Udaipur to Goa Transport Advice + 19 days in South India

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Originally Posted by Wilfko View Post I Registered with IRCTC no problems, but paying with an international credit card just wouldn't work. The website says there is an option for it but God knows I couldn't find it.
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Originally Posted by Wilfko View Post Would it be necessary to prebook the inter city journeys in Rajasthan or is it easier to book trains or buses later for these legs?
You can book buses a day or two before. The road conditions are good in Rajasthan and the frequency of buses is also good.
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Do I need to prebook for Southern India also? I plan on going Goa, Hampi, Kerala, Kochi (my departing city).
Goa to Hampi/Hospet has a not daily train connection, see here.
There is no simple way to continue to Kerala so you have to decide for some intermediate stops.

For example start with the train from Hospet (railhead for Hampi) to Mysore.
One option from there is a bus to Ooty, take the toytrain to Mettapulayam.
Continue to Coimbatore for the train to Kaniyakamari, the most Southern place of India. From there explore Kerala.
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I managed to find the International Card Payment option in the end, its only an option thats viewable on the website, not the app. Ive decided to book a few day trains between a few cities as they are only 120rupees so easily worth having as a backup plan even if I dont take them.

Based on some advice ive decided to give Jaipur a miss which gives me the following North route. Delhi > Jaisalmer > Jodhpur > Udaipur > Pushker > ? (Any suggestions or straight to Agra?) > Agra > Varanasi > Delhi.

Still need to work on my South Itinerary! Im struggling as its a minefield of what destinations you can actually get to and from with relative ease.. thanks for the suggestions Vonkla, im a bit concerned with only 19nights down South heading all the way to Kanyakumari may be abit far.

Ultimately im arriving in Goa and leaving 19nights later from Kochi.. I'd like to visit Hampi, and the Backwaters but any recommended itinerary would be greatly appreciated. Down South my main interests are appreciating the Nature/Landscapes as a nice contrast to the North. I do enjoy meeting other travellers so ideally not somewhere *too* off the beaten path this trip.

Appologies if im being useless, I normally find planning my trips a doddle and enjoyable, but India with the need to prebook and particularly the South where my knowledge of destinations is simply poor is being a real challenge!
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An option could be to replace Pushkar with Bundi with day trips to Jhalrapatan or Keshoraipatan. You could also spend a night in Bharatpur which is closer to Fatehpur Sikri than Agra.

After Hampi may be you could see Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal, Mahakuta. The only problem is that could be a bit too much of a similar kind.
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Ultimately im arriving in Goa and leaving 19nights later from Kochi.. I'd like to visit Hampi, and the Backwaters but any recommended itinerary would be greatly appreciated. Down South my main interests are appreciating the Nature/Landscapes as a nice contrast to the North. I do enjoy meeting other travellers so ideally not somewhere *too* off the beaten path this trip.
Some options after Hampi are
By bus to the coastal area around Gokarna, continue by train to Kerala
After Mysore take a direct bus to Kozikhode, then Kerala
From Mysore to the Bandipur national park and Wayanad area, next bus to Kochi/Alleppey
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Im thinking the following.

Goa, probably Anjuna Beach as it should be the busiest mid october when im going.

Goa > Hampi > Mysore (night train) > Ooty > Munnar > Allepey > Kochi (fly home).

How many nights would you recommend in each place? (I have 20 nights total)

Does this route seem reasonable in both variation and transport options? Any adjustments you would make?
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It's slightly rushed but in all honesty I pretty much did the same route when I had unlimited time and still only spent 3 or so nights in each place purely out of choice. I would recommend the below,

Anjuna - 5 nights
Hampi - 3 nights
Mysore - 1 night (just to see the palace lit up!)
Ooty - 2 nights
Munnar - 2 nights
Allepey - 3 nights
Kochi - 3 nights

You will likely want to factor a night in for the bus Goa to Hampi as from memory it's a night bus.

Whilst I haven't been, Ooty doesn't appeal to me personally (Munnar is stunning though) so I would drop Ooty and add in something like Nagarhole National Park after Mysore (and see some cool animals!).

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PS these are all bus to bus destinations pretty much so you can plan for this but move on when you feel like. You may end up at the end with some days spare!
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Originally Posted by NomadicBoo View Post It's slightly rushed but in all honesty I pretty much did the same route when I had unlimited time and still only spent 3 or so nights in each place purely out of choice. I would recommend the below,

Anjuna - 5 nights
Hampi - 3 nights
Mysore - 1 night (just to see the palace lit up!)
Ooty - 2 nights
Munnar - 2 nights
Allepey - 3 nights
Kochi - 3 nights

You will likely want to factor a night in for the bus Goa to Hampi as from memory it's a night bus.

Whilst I haven't been Ooty doesn't appeal to me personally (Munnar is stunning though) so I would drop Ooty and add in something like Nagarhole National Park after Mysore (and see some cool animals!).

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PS these are all bus to bus destinations pretty much so you can plan for this but move on when you feel like. You may end up at the end with some days spare!
A national park (wildlife) stop instead of Ooty sounds absolutely spot on, keen for that so thanks for the suggestion. On my google maps check it creates one hell of a leg from Nagarhole to Munnar though but ho hum.
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The title of this thread seems a bit redundant now haha
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Originally Posted by Wilfko View Post A national park (wildlife) stop instead of Ooty sounds absolutely spot on, keen for that so thanks for the suggestion. On my google maps check it creates one hell of a leg from Nagarhole to Munnar though but ho hum.
Consider to travel to Fort Cochin after Nagarhole/Bandipur.
After your stay in Cochin do Munnar - Alleppey.
Go from there direct to the airport for your flight back home.
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I'd recommend getting a guidebook - Lonely Planet's South India is quite good. You can keep it with you while you travel and decide on a few spots where to visit within or around a destination. I prefer the physical book, but if bulk is a concern, get the soft copy.
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It does not now.
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You could drop Munnar and do Nagorhole then Wayanad?

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Originally Posted by vonkla View Post Consider to travel to Fort Cochin after Nagarhole/Bandipur.
After your stay in Cochin do Munnar - Alleppey.
Go from there direct to the airport for your flight back home.
This seems like the best option. I think this would be a good itinerary to fall back on.

As for transport between these places, book in advance job like the North? Ive booked a backup train from Goa to Hampi as a last resort as it was cheap but will try book an overnight bus closer to the time for that leg. Trying to keep some ability to change plans in the South seeing as I have a fairly rigid Northern Itinerary.
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In most cases busses can be booked on a short notice.
See this example for the bus from Sulthan Battery (close to Bandipur) to Cochin for to-night.

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