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Trip Report South India Advice/Trip Report: Goa, Fort Cochin, Varkala, and Mumbai

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Hello --

I visited India (loved it!) in December and just finished my trip report: (

Thank you to previous posters for your advice. Here are my recommendations:

- Stay at Casa Colvale:

- Check out Jew Town. Bring socks for the Synagogue tour

- See the Chinese fishing nets at sunset

- Indulge in a Kalari massage at Malabar House:

- Visit the Hindu Temple in Varkala Town on a Sunday morning. Intimidating but interesting. You will receive a lot of attention from kids and adults

- Take the cliffwalk south, past the shops and restaurants. It's very scenic

- Look into the Blue Water Beach Resort:

- Book some spa treatments. Spas rated an Olive Leaf or Green Leaf designation by the Kerala Tourism Board are "legit":

- Just because beer isn't on the menu doesn't mean it isn't available

- Eat at Cafe del Mar

- Stay at the ITC Grand Central (although it's kind of removed) in the Towers. You can use Starwood points:

- Check out the Ellora Caves on Elephanta Island

- Stop by Dhobi Ghat. Be prepared for some interactions

- See Haji Ali Dargah

- Go next door to the Mahalaxmi Temple (and bring socks)

- Shop at Bombay Electric if you want fashionable clothing and price is no object:

- Lunch at Not Just Jazz by the Bay:

- Enjoy evening cocktails on the deck of The Intercontinental:

- VISIT THE JAIN TEMPLE near Malabar Hill

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