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Luxury

Contrasts of India

Kochi to Mumbai
13 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: INKRM13
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  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Discover Kerala

Slide into the relaxed pace of the Southern Indian region of Kerala.

Sasan Gir National Park

Search for the rare Asiatic lion on safari in the last place this majestic creature can be found in the wild.

Indian High Tea

Indulge in an traditional Indian high tea at Laxmi Vilas Palace, residence of the the Gujarat Royal family .

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in 9 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in one location
  • Finest dining - a total of 32 meals
  • Complimentary beverages served on board your train with lunch and dinner
  • Expert APT Tour Director throughout your journey
  • Seven-night rail journey aboard the Deccan Odyssey

Map & Itinerary

Asia Map INKRM13 2019-20

Kochi to Mumbai

Designed Exclusively for APT guests
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

On arrival in India, be met and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Kochi, Le Meridien

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Delight in a traditional Kathakali dance performance.


Explore the quaint Fort Kochi area on a guided tour. Stroll through the history-filled streets of Jewtown, before visiting the ornate Paradesi Synagogue. Later uncover the promenade and see the cantilevered Chinese Fishing Nets brought to the region by Chinese fishermen in the 14th century. Head to St Francis Church, built in 1516 and learn about the fascinating Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial history of Kochi. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You may choose to learn the secrets of preparing a traditional Keralan meal during a cooking demonstration. Alternatively, you may partake in a lecture on the 5,000-year-old Indian health practice of Ayurveda, ‘a balance between body, mind, spirit, and social wellbeing’ and relax with a massage.


After breakfast, travel to Kumarakom. Enroute, you will experience the traditional ways of life at the Kumbalanghi Village. Check into your hotel and enjoy lunch, after which you have the opportunity to choose from a number of Freedom of Choice sightseeing options.

Stay: Two Nights, Kumarakom Lake Resort

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Discover the traditional martial art of India, Kalaripayattu, which originated in Kerala. Learn how it is one of the oldest martial arts traditions in the world, but is gaining modern popularity after featuring in Bollywood movies.


This morning, you may choose to participate in a yoga class. Later, enjoy a cruise on the backwaters of Kerala which offer an unhurried, laid back travel experience along picturesque lagoons and canals. This is an endless string of interconnected waterways stretching along the Malabar Coast. Calmly glide through the beautiful Vembanad Lake, on board a majestic house boat, past a cluster of islands. Enjoy a seafood dinner this evening.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Learn how traditional and modern dance forms blend beautifully as you take part in a Bollywood dance lesson.


This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai, a city considered to be the most modern in India. Mumbai is famously the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India and the home of India’s colourful Bollywood movie scene. After settling in to your centrally located hotel enjoy dinner tonight in your luxurious sanctuary.

Stay: Mumbai, Taj Mahal Palace

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Rise early today to learn about the Koli fisher-folk at the Khar Danda Koliwada indoor fish market. Visit the India Gate, Hanging Gardens, Kamla Nehru Park, Mani Bhawan and Dhobi Ghat. This afternoon, transfer to the World Heritage-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and board the Deccan Odyssey for Welcome Drinks before enjoying dinner on board.

Stay: Seven Nights, Deccan Odyssey

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning awake in Vadodara and after breakfast explore the World-Heritage listed Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park. The site is endowed with rich architecture that show influences from Hindu, Muslim and Jain religions. After lunch visit the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum and enjoy a traditional Indian high tea at the royal Laxmi Vilas Palace. Enjoy a special folk performance before re-boarding your train where your odyssey continues tonight.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive in Palitana today, an important place of pilgrimage for the followers of the Jain religion. After breakfast ascend the hilltop to discover 900 ornate Jain temples and learn from a local monk how this strictly vegetarian and pacifist religion shares many similarities with Buddhism.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive early this morning in Sasan Gir and make your way to Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Here you will be joined by an expert local guide on a wildlife safari for your chance to see the rare Asiatic lion. Outside of Africa, this is the only place in the world that wild lions can be found. Enjoy a traditional dance performance at the Gir Gateway Hotel before making your way to the 4th-century Somnath Temple for a spectacular sunset.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today the marshy salt desert of the Little Rann of Kutch awaits. This giant white expanse is a bird-lover’s paradise. Join a desert safari, visiting the Wild Ass Sanctuary, before lunch at the Rann Riders Safari Resort. Later, learn about the region’s unique cultures on a village tour before returning to your train for dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The 8th-century fortified town of Patan awaits your exploration today and after breakfast begin with a visit to the spectacular Sun Temple of Modhera. Next visit the World Heritage-listed Rani Ki Vav or Queen’s Stepwell, an inverted subterranean temple and well complex constructed in the 11th century. Later visit a traditional Gujarat home to learn about the region’s revered patterned silk sari royal history.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Your train rolls into Nashik as the sun rises this morning and after breakfast disembark to explore the ancient Pandavleni Caves, a group of 24 Buddhist cave temples carved out of the cliff-face between the first century BC and third century AD. Later savour local wine and lunch at the Grover Zampa vineyards before re-boarding your train.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey after it reaches Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway station in Mumbai. This marks the end of your unforgettable Gujarat tour. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

The Deccan Odyssey

Welcome onto India's Palace on Wheels, the Deccan Odyssey as you roll through the heart of this fascinating country

Luxury Hotel Stays

Prepare to be pampered as you stay in absolute luxury across India

Kerala Backwaters Houseboat

Relax on the tranquil backwaters of Kerala in India's south as you cruise aboard a luxurious houseboat

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