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Jun 5th, 2010, 09:48 AM
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Oh, one more question:

4) the Kabini Jungle Resort 1.5 day stay/safari is intriguing to me. Would that be do-able in lieu of Mysore for Sat & Sunday? Is it any good? Can't find anything here on the forum about it.
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Jun 5th, 2010, 11:30 AM
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I find that loose long sleeved shirts and pants are best and are also culturally appropriate.

I have often arrived one day and set off to somewhere the next day. It is tought but in the end it is worth it and it actually helps with jetlag. Mysore will be a lot calmer and less polluted & chaotic than Bangalore. Sounds like a good plan to me.

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Jun 6th, 2010, 03:44 AM
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1. Your doctor knows you better than we do. We didn't bother with the anti-malarials because it wasn't mosquito season when we moved. They have been getting bad recently, though. We got all the other recommended vaxes.

2. Linen or cotton pants or skirts that fall below the knee + loose fitting tops are ideal. I've noticed that Indian women rarely show any leg. Comfortable sandals are a requirement - I haven't worn socks since I got here.

3. Mysore mght be tough on the first day, but definitely plan to do something on Day 1 other than sleep - it makes getting over the jetlag so much easier.

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Jun 6th, 2010, 11:31 AM
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I'm still searching for activities for my layover in Bangalore. Are there any Kathakali performances I can watch? Hopefully something geared toward tourists which include explanations of what is going on.

And what about wildlife rescue/sanctuaries? I've discovered People For Animals Bangalore on the web. Anyone have a more personal experience?

Has anyone been on the walking tour of Bangalore?
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Jun 6th, 2010, 11:43 AM
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take the anti-malarial - better to be safe than sorry! I have a fairly sensitive stomach and it did not bother me.
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Jun 6th, 2010, 06:40 PM
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Hyderabad nor Bangalore are considered to be low to no-risk areas for Malaria, and anti-Malarial medications are not advised, at least according to the UK tropical medicine people (and let’s face it, the Brits basically invented tropical medicine). The Scottish NHS has very useful travel health website at http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/home.aspx (see esp. their Malaria page). I personally have never taken anti-malerials for India in 17 years of travel there. If you are staying in air-conditioned hotels, it is quite unlikely that you are going to encounter malarial mosquitoes, as they are active almost exclusively at night, esp at dawn, when you will be safely ensconced in your air-con room. If you were going to be living in small villages in places without aircon AND in places where Malaria was an issue, then my recco would be different, but for a trip for a week to cities where you are staying in air con hotels, I just don’t see the need. You have to use repellent for issues like Dengue fever, for which there is no vaccine, so that will help as well. Virtually all hotel rooms come with electric gizmos which you leave on at night which clear the room of the one or two who might follow you into the room. Look in the wardrobe.

I would add a polio booster for a trip to India. If your doctor is not aware of the polio issue in India, then perhaps you need to work with a doctor who is more familiar with the region, and she may have a different view on Malaria as well. An updated tetanus should also be on the list, which you should have anyway. I assume you are current on all your other childhood boosters, dpt, etc.

I agree that for many people it is the difference in food and water that leads to stomach issues, and not any “poisoning”. I would suggest you bring a supply of Imodium and Pepto Bismol just to have with you. Many people swear by taking a spoonful or a tablet of Pepto Bismol each morning as a prophylactic. You might also try a daily lassi, a yoghurt drink you can get all over India, as a prophylactic/probiotic measure. (They come sweet, plain or salted.)

I can’t wear linen because it wrinkles when I look at it, but if you can it certainly is a fine choice for travel. As for choice of clothing, in my experience Indians are really the last people in the world who would say anything to you about the way you are dressed. (For instance, you can weather leather shoos and carry a leather bag and no Hindu or Jain would dream of throwing paint on you let alone saying a word to you, yet wearing leather is objectionable in the extreme to them.) But I would agree that conservative is the better way to go if nothing else than to show some respect as a visitor. (Let the young Indian girls upset the locals in the way they dress…)

Indian streets are fairly dusty and dirty and sidewalks are in poor shape in many areas and non-existent in others, so I prefer closed shoes to anything like sandals, but again that is a personal choice. (In monsoon season there will be puddles as well and even some flooding, it will depend on wheter you encounter rain during your stay.) When visiting temples and some other sights, and in people’s homes, you have to take shoes off, so dealing with socks and shoes with laces can be a pain.

My only though on Mysore is that jet lag on top of the long drives may make you want to sleep in the car, but of course that is virtually impossible on an Indian road what with the constant swerving and honking. But if you have the back seat to yourself you may be able to manage it. (Bring a pillow or two from the hotel. Earplugs as well. ) But then you will miss of lot of the great road-side life. You know yourself best as to whether you could handle it. You most likely will be up quite early on Sunday as you won’t be adjusted to the time difference, and perhaps you can get more viewing in then before heading back to Bangalore.

The good news is that Bangalore’s airport is very small, so you won’t have long lines for Immigration or Customs and in my experience their baggage claim is efficient as well. You may have a bit of a drive to the hotel, but I don’t disagree that you may be at the hotel byt 1:30 am or so, so could have 6 hours to rest the first night. (Only you would know whether you would sleep or not as your body clock won’t be adjusted.)
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Jun 7th, 2010, 08:56 AM
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thanks!

Anyone have comments on the Kabini River Resort for one night on Saturday?
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