Travel in Kerala + Train to Goa

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Hi all.

Arriving in Cochin airport on Sat 11 November from Mumbai. Staying 2 nights in Fort Cochi.

Was planning on getting down to Allepey to do a day cruise, then onto either Munnar or Periyar and then I want to get a sleeper train to Goa for the remainder of my holiday.

Travelling alone. Want to keep fast pace in Kerala then relax in Goa.

Please advise whether I need to pre-book my train from Kerala to Goa (and how?!) and whats the best route from Allepey to Munnar then up to Goa!!

I assume I can hire a car/ get bus from Cochi early morning to do the backwaters for the day.

Also do i need to reserve any hostels, I have done so for first 2 nights in Fort Cochi but nothing from there.

Would be really grateful for your advice, and alternative ideas.
James
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Ernakulam - Munnar - Alleppey - Goa is the best route I think.

It would be better to pre book your ticket for the train from Alleppey to Madgaon. You can use www.irctc.co.in to book the ticket or ask your hotel to do it. The earlier the better since you will be travelling from an intermediate station (if you take the train from Alleppey) to an intermediate station (if you book a train going to Mumbai).

Pre booking of accommodation is not necessary at that time of the year. However do remember that you might have to compromise on the facilities / quality available.
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Originally Posted by Jamesapeacock View Post Hi all.

Arriving in Cochin airport on Sat 11 November from Mumbai. Staying 2 nights in Fort Cochi.

Was planning on getting down to Allepey to do a day cruise,
I assume I can hire a car/ get bus from Cochi early morning to do the backwaters for the day.
Take the day cruise to the backwaters out of Kochi, organized by the KDTC.
We did this some years ago and it was very nice.
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Thank you this sounds good!
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Am i right in thinking it is difficult to register for the indian railway website and book tickets? Can I get my hotel in mumbai to book tickets, or the homestay in Cochi?
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The steps you have to made to register at the IRCTC are described on the site of the man on seat61.
But it is easy for you if your hotel offers to book the tickets.
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Either ways get them booked at the earliest. Check indiarailinfo or etrain to see how the availability of seats are.
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Hi thanks so much, have navigated ICRTC website nicely. CAn get Radjhani Express from Allepey to Goa overnight. First AC is available. What is the diffference between this and 2AC - is it worth it?
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Originally Posted by Jamesapeacock View Post CAn get Radjhani Express from Allepey to Goa overnight. First AC is available. What is the diffference between this and 2AC - is it worth it?
1AC is slightly larger, quieter, more secure, but then again, 2AC is large enough, quiet enough and secure enough.

1AC has 2 berth and 4 berth cabins, 2AC is open (but has curtains) and has sections with 4 berths, then 2 additional side berths across the hall.

Overall, I'd normally say 2AC would be better for a single person, but you've probably got a 40-50% chance of getting a side berths in 2AC, and those side berths have a hard section half way down the berth, if you could guarantee not getting a side berth, I would say go for 2AC, but you can't, so go for 1AC.
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I doubt if the IRCTC booking system would allow you to book the Rajdhani from Alleppey to Madgaon.
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Strange I have it up on my screen....have gone through registration process. Was wondering whether to book direct or through Cleartrip but cant seem to find the bit to link account on cleartrip
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You don't need to use cleartrip, if you're registered with IRCTC, book via IRCTC.

Aarosh might be referring to an old restriction when booking this Rajdhani train, in the past you had to include either the originating or terminating station in the booking (so you would book from Trivandrum to Madgaon, then change your boarding station to Alleppey), but I can see avaialability numbers when I check from Allleppey to Madgaon, so the booking restriction might not apply now.
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Would showing availability between 2 stations mean that tickets can be booked between them? Never came across this situation. If yes then I have learned something new. That is the beauty of the forum. One is always learning something here daily.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Would showing availability between 2 stations mean that tickets can be booked between them? Never came across this situation. If yes then I have learned something new. That is the beauty of the forum. One is always learning something here daily.
It does allow booking between Alleppey and Madgaon.

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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Would showing availability between 2 stations mean that tickets can be booked between them?
Yes, if bookings aren't allowed between 2 stations, then one of many error message appears in place of availability numbers.

That mostly applies to the general quota, and not to foreign tourist, Tatkal, HO and maybe some other quotas, and although pooled quota is technically part of the general quota, it's quite easy to manipulate bookings to make a pooled quota berth available between 2 stations (that normally doesn't allow a booking).

I spent many weeks playing around with bookings trying to make availability where it didn't seem there was any, I managed to 'magically' make berths appear about 20% of the time, it's easier than most would think, it's just a question of understanding the booking quotas, and how they fill berths for any vacant sectors.

I couldn't have done any of that in the days before we could find out if bookings were permitted between 2 stations.

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