india mid march till mid april with kids
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Feb 10, 2013 12:30 AM Last Post By: mike30
Dec 17, 2012 2:25 PM
india mid march till mid april with kidsHello
My name is Gil & I'm planning a month traveling to India with my wife and my two kid's age 10 &6.
My wife and i have been to India once, My wife been to Rajasthan& I traveled in most of south India and loved every minute and i want that my children will experience india too.
I prefer southern india region on other part of India but between mid march to mid April (3-4 weeks) the weather (how do i say it) is not ideal.
My question is what are my options? Some friends say it's too hut &humid, other say March is ok.
If I don't want to head north,(I mean north to delhi) my option is to give up and not traveling south at this particularly period?
The planning route in general is , Mysore And its environs ,Madurai ,ooty or other hill station ,Kerala Backwaters ,maybe goa beaches or varkala. but im fully open for your suggestions
Any kind of answer or other suggestion will be more then welcome
Dec 17, 2012 3:29 PM
1March is fine, by April it's getting warm ... but I wouldn't worry too much about it. I've travelled India in June/July/August in the +45 to 50 C... it's all doable ... just really hot.
Dec 17, 2012 4:00 PM
2March is fine weather in most parts of India and March is a very popular time for travel to India.
April would be a bit humid in the south and a bit on the hot side in north India with temperatures close to 35 degrees in early/mid April.
While like you I also prefer the lush green south to the relatively dry Rajasthan region I think you should spend some time in the north as well to give your kids a more complete picture of India and its diverse regions and of course you probably want to see the Taj Mahal in Agra and Delhi has many historical places to visit that will be great education for your kids (at least the 10 year old).
April, while hot in the north Indian plains (Delhi area) would be great weather in the higher Himalayan mountains and your kids will love the famous "Toy Train" journey to the hillstation of Shimla.
I don't care much for Mysore but I like the rest of your choices of Madurai, Ooty, Kerala Backwaters and Varkala but I also think that a few days in Goa if you can fit in would be very nice as Goa has the best beaches in India.
At this early stage just collect all the India travel information and perhaps by January your family can discuss and finalize your India trip itinerary.
Dec 17, 2012 4:52 PM
3You could include the Peruvanam or Arratupuzha Elephant Festival in Kerala last week March.Close to Thrissur.
Probably include at least two wildlife sanctuaries and you could choose from Periyar, Bandipur/Madumalai, Nagarhole/Kabini/Dubare, Spend some time in the higher ranges and choose from the Nilgiris, Kodailanal/Munnar, Wayanad, Coorg/Chikmagalur.
Kochi Kumarakom Alleppey Thrissur Coimbatore onto Kotagiri Bandipur Mysore Coorg Kannur Kochi could be one option for you to think of
Dec 17, 2012 6:26 PM
4In the south, March and April are warm and hot- by mid April, expect temps upto 35 or 36C daily, or mostly daily. In some areas, it may be even warmer.
Otherwise, I agree the above posters.
Do you mind taking an internal flight?
If you want to visit both north and soth, consider booking a multi-city/open jaw ticket, into say Delhi, and out of say Bangalore/Chennai etc.
Dec 18, 2012 12:26 AM
Dec 18, 2012 4:30 AM
6My experience, March is OK, April getting difficult for non-acclimatized foreigners. Inland, such as at Mysore, may feel noticably hotter than on the coast. Weekly fluctuations might make it better or worse.
Try to adjust to the day .. up early, rest in afternoon, get out in the evening again. I find fans more refreshing than AC, the latter requiring daily readaptation to the outside.
I'd substitute Kodaikanal for Ooty .. depends on details of your itinerary, but easier to link between Madurai to south/central Kerala via Kodai.
Dec 18, 2012 2:17 PM
7With kids then i would luv to include goa in my trip especially that perhaps yr. kids will be first timers to india..lots of kid friendly activities in Goa as well..
Dec 18, 2012 3:46 PM
8hi we travelled around the south and north this year with 9 year old no problems although hot, but i suppose it depends if your good with heat. Since i havent been to Goa before just wondering if anyone has suggestions on nice place to stay in dec next year. I Have been checking out beach areas Baga, Palolem and Agonda, but unsure which is a nice area. We dont want the trance parties but dont want it to quiet either, happy to be near somewhere that has the beach bars and restaurants nearby also a decent market. Sorry but it is all looking the same the more you check things out, so if anyone has stayed at a nice beach hut, suggestions would be appreciated. thanks
Dec 18, 2012 11:17 PM
Though too early for the next year but since you have asked let me tell you something from my experience.
Extreme North: Arambol (haven't been there)
North Goa: Baga, Vagatore, Anjuna (more of party place but good atmosphere around..will be very crowded during Dec)
South Goa: Palolem, Agonda (my preferred place)
Agonda beach: One of the few non commercialized beaches with no vendors on the beach...you can stay in any of the beach huts (pretty basic beach huts so don't expect too much facilities but have good toilet/bathrooms and bed...I believe you need nothing more than that)...excellent for a swim and just lying on the beach with no disturbance
Palolem: More commercialized but has a decent market around and boasts of a place called "Silent Noise" opened by some Britishers wherein you dance to the tune of music with headphones on which has 3 live djs playing different types of music.
My suggestion: Stay at Agonda and during the day you can travel around on rented bikes/scooters..Palolem is just 5-6 kms from Agonda. or you can do vice-versa i.e. stay at Palolem and travel to places around...
Dec 19, 2012 12:07 AM
10thanks Vatsal, yes i know im getting in early, but trying to get an idea of which way i want to travel this trip. Sounds like the south Goa area might be better, any suggestions on places to stay in Agonda or Palolem? Travelling up north after that around Dalhousie for the snow, so if any one is reading, suggestions on that area in December would be great. I know its a little crazy from going from beach to snow but would like to mix it up abit, just have to lug around the warmer clothes or buy when up around there as i dont live in a cold area back home. Not alot on here regarding the north in December or January, mainly around Manali area. So information would be appreciated :) sorry for taking over your post Gilh
Dec 19, 2012 12:40 AM
11Agonda: Chattai Beach Huts...beach huts with basic ameneties and right on the beach under the palm trees...then there are similar huts right throughout the shoreline
North India: Instead of Manali, I would prefer, Dharamshala, McLeodganj, Dalhousie...snow - i am not sure how lucky will you get...
I would request you to start a new thread for your trip as we are hijacking someone elses and others can provide their suggestions/opinions there...
Dec 19, 2012 12:50 AM
12thx to you all !!!!!
last 2 question on weater condition on March April
1. goa or verkala? consider that i"m with kids
2.will be wise to start at the south (madurai) and head north or begin with goa and End south in Madurai. Again weather is a crucial
Dec 19, 2012 1:12 AM
131. Haven't been to Varkala so can't comment....Goa can be hot in March/April even though it is on the coast.
2. It would be better to start from North and then head South since April month can be really hot in the North. Also, interiors will be hotter than coastal regions (though a lot more humidity in coastal regions). Having said that if your trip is between Goa and Kerala/Tamil Nadu then actually, it will not matter much whether you start in Goa or Madurai...but yes if you plan to visit farther North then yes, I would like to go from North to South.
Dec 19, 2012 6:23 AM
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