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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: (www.travelmusings.net/india/)

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

GOA
- Stay at Casa Colvale:
www.casacolvale.com/home.html

FORT COCHIN
- 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:
www.malabarhouse.com/

VARKALA
- 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:
bluewaterstay.com/index.html

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

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

- Eat at Cafe del Mar

MUMBAI
- Stay at the ITC Grand Central (although it's kind of removed) in the Towers. You can use Starwood points:
www.starwoodhotels.com/luxury/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1540

- 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:
www.bombayelectric.in/

- Lunch at Not Just Jazz by the Bay:
www.mars-world.com/restaurants/jbb.html

- Enjoy evening cocktails on the deck of The Intercontinental:
www.ichotelsgroup.com/

- VISIT THE JAIN TEMPLE near Malabar Hill

www.travelmusings.net/india/

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