Southern India & East Coast by Rail
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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.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: AHER/145307
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Kochi, India
  • Finishes: Kolkata, India
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Kochi
  • Alleppey
  • Kanyakumari
  • Madurai
  • Māmallapuram
  • Chennai
  • Hyderabad
  • Puri
  • Kolkata



Day 1: Kochi

Arrive at any time.


Day 2: Kochi/Alleppey

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.
This evening enjoy a taste of local life with a homestay.


Day 3: Alleppey/Kanyakumari

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 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/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.
Accommodation on the train tonight will be either in two tier or three tier bunks.


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.
Opt to visit the Salar Jung Museum or the scenic Qutb Shahi Tombs with free time.


Day 11: Puri

Explore Raghuraj Pur village and beautiful Puri beaches.


Day 12: Puri/Kolkata

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.


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.

    • Backwaters canal ride
    • Vivekananda Rock and Ramkrishna Ashram visit
    • Meenakshi Temple visit
    • Cycle tour to Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach
    • Chennai city tour
    • Visit the Charminar and Golconda Fort
    • Jagannath Temple visit
    • Raghuraj Pur village visit
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels/guesthouses (11 nts), homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt)
    • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    • Train (seats), train (beds), private van, walking, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour 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.