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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

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. Get 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 in Kerala before hopping back on board the train for the next adventure, you’ll be seeing India in a brand new light.

Trip Description
Southern India & East Coast by Rail
 
Travel Theme
Countries
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
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Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Southern India & East Coast by Rail

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I always wanted to see India and the tour really showed it at its best. January 2017

5.0
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  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Excellent experience from beginning to end. Well planned, everything was seamless and well it was relatively cheap

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Because of this style of travel,we can enjoy with menber like real family! December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
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I could experience never known India. I really love this tour.

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Well planned and organized. Well above my expectations. Jai made it a terrific experience! December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Essential India covers all the major sites in a timely period. In addition it enables you to see the 'real India' with the tour of Salam Balaak Trust and small villages such as Tordi and Allipura. It was well organized, with the accommodation quite comfortable and the overall tour provides great value for money. Furthermore, Jai is a star CEO and future clients will be lucky if they can have Jai as there CEO!
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My G Adventures tours was unexpectedly wonderful. I'd recommend it to a friend or family member for the simple fact that if its anything like my trip, I know they'll love it. I'd tell them that G adventures allows you to get off the beaten track, provides you with a passionate and knowledge guide and that I'd do it again in a heartbeat. December 2015

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  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
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They say that travel is the only thing that you can do that makes you genuinely richer. I'm sure that the person who said this travelled to India! I feel richer in every way having travelled through India with g adventures. Essential India allowed me to experience the very best of North India and has left me wanting more. They colours and culture of this country are truly something special and with the assistance of a wonderful CEO I have been left without words to describe how great my journey has been. Thank you Jai and the G Adventures crew!
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The tour included aspects of India you wouldn't get by travelling by yourself. I felt safe, well informed and had such a wonderful time. Jai was such a wonderful tour guide. December 2015

5.0
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  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The tour made me fall in love with India

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Itinerary

Day 1 Kochi

Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Kochi/Alleppey (1D)

This evening enjoy a taste of local life with a homestay. Included Activities: Kerala Boat Tour Transport: Train Tuk-tuk

Day 3 Alleppey/Kanyakumari (1B)

Enjoy some more time in Kerala before an evening Ernad Express train to Kanyakumari for a full day exploring the area. Transport: Meals are available for purchase on board. Train Private Vehicle

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. Included Activities: Vivekananda Rock and Ramkrishna Ashram Visit Transport: Ferry Ferry Train

Day 5 Madurai

Explore the Meenakshi Temple and colourful markets of Madurai. Included Activities: Meenakshi Temple Visit

Day 6 Madurai/Māmallapuram

Take the morning Vaigai Express to Chengalpattu before continue by van to Mamallapuram. Transport: Train Private Vehicle

Day 7 Māmallapuram

Cycle around and explore the rock-cut Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach. Included Activities: Shore Temple Visit Mamallapuram Beach Visit

Day 8 Māmallapuram/Chennai

Accommodation on the train tonight will be either in two tier or three tier bunks. Included Activities: Chennai City Tour Transport: Private Vehicle Basic overnight train (beds)

Day 9 Hyderabad

Learn more about the region's history with a visit to the iconic Charminar and historic Golconda Fort. Included Activities: Golconda Fort Visit Charminar Visit

Day 10 Hyderabad/Puri

Opt to visit the Salar Jung Museum or the scenic Qutb Shahi Tombs with free time. Transport: Plane Private Vehicle

Day 11 Puri

Explore Raghuraj Pur village and beautiful Puri beaches. Included Activities: Raghuraj Pur Village Visit

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. Transport: Train

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.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,399

Price Per Day:

$ 100 per person
 
Start DateFinish DateBase PriceDeparture GuaranteedAvailability 
Apr-20-2018May-03-2018$ 1,499Yes9 spots left Reserve
Apr-27-2018May-10-2018$ 974Yes13 spots left Reserve
Jun-01-2018Jun-14-2018$ 1,119Yes11 spots left Reserve
Sep-28-2018Oct-11-2018$ 1,399Yes14 spots left Reserve
Nov-02-2018Nov-15-2018$ 1,599Yes7 spots left Reserve
Nov-30-2018Dec-13-2018$ 1,599Yes6 spots left Reserve
Mar-01-2019Mar-14-2019$ 1,599Yes12 spots left Reserve
Mar-29-2019Apr-11-2019$ 1,599Yes15 spots left Reserve
Apr-19-2019May-02-2019$ 1,499Yes15 spots left Reserve
Apr-26-2019May-09-2019$ 1,499Yes15 spots left Reserve
May-10-2019May-23-2019$ 1,499Yes15 spots left Reserve
May-31-2019Jun-13-2019$ 1,499Yes15 spots left Reserve
Sep-27-2019Oct-10-2019$ 1,399Yes15 spots left Reserve
Oct-04-2019Oct-17-2019$ 1,499Yes15 spots left Reserve
Nov-01-2019Nov-14-2019$ 1,599Yes15 spots left Reserve
Nov-29-2019Dec-12-2019$ 1,599Yes15 spots left Reserve
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Details
Trip Includes
  • 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
Meals Included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportTrain (seats), train (beds), private van, walking, plane.TRAINS The best way to see India is at ground level on the railway system. In fact, no visit to India would be complete without the experience of tavelling on a train and negotiating the busy railway stations. The chaos in the Indian Railway stations is a replica of the life in India. Indian trains are not merely a conveyance they are an odyssey so sit back relax, be patient and enjoy the show. G Adventures uses a combination of AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier and sleeper class (for overnight journeys) and AC Chair car or second class seats for day journeys. Indian railways operate with a centralized reservation system. This means that G Adventures cannot control how seats are assigned within a class. Despite our requests to seat the entire group together, often times seats are spread out in the coach or throughout different coaches. This is all part of the adventure that is travelling India by rail. Take advantage of the opportunity to chat with locals and remember you always have the support of your CEO. There are no restaurant or buffet cars on Indian Railways, but on long distance trains an attendant will appear in your coach and ask you if you would like to order food. Regular stops are made at stations where food is also available and on some trains many vendors board the train selling chai, cold drinks and crisps and biscuits. Don't expect pristine western standards anywhere in India, but you'll find AC2, AC3 and AC Chair class fairly clean by Indian standards, with both western-style and squat toilets usually in a reasonably sanitary condition. Sleeper Class and 2nd class toilets may be a different matter! Bring your own toilet paper and hand wash soap or antibacterial lotion. Indian trains are quite safe to travel on, even for families or women travelling alone, and you are unlikely to have any problems. Having said that, theft of luggage, although rare is not unheard of, so just for peace of mind you might like to take along a chain and padlock to secure your bags (readily available at all Indian stations). Generally, Indian Railways are very efficient, but Indian trains do run late particularly in winter time when fog is heavy, and sometimes it's hours rather than minutes. Make sure you have something to occupy your time – a good book, music, a magazine or photos of your home country and family to show the Indian travellers also waiting for the train. You should also have snacks and water for the journey. Please note that you MUST be comfortable carrying your own luggage, as there will be a lot of up and down stairs on this trip due to the size and layout of train stations in India. Most often, you will not have access to escalators or elevators. You will also be required to carry your luggage short distances between transport start or end points and hotels. ROAD Traveling by road in India is certainly not what people are use to in Western countries. Rules are not always followed, drivers appear to speed, do not stay in their lanes, overtake in seemingly dangerous situations, rarely use their mirrors or driving lights at night time. The horn however is used very frequently and can range from the latest Bollywood tune to Britney Spears! In India, although the government is investing large sums of money improving the road infrastructure, there is a lot more to be done. As a result, in India, some of the roads are poorly maintained, pot holed and uneven. This gets even more pronounced particularly during and after the monsoon. Travel time covering relatively short distances is very long in comparison to Western countries.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 15, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels/guesthouses (11 nts), homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt).
A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used in India. These can vary in terms of service, efficiency and cleanliness. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home. Power cuts can and are a regular occurrence in many places, especially throughout North and Central India. Although a number of hotels have generators there may be times when these won’t work. It is also recommended when you are in your room to lock the door, as staff will sometime enter without reason.
Start City
Kochi
End City
Calcutta
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our leaders work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. Please note that all passengers traveling to Antarctica are required to fill out this questionnaire. The medical questionnaire can be found online at www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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