Tips to Travel to India


Here is a guide with tips for the ones who are planning to travel to the Mother India:

If you’re planning to travel alone to India, we can assure you that you won’t feel lonely! You will easily find many friends within very inviting tourists and local people.
Many travelers refer feeling a special transcendent energy during their trip to India. Be open to amazing soul adventures!

India is a very big country, full of cultural contrasts. Plus, everything is very cheap in price compared to most countries. Get the most out of your travel experience, booking the longest trip you can afford.

You won’t regret it!

 Plane

If you travel to South India from Europe, to Kerala, the best airlines in terms of price / quality is Qatar Airways.

A roundtrip ticket, if purchased in advance, can cost between 400 € and 600 €.

As France has political relations with Qatar, it is cheaper to travel from Paris to – Trivandrum (capital of Kerala, 70 kms from Varkala).

If you travel to North India, British Airways may be a good option.

In any case, we recommend you do to your own research.

For domestic flights in India there’s several airlines:  Kingfisher, Indigo Airlines, Spice Jet and Jet Airways and Indian Airlines.

If you travel direct to Varkala, the nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport. From the airport you can reach Varkala by car, train or bus. Takes 1 h to reach.

There is also Cochin Airport, that is served by Air Asia, which is a budget airline. From Cochin to Varkala, you can take a train (4h).

After arriving to Varkala train/bus station, you can take a rickshaw (10 min, 80 to 100 Inr) to North Cliff, Shiva Garden Home Stay (next door to Akhil Resort, old Hotel Preeth).

Train

It’s the cheapest way to travel long distances. Even better, is through a travel agent who works with India where you can buy train tickets in advance.

Try AC class or sleeping class. So you travel big distances for a relatively low cost and comfortable, especially in AC Class (All meals are included in the price).

You can also make your train ticket booking online, here.

Ideally you should book your train tickets with weeks, even months in advance.

Varkala is also connected by Rail Network. If coming from Trivandrum and Cochin, the better option will be coming by train. Almost all trains passing by stops at Varkala. From Varkala Railway Station, Taxis and Auto Rickshaws can be hired. Papanasam Beach is around 5km from Varkala Railway Station Rs 80 Inr by Auto Rickshaw.

Bus

There are Bus Stations in all the major citys of India.

State Transport Buses are available from Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala. Bus service available from Varkala to many parts of Kerala and Kanyakumari.

Car

Varkala is linked by state and national highways to all the major cities in Kerala, Tamilnadu and Karnataka.

Rickshaws (tuk tuk)

Small 3-wheel taxis. Average price, 100 INR for every 10 kms. It’s advisable to ask in advance about the distance and how much will it cost (to avoid unpleasant surprises).

In the big city’s it’s obligatory per law the taximeter to count the km and value of the trip. Before the travel begging, ask to the rickshaw driver to put the taximeter on.

In big stations like airports and train stations, ask for the Pre-Paid Taxi, so you pay a fair price. If you go with the first rickshaw driver that appears in front of you, as you go out of the station, you may pay the triple of the cost of your travel.

Indian Rupee Currency – INR

It’s a fairly cheap currency, compared to the Euro or US Dolar.

We recommend that you check the INR exchange rates online.

The prices are very cheap, you can have a meal for between 50 and 100 INR.

The price of rooms on average goes from 300 INR upwards.

Many tourists decide to follow the recommended travel protocol vaccination back home, prior to their trip to India. Make sure you are up-to-date on your vaccination plan before your trip, booking a pre-travel medicine consultation.
However these are the recommended directives, many tourists decide to not follow it for personal and health reasons. The worldwide controversial discussion about the vaccination plan is a very personal matter.
The vaccines option is your own responsibility and personal decision.

Most of India’s tap water is unfit for consumption. Restaurants will offer treated drinking water, but it’s advisable for visitors to always drink bottled water.

Power cuts are normal to happen, in day or night. In Varkala, for example, if the monsoon did not had many rains, after some months there will be regular power cuts for 30 min at the evenings.

When you are working on your computer, safe frequently your work, so if power cut happens, you don’t lose nothing.

Its advisable to bring a torch and have candles in your room.

Required slippers because it’s easy to put on and take off, as you’ll always have to take off you’re shoes to enter in the Hindu Temples, stores and houses.

If you travel to the south, in the area of Kerala or Tamil Nadu, bring light clothing, fresh, and swimming suit for the beach.

Bring as less clothes as possible in luggage because everything here is so cheap that you’ll want to renew the wardrobe, as well as take some beautiful hand made crafts, books, etc. If you bring too many clothes, the more likely it is that you have to leave their here, or mail back to your country.

To enter in temples, if you are a woman, you need to have your shoulders covered, and socially “acceptable clothes”.

Enjoy your travel!



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