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Comments please on 6 week South India Itinerary

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This will be our third long trip to India but the first to the south. Usually our trips are a bit different than the normal itineraries, and this may be too. But, it still has a lot of the usual locations. We are in our 60s and enjoy the outdoors, architecture, colorful local markets, walking, nature and history. We've found that often we most enjoy just observing and participating in everyday life rather than having to run around to all the must-see tourist attractions. We've also discovered that where we stay will make or break our trips so often plan around a lodging that offers a special kind of experience or access to different activities. And, we are leaving in a couple weeks because this is a February and the first half of March trip (late planning as usual).

For the beginning of our trip we'd gone back and forth and back and forth on Hampi and finally decided to do it. Then, SpiceJet, in the midst of their financial woes, cancelled the critical flight we needed to make our already semi-booked itinerary work out. So, Hampi went. And, with the elimination of Hampi I am a teeny bit concerned that I may have an imbalance of too much outdoor, nature type stuff in this itinerary and not enough of the cultural. But, maybe not...

If you will look at my itinerary, there are two different places where I need major help. We'll most likely hire a car and driver for these parts of the trip, so this opens up more possibilities. But, comments about other aspects of the itinerary are also appreciated.

Days 1-4 4 nights

4 nights--Late night arrival from US to Mumbai. Spend four nights and three days in Mumbai sightseeing and recovering from jetlag.

Days 5-12 8 nights

Fly to Goa for 8 nights total.
2 nights Olalulim (1/2 hour from Panjim) OR stay here 4 nights and visit Old Goa and Panjim from here. http://www.olaulimgoa.com/index.php

2 nights Panjim OR eliminate this and see it from Olalulim

2 nights Wildernest http://wildernest.bestweekenddeals.com/#Home

2 nights Arco Iris http://arcoiris.in/index.html

Days 13-15 3 nights

Train to Kannur 8.5 hours day Kolkan train to hopefully see the scenery

3 nights Blue Mermaid in Kannur for a bit of beach time and local scenery http://www.bluemermaid.in/

Days 16-17 2 nights

Train to Kochi 5 hours day Kolkan Railway train to hopefully see scenery

2 nights Kochi

Days 18-23 6 nights

6 night custom bicycling trip from Cochi—includes stops in Thattekkadu, Dewalokam, Pulikkunnil and backwaters of Alleppy

Days 24-28 5 nights

Here is where I need help. I know nothing about distances involved. I've thought about trying to add in a couple temple experiences in Tamil Nadu or a visit to Munnar or another stay in the remote backwaters or a stay at a place like this in Kollam (not for yoga and Ayurveda but for their other activities). http://www.ayushkamy.com/activities.php

Days 29-31 3 nights
http://www.olappamannamana.com/home_farm_stay.html

3 night stay to visit annual local pooram festival and another temple festival. Dates are fixed for these events, so this can’t be moved around.

Days 32-38 7 nights

Here is where I need help again .

I've thought about Conoor, the NIlgiris and Wayanad. But is this too much time for those types of pursuits? If so, where else could I easily fit in this itinerary?

We've thought about doing a couple of these day activities with Muddy Boots in the Wayanad area. http://muddyboots.in/the-wayanad-highlands/hiking/peace-on-the-kabini/

Days 39-41 3 nights

Mysore In Mysore we'll probably do a couple of the bike sightseeing trips in addition to the usual. http://www.flourish.co.uk/Manjulas_Mysore/MYcycle_Tours.html

Day 42

I haven't read much positive about Bangalore as a tourist destination, so I don't think I'll plan any time there to do any sightseeing.

Last day get to Bangalore and have early afternoon airport hotel check in can relax before 03:45 flight back to US.

I'd love to hear what you think. I am fairly settled on the part of the trip until after we re done bicycling out of Kochi. The rest has left me baffled. Thanks much.

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