Southern India & East Coast by Rail

Rail, Kochi to Kolkata

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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. Hop 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 hopping off and back on the train for your next adventure, you’ll be seeing India in a brand new light.

What’s included

  • 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

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.

Itinerary

Day 1 Kochi Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
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))
Day 3 Alleppey/Kanyakumari (1B) Enjoy some more time in Kerala before an evening 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))
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))
Day 5 Madurai Explore the Meenakshi Temple and colourful markets of Madurai. Included Activities: Meenakshi Temple Visit
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)
Day 7 Māmallapuram Cycle around and explore the rock-cut Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach. Included Activities: Shore Temple Visit Mamallapuram Beach Visit
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))
Day 9 Hyderabad Learn more about the region's history with a visit to the iconic Charminar and historic Golconda Fort. Included Activities: Golconda Fort Visit Charminar Visit
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))
Day 11 Puri Explore Raghuraj Pur village and beautiful Puri beaches. Included Activities: Raghuraj Pur Village Visit
Day 12 Puri/Kolkata (1L) Take a morning Shatabdi Express train to Kolkata, with lunch provided on board. Arrive in the afternoon and take an orientation walk with the CEO. Transport: Train (7.50-8.00 hours)
Day 13 Kolkata Explore the vintage monuments and streets of this former capital of the British Era, also visit Missionaries' of Charity the noble peace prize winner, Mother Teresa’s house and final resting place.. 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.
Day 14 Kolkata Depart at any time.
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