India is a gorgeous country that is packed with numerous tourist destinations. You will be amazed by the variety of attractions that the country presents to you once you visit India. Have you ever experienced an adventure on the train? If not, then, choose Southern India and East Coast adventure by Rail and travel around some beautiful places in India. Enjoy a trip that begins from Kochi and end up in the charming city, Kolkata. You will be able to visit some of the stunning and historical temples and palaces in the country along the way. Don't miss out the chance to travel around smaller cities and villages on the coast. Get to know more about the unique culture of Kerala and enjoy relaxed journey on the train by observing outside scenery. Southern India and East Coast by Rail adventure lets every traveler to explore incredible India in a spanking new fashion.
Kochi, Alleppey, Kanyakumari, Nagercoil, Madurai, Mamallapuram, Visakhapatnam, Puri, Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata
Day 01: Kochi
The travelers can arrive at their own choice of time.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Southern India and East Coast by Rail adventure starts tonight. Relax and be ready for the adventure. You should ensure to be back in time and there will be a meeting with the entire group. There will be an introduction session in the evening. Then, your CEO will give you the details of your adventure.
Day 02: Kochi - Alleppey
Get into Ernad Express train and enjoy your travel to Alleppey. Explore backwaters in Kerala from Alleppey. The Kerala backwaters are a string of briny lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast. You will get a chance to walk around the paddy fields. Enjoy a Canoe Surfing through the canals and it's a preferred activity amid travelers in the region.
Take pleasure in local life with a Homestay.
Train Kochi - Alleppey 1h-1h 30m
Get on the train, grab your seat, repose and enjoy the journey.
Tuk-tuk Alleppey - Kerala Backwaters 30m
Travel round the city in an Auto Rickshaw.
Kerala Boat Tour Alleppey 1h
Enjoy an outing in boat through the backwaters of Kerala and it will give you some unforgettable memories. Observe the green scenery and view the massive amount of coconut trees.
Day 03: Alleppey - Kanyakumari
Enjoy the beauty of Kerala. Get into Ernad Express train and move to Kanyakumari.
Enjoy Free Time in Alleppey.
Spend more time here.
Train Alleppey - Nagercoil 4h-30m
You will get food at your seat in train.
Private Vehicle Nagercoil - Kanyakumari 30m
Relax and explore the scenery while traveling in a private van.
Day 04: Kanyakumari - Madurai
Today, the travelers can explore Kanyakumari. Take a boat to Vivekananda Rock. Visit the Ramkrishna Ashram. Move to Madurai in evening Kanyakumari Express train.
Ferry Kanyakumari - Vivekananda Rock Memorial 30m
Take a boat to reach Vivekananda Rock Memorial.
Ferry Vivekananda Rock Memorial - Kanyakumari 30m
Enjoy a boat ride and visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial.
Vivekananda Rock and Ramkrishna Ashram Visit 2h-3h
Enjoy a boat ride to Vivekananda Rock. It is a small island and it's also a holy place. You will also able to see plenty of national and international pilgrims in this holy site. Vivekananda Rock and Ramkrishna Ashram are dedicated to Swami Vivekananda. He was a Hindu poet and philosopher. Ramakrishna Ashram is very peaceful and you can know more about Hinduism from this holy site. You can also learn about Swami Vivekananda who is regarded as a patriotic saint and he was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. Ramakrishna Ashram is looked after by the Ramakrishna Mission.
Train Kanyakumari - Madurai 4h-30m
Board on the train, settle down, relax and enjoy the journey.
Day 05: Madurai
Today, you can visit the Meenakshi Temple and explore beautiful markets seen in Madurai.
Meenakshi Temple Visit Madurai 2h-3h
Visit Meenakshi Temple and enjoy the beauy of it. It is a fine example of South Indian religious architecture. It is a historic Hindu temple located in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Madurai is known as the temple city. The Meenakshi Temple is dedicated to Parvati, also recognized as Meenakshi. The temple is the main center of attraction of Madurai. Madurai is said to be a 2,500-year-old city. You can observe the massive stone walls, the nine striking gopurams that is enclosed with stucco figures of deities, fabled animals, and monsters. There are an expected 33,000 sculptures in the temple.
Free Time Madurai Afternoon
Have some free time. Travel around the markets and stunning temples seen in Madurai.
Cycle-Rickshaw Tour Madurai 350INR per person
Relax and enjoy a Cycle-Rickshaw outing. Travel around the streets. Observe fruit and vegetable markets. Watch the pressing of oil by bullocks. Observe the renowned Gandhi museum and palace.
Gandhi Museum Madurai
Visit Gandhi museum. Visiting Gandhi museum will let you to know more about India's struggle for independence. The museum is dedicated to the great Mahatma Gandhi.
Thirumalai Nayak Palace Visit Madurai 50 INR per person, 1200 INR per group
Visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace. You will be able to see the remains of the 17th century palace here and the ruler of the palace was Thirumalai Nayak.
Day 06: Madurai - Mamallapuram
Today, Board on to Vaigai Express in the morning and enjoy the journey to Chengalpattu. Take a van to Mamallapuram.
Train Madurai - Chengalpattu 6h-30m
Get on the train, grab your seat, settle down and enjoy the travel.
Private Vehicle Chengalpattu - Mamallapuram 30m-1h
Sit back, repose and enjoy the scenery while travelling in a private van.
Day 07: Mamallapuram
Today, visit the Shore Temple. You can also explore Mamallapuram Beach.
Shore Temple Visit Mamallapuram
Visit the Shore Temple. The temple is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The travelers can explore extraordinary monuments here and the monuments were carved during the 7th and 8th century. The temple is well known for its amazing view of the Bay of Bengal's shore. This temple was built of granite. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu gods, Vishnu and Shiva. It is one of the oldest structural stone temples of South India.
Mamallapuram Beach Visit Mamallapuram
Walk around the stunning Mamallapuram Beach. You can see fishermen going for fishing in their boats and coming back with fishes.
Mamallapuram Bicycle Tour Mamallapuram 325 INR per person, 1000 INR per group
Hire a bike and enjoy an outing around the gorgeous city, Mamallapuram.
Day 08: Mamallapuram - Visakhapatnam
Today, you can move to Chennai. Get on to Coromondal Express train to Vizag. Enjoy the journey on the train. Explore the scenery of East Coast India.
Private Vehicle Mamallapuram - Chennai 1h
Sit back, put your feet up and enjoy the scenery while travelling in a private van.
Train Chennai - Visakhapatnam 12h-30m-13h-30m
Board on the train, grab your seat and enjoy the journey.
Day 09: Visakhapatnam
Today, you can explore Vizag, the northern beaches and also visit the Simhachalam Temple.
Simhachalam Temple Visit Visakhapatnam 2h-3h
Enjoy a visit to the Simhachalam Temple. The travelers can take a look at the spectacular stone monuments at this Hindu temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha. Lord Narasimha is the man-lion and an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The central shrine was built in Kalinga architectural style.
Free Time Visakhapatnam
Enjoy some free time. Choose to go for an outing in order to see the sights of this beautiful city.
Day 10: Visakhapatnam - Puri
Get on to Puri Express train. Enjoy the travel to Bhubaneshwar. Get into a van to reach Puri.
Train Visakhapatnam - Bhubaneshwar 9h30m
You will get food at your seat in train.
Private Vehicle Bhubaneshwar - Puri 1h
Settle down and enjoy the scenery while travelling in a private van.
Day 11: Puri
Today, you can travel around Raghuraj Pur village. Explore beautiful Puri beaches.
Raghuraj Pur Village Visit Puri 2h-3h 24km
Visit the dazzling Raghuraj Puri Village. The village is well known for its heritage crafts. The travelers are able to observe Gotipua dance troupes, palm leaf paintings, stone and wood carvings, and toys prepared of wood, papier-mâché, and cow dung here.
Free Time Puri
Make use of free time to move around the city.
Day 12: Puri - Kolkata
Get on to Shatabdi Express train in the morning and move to Kolkata. Lunch will be provided on the train. You will reach Kolkata in the afternoon. Make a visit to Mother Teresa's house in the evening.
Train Puri - Kolkata 7h 30m - 8h
Get on the train, grab your seat, relax and enjoy the journey.
Free Time Kolkata Evening
Move around the city during your free time.
Day 13: Kolkata
Spend your time in Kolkata usefully. Located on the east bank of the River Hooghly, Kolkata was a colonial city developed by the British East India Company and then by the British Empire. Getting around the city will help you to see some of the very old monuments and streets of Kolkata. Enjoy a boat ride across the Hooghly River. Don't forget or be late to join the group for dinner at a famous restaurant on Park Street.
Free Time Kolkata Full Day
Opt for an outing during your free time and explore the city.
Day 14: Kolkata
Choose to depart at any time.
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