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 Indias 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, its
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 Daily Tour Details
Day 1 : Monday : Bangalore
Day 2 : Tuesday : Chennai &
|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 3 : Wed : Auroville & Pondicherry
|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 4 : Thurs : Trichy & Tanjore
|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 &
Day 5 : Fri : Madurai
|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 6 : Sat : Kanyakumari Sunrise &
|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
countrys 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 7 : Sun : Kerala Backwaters Cruise &
Cochin Fort town
|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 08 : Bangalore Return
|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.
|Morning train returns to Bangalore.Tour ends
The Day to Day Schedule may be changed at
short notice by the Train Manager, to suit local logistics.