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Southern Splendour - The Golden Chariot

Golden Chariot brings to you a journey spanning 7 nights and 8 days that links some of South India’s greatest destinations filled with memorable moments guaranteed to stay with you for a lifetime. On this splendid voyage covering three states we take you through exotic locales starting from the garden city of Bangalore passing through ancient temple towns of Tamil Nadu and finally ending our journey in the coastal city of Kochi. In short, it’s an experience that captures the romance of a by-gone era making your sojourn an unforgettable one.

Price Starting From Rupees1,75,199/-* pp

Highlights:

  • Enthral your senses with a traditional art exhibition and folk dance performance at the Chithrakala Parishad.
  • Enjoy the Nature walk in the heritage gardens of the Taj & Cultural dance.
  • Explore the beautiful temples of Mahabalipuram.
  • Stroll down the tropical streets of Puducherry which are still called by French names.
  • Explore and shop in Thanjavur, the home of the world’s finest Chola bronze collection.
  • See the sights of one of the oldest cities in South India, Madurai.
  • Enjoy the Cultural show in Kovalam at a 5-star beach resort.
  • Enjoy the Cruise on Punnamada Lake and enjoy lunch while sailing.

Best Season:

OCTOBER - FEBRUARY

  • Day Wise Itinerary
  • Notes
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8

Bangalore

Self report and Registration at Taj West End by 1500 hours & proceed towards the heritage gardens of Taj for nature walk. Enjoy the Hi-Tea along with the presentation and orientation on The Golden Chariot tour.

Post, the orientation session enjoy the Cultural dance.

Later visit ISKON Hindu Temple and depart to Yashwantpura Railway Station. Experience the traditional welcome at the railway station and board The Golden Chariot.

Meals: Dinner will be served onboard.

Onto Chennai / Mahabalipuram

Arrive at Chennai central railway station. Enjoy the breakfast on board and soon depart to Mamallapuram. On arrival at Mamallapuram, proceed for the sightseeing covering Krishna’s Butter Ball, Arjuna’s Penance, Ganesha Temple and Caves and Five Rathas Temple. Take a break from the journey & have sumptuous lunch. Later, enjoy the Hi-Tea around 1600hours and continue for Shore Shiva Temple.

Post sightseeing drive back to Chennai railway station and depart for Puducherry.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner will be served onboard. Lunch will be at a beach side 5 Star Resort.

Onto Puducherry

Arrive at Puducherry railway station. Enjoy the breakfast on board and soon depart to Auroville Ashram. Enjoy the screening on Auroville Ashram, tour of Auroville Asharam, Matra Mandir and shopping in the Ashram.

Later, drive back to Puducherry town for lunch in boutique restaurant & return to train for the onward journey.

Late afternoon visit the Aurobindo Ashram and Ganesha Temple, around 1900 hours drive back and board The Golden Chariot.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner will be served onboard. Lunch will be in boutique restaurant.

Onto Thanjavur / Trichy

Arrive at Thanjavur railway station. Enjoy the breakfast on board and soon depart to visit the Brihadeeswara Temple (UNESCO World Heritage site), also enjoy shopping at the emporium. Around 1400 hours proceed for lunch at a resort in Thanjavur. Post lunch, depart to Trichy.

On arrival in Trichy visit the famous Sri Rangam Temple, around 1930 hours drive back and board The Golden Chariot.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner will be served onboard. Lunch will be at a resort in Thanjavur.

Onto Madurai

Arrive at Madurai railway station. Enjoy the breakfast on board and soon depart to visit the famous Madurai Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple.

Later, visit the 1000 pillar temple and the museum. Post sightseeing drive back and board The Golden Chariot.

Enjoy the lunch on board and proceed for Gandhi Museum (Rani Mangammal Palace) around 1600 hours drive back and board The Golden Chariot and relax. Later witness the sound and light show at Thirumalai Nayak Palace.

Drive back and board the train by 1930 hours.

Onto Kanyakumari / Kovalam

Arrive at Kanyakumari railway station; proceed for excursion to the sunrise point in Kanyakumari. This location is the southernmost tip of Peninsular India & meeting place of three oceans- the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. Drive back & board the train enjoy breakfast on board and depart to Padmanabhapuram Wooden Palace. Return on board and enjoy the delicious lunch.

Post reaching Kocchuveli station, drive down to Kovalam. Enjoy Hi-Tea by the beach, Cultural show followed by dinner at a leading 5-star beach resort.

Drive back and board the train by 2230 hours.

Onto Kochi / Alappuzha

Arrive at Alappuzha, enjoy the breakfast on board and soon depart to Alappuzha Point & board House Boat. Enjoy Cruise through backwaters of Punnamada Lake & enjoy the lunch onboard. Later, depart to fort Kochi. On arrival in Kochi proceed for the sightseeing covering Chinese fishing Nets and enjoy shopping in Mattancherry & Jews Town.

Depart to board The Golden Chariot at Ernakulum South railway Station and proceed for Bangalore.

Onto Bangalore

Arrive at Bangalore, enjoy the breakfast on board.

Your journey ends at Yashwantpura Railway Station, Bangalore.

Notes -

  • Train tour manager reserves the right to amend day to day logistics.
  • All local excursions in groups by Air Conditioned Buses with services of English Speaking Guide.
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