to be in the $30 CDN a night range (for the three of us).
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Originally Posted by jrbb0309 View Post Would it be a bad idea to spend Diwali in Mumbai then? Would we be better off (for the best experience of Diwali) with a smaller town or city? It's also our daughter's birthday and she's very excited about the two things coinciding.

In Kerala, we were originally looking at a combination of both and our budget was $100 CDN a night including all meals, accommodation and transportation. This was a *huge* splurge for us though and we'd rather spend a /lot/ less. The majority of our accommodations in India while we're there are going to be in the $30 CDN a night range (for the three of us).
hmm..se to enjoy the real fervour of Diwali, you need spend time with a hindu family...

If you are looking for renting a houseboat for 7 days, then a basic one might cost you around Rs.3500 - 4000 per day , including meals...

However we stayed in a hotel in Allepey, it was a rated hotel and had good facilities, we paid Rs.1700 for a room and we were four of us..its name is "Hotel Allepey Prince"..

but still if you can just give a hint on what exactly you are planning...do u plant to divide your time in Kerala between different places like beaches. hillstations, backwaters etc..or you plan to stay at a particular place..??

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