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Southern India & East Coast by Rail

  • 14 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GAAHER

It's 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. You'll 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 you've lived like a local in Kerala before hopping back on board the train for the next adventure, you'll be seeing India in a brand new light.

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Day 1 Kochi

Arrive at any time.

Arrive at any time.

Days 2-3 Alleppey (1B, 1D)

Take a morning Ernad Express train to Alleppey for an overnight in a Kerala Backwaters homestay. Walk in the paddy fields and take a canoe ride through the canals the region is famous for. Day 3 is a free day to continue exploring.

Take a morning Ernad Express train to Alleppey for an overnight in a Kerala Backwaters homestay. Walk in the paddy fields and take a canoe ride through the canals the region is famous for. Day 3 is a free day to continue exploring.

Day 4 Kanyakumari

Take an evening Ernad Express train to Kanyakumari for a full day exploring the area.

Take an evening Ernad Express train to Kanyakumari for a full day exploring the area.

Days 5-6 Madurai

Most of Day 5 is in Kanyakumari. Drive to the southernmost tip of India and take a ferry across to Vivekananda Rock and Ramkrishna Ashram. Take an evening Kanyakumari Express train to Madurai. On Day 6, explore the Meenakshi Temple and colourful Madurai m

Most of Day 5 is in Kanyakumari. Drive to the southernmost tip of India and take a ferry across to Vivekananda Rock and Ramkrishna Ashram. Take an evening Kanyakumari Express train to Madurai, about four and a half hours. On Day 6, explore the Meenakshi Temple and colourful Madurai markets.

Days 7-8 Mamallapuram

Take morning Vaigai Express train to Chengalpattu before continue by van to Mamallapuram. Cycle around and explore the rock-cut Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach.

Take morning Vaigai Express train to Chengalpattu before continue by van to Mamallapuram. Cycle around explore the rock-cut Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach.

Day 9 Chennai/Vizag

Drive about one hour to Chennai and catch an early Coromondal Express train to Vizag. It's a full day train with plenty of time to relax and watch the scenery of the East Coast glide by.

Drive about one hour to Chennai and catch an early Coromondal Express train to Vizag. It's a full day train with plenty of time to relax and watch the scenery of the East Coast glide by.

Day 10 Vizag

Arrive to Vizag and explore northern beaches and the Simachalam Temple.

Arrive to Vizag and explore northern beaches and the Simachalam Temple.

Days 11-12 Puri

Take an early Puri Express train to Bhubaneshwar and marvel at the scenery. Continue by van to reach Puri. Explore the Jagannath Temple, Raghuraj Pur village and beautiful Puri beaches.

Take an early Puri Express train to Bhubaneshwar and marvel at the scenery. Continue by van to reach Puri. Explore the Jagannath Temple, Raghuraj Pur village and beautiful Puri beaches.

Day 13 Kolkata (1L)

Take a morning Shatabdi Express train to Kolkata, with lunch provided. Arrive in the afternoon. Enjoy a last night out with the group.

Take a morning Shatabdi Express train to Kolkata, with lunch provided, and arrive in the afternoon. Enjoy a last night out with the group.

Day 14 Kolkata

Depart at any time.

Depart at any time.

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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Standard
  • Physical Demands: There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

What's included?

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. Simachalam Temple visit (Vizag). Jagannath Temple visit (Puri). Raghuraj Pur village visit. Beach time in Puri. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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