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AHER - Southern India & East Coast by Rail

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.

Inclusions

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
Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
14
Price From
AUD $1,649
Start Location
Kochi, India
End Location
Calcutta, India
Age Range
Min :12
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Rail, Small Group
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
28 Sep 201811 Oct 20189AUD $1,649
02 Nov 201815 Nov 20188AUD $1,899
30 Nov 201813 Dec 20184AUD $1,899
01 Mar 201914 Mar 201910AUD $1,899
29 Mar 201911 Apr 201915AUD $1,899
19 Apr 201902 May 201915AUD $1,769
26 Apr 201909 May 201915AUD $1,769
10 May 201923 May 201915AUD $1,769
31 May 201913 Jun 201915AUD $1,769
27 Sep 201910 Oct 201915AUD $1,649
04 Oct 201917 Oct 201915AUD $1,769
01 Nov 201914 Nov 201915AUD $1,899
29 Nov 201912 Dec 201915AUD $1,899
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - Kochi
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 - Kochi/Alleppey
Take an Ernad Express train to Alleppey to explore the Kerala backwaters. Walk in the paddy fields and take a can ride through the canals the region is famous for.
Day 3 - Alleppey/Kanyakumari
Enjoy some more time in Kerala before an evening Ernad Express 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 across 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/Mamallapuram
Take the morning Vaigai Express to Chengalpattu before continue by van to Mamallapuram.
Day 7 - Mamallapuram
Cycle around and explore the rock-cut Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach.
Day 8 - Mamallapuram/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
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 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 - Calcutta
Depart at any time.