Travel from Calcutta to Cochin

#1 Aug 6th, 2008, 22:30
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Hello,
I will be traveling from Calcutta to Cochin this upcoming June. I am not very familiar with the Indian Railway system either. I am aware however, that the train station in Calcutta is called Hawrah. Would I depart from here and go directly to Cochin/Kerala? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.
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Take a train from Howrah to Chennai Central (look for Coramandel Express), then a train from Chennai Central to Ernakulam Jn or Ernakulam Town (both for Cochin).
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Thank you very much. Do you have any recommendations regarding accommodations? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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You are aware that you're looking at a 40-hour train journey, not counting the layover in Chennai, which should be ample as your train may be delayed?
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Yes, but that is not my concern. I was curious as to where a good place to stay was (food, price, location, etc.)
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Matt, details are vital, if I was to spend 30 minutes typing out all that is wonderful about a particular 5* hotel, and then find that you're on a tight budget, I wouldn't be happy.

But the details that you provide can make the difference as to whether you stay in a standard good hotel, or a hotel that's very suited to what you yourself would appreciate.

Give details of your budget, the length of time you intend to stay, anything that you'd appreciate (homestay, a place by the sea, a quiet place by a backwater, a place near the train station, or a place central to everything.

Would you require a hotel to pick you up from the train station?

If so, remember there are 2 main stations as well as Cochin Harbour terminus, Ernakulam Jn (known locally as Ernakulam South) and Ernakulam Town (known as Ernakulam North)

Indicate if you're prepared to pay 20-30% more if the place is extra special.

Cochin will have loads of alternative places to stay, be demanding and find the place that's perfect for you.

And finally, if a person has stayed at your ideal hotel, would they be likely to be reading this thread? Start another thread in the Kerala forum.

Good luck.
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Lightbulb Direct trains from Calcutta to Ernakulam

The solution to your problem is 2516 Guwahati [GHY] - Trivandrum [TVC] Express. This train leaves Guwahati every Wednesday, early in the morning. You can catch this from Howrah around midnight [Therefore, technically, on Thursday].
Also, there's another train which runs from Shalimar:
6324 SHM-TVC Express.
This fellow starts at 22:45 IST as of now, on Tuesdays and Sundays.
Both these trains will take you to Ernakulam as Steve suggested. This way, you won't have to switch trains at Chennai.

NOTE: Shalimar, essentially a hub for Calcutta-bound freight trains, is another terminating station near Howrah. By road, it's easily accessible through the Second Hooghly Bridge [Vidyasagar Setu].
In case you plan to catch a train from here, arrange to leave early or rent a car, as cabs often refuse to go that way in the after-hours. And buses are few and overcrowded.

About accommodation: indicating your budget and preference is a better way to elicit response IMHO...

PS: Er... did you say June?
Bhole Baba Paar Karega!!
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Thank you so much for that response. I am looking for something fairly cheap and laid back. I would like friendly place as well, somewhere where the people who are also there can enjoy some fun! Let me know really if you have any suggestions. I will be there in late June and July.
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My friend considers Rs2000 as fairly cheap, and I know too many people who consider that being allowed to smoke drugs makes a hotel fairly laid back.

You don't seem to want to help yourself, buy a guidebook, a guidebook is a whole lot better than indiamike for providing standard info for standard tourists.
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Thank you Steve for those kind words. The fact of the matter is, I am interested in the advice from people on this site as well as you, so please DO NOT get me wrong.

I am looking to spend no more than Rs1000 a night. See, the USD is not as strong as your euro or pound at the moment. That would make Rs2000 a little steep for someone like myself, who will be traveling for approx. 20 days and on a budget of around Rs800 per day.

I am looking to find a place to stay on the beach for that amount (Rs1000). Safe and tasty food is a high priority. If the hotel is close to such a variety of the such, that is perfect.

I am looking into taking an expedition on an elephant. If anyone knows any info on this, that would be most appreciated as well. Sorry for any prior confusion as to my intentions in India. I do NOT intend to smoke drugs and not move for a month. Actually, I am interested in lots of hiking and animal interaction (hence the elephant expedition). I am a college student and am funding this summers trip out of savings and current work, so please, do take me seriously. Thank you and I hope to hear from someone soon.
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Hi Matt,
Can't help you about Cochin, but you can check this out: http://www.indiamike.com/india-hotel...in-hotels-c34/. I think hotels that have been reviewed favourably by more than one traveller, should be ok.

As for Calcutta accommodation on a budget, you may check this out: http://www.indiamike.com/india/lodgi.../2/#post515661

You say that you want to do an elephant safari. Be sure that they are on during the period of your visit, which coincides with the monsoon.

In West Bengal, one can go on elephant safaris in the forests of North Bengal, which usually remain suspended during the rainy season.
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Thanks alot. Do you have any personal info in regards to accommodation's within the same parameters as stated above, but in Delhi and Varanasi?
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My knowledge about Delhi stops at the spelling
About Varanasi, I think I can give you a few leads. Check back after a couple of days.
In the meantime, go through these forums, I think most of your questions will be answered there.
About your desire for er... "animal interaction", I don't think June or July is a very suitable time. Many forests are closed due to rains... I believe the best time is between October to May [April in southern India]. The same goes for hiking.
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That would be great. Thanks
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Hi Matt,
A friend recommends Venkateshwar Lodge [+91 542 2392357 and +91 542 2393737] in Varanasi, based on your requirement. This lodge is inside Vishwanath Gulli on Dasaswamedh Ghat. According to him, you have to enter the gulli (alley) and turn right to find Venkateshwar Lodge within 50 metres.
My friend suggests booking the 2nd floor double-bed room with attached bath.
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