Southern India in 3 weeks
- Eat at Delhi Darbar Colaba Causeway, SBS Road, Near Regal Cinema, Colaba
- Sleep at SeaShore Hotel 1/49 Kamal Mansion,Arthur Bunder Road, Arthur Bunder Road
- Must-see: Elephanta Island, Gateway of India and the heritage buildings are in the top lits of the guides but don’t forget to go to: Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat.
Skyscrapers looming over Dhobi Ghat air laundry
This massive open air laundry provides an unforgettable glimpse into the inside of the city. Dirty laundry from all over Mumbai is brought here and painstakingly hand washed by the dhobis (washermen) in the seemingly endless rows of concrete troughs.
From the multitude of colorful pavement vendors that line Colaba Causeway, to the fascinating Chor Bazaar Thieves Market, Mumbai is full of interesting places to go street shopping. Stock up on attractive souvenirs at Colaba Causeway, delight in cheap shoes and clothes at Linking Road, scour the narrow alleyways of Chor Bazaar for antiques, and sample the fresh food while marveling at the architecture of Crawford Market.
Location: Colaba Causeway, Linking Road in Bandra, Crawford Market near Churchgate, and Chor Bazaar on Mutton street (opposite Shafi Masjid).
Marine Drive Chowpatty Beaches At the end of a tiring day of sightseeing, relax with the locals on the beaches of Juhu and Marine Drive, and watch the sunset. If you’re feeling adventurous, you’ll also be able to feast on tasty snacks offered by the multitude of food stalls and mobile food vendors.
- Sleep at Comfort guest house
- Fresh juices and great food at Vihar Hotel
- Experience loal traditions by taking the afternoon cruise and see how locals enjoy dancing
- Don’t miss the Spicy Plantation at Baghwan Mahavir
- Sleep at Di Melo, a yellow building
- Yummy sea food at Dropadi,at the beach (playa) and Casa fiesta.
- Wander in the forest until discoring the Cotigao waterfalls
- Swim at the gorgeous and endless Turtle Beach
- Sleep at Tom’s Old Mansion located in Princess St., Fort Cochi
- Good food although too “Lonely Planet-ish” at Tea Pot (al lado de Princess), if you’re craving for a chocolate cake, try the ” Chocolate to kill” Elephant reserve in Kalady, best before 7h30 to see baby elephants bath.
Fort Cochi: Chinese fishing nets and jewish neighborhood
Ernakulam: buy spices at the market (cinnamon, cardamom and all the spices you’re dreaming of!) Kovalam Sleep at Green Valley Cottages Avoid touristy restaurants nearby the beach Head to the second beach, where locals gather and real Indian food is served. King fish with coconut milk is a must. Try the ayurvedic full-body massage Wanayad: Kalpetta is an ugly city and bus spot although the route to get there is incredibly beautiful: clouds looming over mountains and elephants walking next to trucks.
Leaving Fort Kochi
- Devaraja market to buy oils, incense and painting powder.
- I had the best Thali at the Hotel RRR: yummy veggies over a banana leaf, rice and nans
It’s hectic to get there, since you first have to take a bus to arrive to Hospet. Peaceful scenery with temples along a river.
Happy in the quiet Hampi!
- Try to book your train tickets at least 24h before, especially if it’s a night trip. Preferably in 2AC (second class with A/C, curtains and 4 bunk beds) or 3AC (A/C, 6 bunk beds without curtains) Cleartrip.com
- Avoid buses! Even if they have bed seats Indian highways are a nightmare.
- Odomo is the best mosquito cream (in any pharmacy)
- Light sleeping-ba g/sheets
- Take the airplane blanket, sometimes the A/C train is too strong
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