Don't go swimming in the river. The water is very wild and the river is full of sharp rocks. Local kids do swim here, but they stay at the sides of the river. Remember an americain saying: 'Don't try this at home folks'. So don't try this here...
Unfortunately, the water in kerala is not safe to drink. Stick to bottled water - even for cleaning your teeth! Some unscrupulous people will try to sell you bottled water which has been refilled. Check the seal carefully.
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Pickpocketing is one of the real dangers out there.Be extra careful when you go out alone or when you are getting transport.Also,hawker food, or rather, roadside food has never done any good to ones health.So, please eat at a restaurant or at least somewhere where there is sanitation.Because if you fall sick, then u won't be able to tour with ease,right?!
Well Safety is a issue all over the world isnt it? As far as Bangalore is concerned, its quite a safe city and if possible try to go around with a know local if no choice then just cross your fingers and use some professional services like hotel taxi, etc to rule out any remote chances of dangers.
The city offers a range of places to visit based on what you would like to see... it has huge parks but isnt impressive for a lonely visitors, it has got museums, libraries, pubs, restaurants, malls etc etc
If you are arriving in Bangalore via train then ensure that you do not get tempted by the various offers for an autorickshaw as soon as you get off the train or once come out of the train station. Most people who solicit could take you to the cleaners.
Go down to the pre-paid autorickshaw stand, get a ticket for the location / hotel that you are going and pay the pre defined fare at the counter. This will ensure that you are not taken to your location via a route where you will have to shell out an outrageous fare.
Common sense Acommon Travel rules as to where ever you go.
#1. Don't go where you shouldn't go.
#2. Follow the rule of law in the country that you reside.
#3. Adhere to the rule of law from your home country.
#4. Respect and "pre-" read up on the culture(s).
#5. Gain some familiarity with the country's national language prior to your trip.
#6. Practice the local language with the locals.
#7. If concerned with lodging then don't do what isn't familiar to you.
#8. Eat what has been cooked.
#9. Drink bottled water that has a seal. Open it yourself.
#10. Know your coordinates (esp. North & South). Memorize the major cross-roads prior to taking your trip.
#11. Have a copy or two of your Passport in a safe place (either on you personally or in an emergency place).
#12. Go electronic (with back up paperwork) when you can.
#13. Be reluctant to share your full plans with strangers.
#14. Be flexible.
#15. How you handle "it" determines whether it'll be a good event or day or not. Understand that something weird, funny, or bad might occur.
#16. Watch your travel companions as they might just as well cause trouble by accident / unknowingly or on purpose.
#17. International travel is not a time for pranks. (Stay away from pranksters that want to travel with you)
#18. Just try to remember that "nothing" is for "free". (This goes for women too! Crazy partying guys should know this.)
#19. Silently meditate as to rehearse (or re-play) plans.
#20. Always be prepared for a back-up exit plan (... where ever you are (and check for exits)).
#21. Travel with flex travel time on the front end but esp. back end of your visit. This'll reduce your frustrations if there happen to be delays.
#22. Pack light while being wise.
#23. Be nimble. (physically)
#24. If you have good judgment with befriending people (anywhere) then be social with out giving away too much information.
#25. Know your money. Where it is. How much is on you. Denominations in order. Minimize coins if possible (don't need to be heard walking around jiggling).
#26. When driving a rental car ... pay the extra for full coverage. (Take it from a guy that has had 2 separate flat tires and locked up engine all in the same trip. Can you guess where?)
#27. Walk like you know where you are going even when you get lost. The best way to not get lost again is to remember where you were when you were lost.
#28. You are not a "stick" in the mud if you choose to stay away from the "loud" crowd.
#29. Avoid traveling during the host country's elections.
#30. Be aware of political and labor union protest. Don't accidently get caught up.
#31. Never walk away from your open beverages and/or food. Once you've stepped away then pass on further consumption as to be cautious.
#32. Ladies and guys, know that you will meet lots of wonderful people plus some not so. Don't be fooled by "beauty" or a "handsome" face. Danger lurks. If you have a bad judgment of character domestically then it is not going to get any better outside of the country.
#33. If you're not considered "HOT" back home then don't be fooled when you are abroad. Money matters. It isn't really your looks.
#34. The money train gets you access but it can also generate trouble.
#35. Make certain Taxis / Limos drivers happen to be locked into the price and directions prior to departure.
#36. Know the weather conditions prior and during your trip.
#37. Read the local newspapers / journals prior to arrival. (seek to understand cultural, social, economic, etc topics of the day)
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Since the city is busy and crowded, we sat down in one of the parks to relax and escape the traffic and beggars. There seemed to be a lot of men hanging around (pretty normal all over the city) and we didn't think too much about it. Except that one of these men kept walking around me and my female travel companion, staring. Granted two blond women is fairly unusual in India, but he overstepped his bounds. He exposed himself to us!
It can be quite a challenge to cross the streets in Bangalore, except in main areas where the traffic lights and pedestrian crossings are. The cars will not stop at you if they see you attempt to cross the street. One must take small steps and walk straight and let the motorcycles and auto rickshaws worry about you. One must pray hard! Haha!
My hair was so unruly that I made the mistake with the false hope of some result. At a salon called Mystic Macho I surrendered my hair which has been cut by very few people in the last ten years ( mario luis in baracoa, idalma in buenos aires, twice in Rangoon). First of all their broken English and my interpreters broken Canarese made communications difficult but later on it came to pass that the interpreter and the hair cutter were both from Kerala!
When I arrived in Paris a day later, every one remarked at the horrible hair cut and they made me promise that apart from Mario Luis and Idalma, I will get my hair cut only in Paris, by a stylist from Israel they are all satisfied with...
After a flawless flight of nine hours from Paris, we arrived on time in Bangalore airport, only to be told by the captain that there are two other aircrafts in the tarmac and that we have to wait ONE hour before being allowed to get off the plane.
So be prepared for a wait. No wonder Jetstar asia cancelled their flights and North West shelved their flights, if the airport authorities are not capable of even such a simple thing as docking more than one plane at a time!
WOG western on the outside, Oriental on the inside Guys and Gals
Very pretentious, speaking in a tongue which has no resemblance to english, this nerd crowd ,many of them in the IT field, altogether a boring lot. but boy are they interested in meeting foreigners!!! especially if they are attractive women!!
I found the young people of the city I met to be rather boring and shallow, very interested in the material world ( which the spirituality seeking western visitor to India is trying to eschew ).. reminded me of a line from a poem from an american poet.. can a xerox copy of something undesirable be good?
Avoid these pretentious types hanging around MG Road and at the Cafes with their artificial smiles and loud voices speaking a language vaguely resembling English
also lovingly called Autos by Bangaloreans. If you don't look anything like the locals, chances are you will be taken for a ride by the autodrivers. On my first day there, wanting to go to a shopping mall from MG Road which is 5 mins away... our autodriver, instead of bringing us to our destination, instructed us that we MUST visit a souvenir center for his sake .. becoz every tourist he brings to the center will entitle him to a small gift - for his children. Feeling sympathetical, we agreed to "browse" 5 mins at the center. But still, after that he insisted that there is another MUST visit souvenir center. Again we did our mandatory '5min browse through'. We wasted 20 mins becoz our dear autodriver has his own agenda to fulfil, at our expense!! ... Also the autodrivers will rack up high rupees when you look foreign... you have to get used to paying 50% more than locals .. you have no choice... buses are unrealiable and taxis are scarce...
Be careful with the money that u carry..n if ur plannin on buyin something in small shops make sure u enquire prices at more than one place before u buy anything...coz u may get cheated easily if u dont speak the local language....also be careful with pick-pocketers while travelling or shopping....and drive safely around the city if ur driving on ur own.....its mostly crowded.
Leprosy is a disease that many people in India have unfortunately. It's starts with nasty wounds and ends with losing arms or legs :( Be carefull not to touch anyone with lepra...