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Southern Splendour Golden Chariot Train Tour

Golden Chariot now brings to you the “Southern Splendour”, 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.

Tour Map of Southern Splendour Golden Chariot Train :
Southern Splendour Golden Chariot Train Tour Map
Southern Splendour Golden Chariot Train Tour Map
Southern Splendour Golden Chariot Train Tour Map

Southern Splendour Golden Chariot Daily Tour Details
Day 1 : Monday : Bangalore
Report at The Taj West End Hotel by 4 p.m. for check-in formalities followed by high tea & brief presentation.Proceed for vist to art gallery,followed by cultural program.Reach Yeshwantpur Railway Station, by 8 pm & be escorted to respective Cabins.Dinner on board & train departs by 9 pm for Chennai.

Day 2 : Tuesday : Chennai & Mahabalipuram Temples
Morning 9.30 am board AC Buses from Chennai Egmore Railway station for 1.5 hours long drive to Mahabalipuram, passing along Marina Beach & busy Streets of Chennai Metropolis On arrival, visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sea Shore temples of Mahabalipuram, built more than 1200 years ago & some have still managed to weather sea erosion & high tides. After lunch in beach side resort depart for 2.5 hours long drive to Pondicherry Railway station to board the awaiting train. Dinner on board. Train stabled overnight at Pondicherry.

Day 3 : Wed : Auroville & Pondicherry
Morning excursion to Auroville-a modern commune ,dedicated to unfification of all religions. Return to train for lunch
Afternoon stroll through beach town of Pondicherry-this former French colony, exudes a Mediterranean aura with French style architecture and boutiques. Proceed for dinner to eco-resort & later return to train & depart.

Day 4 : Thurs : Trichy & Tanjore Temples
Morning 9 a.m. board AC Buses from Trichy Railway station to visit ancient Hindu Temple on banks of River Cauvery. Later proceed for 1.5 hours long drive to Tanjore & visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brihadeshwara temple, famous for a 66 metres high temple tower & big statue of Nandi (sacred bull) carved out of a single rock. After lunch in a city hotel, time free for shopping & to visit Tanjore style of art workshop. Reach Tanjore Railway station by 5 p.m. to board the awaiting train & depart. Dinner on board.

Day 5 : Fri : Madurai
The temple city of , Madurai has a rich cultural heritage that goes back to over 2, 500 years. The city is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi temple which stands today as one of the country’s greatest architectural landmarks. Close to the temple is situated yet another architectural wonder, the Tirumalai Nayak Mahal, a classic blend of Dravidian, Islamic and European architecture.
After breakfast,visit famed Meenakshi Temple & stroll through the local market.Return to train for lunch.
Late afternoon visit Poompuhar Handicrafts Emporium for optional shopping.proceed to Tirumalai nayak Mahal for sound & light show,followed by dinner & traditional folk performance at The Heritance.Return to train & depart.

Day 6 : Sat : Kanyakumari Sunrise & Kovallam Beach
Early morning 5.15 a.m. board AC Buses from Nagercoil Railway station for 20 minutes drive to Kanyakumari sun rise point, that offers an unique panorama on the confluence of 3 seas viz. Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Return to board the train for breakfast at Nagercoil station by 730 a.m. Time permitting, proceed for 2.5 hours excursion to Padmanabha Wooden Palace. Return to train for lunch & depart. From Trivandrum Kuchuvelli Railway Station board AC buses by 5 p.m. for evening excursion to Kovallam Beach, followed by Cultural Program & Dinner in beach resort. Return to Trivandrum railway station by 10 p.m. & train stabled for the night.

Day 7 : Sun : Kerala Backwaters Cruise & Cochin Fort town
The train arrives at Alleppey Railway Station by 8.30 a.m. Transfer to Alleppey Jetty Point to board traditional houseboats for backwater cruise through narrow waterways to view novel lifestyle of villagers, whose only access to mainland is by water. After a typical Kerala cuisine lunch, return to Alleppey Boat Jetty to board awaiting AC Bus for 1.5 hrs long drive to port city of Cochin. Afternoon enjoy walk through 16th century built Portuguese Fort town of Cochin to view Medieval Church, Jewish Synagogue & view Chinese Fishing Nets. Later Board the train from Cochin Railway station by 6.30 p.m. & depart. Dinner on board.

Day 08 : Bangalore Return
Morning train returns to Bangalore.Tour ends

IMPORTANT : The Day to Day Schedule may be changed at short notice by the Train Manager, to suit local logistics.

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