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Southern Splendor

Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Destinations Covered: Bangalore - Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjavur - Madurai – Nagercoil (Kanyakumari) - Alleppey - Kochi

Southern Splendor is another grand way of traversing across the colorful and culturally vibrant southern regions of India. Extensively traveling through the length and breadth of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, this luxury train offers 8-day sojourn to its guests. A property of Golden Chariot, a luxury train in India that has so far introduced the various cities of Karnataka to a thousand guests in a never before way, Southern Splendor promises to be no less spectacular and fascinating. Come board this enchanting sojourn and relive the glory of India, yet another time.

Southern Splendor - Itinerary

Day 1: Bangalore

The journey starts from Bangalore, the justified capital of Karnataka. The city has modernized with its ethnicity well preserved. The architectural brilliance of British has embellished the city with charm. Your day starts at Taj West End where you will be given brief presentation about the Golden Chariot and your journey, followed by cultural dance. And after the enchanting cultural performances you will leave for darshan in ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) after which you will head towards the Golden Chariot. As you enter Yeshwanthpur railway station, the Golden Chariot team will warmly welcome you aboard.

Bangalore Palace
  • 3:00 PM: You will check-in Taj West End. Please note the registration and related cost is to be borne by you.
  • 4:00 PM: Soothing stroll in the beautiful heritage gardens of the Taj.
  • 5:00 PM: Tea and refreshments.
  • 5:30 PM: There will be an orientation about The Golden Chariot and your journey.
  • 6:00 PM: Performance of cultural dance.
  • 6:45 PM: Krishna Darshan in ISKCON Temple (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness).
  • 8:15 PM: The Golden Chariot will graciously welcome you at Yeshwanthpur railway station.
  • 10:45 PM: Train departs to Chennai.
Day 2: Chennai-Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram)

On your second day of the trip, after the breakfast aboard in Chennai, you will leave for Mamallapuram. Here Krishna's Butter Ball (A naturally formed rock along the hill-side, breaking the law of physics), Arjuna's Penance with beautiful carvings, Ganesha Temple, Caves and Five Rathas temple will be visited. After the break and having lunch, you will go for sightseeing and darshan in Shore Shiva Temple and straight from here you will reach Puducherry station where the Golden Chariot awaits you for the dinner and over-night stay.

Mahabalipuram - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 7:30 AM: Arrival at Chennai central railway station.
  • 8:00 AM: Breakfast will be served on board, followed by a visit to San Thome Basilica and Museum.
  • 10:00 AM: Leave by road for Mamallapuram.
  • 11:30 AM: Sight-seeing in Krishna's Butter Ball, Arjuna's Penance, Ganesha Temple, Caves, Five Rathas Temple.
  • 1:30 PM: Lunch will be served in a luxury resort in Mahabalipuram.
  • 3:00 PM: Sightseeing in Shore Shiva Temple and back to resort for tea and refreshments.
  • 5:00 PM: Transfer by coach to destination station (Puducherry) to board Golden Chariot.
  • 8:00 PM: 8:00PM: Dinner served on-board, followed by an overnight stay.
Day 3: Puducherry

On the third day you will visit Puducherry; where the culture of French and South India merge to create something adorable. The day Starts from the Auroville Ashram with the iconic Matra Mandri; it is a huge complex with lush greenery, workshops and what not! You will need rest after this affair and then follows the visit to Ganesha temple and Aurobindo Ashram.

Auroville - Matrimandir
  • 8:00 AM: Breakfast will be served on-board in the golden Chariot.
  • 10:00 AM: Leave for sightseeing in Auroville Ashram where you can have darshan at Matra Mandri.
  • 1:30 PM: Lunch will be served at a luxury 5 star resort in Puducherry.
  • 3:45 PM: A visit to the Aurobindo ashram in the French town, Ganesha temple, shopping and stroll on the pristine Promenade beach.
  • 6:30 PM: Back to the Golden Chariot. Freshen up and enjoy the amenities of your ride.
  • 8:00 PM: Dinner on board.
  • 11:30 PM: Train departs to Tanjavur.
Day 4: Tanjavur-Trichy

On day 4, the train arrives at Tanjavur railway station, from where the passengers leave for Brihadeshwara Temple (World Heritage Site) and shopping in the emporium. Soon you will leave for Sri Rangam Temple in Trichy. The Chariot will be waiting for you to board it, in Trichy station.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
  • 7:30 AM: Arrival at Tanjavur railway station.
  • 8:00 AM: Breakfast will be served.
  • 10:00 AM: Darshan at Brihadeshwara Temple (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and shopping in the emporium.
  • 11:30 PM: Visit to the Chola Bronze Museum.
  • 1:30 PM: Enjoy delicious lunch at Ideal River View Resort.
  • 3:00 PM: Drive to Trichy by road.
  • 4:00 PM: Visit Sri Rangam temple in Trichy. It is India's largest temple complex dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
  • 6:30 PM: Return to Trichy railway station to board The Golden Chariot and refresh.
  • 8:00: Appetizing Dinner is served on board.
  • 12:15 AM: Train departs to Madurai.
Day 5: Madurai

This would be the fifth day of the journey when you will visit Madurai; one of the oldest settlement of the country. There is a whole new contrast of old world charm and modernization in Madurai. Starting with the breakfast on board, you will leave for Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, 1000 pillars and museum. And for the lunch and relaxation, you will hop back to the Chariot and then leave for Gandhi museum. In the evening the enchanting light and sound show at Thirumalai Nayak Palace will be savored. After the dinner will be served at night in the Golden Chariot, the train will leave for Kanyakumari.

Madurai
  • 5:15 AM: The Golden Chariot arrives in the Madurai Railway station.
  • 8:00 AM: Breakfast will be served onboard.
  • 10:00 AM: Darshan at the Madurai Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple.
  • 11:30 AM: Visit 1000 pillars temple and museum.
  • 1:00 PM: Back to the chariot followed by lunch.
  • 3:30 PM: Free time for shopping or rest on board The Golden Chariot.
  • 6:00 PM: Visit the Thirumalai Nayakar palace for sound & light show.
  • 8:00 PM: Back aboard and have scrumptious dinner in the train.
  • 11:15 PM: The luxury Golden Chariot departs to Nagercoil(Kanyakumari).
Day 6: Kanyakumari - Kovalam

Reaching the southernmost point of India, Kanyakumari, early risers can sit back and enjoy the tranquil sunrise view. After the breakfast is being served you will visit Padmanabhapuram palace, former kingdom of Travancore. Just when you will hop back to the chariot and have lunch, the train will leave for Kochuveli station, from where passengers will leave for Vivanta by Taj. In Vevanta, tea and refreshments will be served, followed by cultural dance performance. Coming back aboard, the train will leave for Kochi.

Kanyakumari-Kovalam
  • 3:45 AM: Arrive at Nagercoil railway station.
  • 5:15 AM: Depart to Kanyakumari by road. Early risers can enjoy the ever-adored sunrise view.
  • 7:30 AM: Back to the chariot as the breakfast gets served.
  • 9:30 AM: Visit the Padmanabhapuram Wooden Palace.
  • 1:00 PM: Back to the chariot as the lunch gets served.
  • 4:00 PM: The Train reaches Kochuveli station.
  • 4:30 PM: Drive to Kovalam. Enjoy the sunset, leisurely stroll. Tea and refreshments will be served in the beach.
  • 7:30 PM: Cultural performance followed by dinner at a 5 star luxury resort, Kovalam.
  • 10:00 PM: Back to the Chariot and soon the train leaves for Kochi.
Day 7: Alappuzha (Alleppey) - Kochi

Today in the morning after breakfast passengers will leave for Vembanad backwaters in the beautiful house boats, cruising in Punnamada Lake. In the resort they will eat lunch and continue with their journey towards Kochi area. In the evening they will leave for Ernakulum railway station where the train awaits for departure to Bangalore.

Alleppey - Kochi
  • 4:30 AM: Golden Chariot departs for Alleppey.
  • 8:00 AM: Enjoy scrumptious breakfast on board.
  • 8:30 AM: The train arrives at the Alleppey Railway station.
  • 9:00 AM: Depart for Houseboat cruise on the Vembanad backwaters.
  • 12:30 PM: Arrive at backwaters luxury resort for Lunch.
  • 1:30 PM: Depart to Kochi by road.
  • 3:45 PM: Visit the Chinese Fishing nets and a walk around the Jew town for shopping.
  • 6:30 PM: Return to Ernakulum railway station to board The Golden Chariot.
  • 7:30 PM: Train departs to Bangalore.
  • 8:00 PM: Dinner on board The Golden Chariot.
Day 8: Bangalore

This will be the last day of the journey. Passengers will be given farewell by the Golden Chariot team after lunch. Hence the journey comes to an end.

Vidhana Soudha,Bangalore
  • 8:00 Am: Breakfast will be served.
  • 10:00 Am: The train reaches Bangalore and passengers will receive a warm farewell by the Golden Chariot team.

Highlights:

  • Auroville Ashram: A huge complex, in fact a city where you can meditate, shop or join workshops. And to make the most of it, you can visit the iconic Matri Mandri.
  • Brihadeshwara temple: A justified World Heritage Site with stunning triangular roof-tops embedded with beautiful carving.
  • Srirangam temple: This does not just have 'Rang' in its own name but the beautiful color scheme of this temple soothes the sight.
  • 1000 pillars temple: a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Surya.
  • Allepey houseboat: Cruise in the house boat as the babbles of splashes sparkle your journey.

Departure Dates for Season 2017 - 18


MONTH DEPARTURE DATES
Oct 2017 23
Nov 2017 6
Dec 2017 11
Feb 2018 5

Valid from 2017 - 2018

(For Indian nationals only)

OCCUPANCY TYPE SINGLE OCCUPANCY DOUBLE OCCUPANCY TRIPLE OCCUPANCY
PER PERSON PER NIGHT INR 31000 INR 25000 INR 20000
TOTAL(7 NIGHTs) INR 217000 INR 175000 INR 140000

(For International travellers)

OCCUPANCY TYPE SINGLE OCCUPANCY DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
PER PERSON PER NIGHT INR 59500 INR 45220
TOTAL(7 NIGHTs) INR 416500 INR 316540

 

Inclusions:
  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabins with attached bathrooms
  • All meals, soft beverages, house brands of Indian wines, beer and spirits
  • Butler service, complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water on board
  • Guided off train tours as included in the journeys inclusive of entrance fees, still camera fee, transport and services of a guide
  • Porter charges at stations

 

Exclusions:
  • Any optional tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Taxes, insurance, gratuities, telephone calls, laundry
  • Alcoholic beverages (apart from the house brands)
  • Video, film and professional still camera fees and arrival and departure transfers
  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Any tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as part of the journeys

 

Note:
  • The above mentioned tariff is valid for  2017 - 2018 departures.
  • The above cost is exclusive of 5% service tax that will be charged extra .