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Southern India by Rail

  • Duration
    15 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Classic
  • Price From
    £3,590pp
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Explore Southern India by rail, arguably one of the greatest ways to explore such a vibrant and culturally rich country, as you sit back onboard and discover unparalleled views of the region.

Your journey will start in Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu and home to a stunning collection of Hindu Temples. Go on to journey into Chettinad, renowned for its deliciously spicy and flavourful cuisines that will leave your tastebuds dancing for more. Your rail journey will continue onto Kerala and Karnataka, where your adventure ends. Enjoy breathtaking views of the sun-drenched tropical coastlines to majestic scenes of geographical terrains as you become immersed in the heart and soul of Southern India.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 13 , Lunches: 12 , Dinners: 13
  • Accommodation
    13 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Visa Included
    Visa fees for UK passport holders
  • Rail Journeys
    5 Journeys
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 2Learn More
    X A reasonable level of fitness is required, as you'll be spending time on your feet and doing a bit of walking to cover short distances during your daily sightseeing. There will also be some climbing of steps and climbing on and off of coaches and boats. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and extended time on your feet.
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Tour Highlights

Our Southern India by Rail tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

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Tour Itinerary

  • Days 1-2
    Fly to Chennai
    Day 1-2: Fly to Chennai

    Fly overnight to Chennai, transferring to your hotel on arrival. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Explore Mahabalipuram
    Day 3: Explore Mahabalipuram

    Start today with an exploration of the ancient temples and intricately adorned monuments, providing insight into the architectural wonders of Kanchipuram and the coastal allure of Mahabalipuram.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Travel to Tanjore
    Day 4: Travel to Tanjore

    After breakfast, you will transfer to Chennai Station, where you will step aboard the Trichy-bound Tejas Express. Sit back and enjoy the picturesque landscapes while you head south. On arrival you will transfer to Tanjore for the night.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5
    Travel to Madurai
    Day 5: Travel to Madurai

    Drive to Madurai, with an intriguing detour through Chettinad to learn about tile-making and to wander through the local market. Enjoy a hands-on cooking lesson, savouring the flavours of Chettinad cuisine, which culminates in a delightful lunch experience. Upon reaching Madurai, the evening unfolds as you experience an Arti Ceremony at Minakshi Temple, a spiritual and cultural spectacle.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Explore Madurai
    Day 6: Explore Madurai

    A day of exploration that starts with a sightseeing tour of Madurai. Discover Thirumalai Nayaka Palace, a historical gem resonating with the splendour of a bygone era before engaging in a delightful Food Trail Tour, to relish the diverse and flavourful culinary delights that Madurai is known for.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    Travel to Trivandrum
    Day 7: Travel to Trivandrum

    Following breakfast, you'll transfer to the railway station to board the PJ TVC Express bound for Trivandrum. Upon reaching Trivandrum, immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of the city with a visit to the iconic Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, a site of profound cultural and religious significance.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Travel to Kanyakumari
    Day 8: Travel to Kanyakumari

    Enjoy a day trip to Kanyakumari, where you will marvel at the convergence of the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Bay of Bengal. Discover the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the Thiruvalluvar Statue, iconic landmarks adorning the southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent, before returning to Trivandrum.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9
    Kerala Backwaters
    Day 9: Kerala Backwaters

    After breakfast take a drive to Alleppey, where you will board a traditional houseboat, locally referred to as a Kettuvallam. Cruise through the captivating backwaters, enveloped by verdant scenery and swaying palm trees. The soothing rhythm of the tranquil waters provide an ideal backdrop for an overnight stay.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Travel to Kochi
    Day 10: Travel to Kochi

    Disembark and to Kochi, a city rich in history and culture. Enjoy a city tour that explores significant landmarks, historical sites, and lively local markets. In the evening, delve into the realm of Kathakali, an ancient dance form merging intricate facial expressions, graceful motions, and vibrant attire.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Travel to Ooty
    Day 11: Travel to Ooty

    After breakfast transfer to the rain station to board the SBC Intercity Express heading to Coimbatore. Upon reaching Coimbatore you will continue by coach to Ooty where you will check in at your hotel.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12
    Toy Train
    Day 12: Toy Train

    Following breakfast, commence a picturesque journey from Ooty to Coonoor, on the famous Toy Train. Meandering through the enchanting Nilgiri Hills, the journey unfolds breath taking views of landscapes, tea plantations, and quaint villages. Take the time to discover the Botanical Gardens in Coonoor before returning to Ooty.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13
    Bangalore
    Day 13: Bangalore

    Return to the railway station in Coimbatore to catch the SBC Intercity Express headed for Bangalore. Upon reaching Bangalore, transfer to your hotel before dinner.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14
    Explore Bangalore
    Day 14: Explore Bangalore

    Start the day with a city tour of Bangalore, immersing yourself in the modernity and tradition that characterizes this lively city. Explore prominent landmarks, cultural sites and attractions that showcase the city's rich heritage and essence.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 15
    Depart Bangalore
    Day 15: Depart Bangalore

    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Nights 2
    Residency Hotel
    No 49 GN Chetty Road, Chennai (Madras) 600017 India
    Residency Hotel
    The Residency Hotel is a short distance to the city’s corporate and shopping areas. The en-suite rooms feature modern amenities including, TV and and tea/coffee facilities. A breakfast buffet is served daily in the Spice Bar, which also offers lunch and dinner, with guests also having the option to order a la carte from the Chin Chin restaurant.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Bar
  • Night 1
    Hotel Sangam
    Trichy Road, Thanjavur 613007 India
    Hotel Sangam
    Perfectly located within walking distance to the Brihadeeshwara, Bangaru Kamakshi and Thiruvanajozhi Temples, the Sangam hotel offers guests an ideal stay during their adventures in Tanjore. The hotel is home to a range of facilities, including a multi-cuisine restaurant, vibrant bar and swimming pool. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi as well as a minibar and tea/ coffee making services, completed with modern furnishing.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Bar
  • Nights 2
    Heritage Madurai
    11 Melakkal Main Road, Madurai 625016 India
    Heritage Madurai
    Perfectly located within the heart of the city, Heritage Madurai is the embodiment of historic charm. As a guest at the Heritage Madurai, you will be in close proximity to the Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, Gandhi Memorial Museum plus much more. Your room is laced in modern yet traditional influences and features Wi-Fi, a minibar, tea and coffee maker as well as air conditioning.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Bar
  • Nights 2
    Uday Suites
    T C 34/757/3 Watts Lane Beach P.O. Shankumugham, Thiruvananthapuram 695007 India
    Uday Suites
    Immerse yourself in serene ambience and lush greenery at the Uday Suites Hotel, that provides a resort-like setting amidst a vibrant city. In close proximity to a number of Temples and popular attractions such as the Shri Chitra Art Gallery, the hotel offers plenty of amenities, including an outdoor swimming pool, spa & wellness facilities and games & recreation area.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Bar
  • Night 1
    AC Deluxe Houseboat
    Kaippuzhamuttu, Kumarakom, Kerala 686144, India
    AC Deluxe Houseboat
    Located in Allepy, the traditional 80 feet long crafts have been adapted into luxuriously furnished houseboats. Each houseboat is beautifully decorated with coir mattress on the floor. Modern comforts include a spacious living/dining area and sun deck, with an airy passage and neat kitchen. Clean towels and blankets are also provided.
  • Night 1
    The Casino Hotel
    KPK Menon Rd Willingdon Island, Kochi (Cochin) 682003 India
    The Casino Hotel
    Located within the historic Willingdon island of Kochi, The Casino Hotel is just a 10-minute drive from the vibrant city centre. The 4* hotel boasts cosmopolitan yet traditional finishes and is home to fine dining, rejuvenating wellness therapies and a salt mineral water swimming pool. Rooms here are spacious, allowing for a comfortable stay, equipped air conditioning, minibar and flatscreen TV.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Bar
  • Nights 2
    Fortune Resort Sullivan Court
    123 Selbourne Road, Garden Rd, Rose Garden Road, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) 643001 India
    Fortune Resort Sullivan Court
    Located within the scenic surroundings of Ooty, the 4* Fortune Resort Sullivan Court is a modern-day tribute to the founder of the city, John Sullivan. The resort is just 1km from the city centre and provides a wide selection of facilities to guests, including restaurants, serving flavours of India as well as cuisines from around the world, as well as a contemporary bar, spa and gym. Rooms are beautifully furnished and equipped with a minibar, coffee and tea maker as well as air conditioning and flatscreen TV.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
  • Nights 2
    Adarsh Hamilton Hotel
    #2 / 4, Langford Garden Road Richmond Town, Bengaluru 560025 India
    Adarsh Hamilton Hotel
    Situated in a quiet neighbourhood off Richmond Circle in the heart of Bangalore's Central Business District, Adarsh Hamilton Hotel offers luxurious en-suite rooms featuring modern amenities including, TV, tea/coffee facilities and a safety deposit box. Superb facilities include a restaurant, free Wi-Fi and fitness centre.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 25°c
  • 22mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 23mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 26°c
  • 2mm
  • Kochi
  • 28°c
  • 26mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 28°c
  • 4mm
  • Kochi
  • 29°c
  • 31mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 30°c
  • 8mm
  • Kochi
  • 29°c
  • 95mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 32°c
  • 44mm
  • Kochi
  • 29°c
  • 283mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 32°c
  • 56mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 706mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 31°c
  • 100mm
  • Kochi
  • 26°c
  • 594mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 30°c
  • 140mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 403mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 30°c
  • 137mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 280mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 28°c
  • 279mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 320mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 26°c
  • 407mm
  • Kochi
  • 28°c
  • 175mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 25°c
  • 191mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 43mm
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Southern India by Rail map

Places Visited: Chennai (2N) - Tanjore (1N) - Madurai (2N) - Trivandrum (2N) - Houseboat (1N) - Kochi (1N) - Ooty (2N) - Bangalore (2N)

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