Diwali in Southern India

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Diwali in Southern India

Post by 5waldos » Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:45 am

Anyone have any ideas where a great place to celebrate Diwali might be in southern India? I know that it is not celebrated in Kerala so we will be headed east from Kochi to find someplace where there is lots of spectacle. I would love to see the elephants and fireworks but can't really fly back up north to see it. And since we leave from Chennai and Diwali is right in the middle of our time- we would not want to head there.

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Post by polardude1 » Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:35 am

With all their temples, Tamil Nadu might be your best bet. Diwali aside, there are always temples with with celebrations. I went to one outside of Cochin
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Post by Homerj » Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:07 pm

Sorry onlu did it in Jaipur (which was awesome) but a weeee bit of a haul from Kerala (although Jet airways always has really good seat sales).
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Post by 5waldos » Fri Sep 04, 2015 3:55 am

Because of scheduling it may come down to houseboats on the backwater or Diwali someplace amazing.

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Post by thoughtpolice » Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:54 am

I'm going to buck the usual raves about houseboats. The backwaters are pretty, and it is all quite pleasant. But it felt like the kind of thing that every swinging dick does when visiting Kerala. I'd head for the hills. Gorgeous.

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Post by polardude1 » Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:34 am

I'm going to buck the usual raves about houseboats. The backwaters are pretty, and it is all quite pleasant. But it felt like the kind of thing that every swinging dick does when visiting Kerala. I'd head for the hills. Gorgeous.


I agree to some extent. There were tons of house boats and I saw more being built. I opted out f the houseboat experience and hired a boatman to take me on a non motorized boat around the smaller channels. It was very peaceful. but I dod prefer the hills, choosing to spend 6 days in 2 different locations
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Post by simon_in_exile » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:52 pm

polardude1 wrote:
I'm going to buck the usual raves about houseboats. The backwaters are pretty, and it is all quite pleasant. But it felt like the kind of thing that every swinging dick does when visiting Kerala. I'd head for the hills. Gorgeous.


I agree to some extent. There were tons of house boats and I saw more being built. I opted out f the houseboat experience and hired a boatman to take me on a non motorized boat around the smaller channels. It was very peaceful. but I dod prefer the hills, choosing to spend 6 days in 2 different locations

Polar - which hill regions did you visit? And which did you prefer?
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Post by polardude1 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:25 am

I took a bus from Ernakulam to Munnar on the Kerala side of hill region to start. From there I hired a driver to take me around the area, visiting may tea plantations. i saw my 1st herd of wild elephants there. . It's a great spot to see the region. I then had the driver take me to Valparai on the Tamil Nadu side. We descended into the plains of Tamil Nadu and ascended back into the hills. The town of Valparai was quaint by india's standard. The owner of the guest house used his own driver to take me around. It was a terrific area, a real highlight. We climbed deep into a tea plantation and observed a family of elephants make its way across the edge of the forest. We wen out one night and observed forest ranger watching over an elephant getting close to a home. the area is also full of leopards and lion-tailed macaques.
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Post by simon_in_exile » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:01 am

Great stuff - thanks!
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Post by polardude1 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:47 pm

TP went up to Wynad, something I considered. But hiring a driver is the way to go. Its a beautiful region
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Post by Lincoln » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:00 pm

OP , i had no idea Diwali isn't celebrated in Kerala...any idea why?

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Post by simon_in_exile » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:27 pm

Lincoln wrote:OP , i had no idea Diwali isn't celebrated in Kerala...any idea why?

The state is >50% Hindu, so good question. I like Anjana's answer here (top one):
https://www.quora.com/Why-is-Diwali-not-celebrated-on-a-large-scale-in-Kerala
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Post by Lincoln » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:13 pm

That's interesting Simon,cheers...I'd never heard of Onam before.

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Post by strife » Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:13 pm

I was in Hyderabad a few years ago for Diwali. Hyderabad is historically Muslim, so while celebrations were evident, it didn't feel official.
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Post by Klara » Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:33 pm

I was in Mumbai for Diwali once. I do not wish to experience that again, if I'm honest.

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Post by DCComic » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:46 am

I loved the two Diwalis while I lived in Mumbai. But I had a 12th floor flat so could remove myself from the chaos at will. All the fireworks and drumming were stopped by midnight.
Ganapati was my favourite festival there though.
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Re: Diwali in Southern India

Post by 5waldos » Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:20 pm

We didn't see a lot of Diwali while we were there except at one old British hotel that decorated everything up nicely. Hard to believe that trip was so long ago already.

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