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Splendor of the South - Golden Chariot

Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
Activities: Train journey & Sightseeing
Regions: South india
Destinations Covered: Bangalore - Chennai - Mamallapuram - Pondicherry - Tanjavur - Trichy - Madurai - Kanyakumari - Kovalam - Backwaters - Kochi - Bangalore
Best Time: January, February, March, October, November, December
Price 2017 : USD 4280

Validity date 2017 :

09 Jan
20 Feb

Overview

A spectacular journey spread over 7 days/8 nights across some of the choicest of destinations across South India. Southern Splendor links some of the most unique and exciting destinations in several Southern States. Each of these destinations is unique for their cultural, historical, architectural and natural significance. The Golden Chariot chugs along from garden city Bangalore to Chennai, Puducherry, temple town of Thanjavur and Madurai and from there to ‘god’s own country’ Kerala to verdant Thiruvananthapuram, backwater paradise Alappuzha to scenic coasts of Kochi and back to Bangalore. Enjoy a fascinating voyage across enchanting landscapes of South India weaving their own spell of magic over your mind and soul. Relive a magical journey in a timeless era of beauty and romance as you savor each moment you spent on board and off train during your week long voyage.

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DAY 01: BANGALORE - CHENNAI

In the evening at 1500 Hrs you will assemble at the Hotel Taj West End, Enjoy Hi- Tea at the hotel followed by presentation and orientation on The Golden Chariot Tour. Later enjoy the cultural Show and depart to visit the ISKCON Temple (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness), Arrive at railway Station, a traditional Indian Welcome and guests will be ushered to their cabins and a luxury saga will immediately commence. Dinner will be served to the guests on-aboard the Splendor of the South. By 2245 hours the train will depart for Chennai.

Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot

DAY 02: CHENNAI - MAMALLAPURAM - PONDICHERRY

The train will arrive in Chennai at 0730 hours on the 2nd day of the trip. Breakfast will be served on board after breakfast drive to Mamallapuram. On this day guests will get a chance to visit the attractions of Mamallapuram. Nestled comfortably at a distance of about 58 km from Chennai, Mamallapuram is best visited for its temples. Today guest will visit Krishna’s Butter Ball, Arjuma’s Penance, Ganesha Temple and caves, and five rathas temple.

After the sightseeing guests can relish on some very interesting culinary delights of the place for lunch. After high tea at hotel proceed to visit Shore Shiva temple. Later in the evening approx 1700 Hrs drive to Puducherry. Up on arrival board the train.

Dinner will be served on board.

DAY 03: PONDICHERRY

Pondicherry a city that was once a French colony. Post-breakfast you can embark on sightseeing trips across the cobbled streets of the city. The magnificent French styled mansions, Auroville Ashram, Mata Mandir.

After the sightseeing proceed for lunch at hotel. After lunch visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram. On your return to the luxury train you will find that it is already geared up to proceed towards the next destination – Thanjavur. Dinner will be served on board.

DAY 04: TANJAVUR - TRICHY

Tanjavur mostly known for its temples and its paintings. Breakfast on board, after breakfast visit the famous Brihadeshwara temple, later proceed to visit to Tanjavur artifacts (Metal) & Painting workshop.

Afternoon proceed for lunch at hotel. After lunch drive to Trichy. Up on arrival at Trichy visit Sri Rangam Temple. After the visit drive back to The Golden chariot train. Dinner will be served on board. After dinner depart for Madhurai.

DAY 05: MADURAI

Arrive in Madurai by 0515 Hrs hours. Post-breakfast you can commence your sightseeing journey across the city and visit the Meenakshi Sundareswar, Visit 1000 pillar temple and the museum. Later after the visit enjoy lunch onboard the Golden Chariot. After lunch visit Mahatama Gandhi museum. Return back to Golden Chariot after some rest on the train evening proceed to Thirumalai Nayak Palace for light and sound show. After the visit return back to golden Chariot. Dinner and overnight stay on board and depart to Nagercoil.

DAY 06: KANYAKUMARI - KOVALAM

On the 6th day of the sojourn, you will arrive in the enchanting lands of Kerala, leaving Tamil Nadu behind. At 0500 Hrs depart to Kanyakumari to witness the sunrise. Later return back to the Glden chariot for breakfast. Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city and the first destination you will land in, in the state. Sightseeing trip to the Padmanabhapuram Wooden Palace , after the visit return to the Golden chariot. Lunch will be serve on board. Evening enjoy hi-tea by beach, Cultural shaow followed by dinner at the Hotel. After dinner drive back to the Golden Chariot for overnight stay.

DAY 07: BACKWATERS - KOCHI

By 0900 hours on the 7th day guests will reach at the backwaters region of Kerala. Alleppey is where you will reach; the mesmerizing locations of which will simply take your breath away. Enjoy the gorgeous sights of the backwaters locales. After a sumptuous lunch proceed towards Kochi. Kochi is your last destination in the circuit. Primarily a sea port.

DAY 08: BANGALORE (RETURN)

You will arrive in Bangalore in the wee hours of the morning. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast disembark from the train.

BANGALORE: Cultural Show and visit the ISKCON

CHENNAI: Mamallapuram, visit Krishna’s Butter Ball, Arjuma’s Penance, Ganesha Temple and caves

PONDICHERRY: French styled mansions, Auroville Ashram, Mata Mandir and visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram

TANJAVUR: Brihadeshwara temple and Visit to Tanjavur Artifacts (Metal) & Painting Workshop

TRICHY: Visit Sri Rangam Temple

MADURAI: Visit the Meenakshi Sundareswar, Visit 1000 pillar temple, Mahatama Gandhi museum and Thirumalai Nayak Palace

KANYAKUMARI: Visit Sunrise View

KOVALAM: Padmanabhapuram Wooden Palace

KOCHI: Backwaters of Kerala and Alleppey

Price: USD 4280 Per Person Per Journey

Price: USD 535 Per Person Per Day

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