Southern India & East Coast By Rail

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Run by: G Adventures

Reference number: AHER

From: £839.20

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.

Day 1 Kochi

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Kochi/Alleppey (1D)

Take the early train to Alleppey to explore the Kerala backwaters. Walk in the paddy fields and take a canoe ride through the canals the region is famous for.

Day 3 Alleppey/Kanyakumari (1B)

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

Day 4 Kanyakumari/Madurai

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

Day 5 Madurai

Explore the Meenakshi Temple and colourful markets of Madurai.

Day 6 Madurai/Māmallapuram

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

Day 7 Māmallapuram

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

Day 8 Māmallapuram/Chennai

Drive to Chennai and explore Marina Beach and San Thome Basilica. Later, board an overnight train to Hyderabad.

Day 9 Hyderabad

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

Day 10 Hyderabad/Puri

Enjoy a free morning to continue exploring this state capital before catching an evening flight to Bhubaneshwar. Continue by van to reach Puri.

Day 11 Puri

Explore Raghuraj Pur village and beautiful Puri beaches.

Day 12 Puri/Calcutta (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.

Day 13 Calcutta

Explore the vintage monuments and streets of this former capital of the British Era. Opt to take a ferry ride€ross 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 Calcutta

Depart at any time.

Departures

Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
28/09/2018 11/10/2018 8 £839.20
02/11/2018 15/11/2018 8 £1199.00
30/11/2018 13/12/2018 4 £1199.00
01/03/2019 14/03/2019 9 £1199.00
29/03/2019 11/04/2019 15 £1199.00
19/04/2019 02/05/2019 15 £1129.00
26/04/2019 09/05/2019 15 £1129.00
10/05/2019 23/05/2019 15 £1129.00
31/05/2019 13/06/2019 15 £1129.00
27/09/2019 10/10/2019 15 £1049.00
04/10/2019 17/10/2019 15 £1129.00
01/11/2019 14/11/2019 13 £1199.00
29/11/2019 12/12/2019 15 £1199.00
13/03/2020 26/03/2020 15 £1199.00
27/03/2020 09/04/2020 15 £1199.00
10/04/2020 23/04/2020 15 £1129.00
24/04/2020 07/05/2020 15 £1129.00

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