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Southern India & East Coast by Rail
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Its common knowledge that India is a huge tourist destination so what do you do if you want to get off the beaten path and check out some underexplored parts of the country? Get on the train, of course. Get on board and go from the deep south of Kochi up the east coast towards bustling Kolkata, disembarking to explore temples and palaces along the way. Youll have the chance to explore smaller cities and villages on the coast, getting a perspective on this country that few have the opportunity to experience. Once youve lived like a local in Kerala before hopping back on board the train for the next adventure, youll be seeing India in a brand new light.


Duration: 14 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 145307
Starts: Kochi, India Finishes: Kolkata, India
You will Visit
  • Kochi
  • Kolkata

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Kochi

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Kochi/Alleppey (1D)

This evening enjoy a taste of local life with a homestay.

Included Activities:
Kerala Boat Tour

Transport:
Train (1.00-1.50 hours)
Tuk-tuk (0.50 hour(s))

03

Day 3: Alleppey/Kanyakumari (1B)

Enjoy some more time in Kerala before an evening Ernad Express train to Kanyakumari for a full day exploring the area.

Transport:
Meals are available for purchase on board.
Train (4.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))

04

Day 4: Kanyakumari/Madurai

Spend the day in Kanyakumari. Drive to the southernmost tip of India and take a ferry across to Vivekananda Rock and the Ramkrishna Ashram. Take an evening Kanyakumari Express train to Madurai.

Included Activities:
Vivekananda Rock and Ramkrishna Ashram Visit

Transport:
Ferry (0.50 hour(s))
Ferry (0.50 hour(s))
Train (4.50 hour(s))

05

Day 5: Madurai

Explore the Meenakshi Temple and colourful markets of Madurai.

Included Activities:
Meenakshi Temple Visit

06

Day 6: Madurai/Māmallapuram

Take the morning Vaigai Express to Chengalpattu before continue by van to Mamallapuram.

Transport:
Train (6.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.50-1.00 hours)

07

Day 7: Māmallapuram

Cycle around and explore the rock-cut Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach.

Included Activities:
Shore Temple Visit
Mamallapuram Beach Visit

08

Day 8: Māmallapuram/Chennai

Accommodation on the train tonight will be either in two tier or three tier bunks.

Included Activities:
Chennai City Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Basic overnight train (beds) (13.00 hour(s))

09

Day 9: Hyderabad

Learn more about the region's history with a visit to the iconic Charminar and historic Golconda Fort.

Included Activities:
Charminar Visit
Golconda Fort Visit

10

Day 10: Hyderabad/Puri

Opt to visit the Salar Jung Museum or the scenic Qutb Shahi Tombs with free time.

Transport:
Plane
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

11

Day 11: Puri

Explore Raghuraj Pur village and beautiful Puri beaches.

Included Activities:
Raghuraj Pur Village Visit

12

Day 12: Puri/Kolkata (1L)

Take a morning Shatabdi Express train to Kolkata, with lunch provided on board. Arrive in the afternoon and explore Mother Teresa's house in the evening.

Transport:
Train (7.50-8.00 hours)

13

Day 13: Kolkata

Explore the vintage monuments and streets of this former capital of the British Era. Opt to take a ferry ride across the Hooghly River. Opt to join the group for dinner at one of the famed restaurants on Park Street for the final night out.

14

Day 14: Kolkata

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Kerala Backwaters homestay
    • Backwaters canal ride
    • Vivekananda Rock and Ramkrishna Ashram visit (Kanyakumari)
    • Meenakshi Temple visit (Madurai)
    • Cycle tour to Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach
    • Chennai city tour
    • Visit the Charminar and Golconda Fort (Hyderabad)
    • Jagannath Temple visit (Puri)
    • Raghuraj Pur village visit
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (11 nts), homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt)
    • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Train (seats), train (beds), private van, walking, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Live like a local in the Kerala Backwaters
  • Travel to the southern tip of India in Kanyakumari
  • Explore temples and palaces up the east coast
  • Visit bustling Kolkata.