Southern India & Karnataka by Rail

Rail, Goa to Kochi

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

As a country, India is so vast that sometimes it takes a couple visits in order to see as much of it as possible. Knock the less-explored southern region of Karnataka off the list right away. Over 10 days’ time, you’ll take the train from Goa to Kochi via Karnataka and have the chance to see the breathtaking ruins of Hampi — a true highlight of the journey. Even more memorable moments await in Mysore and Madikeri as you explore opulent palaces and a coffee plantation. Hop on board and get ready for the ride of your life.

What’s included

  • Beach time in Goa
  • Walking tour and ruins visit in Hampi (Karnataka)
  • Hazararama Temple visit
  • Mysore Palace and Chamunda Hill visits (Mysore)
  • Namdroling Monastery visit
  • Coffee plantation tour (Madikeri)
  • Madikeri Fort and Raja's Seat visit
  • Fort Kochi and Chinese fishing nets visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Indulge in the relaxing vibe and amazing food of seaside goa
  • Marvel at the breathtaking ruins of the karnataka region in hampi
  • Explore palaces and plantations in mysore and madikeri.

Itinerary

Day 1 Goa Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Goa Spend a free day relaxing on the beach or opt to visit the many Portuguese-built monuments, wander around the churches of Old Goa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), or discover Panjim, the capital. Don't forget to indulge in Goan cuisine.
Day 3 Goa/Hampi Travel by Visakhapatnam Howrah Express train and then by van to reach Hampi, in the heart of Karnataka. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours) Local train (6.00-7.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Hampi/Mysore Enjoy a walking tour and explore the spectacular ruins of Hampi Palaces, Vittala Temple complex, Virupaksh Temple, Hazararama Temple, and the boulders on the river. In the evening, take an overnight Hampi Express train to Mysore. Included Activities: Walking Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours) Overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Mysore Arrive to Mysore and explore the Mysore Palace and Chamundi Hill. Included Activities: Mysore Palace Visit Chamundi Hills Visit
Day 6 Mysore/Madikeri Drive to Bylakuppe and explore the Namdroling Monastery - home to nearly 5,000 Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns. Later drive to Madikeri for the evening. Included Activities: Namdroling Monastery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Madikeri Explore Madikeri (the coffee hub of India) and enjoy a tour of a coffee plantation. Later, enjoy an orientation walk around the town and then enjoy free time to explore in the afternoon. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Coffee Plantation Tour
Day 8 Madikeri/Kochi Take a morning drive to the coastal town of Kannur. Catch the Ernakulam Express to Kochi in the afternoon. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours) Train (6.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Kochi Explore the Fort Kochi area and see the Chinese fishing nets at work. If time permits, visit the Jewish area and synagogue, the Dutch Palace, and Spice Market. Included Activities: Fort Kochi Visit Chinese Fishing Nets Visit
Day 10 Kochi Depart at any time.
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