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    • price for a car + driver

      India Oct 2, 2016 at 7:36 AM


      We want to go from Aurangabad to Bijapur with a car + driver and drop.
      Which price could we expect for a normal car (2 or 3 persons)

      Many thanks

    • Goa places to stay

      India 21 hours ago

      Hi everyone, I will be going with my partner to goa on the 2nd of January for around a week. Any places you recommend to sleep at?


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      Visa and emergency passport advice for Brit travelling on an ETD

      India Yesterday

      Visa from Indian Embassy in HCMC
      by HelenR31

      21 minutes ago
      Hi there, I'm a UK citizen and I had my passport and wallet stolen in HCMC. I've now got an emergency passport and am in the process of getting all the visas I need for my onward journey.

      However I'm a bit confused... My flight back to the UK involves a one and a half hour stop over in Delhi to change planes. On the UK gov site it says that people travelling on an ETD ( emergency passport) need a visa and TWO ETD's - one to enter Delhi and one to leave Delhi. I'm having trouble finding out if this is true as I've had no reply to my emails and can't get through on the phone to the Indian Embassy. Can anyone help?

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      Distance and time for travelling from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1D of Delhi Airport

      New Delhi Oct 13, 2016 at 8:57 AM

      Can I know how far is Terminal 1D from Terminal 3 of Delhi Airport and the travelling time by taxi? I have just bought return ticket to Delhi from Hyderabad. Arrive in Delhi Airport T3 at 6.15 pm, leaving Delhi Airport T1D at 8.25 pm. Is there enough time to transit to Terminal 1D from T3?

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      Reaching McLeodgunj

      McLeod Ganj Oct 11, 2016 at 4:53 AM

      Is it safe to start from Pathankot for McLeodgunj late in the evening? I'm taking Himgiri Express, which often reaches Pathankot very late.

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      Allahabad to Khajuraho by BUS

      Khajuraho 17 hours ago

      Is it possible to travel by government bus or private bus from Allahabad to Khajuraho? And how often the services in daytime?


    • 6 days' Itinerary planning help needed urgently.

      State of Sikkim Oct 3, 2016 at 11:10 PM

      Hi All,

      Pls help me prepare a 6 days' itinerary for my Sikkim trip.

      Traveler type : Solo, Indian male
      Time duration : 6 days (17 oct morning to 22 oct evening)
      Itinerary type : Economic (since solo :) ) , Adventurous (like North Sikkim etc.)

      Other help needed :
      1) Permit related :
      A) how long does it take to get the permit to restricted areas ?
      B) Can I get this permit on my own without any agent's help ?

      2) Navigation & Stay related :
      A) How to navigate to various places of sightseeing on an economic budget ?
      B) Any leads for night stay at economic budget are welcome ?

      3) Any other tips/tricks that I should know before my Sikkim trip are also welcome.

      Thanks in advance !

      Cheers :)

    • bus timetable

      Khajuraho Oct 10, 2016 at 8:42 AM

      Is there a bus timetable anywhere in the web??? I need to go from Khajuraho to Mahoba to take a night train to Varanasi, and can't find information.

    • looking for a room in a sharing basis

      Goa Oct 15, 2016 at 11:27 PM

      I booked 1 room for 3 people in goa from 26th Dec 2016 to 1st Jan 2017.
      I need 2 more people in sharing basis.
      If Anyone looking for a room in a sharing basis, contact me in the id
      Pay the rent in sharing basis when you checkin.

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      Connection between Delhi T3 and T1D

      Delhi Oct 5, 2016 at 6:10 PM

      Hi, I have a question regarding connections between T3 and T1D. Can anyone please give me an idea of how to go from T3 arrivals to T1D departure. I will be arriving in T3 at night (around 11.30 PM) and have a connecting flight from T1D (around 5 AM). I heard that there is a connecting shuttle service between the two terminals. Can someone please advise where to get it from, and whether the journey can be done from outside the airport premises using a private taxi. Never thought I will be asking a question on this forum regarding my home country, but seems like things have changed a lot since the last time I travelled through Delhi domestic airport! :)

    • best time to visit varanasi- with less crowds

      Varanasi Oct 5, 2016 at 12:21 AM

      I want to make a trip to Varanasi during the 15th to the 20th Of January 2017.This is a holiday period down south due to Pongal. Is it a good time to visit Varanasi.Will there be more than usual crowds during this period.

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      How to plan a trip to Goa?

      India Sep 30, 2016 at 2:16 AM

      I want a plan a trip to Goa with my friends, and require some help with planning for the whole trip.
      We are all from Delhi, and we need all kinds of details given on how to plan a trip to Goa from traveling from Delhi to sightseeing in Goa and coming back home.

      We are not too sure on how many days we should stay in Goa as well, so all the information provided such as places to see and things to do will allow us to find out what the duration of our holiday would be.


    • asking about tourism agency in india

      India Oct 11, 2016 at 5:41 AM

      im thinking to go to India next 2 weeks , i don't know if there is domestic tourism agency to organize my tour all over india or what and what is the best places to visit and what is the best place to shop especially to buy gold , and is it save country or what

    • query regarding the current situation of Kashmir

      Jammu Oct 3, 2016 at 9:12 PM

      Is it safe for tourists now at kashmir? we r going on 15th of Oct,2016 , so i would like to know the present atmosphere of kashmir now.

    • NItish Reddy Kotha-Best place to tour in India Haryana

      India Sep 24, 2016 at 12:13 AM

      Hi I am NItish Reddy Kotha want to know the best place with family tour in India's state Delhi and Haryana.


      NItish Reddy Kotha



    • Safety concern for Srinagar visit

      State of Jammu and Kashmir Sep 22, 2016 at 3:47 AM

      Hi, I am planning to travel to Srinagar on 1st October to attend a wedding. How safe is it to visit Srinagar in the current situation? Please advice. Thanks!

    • 30 Day visa

      India Sep 27, 2016 at 1:37 AM

      Hi Everyone,

      Did anyone ever have this problem? I will land in India on the 16th of December and flying out 15th January at 1:50am. Would this be counted as 31 days? Since the visa clearly indicates as 30 days or does the 30 day count once you check in [ so I would do so before midnight] Any help would be great as I am worried they wont approve my application of the E Visa.


    • Elephant visit

      Jaipur Sep 26, 2016 at 8:47 AM

      We will be in Jaipur in December and are having a hard time deciding between visiting Elephant Joy or Elephantastic. Any help or advice is appreciated!!! We do not want to visit a place where the elephants are shackled or used as a work animal; purely rescued and loved is what we are looking for. Thanks everyone!

    • E Tourist visa

      India Oct 11, 2016 at 11:46 PM

      We are traveling in a tour group in India 11/11/2016 to 17/11/2016. Tour group company wanted our Visas asap so applied on line and all went perfectly smooth. Visas were granted, however it states that we can arrive between 8/10/2016 (date of the application) and 11/11/2016 (date of our arrival by plane, if the plane arrives on time and is not delayed to the next day or so). This did not seem right so emailed them only to be told the ETA date could not be changed.
      We think someone has made a mistake with our dates but are having trouble sorting it out!
      Has anyone else experienced this with the dates on their application???

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      Where can i visit in Bangalore for 1.5 days?

      Bangalore Oct 1, 2016 at 4:06 AM

      What can i see i Bangalore for 1.5 days? Air India early arrives in Bangalore on 8 December at 1 pm plus. I will fly to Hyderabad on 9 December after 4 pm.

    • how do i post a question about a travel tip i need help with

      Mumbai Sep 25, 2016 at 6:14 PM

      I'll be arriving at Mumbai International Airport at 02:30am and want to grab a cheap tuk tuk to a nearby hotel (that I've already booked). How/Where can i find a tuk tuk?

    • NECHES ENGINEERS-Place to tour in India Rajasthan

      India Sep 24, 2016 at 12:33 AM

      Hi I am Thomas Hanson working in Neches Engineers.Can any one suggest me to visit in Rajasthan India.

      Thomas Hanson
      Neches Engineers

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      What is the best in Agra?

      India Sep 26, 2016 at 2:42 AM

      Hi, Guys
      Agra is famous for Taj Mahal. Will anyone please tell me how many other places is famous in agra. ?


      Hampi Sep 23, 2016 at 8:35 AM

      As part of an extensive first time trip to India we are considering adding Hampi to our itinerary We would arrive around 6th or 8th Nov an I am concerned about transport from Goa Our original plan was to take an overnight bus from Goa run by Paulo Travels or taking a train the Howrah Express (does not run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays). We would take a train Vasco De Gama station (Goa at 7:20 AM in Goa and reach Hospet (closest station to Hampi 20kms away) at 2PM Are there other train options ? It was suggested to definitely take an overnight bus back to Goa where we intend to go to Kerala The reason it was suggested to take the bus over the trains is the trains originate from Kolkata (36 hours away from Hospet) so they often late and at times can be very dirty too. However I have checked reviews of Paulo Travel and they are very bad We are in our sixties and there is a limit to what discomfort we can take Is there any other private/public overnight bus service to Hampi from Goa I can't find anything on the internet but thought someone living there or having recently gone there might know of a service In some other post I seen a reference to an overnight train but can't find any details  Any adice on alternative trains would be appreciated .If we get suitable transport does anyone know where the nearest hospital is located I carry an EPI pen because of severe allergic reaction to something which they have been medically unable to identify In the extremely unlikely event of having to use it my doctor has said I would need to attend a hospital Hampi sounds like a place that we would love so it would be great if we could work out the logistics I have got so much help from Virtual Tourist forums in the past that I really hope that we could find the best logistical solution Thanks in advance for any help and advice you can give


    • Bollywood clubs! With bar girls?

      New Delhi Sep 22, 2016 at 8:46 AM

      Hi- I went to Sri Lanka recently and I went to a Bollywood club full of Mumbai tourists. It was amazing.

      Can someone tell me the names of clubs where the women perform on the floor dancing then the men are allowed to go up and dance once they are done in between sets.

      Really really nice to meet a woman that way instead of G Road.


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      New Year Eve Party

      by tarun7787 Online Now Dec 15, 2015 at 10:03 PM

      Can anyone suggest good party options for new year eve in Kovalam. Is there a specific beach party? Can these be prebooked?

      Also would the new year eve scene be better in Trivandrum than Kovalam?

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      Best beach in Kerala

      by AjayG3 Online Now Feb 17, 2015 at 9:08 AM

      I would be travelling to Kovalam in the first week of March, with my family and could I get suggestions for the locations to stay and some decent hotel on the beach.

      5 Answers Aug 18, 2016 at 4:17 AM
    • volunteer work in Kovalam

      by kovalam1 Online Now Jun 25, 2014 at 1:38 AM

      Hi, I am looking for a good voluntary project in Kovalam, I am from a psychology/ counselling background with play therapy and teaching certificate. Thanks Jacqui

      1 Answer Jun 25, 2014 at 2:57 AM
    • what to do to kill time in kovalam

      by sebo2014 Online Now Jun 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      I am in Kovalam now and I have about 6 hours to kill. I have seen all the famed places here. What to do now?

      3 Answers Jun 17, 2014 at 4:11 AM
    • need advise for honeymoon trip.

      by saurabh_ckp Online Now Apr 14, 2014 at 2:52 AM

      i am going to Kerala(india) for my honeymoon in July please advise ...

      3 Answers Jun 17, 2014 at 4:20 AM
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      Night Entertainment in Kovalam

      by balramdass Online Now Dec 5, 2013 at 6:30 AM

      Hi All
      Coming to Kovalam in late Jan and staying at the Turtle Beach hotel. Can you tell me if there is any evening entertainment in and around Kovalam please, any kathakali show? With bar would be great.
      Many thanks in advance

      1 Answer Dec 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM
    • Tour of Kovalam, Munnar & Kodaikanal

      by Swarup.nag Online Now Sep 24, 2013 at 5:08 AM

      I want to make a tour plan of Kovalam, Munnar, Kodaikanal. Ca anybody guide me about the road plan starting from Kolkata to come back ?

      2 Answers Sep 24, 2013 at 9:46 AM
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      Apartment for 3 months in Kovalam

      by aletaj. Online Now Sep 3, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      Hello VT members!

      My husband and I are arriving to Trivandrum on November 4... We need a flat or apartment... large studio or one bedroom for 3 months...Nov>Feb.. furnished, wifi internet, pool, and sea view... preferred in good  location of Kovalam.   On internet i am only finding expensive luxury places above our budget of 25,000. rupees per month..

      Any suggestions or contacts is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    • water sports in kovalam

      by udit123 Online Now Jul 30, 2013 at 2:55 AM

      are there any water sports activities in kovalam ????

      4 Answers Jul 30, 2013 at 5:53 AM
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      Floating restaurants.

      by doofus Online Now Jun 30, 2012 at 1:52 AM

      I have heard that there are 'floating restaurants' on the backwaters at Kovalam. can anyone confirm this and , if so, give some details etc, if poss.

      Also, how far is Kovalam Junction to the nearest beach and is it safe enough to walk?


      3 Answers Oct 16, 2012 at 8:12 AM
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      looking to find house for rent in kovalam for 1/2 months july august

      by shantijee Online Now Mar 15, 2012 at 6:00 AM

      Namaste hello everyone,

      I m looking to rent a house in kovalam for two months, anyone has an house to rent in july/august?

      thank you

      7 Answers Jul 2, 2012 at 10:37 AM
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      Kovalam - Santana - Some news from my friend ?

      by jacquesrenaud Online Now Aug 16, 2011 at 9:34 AM


      My first time in Kovalam was in 1995. I remember, August the 14th in the night. The beach near the light house was almost empty. I arrived in front of the Santana and the owner was alone, looking sad. I asked him - You look sad, why ? - Sit down there. What do you want to drink ? Do you want to share my food ? -. - Sure -. - Look at the light house, what do you see on the top ? -. - A flag ? -. - Yes a flag. Tomorrow is Independance day and this evening I had a hard problem with a client, an English woman*. This is the reason why I am sad -. We spent, we shared a good, a friendly time together.

      In 1998 I went back with my wife. He was starting a new Santana (he has been obliged to leave the previous place). He offered us to sleep in a bedroom near his own room. For lunch we were sharing with him his own family's food. Hot and gorgeous. He and his friends invited us to kathakali (art "total"). With my wife the first and the second half-time (make-up and the the theater itself), and the third one without my wife in his room with the kathakali "khelari".

      I don't like to say "he". But I was so affraid by the foreign languages, I was not sure about his first name, I was affraid not to speak good. Raju ? Please don't tell him I don't remember his name.

      What happened to Santana ? What happened to my friend ? We want to visit him again between January 18th and 21th. Can somebody give me some news about him ? How to contact him ?

      Thanks for your answer

      Jacques (who is a little late wishing happy birthday to Bharat)

      * I supposed an Algerian restaurant owner would be very sad if July the 4th in the night a French client would manage to have a quarrel with him (I am French). Alas, I know it could happen...

      4 Answers Mar 3, 2013 at 9:01 AM
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      Kovalam - To - Goa

      by e-smile Online Now Mar 30, 2011 at 12:46 AM


      I need to travel from Kovalam to Goa (palolem). Any suggestions?


      6 Answers Jun 3, 2011 at 8:54 AM
    • eatouts

      by sangeetasiwach Online Now Feb 24, 2011 at 10:21 PM

      plz suggest a nice place for sea food,and not to heavy on wallet.also some place for live music. planning to visit on 25 march

      1 Answer Feb 25, 2011 at 1:20 AM
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      Need a good dentist in Kovalam

      by hongkongsteve Online Now Jan 24, 2011 at 8:33 PM


      I am coming to Kovalam in February and i am looking to get some dental work done and could do we some recommendations.

      I need to get several crowns and an implant fitted and i don't know which dentist to choose. I have seen many advertised online, but i would be more interested in hearing from any VT'rs that know of a good dentist in the town.

      The reason for being cautious is that i had two Nobel Biocare implants fitted in Goa last year and i found out that from having an X-ray back home that the dentist fitted one of the implants incorrectly so im worried its going to happen again, or im going to have another bad experience.

      any help or recommendations would be most grateful.

      Thanks and happy travels.

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      The best beach hotel to stay in Kovalam

      by hongkongsteve Online Now Jan 24, 2011 at 8:27 PM

      Hi there,

      Can anyone recommend a good hotel/b&b in Kovalam. Ideally, we are looking to pay around 2000/2500 INR per night and be on the beach, or close by. Ideally the hotel should have sea views rooms with a terrace/balcony, a pool and wi-fi internet. I've seen many advertised but the pictures aren't that great so any personal recommendations would be fantastic.


      6 Answers Aug 18, 2016 at 4:14 AM
    • NYE in Kovalam

      by wheretonext Online Now Dec 19, 2010 at 9:17 PM

      Hi there

      I will be in Kovalam for New Years Eve. Are there any real safety concerns if two females are out and about on the beach for NYE? Also, is there anywhere to kick on after festivities finish up at the beach at 12:30?

      3 Answers Dec 20, 2010 at 7:37 PM
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      Kovalam to Periyar - an easy journey?

      by Jessichops Online Now Feb 18, 2010 at 6:14 AM

      Hi there,

      As an alternative to the post below, my boyfriend and I are planning to maybe travel from Kovalam to Periyar Lake / National Park and can't find any info on whether this is easy to do!

      Can anyone tell me the best way to do this? Method of transport / time it takes (roughly) / cost if known? We are not against hiring a driver, but would still like an idea of length of time and cost for this option.

      We will spend one night in Kovalam, then 3 nights at Periyar, then will need to return to Kovalam for 2 nights to meet a friend. Therefore this journey is not just one way - so if there is any difference between the 2 (Kov - Per / Per - Kov) please can you supply info for both if possible.

      Thanks in advance :D

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      Hotel minefield

      by Jessichops Online Now Feb 17, 2010 at 12:04 PM

      Hi all,

      I'm going to Kovalam with my boyfriend next month and we have been looking online and at travel books and forums and we have found that it is very tricky to know for sure which of the hundreds of hotels would be a good option.

      Each seems to have a mix of good and terrible reviews. We are only in Kovalam for 5 nights before travelling round Kerala... but really would like a great value for money hotel, ideally with a pool (even a small one) and also would like it to be near one of the beaches.

      Does anyone have any mid range, but with top notch family-run-type service they can recommend? ....we realise that it also may be too late now to find anywhere to book at short notice! If you have good websites to book through too, this would be great!

      Any suggestions welcome and appreciated.

      Jess & Ilia

      3 Answers Mar 14, 2010 at 6:30 PM
    • Shopping

      by bromsgrove Online Now Nov 20, 2008 at 12:07 PM

      Any tips as to where to shop in and around Kovalam.

      3 Answers Mar 14, 2010 at 7:08 PM
    • Weather

      by bromsgrove Online Now Nov 20, 2008 at 12:05 PM

      Whats the weather like at the moment and whats it likely to be in December.

      1 Answer Nov 20, 2008 at 3:27 PM
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      Transport to and from Periyar

      by Asha13 Online Now Nov 13, 2008 at 4:18 PM


      My friends are needing to get from Cochin to Periyar and then from Periyar to Kovalam in January.

      I understand that this journey has to be made by bus.

      Has anyone got any further information regarding bus times/location/journey times/prices/how and where to book. Can reservations be made in advance?

      All info gratefully received!!

      1 Answer Nov 15, 2008 at 7:03 PM
    • Does anyone have an update.

      by Brynnwelch Online Now Mar 30, 2008 at 8:34 AM

      Have any travellers been to Kovalam, especially the Uday Samudra Hotel, this year who can give me an update on my earlier question on Have Things Changed over the past four years. Thanks in advance to all who may respond to this request. Brynn and Pam Welch. Stafford, England.

      3 Answers Nov 20, 2008 at 5:16 AM
    • House Boat Sockets

      by YorkshireGlenn Online Now Jan 24, 2008 at 4:51 AM

      Hi all, Wer'e goining to Kovalam in March and would like to go on a houseboat overnight. However I have sleep apnea and need to use a CPAPs machine plugged into an electric socket...question is do the houseboats have electric sockets? Any Info greatfully received. thanks

      3 Answers Feb 12, 2008 at 11:45 PM
    • Tipping?

      by DebBowers Online Now Jan 13, 2008 at 3:30 AM

      Another question! Can anyone advise on the subject of tipping,such as how much for room maids/boys,taxis and in restaurants etc. What is appropriate, also if you go on trips/backwaters for staff on boat? Many thanks.

      3 Answers Jan 14, 2008 at 12:18 AM
    • Have things changed

      by Brynnwelch01 Online Now Jan 10, 2008 at 3:25 PM

      I visited Kovalam in 2004 and stayed at the Uday Samudra Hotel. Then it was a small hotel with the rooms surrounding one outside pool. I have just booked a holiday at the same hotel for November this year and see that it now is much larger with 3 pools and a lot more rooms. My question is : - Has the increase in the tourist capacity of this hotel spoilt the small beach by bringing in too many tourists. Are the outside bars and shacks ( for eating ) now full of tourists. Anyone got any advice they can give to me.

      6 Answers Jan 21, 2008 at 2:13 AM
    • Clothing?

      by DebBowers Online Now Jan 6, 2008 at 6:34 AM

      We are off to Kovalam in Feb staying at the Uday Samudra hotel. It is our first time to Kerala and having read a bit about it being disrespectful to go around in the sort of clothing you might wear in say mediterranean resorts I am not really sure what sort of clothing would be appropriate. With temps being high we want to stay cool but also don't want to cause any offence. I am quite happy to wear long trousers/skirts but are strappy sun tops a no-no and also away from the hotel/resort is it ok for men to walk around in shorts? Any advice would be much appreciated. Is it easy enough to find clothing shops to suit western tastes in Trivandrum? Many thanks.

      3 Answers Jan 7, 2008 at 11:09 AM
    • Samudra Hotel Kovalam

      by kristieh Online Now Jan 5, 2008 at 10:49 AM

      We will be staying at the Samudra Hotel in Februay. Although we have been to Kerala several times we have always stayed on Lighthouse Beach, and wondered what the beaches near the Samudra Hotel are like and are there places to eat. Also is it possible to walk from the hotel to Eve's and Lighthouse beaches in the daytime.

      5 Answers Jan 10, 2008 at 5:15 AM
    • Currency

      by oxfordlad Online Now Nov 28, 2007 at 2:18 AM

      what currency is best to take from the UK to Kerala? Is it best to take sterling or US Dollars? Is it true you cannot get Indian Rupees here than take them to India? Should we take travellers chewues in sterling,euros or US Dollars or should I take a combination of cash and travellers chequers? thanks for any help!

      3 Answers Dec 2, 2007 at 4:06 PM
    • Jabs and malaria

      by oxfordlad Online Now Oct 31, 2007 at 4:53 AM

      I am going to Kovalam in January does anyone know what jabs I will need and if I should take malaria tablets?

      4 Answers Mar 6, 2008 at 11:34 AM