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Well, about changing clothes in Kerala, to stay fresh and hygienic you will need to do it twice in a day to be frank. Once after taking bath, and once may be before going to bed. So there is no way you could not get stinky without changing clothes after every bath. Doing laundry by hand is not such a bad thing. Maybe this is the time when you can learn ...


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Apparently during October, the weather is described as 'pleasant': Temperature varies from 22 to 31°C. October has intermittent post monsoon showers. The climate is moderate and good for outings.


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You can take the DTPC tourist boat cruise that runs between Alappuzha and Kollam and back. It leaves each town daily from the DTPC jetty at 10:30am and costs Rs300. It is a big boat and doesn't really go in the backwaters but on a pretty wide canal and for some time on a lake. It takes 8 hours and they can be pretty long. I did this just a few weeks ago from ...


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The two I would say you must get: peppercorns (black, green, white, or mixed) and cinnamon. Yes, these are very common spices that are widely available around the world, but the pepper and cinnamon that I got in Kerala are the best I've ever had. (Bonus: You can buy cinnamon bark in a fresher state; flat bark pieces rather than the curled, stick-like ...


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Kochi, like most Indian coastal cities along the Arabian Sea, has moderate temperature without much fluctuation throughout the year (the link says Cochin because that was the old name of this city). In October it ranges from 25 to 29 degree Celsius. It's also one of the months when Kochi receives the most rainfall in most years (same link) so expect monsoon ...


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Disregard the average stats, it's hitting 35 degrees C nowadays in the central parts of Kerala - which is where Kochi is. October in Kerala is called the 2nd summer among the locals - it's because the post-monsoon coolness of September is gone, and it's a month away for the cooler winter. The main problem for any visitors will be humidity. It's averaging ...


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From Kochi KSRTC bus stand catch bus to Perumbavoor. From Perumbavoor you will get bus to Kodanad Elephant Training Center.


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In India, there is a website I've used in the past to look up some holidays in Maharashtra I've searched for Kerala and this list contains some big and some small homestay facilities. http://www.nivalink.com/kerala/homestay.html I can see most of these still look a bit touristy which is grander and less authentic than what you're looking for. And this ...


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This is quite tricky one.Though spending day is never a problem,spending night is.Some of my suggestions are: 1.Have somebody as your interpreter:It may not seem that important in cities with many people knowing English,but in villages,it is a must.I went with my friend who was Indian and I really think that you cannot survive there without interpreter as ...


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For what it's worth, it was about 31°C every day that I was in the Kochi area. A weather forecast a few days before I arrived told me to expect rain showers every day, but it only rained once and it was at night. Humidity was definitely high, which should be expected in the tropics. JoseK's estimate of around 80% humidity seems accurate to me. The ...


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It's vague as to whether you mean 'a course of being treated' or a course to learn. Assuming treated, you could consider: Kerala Ayurveda - a training school, they have a course of 7 or 14 days. It can be extended as well. It seems they do education AND treatment, so that should satisfy either of the possible requirements that you're after.


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You mention that will be travelling for a long time. This makes the possibility that the spices you're carrying will get damaged in transit (moisture leaking into containers). None of the spices mentioned in Laura's answer are particularly that expensive so if you're ultimately flying out of Delhi, you might just want to buy them from open-air vegetable ...


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I will suggest making a boat trip from alapuzha to kollam. This route covers canals, backwaters and villages. It will cost just 5 USD. It's an 8 hour long journey. See this link for details on the trip Next weekend I am going for boat trip on this route. I will let you know my experiences and images too. :) Myself from Kerala. If you would like to know ...



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