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The Golden Chariot - Splendor of The South Tour

  • Vidhan Soudha, Banglore
  • A Tourist Attraction in South India
  • A Tourist Attraction in South India
  • A Tourist Attraction in South India
  • Bangalore Palace
  • A Tourist Attraction in South India
  • A Tourist Attraction in South India
  • A Tourist Attraction in South India
  • Mysore Palace, Mysore
  • A Tourist Attraction in South India
  • A Tourist Attraction in South India
  • A Tourist Attraction in South India

Duration : 07 Nights - 08 Days
Destinations : Bangalore - Chennai - Pondicherry - Tanjavur - Madurai - Thiruvananthapuram - Alleppey - Kochi - Bangalore

Splendor of South

Unspoiled beaches, scores of temples, sparkling waterfalls, and captivating wildlife, Karnataka is truly exhibits natural beauty at its best.

Explore the wildlife environs of Kabini, the palaces and gardens of Mysore, the pilgrimage sites of Hassan and the captivating Badami caves before you reach Goa - the party hub of India with endless entertainment options including the beaches, the discotheques and casinos.

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 01 Monday Arrival : 1500 hours / Place: Taj West End Hotel, Bangalore

Assemble at The Taj West End Hotel by for check-in formalities followed by high tea & a brief presentation on the train. Proceed for visiting Chitrakala Parishad / Art gallery, and enjoy a cultural programme. Reach Yeshwantpur Railway Station, by 2000 hours and get a grand welcome by the train crew who escort you to your respective cabins. Dinner to be served on board. Train departs by 2100 hours.

Alternate itinerary In case you do not wish to go for the original itinerary that includes check-in at Taj and sightseeing of Bangalore city, here's an alternate itinerary, especially suited for people fond of eco tourism:

Arrival: 1100 hours / Place: Our Native Village Check-in at Our Native village, followed by a grand lunch. Know the train, do's & don'ts and safety & security measures while being on the train through a brief presentation by the train staff. At around 1500 hours, get an eco resort tour, and the Revivalist movement - an art & culture tour. Proceed on for an exciting pottery session, village games and bullock cart rides. Depart to Yeshwantpur Railway Station for a grand welcome session and dinner onboard as the train starts rolling towards Kabini at around 2100 hours.

Day 02 Tuesday Arrival: 0600 hours / Place: Chennai - Mammallapuram, Tamil Nadu

As your reach the bustling metropolis of Chennai in the wee hours, get ready for an exhilarating expedition to Mammallapuram located at around 58 km from Chennai. Visit the beautifully crafted and age-old temples, including the temple of Rathas, the Penance of Bhagirath, and most importantly the Shore Temple. Overlooking the Bay of Bengal, Shore Temple is a five-storied structural Hindu temple with a pyramidal structure that is 60 ft high.

Have a lavish lunch at Mahabalipuram and move ahead a sightseeing excursion to Chennai. The prime attractions here include St. Mary's Church, Saint Thomas Cathedral, and the Fort St. George, the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, the National Art Gallery and Museum among others. Dinner and overnight stay aboard as the train proceeds towards Pondicherry.

Day 03 Wednesday Arrival: 0800 hours/ Place: Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu

On the third day, the train enters Pondicherry that still exudes a Mediterranean aura for it was a French colony once. Post-breakfast, embark on a sightseeing expedition through the cobbled streets and the vast French styled mansions that are scattered around the city. It is almost like a sojourn of France, rather than India. Pay visit to the prime attractions in the city including Auroville and Sri Aurobindo Ashram after enjoying a flavorsome lunch on board the train. Stroll on the beach and enjoy shopping in the city.

Post-lunch, return to the train and proceed towards your next destination - Tiruchirapalli (also known as Trichy), the heart of Tamil Nadu. Overnight stay on the train as it leaves for Trichy at around 2200 hours.

Day 04 Thursday Arrival: 0600 hours/ Place: Tiruchirapalli - Tanjore, Tamil Nadu

As the train crisscrosses through pictorial locations and you enjoy a tranquil breakfast on board, you reach Tiruchirapalli, also known as Trichy. Disembark the train to visit the Rock Fort temple, Mathrubhuteshwar Shrine, and the Ucchi Pillayar Koil that are housed here.

Later, proceed towards Tanjore - the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu, which is most significantly known for its prehistoric temples and marvelous paintings. Get fascinated by the splendid Brihadeshwara temple - a World Heritage Site, Alangudi temple, Chandra Bagawan temple, and the Schwartz Church. Lunch is arranged at Sangam Hotel in Tanjore. Dinner and overnight stay on the train.

Day 05 Friday Arrival: 0515 hours/ Place: Madurai, Tamil Nadu

As the dawn breaks, you reach Madurai - the temple city. Adorned with some of the greatest architectural sites, Madurai is home to the celebrated Meenakshi Temple located on the southern banks of river Vaigai. Post breakfast on board, you pay visit to this famed temple. The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2500-year-old city and its complex houses 14 gateway towers called gopurams, ranging from 45-50m in height. Enjoy a hearty lunch on board and thereafter get ready for a pleasurable Light & Sound Show at The Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal. A classic fusion of Dravidian and Islamic styles, the palace dates back to 17th century AD.

Enjoy the dinner with live Classical Music at the Heritage - a 17-acre grand resort in Madurai. Return on board to continue your journey towards Nagercoil in Kanyakumari.

Day 06 Saturday Arrival: 0345 hours/ Place: Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu and Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

The train will arrive at the Nagercoil station in Kanyakumari even as you sleep comfortably in your respective cabins. Though there are several places of tourist-interest here, Kanyakumari is especially popular for its spectacular and unique sunrise and sunset. The confluence of three ocean bodies - the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea - makes the sunrise and sunset even more special, alluring and truly magical. Witness the spectacular sunrise and return to the train for breakfast. Visit the famous Padmanabha Palace (Wooden Palace), located inside an old granite fortress around 4 km long.

Return to the comforts of the train for lunch as the train starts rolling towards Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.

Popularly known as God's own country, Kerala is famous for its enchanting backwaters, it pristine and unadulterated beaches and roaring waterfalls. Arrive at Thiruvananthapuram Station (Kuchuvelli Station) at around 1500 hours and drive to the unspoiled Kovalam beach. Enjoy your tea as you witness the high waves merging into each other and the blue waters playing a hide and seek game with you. This is followed by a Cultural Show and dinner at The Taj Green Cove Kovalam.

Return to the train for overnight stay on board as the wheels start rolling towards you next destination in Kerala - the backwaters of Alleppey.

Day 07 Sunday Arrival: 0500 hours / Place: Alleppey, Kerala

With the first breeze of the early morning, experience peace and tranquility as you arrive to Alleppey. Mirror still lagoons, pictorial lakesides, palm fringed canals, shores bustling with glimpses from day to day life in the country side - all welcome you with open hands.

Post breakfast on board, get ready for an amazing ride on a Kettuvallom/Houseboat - a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the Kerala backwaters. As you get mesmerized with the beauty of the deep blue waters around you, savour the local delectable cuisines of Kerala on the houseboat itself. This is followed by a drive to Kochi and a visit to the Church, Chinese Fishing nets and a walk around Jew Town.

Board the Golden Chariot for dinner and overnight stay as it departs for Bangalore after a memorable week.

Day 08 Monday Arrival: 0800 hours / Place: Yeshwanthpura Railway Station Bangalore

Bid farewell to the Golden Chariot after enjoying a leisurely breakfast on board.

PRIDE OF THE SOUTH SCHEDULE

Departures for Season beginning October 2013 - March 2014
Month Departure Dates
October 2013 7, 14, 28
November 2013 11, 25
December 2013 9, 23
January 2014 6, 20
February 2014 3, 17
March 2014 3, 17

SPLENDOR OF THE SOUTH SCHEDULE

Departures for Season beginning October 2013 - March 2014
Month Departure Dates
October 2013 21
November 2013 4, 18
December 2013 2, 16
January 2014 13, 27
February 2014 10, 24
March 2014 10, 24