2wks South India -TIGHT BUDGET - Itinerary & accomodation advice

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Namaste Fellow Travellers,

I am really excited about my backpacking trip,flying from Canada, landing in Bangalore.

I plan to go solo to fascinating Southern India, on a TIGHT BUDGET (Trust me, the flight and other expenses have already cost a lot)

I would love to see the Temples, Monuments, nature's beauty, Indian Railway etc (Away from the cities).

I will sincerely appreciate any tips, feedback, advice etc. I am looking for the most cost efficient places to stay at as well.

2 Weeks >Bangalore >Belur (Hindu & Jain temples) >Mysuru >Bandipur National Park >Ooty >Coonor (Toy Train) Coimbatore >Parambikulam Tiger Reserve >Munnar (Tea Estates) >Alapuzha/Aleppy >(Via boat to) >Kollam >Kanyakumari >Cape Camorin >Rameshwaram >Madurai >Tiruchirapalli >Mamallapuram >Chennai >Tirupati >Bangalore.

Thanks in advice, beautiful fellow travellers. Namaste

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You have outlined your itinerary very smartly. This route is pretty much what i will recommend you to take. Public transport is aplenty on this stretch. in some parts, you can take trains or take public buses. Kerala has got plenty of cheap accommodation options suitable for budget travelers.

let me know if you want to ask something specific with respect to your itinerary.

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Vishnu Kumar

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Hello Vishnu,

Thanks for your prompt reply, appreciate your help.

Specific questions:

1: Booking cheap accomodations via AirBnB.com min Price is (Approx Rps 600) is this the lowest price that I can expect, even in smaller centres?

2: how realistic is it to go to any railway station, and get on the next train to my next destination?

I hear bookings, in some cases, are full even several months in advance? Any tips? I'm heavily biased towards train travel instead of by bus.

3: Apparently, Coimbatore to Munnar has no direct trains or buses, is it true? Makemytrip.com says taxi will cost Rps 3000! Any other option?

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Hi,

1) I would not recommend to do the booking through Airbnb. In Kerala, you will get rooms as cheap as 300 INR per night. It would be basic but most of the backpackers prefer that. In cities, i think 600 is reasonable price but In Kerala, you can easily get by 250-300 INR per night.

2) Getting train instantly is very difficult. For small distance, you can do this and catch slow trains but for long distance, you will have to book the tickets well in advance. Yes, its right, in some of the circuits, trains get booked one month before.

3) I think there will be buses to Munnar from Coimbatore. There will be some state government buses or private buses. you would not see those listing on internet. There is no train to Munnar so you will have to go by bus only.

Let me know if you have any other query. Will be happy to help.

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Vishnu Kumar

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Thanks Vishnu.

And I am not sure why no one else contributed to this discussion.

Are the destinations I picked that unpopular.

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These are not unpopular destinations at all. This is famous tourist trail of South India. One is known for temples and another one for beaches. You might see many fellow travelers during your journey.

Yes, Forums are now very old fashioned way to discuss since facebook evolved.

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Returned from a most amazing trip.

Thanks for all your help.

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I hope you had amazing time traveling to South India.

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Hello,

If your visiting south India than you must definitely visit Karnataka which is a land of culture and heritage.  

Savina

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I strongly concur with you Savina. Karnataka is sadly very underrated among traveler's fraternity. Karnataka is one of my favorite states in India.

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Dear Vishnu i want to go to Uttarakhand tour with my wife and 3 year old daughter.I want to cover Dehradun,haridwar,auli,ranikhet,mussorie,nainital.i am coming from delhi.Please suggest me the possible itinerary.

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I would not suggest you to cover both Kumaun side and Garhwal side in a single trip. I would suggest to skip Ranikhet and Nainital.  How many days do you have ?

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Dear Vishnu i have 7d/8n.I want to see auli also coz it is lush green and icy area as i have heard!!!is it true?I will come to delhi from hyderabad.Please suggest me which places should i cover starting from haridwar.Regards.

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If you have 10 days in 7 nights then there is no point going towards Kausani side. I will suggest you to go to Haridwar and then Rishikesh. From Rishikesh, you start for Joshimath/Auli. You should stay there for 2 nights as journey from Rishikesh is very long and tiring. On the way back from Auli, you reach Dehradun then Mussoorie. From Mussoorie, if you have time then go to Chakrata and then wrap your trip there. I think it will easily consume 7 nights and 8 days. Rishikesh-Joshimath would the whole day journey each side.

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Please post your queries in right forum. There is a forum topic about Uttarakhand.

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I plan to go solo to fascinating Southern India, on a TIGHT BUDGET (Trust me, the flight and other expenses have already cost a lot)

I would love to see the Temples, Monuments, nature's beauty, Indian Railway etc (Away from the cities).

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Dear  VISHNU , Namaskaar

we want  travel kanchipuram in NOV. 2015  And  See  PANCH TATVA  SHIVLING @ KALHASTI (VAAYU TATVA )  TRICHY  ( JAL TATVA ) TIRUVANNAMALAI ( AGNI TATVA ) CHIDAMBARAM ( AAKASH TATVA )  KANCHIPURAM ( PRITHVI TATVA )  LINGAM  DARSHAN

OUR STAY IN  KANCHIPURAM 14th NOV. 2015 TO 22nd NOV. 2015 FOR SPRITUAL  OCCASION HELD IN KANCHIPURAM

WE  WANT ABOVE PANCH TATVA LINGAM DARSHAN FROM KANCHIPURAM

KANCHIPURAM -- KALHASTI -- KANCHIPURAM 

 

KANCHIPURAM -- TRICHY --- KANCHIPURAM

 

KANCHIPURAM -- TIRUVANNAMALAI -- KANCHIPURAM

 

KANCHIPURAM -- CHIDAMBARAM -- KANCHIPURAM

 

PLEASE PLAN HOW WE CAN TRAVEL THESE PLACES EACH DAY TOUR

OUR PREFRENC IS NIGHT STAY IN KANCHIPURAM EACH DAY TOUR

KINDLY HELP ME

THANKING YOU

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I have not traveled extensibly in this part of Tamilnandu so i am not of much help. But i think its easy to make trips from Kanchipuram. Public transport is really good and roads are nice so you can travel good distance every day.

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Yes, it's a beautiful city to visit. 

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That's really great. Have a safe journey.

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Coconuts and kalari, synagogues and backwaters, seafood and kathakali. There's much more to Kerala than the swaying palm trees make it out to be. Step into a trader's wonderland, laden with spices and beautiful people, haven to Jews and Christians alike. Nothing in 'God's own country' is ever understated. From its people and politics to the fiery cuisine, everything in Kerala is in abundance. Tranquil backwaters make this 'the' tourist destination of the country with houseboats marking picture-postcard views across the waterway. Erstwhile nude beaches of Kovalam now make way for Kerala's own slice of Goa on its shoreline in Varkala and the serene Mararikulam. Plan ahead to make your visit coincide with the super-enthusiastic annual snake boat races in Allepey in August. Head over to the Western Ghats with its ecologically diverse treasures and spectacular tea gardens.

Stop over for a mandatory Kathakali performance with the colourful dramatic facial movements of dancers. Make time for a Mohiniattam dance recital as well as a sample of Kerala's kung-fu, Kalaripayattu.

 

Swanky malls and metro trains are now a part of Kerala's cities, but there always remains the cultural corner of every town in here that hasn't changed. Heritage and art-form remain paramount to Kerala's rich tradition, and the younger generation show promise of keeping this alive.

You can check this blog for more on Kerala

http://blog.untravel.com/destination/india/kerala/

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