South India Travel Suggestions
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Oct 6, 2012 7:17 AM Last Post By: thirdmainroad
Sep 30, 2012 11:12 PM
South India Travel SuggestionsHi
This is my first post and so if I'm writing in wrong thread then please moderators move it to correct thread.
My friends and I are planning to go on a trip for five days, we are three girls and would like to explore some good beaches near Bangalore.
I would like to hear from experienced traveller what could be the best place to visit in October and which will be safe for girls.
We have some places in our mind like- Gokarna, Puducherry, Murudeshwar and Goa.
Please help me by putting in some good advice.
Thanks in advance
Sep 30, 2012 11:48 PM
1Can you suggest the places in Kerala to visit and how to reach there?
Oct 1, 2012 12:19 AM
Bangalore is in the middle of the country. There are no beaches near.
You need to buy a guide book, or at least read a hundred posts on TT.
Oct 1, 2012 12:33 AM
3the best place to visit in October is KERALA and here you can do something better other then, and here lots of beaches where you can explore Alappuzha Beach,Vallikunnu Beach , And Goa is also fantastic destination, And these destinations are safe for all kind of peoples so don't worry . All the Best
Oct 1, 2012 2:20 AM
4For Goa can anyone suggest some good hotels and resorts not very expensive but should be good enough for girls stay.
Oct 1, 2012 4:19 AM
Oct 1, 2012 5:16 AM
Oct 1, 2012 7:57 AM
7Beware - you are not bein advised by foreign nationals but by locals who are, at best, flying the flags of their own region but principally looking at flogging you their services.
Check out your guidebooks, then make up your mind.
I assume that you have to start from Bangalore as you have business there.
You have the following sensible options
Goa - obviously - Palolem is nicely laid back but everyone has their favorite location.
Varkala - interesting but not ideal swimming
Mammallapuram, now called Mahabalipuram (fly to Chennai and catch a cab)- brilliantly good all round spot - plenty of other things of interest - my recommendation.
Gokarna could well be disappointing - its a pilgrimage town
Puuducherry - forget it - maybe one nite max!
Murudeshwar - no idea - I've never heard of it.
You'll get a good deal in each of the above places in October - just ignore the touts above and you'll also save money if you dont use Tripadviser - its owned by Expedia who take a 20% cut - ie your discount.
Oct 1, 2012 8:28 AM
8Foreign nationals too can suffer from biases and however intimate their knowledge, may not be able to match local insights. Suspecting ALL Indian posters on an India forum seems to be a chronic problem. A foreigner's perspective too may not always be suitable for a person or persons of Indian origin
Oct 1, 2012 9:15 AM
9prem - I have travelled throughout Karnataka and it is certainly one of my favorite states and been to Hassan 3 times - Jog falls is of little interest though to a foreigner.
prem - just look at your response to the OP - you have not addressed his question.
I have said that I am biased to Palolem. I have never seen any local insight on this forum which has had any validity a classic example being the frequent Keralan advice to visit the lovely temple in Trivundrum - nonHindus are prohibited.
I agree with your last line - a foreigner's perspective is rarely suits a national.
Oct 1, 2012 4:07 PM
10The OP is a lady traveling with two other ladies wanting to travel over 5 days. and appears to be based in Bangalore.and is likely to be of Indian origin.The closest and most convenient access to the coast from Bangalore would be either Mangalore . There are many lovely coastal areas including beaches to the north of Mangalore including Ullal,Udipi Malpe ( which has a group of Islands too), Maravanthe and Murudeshwar .Jog Falls is enroute on an alternative route back from Murudeshwar via Shimoga,Chikmagalur,Hassan onto Bangalore.From the perspective of 3 ladies traveling on their own the places north of Udipi would be safer. Your knowledge of India is exceptional, but perhaps your not being aware of the location of Murudeshwar suggests that you may not know Karnataka as intimately as you think. Murudeshwar may not appeal as much to a foreigner though, because of the many temples near the coastline, I do try and temper my suggestions on my understanding of an OP's requirements.Here safety seems to be the key issue. So your comments about my not addressing her question ( and it amuses me that you have changed her gender) are unwarranted.
Oct 5, 2012 2:09 AM
11Vinod, your #12. is a great little expose (pronounce as though French) of Kerala.
Your #13, however, is denying the obvious in that national posters are either touting for business or being less than objective about their own state, Neither of which helps the foreign traveller.
However Prem pointed out (and i had missed it) that this OP is a bunch of Indian lassies, who are familiar with the Indian psyche.
Having seen your various contributions, there is certainly a hint of commercial interest there, but just a hint. My only other point ref your #12 is that the OP seems to be looking for a short chill-out session for total 5 days.
i believe that Mammallapuram ticks all the boxes and you can get there b overnite train from Bangalore, but that has not been mentioned by others - it's in TN.
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