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South India for beginners! (Bangalore/ Goa 10 day trip)

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South India for beginners! (Bangalore/ Goa 10 day trip)

Hi, I'm planning on visiting my husband in Feb for approx 10 days - he's working in Bangalore for 3 months Jan-April. We've no experience of India and wondered where people suggest to try and visit- is there much to see in Bangalore or should we head out to other places- we were planning on staying in Goa for at least part of the trip. I'll most probably fly into Bangalore- would people recommend flying from there to Goa or a road/rail trip and take in the sights? Have heard Kerala is worth a visit but are we best off sticking to fewer places?

We'd like to have some relaxation time as well as seeing some culture, maybe some sport( cricket??) and probably some nightlife as well, if that helps narrow things down. Starting our itinerary from scratch really so any and all suggestions appreciated, thanks!

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1. Re: South India for beginners! (Bangalore/ Goa 10 day trip)

Of 10 days spend 4 days in Goa and remaining 6 days

option 1

Cochin part of Kerala for kathakali dance show, beach Mattancherry palace and Munnar and houseboat either in Alleppey of Kumarokam etc.,

Option 2

Coorg Wayanad and bandipur each 2 days will be ideal places for relaxation

Bangalore you could spend 2-3 days for exploring its sight seeing spots search find any cricket match played there during your visit

From Bangalore to Goa train prefer to go via Konkan railway from Mangalore which will move through scenic landscape

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2. Re: South India for beginners! (Bangalore/ Goa 10 day trip)

Geographically speaking, Kerala & Goa are in opposite directions. Kerala is to the southwest of Bangalore and Goa is far north-west. So, I suggest you split your tour into two parts.

Part 1:

Visit Mysore and then proceed to Kerala. Again there are many places in Kerala which you can visit.

If you're interested in wildlife, you can spend a day or two at Bandipur, Kabini or Nagarhole before going to Kerala.

Part 2:

You can take 1 or 2 days to visit Hampi (by train/road) and then proceed to Goa from there and return back to Bangalore (either by train or flight)

The latter half of April might see the IPL start off, so you can perhaps catch a match or two at Bangalore.

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3. Re: South India for beginners! (Bangalore/ Goa 10 day trip)

You could travel Bangalore Hampi Goa or Bangalore/Belur and Halebid ( Hassan)/Sirsi area/Karwar/Goa.

Sirsi has an interesting tourism programme assisted by Village Ways of UK.The latter route would be more scenic

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4. Re: South India for beginners! (Bangalore/ Goa 10 day trip)

Hi,

It is advisable to extend your duration to atleast 15 days to enjoy a leisure travel.But incase you are keen only on10 days,keep aside atleast 2 days to explore Bengaluru.

Rest you can plan,Bengaluru-Mysore-Halebid-Belur-Hampi-Badami-Aihole-Pataddakkal-Bijapur-Goa.

You can hire a cab for the complete tour if you are comfortable on road travel with some stretches of good roads & some bad.

Else,you can get back to Bengaluru from Hampi & fly to Goa & back.

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6. Re: South India for beginners! (Bangalore/ Goa 10 day trip)

Judging from your interests, it sounds like you might be looking for a mix of culture, relaxation and nightlife. I would suggest doing some variation of the following plan:

1. Spend a couple of days in Bangalore. The city has a pretty good nightlife - arguably the best in the South

2. Do a day trip to Mysore to visit the palace, Zoo and nearby temples in Srirangapatna

2. Fly/Bus/Train to Kochi in Kerala and drive to Munnar. Stay at an estate on a plantation and enjoy the beautiful landscape

3, Drive to Alleppey on the coast and do a houseboat cruise on the backwaters. See local culture and lifestyle on the cruise

4. Get off at Kumarakom and stay at a resort which will give you authentic Ayurvedic experience. There are a number of them in this town

5. Get back to Kochi or continue south to Kovalam, which has one of the best beaches in India, to continue your vacation. Alternatively, you can fly north to Goa if you absolutely want to spend time there.

Hope this helps

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7. Re: South India for beginners! (Bangalore/ Goa 10 day trip)

Goa and Kerala are good places for a long vacation. If you need places to visit around Bangalore, check these out. http://j.mp/176z8zf

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8. Re: South India for beginners! (Bangalore/ Goa 10 day trip)

Wow thanks for all the replies everybody, lots for us to look into! Husband is still quite keen on Goa but I think I prefer the idea of Kerala. But it all sounds very tempting indeed... Will do a bit more research and post back with any further questions.

Thanks so much!

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