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is 4 weeks enough?

Hi Everyone,

I am going, for the first time, to India and Sri Lanka in November. Bad planning on my part but only have 4 weeks in India and 2 week in Lanka before heading to Singapore. In India I plan to tour Mumbai, Goa, Hampi, Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty, Kochi, Alappuzha, Varkala, madurai, Thanjavur, Pondicherry and leaving from Chennai to Lanka. Am I being over ambitious in trying to squeeze this into 4 weeks?

Does anyone have any advice on how long to stay in each place (and where to stay) and must go see sites, etc. My budget is around $1000-$1500 for India.

Any help gratefully appreciated on all fronts. Thanks ami

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1. Re: is 4 weeks enough?

Hi Friend,

It is quite enough to cover the places you have mentioned within about 4 weeks BUT the months of October/November being the peak wet season (rains) in India, your mobility could be severely hampered. Some highways and federal roads remain closed for days due to floods caused by heavy rains. If possible, have your trip postponed to early December when the cooler climate sets in (beginning of winter).

If you are unable to postpone the trip, don't worry. You can proceed with your plans but just keep an open mind to skip certain places as you go along, depending on weather conditions and other constraints. It is best to travel around in a rented car with a reliable driver so that you don't waste time waiting for buses and trains. (Please check with your hotel for reliable car rental services/agencies). Public transport services in India are badly affected during bad weather.

You may need to spend just about a day in most places but keep more time for Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Ooty, Madurai and Chennai. If you are a budget traveller and not into any heavy shopping, USD1500 for the 4 weeks should be enough but it's advisable to keep another $500 for any emergency needs.

Have a great and an enjoyable trip.

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2. Re: is 4 weeks enough?

Yuvan53.

I think your reply is very misleading and will not help eau96173.

Firstly it is not true that October/November is the "peak wet season (rains )in India". The monsoons occur at different times in different places in India. If you have been to any of these places in November you will know that this is a good time to visit Goa and also Bangalore, Mysore and Hampi. Kerala can have some rain at this time of year but you would not call it the wet season! Tamil Nadu will get heavy rains at this time of year so Madurai, Thanjavur , Pondicherry and Chennai will be affected. (I have experienced horrendous rains in Chennai at this time of year - could have taken a boat to the airport rather than a taxi!)

The mode of transport is a personal choice, but of course using private taxis will be more costly than public transport.

Given the places to be covered in 4 weeks, it is my opinion that this cannot be done in a relaxed way in this time nor for the budget. Ok, the trip covers places in the South of India but whichever way you look at it there will have to be some flying involved to cover the distances. So you have air fares, taxi fares, accommodation, eating, drinking and other expenses to think of. I stand to be corrected on this but personally I would not be happy limiting myself to this budget.

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Hi lgirl,

You may be quite right in saying that it does'nt rain heavy all over India in October/November. But the fact remains that it does rain heavy in the south during the 2 months (covering Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, may be not so much in Kerala). In that sense I was not misleading. Except for Mumbai and Goa which are not really up north, all other places that eau96173 proposes to visit are in the south. I have also mentioned that the traveller can skip certain places along the way, depending on weather conditions and other constraints.

Four weeks is quite sufficient to cover the places and that's why I have suggested using a rented car so that the traveller can move around faster and save time. And USD1500 with and additional 500 for emergency use is sufficient unless the person wants to stay in 5-star hotels and dine and wine in posh places and do expensive shopping all the way. Staying in reasonably good hotels and eating in good decent restaurants is not so expensive.

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Hi lgirl,

You may be quite right in saying that it does'nt rain heavy all over India in October/November. But the fact remains that it does rain heavy in the south during the 2 months (covering Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, may be not so much in Kerala). In that sense I was not misleading. Except for Mumbai and Goa which are not really up north, all other places that eau96173 proposes to visit are in the south. I have also mentioned that the traveller can skip certain places along the way, depending on weather conditions and other constraints.

Four weeks is quite sufficient to cover the places and that's why I have suggested using a rented car so that the traveller can move around faster and save time. And USD1500 with and additional 500 for emergency use is sufficient unless the person wants to stay in 5-star hotels and dine and wine in posh places and do expensive shopping all the way. Staying in reasonably good hotels and eating in good decent restaurants is not so expensive.

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5. Re: is 4 weeks enough?

Hi lgirl,

You may be quite right in saying that it does'nt rain heavy all over India in October/November. But the fact remains that it does rain heavy in the south during the 2 months (covering Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, may be not so much in Kerala). In that sense I was not misleading. Except for Mumbai and Goa which are not really up north, all other places that eau96173 proposes to visit are in the south. I have also mentioned that the traveller can skip certain places along the way, depending on weather conditions and other constraints.

Four weeks is quite sufficient to cover the places and that's why I have suggested using a rented car so that the traveller can move around faster and save time. And USD1500 with and additional 500 for emergency use is sufficient unless the person wants to stay in 5-star hotels and dine and wine in posh places and do expensive shopping all the way. Staying in reasonably good hotels and eating in good decent restaurants is not so expensive.

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Hi friends,

Sorry, I made a mistake of hitting the 'submit' button three times and my reply got posted three times!

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7. Re: is 4 weeks enough?

We will have to agree to disagree on this one. The poster does not seem bothered enough to reply anyway so I will leave it there.

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8. Re: is 4 weeks enough?

eau..

just a suggestion.....skip Ooty...and include Munnar instead......isnt much of a deviation in route on your way from Mysore to Kochi.....and is WAY better a place to find succor than Ooty.....Ooty is just a super commercialised has-been-hill-station.....

you could do some online research on Munnar too...if not the town proper..the district around abounds in places to go stay....

on a 1500$ budget....you'll be pretty much in the budget traveller category....but food is cheap in India....and choose trains over buses where possible.....they are much safer.

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i would'nt bother going to Munnar, we went after we had been to the tea stations in Sri Lanka and we found the Lanka ones much better, just go to them or it will be too samey!

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