|Tour Duration||07 Nights - 08 Days|
|Tour Highlights||Bangalore - Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Thanjavur - Madurai - Thiruvananthapuram - Alleppey - Kochi - Bangalore|
|Specialty Categories||Cultural, Adventure and Historical Journey|
|Best Time To Visit||October - April|
|Per Person Price||2299||1699||1926|
|Distance Covered||1,888 kms approx|
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.
The journey commences from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. You report in Taj West End at 3:00pm and proceed for heritage walk in hotel’s lush gardens. You are served tea by 5:00pm. Thereafter, presentation regarding the train and cultural dance is to be organized. Guests then head to ISKCON Temple for Darshan, which is followed by grand welcome by The Golden Chariot team at Yeshwanthpur Railway Station at 8:15pm. Enjoy a traditional welcome. Dinner will be served for the guests aboard the Splendor of the South. The train starts its journey for the first destination.
The train will arrive at Chennai Railway Station at 6 am on the 2nd day of the trip. On this day, guests get a chance to visit the attractions of Mamallapuram- also known as Mahabalipuram, this town is renowned for its ancient stone carvings. Nestled comfortably at a distance of about 58 km from Chennai, Mamallapuram is best visited for its temples. The temple of Rathas, the Penance of Arjuna, and the Shore Temple are a few of the most significant attractions housed here. Guests can relish on some interesting culinary delights of the place for lunch in Radisson Blu Temple Bay Hotel before they move back to Chennai. Thereafter, guests continue sightseeing and visit Shore Shiva Temples of Mamallapuram. At 5:00pm depart for Puducherry and board the Golden Chariot for dinner and overnight stay.
Early in the morning you arrive in Pondicherry, a city that was once a French colony. Post-breakfast, you get all set for a sightseeing trip across the cobbled streets of the city. Auroville Ashram is to be visited today where you are free to shop or explore its attractions like Matra Mandir. You return back to the train for lunch and continue sightseeing by visiting Aurobindo Ashram and Ganesha Temple. By 7:00pm you get back to the train for dinner and overnight stay.
Upon reaching Tanjavur Railway Station, you are served breakfast and you set to leave for Brihadeshwara Temple (UNESCO Wolrd Heritage Site). After Darshans, you can get indulged in shopping. Lunch is served by 2:00pm in Ideal River View Resort. Later, continue sightseeing in Trichy. Sri Rangam Temple (Trichy) is to be visited at 6:00 Pm. By 7:30 you get back onboard. Dinner and stay overnight.
By 8 am arrival in Madurai, the city of ornate temples. Post-breakfast you commence your sightseeing journey across the city and visit the Meenakshi temple, 1000 pillar temple and museum. You return to the train for lunch by 1:00 pm and continue sightseeing by visiting Gandhi Museum. You again return on board for relaxation before proceeding to Thirumalai Nayaka Palace for sound and light show. By 7:30 pm you get back to Golden Chariot for dinner and overnight stay.
You start the sixth day of your sojourn by beholding the sunrise view in Kankyakumari (The southernmost tip of India). By 7:30 am, you return aboard for breakfast and leave for Padmanabhapuram Wooden Palace. Return to the Golden Chariot by 1:00 Pm for lunch as the train leaves for Kocchuveli station. By 3:30 pm you reach Kocchuveli Station and within half an hour you depart for Vivanta by Taj in Kovalam. There, you savor tea and refreshments by the beach. By late evening, guests gather in hotel for cultural show and dinner. At 10:30 pm you return on board for overnight stay.
Guests are served breakfast on board at 8:00 am. By 10:00am depart to board traditional houseboats from Alleppey Jetty (Cruise in Punnamada Lake of Kerala Backwaters). Cruising in Kerala Backwaters is a tranquil and unforgettable experience, as the shores are fringed with palm trees. Guests reach Punnamada Lake Resort for lunch at 1:00pm. By 2:30pm guests leave for Fort Kochi and reach there in an hour. Upon reaching, explore the surroundings of Fort Kochi like Chinese Fishing Nets, Mattancherry and Jews Town. At 6:00pm guests depart to board Golden Chariot at Ernakulam South Railway Station, as the train leaves for Bangalore in the following hour.
You will arrive in Bangalore in the wee hours of the morning. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast aboard the train before receiving a warm farewell from The Golden Chariot crew.
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