I visited India (loved it!) in December and just finished my trip report: (www.travelmusings.net/india/)
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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