Southern Splendour Golden Chariot Train Tour

DURATION : 7 Nights / 8 Days

DESTINATIONS : Bangalore - Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Kanyakumari - Kovalam - Alleppey - Cochin - Bnagalore

Short Description

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.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Depart from Bangalore

Report in the Lobby of Hotel Taj West End, Bangalore by 4pm for check-In formalities of Southern Splendour train, followed by high tea and brief presentation.

Later, proceed for the visit of ISKON Hindu Temple. 

After visit, drive to Yashwantpura railway stationby to board our overnight train to Chennai.

Overnight in treain (Dinner on board) 

Day 2: Arrive Chennai - Pondicherry

Arrive at Egmore Railway Station (Chennai) by 09:30 am.

We will be visiting Santhome Cathedral built over tomb of apostle St Thomas & drive through Marine Bay

Later drive to Mahabalipuram Beach (1.5 hrs)

In Mahabalipuram visit 8th century built stone cut Hindu temples complex located on the seashore & now an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Take a break from the journey & have sumptuous lunch at beach side 5-Star Resort.

Later drive 2.5hrs onwards to Pondicherry Railway Station to board the awaiting train. Dinner onboard.
NOTE: After dropping passengers at Chennai, the train proceeds empty to Pondicherry.

Day 3: Auroville - Pondicherry

After breakfast drive 1.5hrs to Auroville Ashram. Conceived in 1968,the meaning of Auroville only becomes clearer in the context of the vision of its founders, which has stimulated people from all over the world. Enjoy screening on Auroville Ashram, tour of Auroville Ashram, Matra Mandir and shopping in the Ashram.

Later Drive back to Pondicherry town for lunch in boutique restaurant & return to train.

Enjoy stroll through 19th Century built cobbled streets called Latin quarters, built by former French Colonial rulers & time free on Promenade Beach. Later return to the railway station to board the train for Dinner & depart.

Day 4: Tanjavur (Tanjore) - Trichy (Tiruchirapalli)

Tanjavur is popular for Chola bronze collection and 3 Dimensional paintings done in gold leaf. 
After breakfast, visit the famous - Brihadeshwara Temple complex, built in early 11 Century & now a UNESCO World Heritage Site .The main temple dedicated to Hindu God Lord Shiva is carved out of single granite rock,which weighs around 80 tons & has a bulbous structure on the top. The temple tower is 66 meters high.

After lunch in Tanjore Hotel, Depart by road for Trichy Town (1.5hrs drive)

NOTE: After dropping passengers at Tanjore Railway Station, the train runs empty to Trichy.

Visit the Sri Rangam Temple , dedicated to Hindu God Lord Vishnu.The main entrance raises from base area of 5720 sq feet & goes up to 237 feet, moving up in eleven progressively smaller tiers. Non-Hindus are allowed up to the second outer courtyard but not inside the gold topped sanctum sanctorum.

Later Drive to Trichy Railway Station to board the train for Dinner & depart.

Day 5: Madurai

Madurai has been inhabited since at least the 3rd century BC. Madurai is famous for its silks, pearls and spices. It was this lucrative trade that let its Pandyan kings to erect the mighty Meenakshi temple in 13th Century. 

After breakfast Visit the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, dedicated to Hindu Goddess Paravti (consort of Lord Shiva).The present temple was reconstructed in 17th century & houses 14 gateway towers, tallest of which is 170 feet high. There are an estimated 33,000 sculptures in the complex with two golden structured shrines over the main deities in the inner sanctum.

Later return to train for lunch & brief rest.

Evening visit 17th century built Thirumalai Nayak Palace,to savour the history and culture of Tamil Nadu at the sound & light show based on Silappatikaram,one of great epics of Tamil Literature.

Later return back to train for dinner & depart

Day 6: Kanyakumari & Wooden Palace & Kovalam Beach (Near Trivandrum)

Train reaches Kochhuvelli Railway Station (Near Trivandrum) by 4:30PM and drive 45 minutes to World famous Kovalam Beach on the Arabian Sea.Time free on the beach followed by dinner & cultural program at leading 5-star beach resort.

Return back to train by 1030pm & depar

Day 7: Alleppey (Kerala Backwaters) & Fort Kochi Town

Proceed at 0930 am to Alleppey Jetty Point & board Kettuvallam (traditional houseboat having coir ropes tied in knots holding the entire wooden plank structure together) to enjoy Cruise through backwaters of Punnamada Lake & onboard lunch.

Return to Alleppey Jetty Point by 230pm & board buses for onwards 2 hrs drive to Cochin.
NOTE: After dropping passengers at Alleppey, the train runs empty to Cochin.

On Arrival in 16th Century built Fort Kochi Town, proceed to explore Chinese Fishing Nets, Jew Synagogue & local spice market. Later Drive to Ernakulam Railway station to board the train & depart. Dinner onboard.

Day 8: Bangalore Return

Your journey ends at 11 o'clock on arrival at Yeshwanthpur Railway Station, Bangalore.

Tour Ends

NOTE : 1. Train tour manager reserves the right to amend day to day logistics.
       2. All local excursions in groups by Air Conditioned Buses with services of English Speaking Guide.

Inclusions / Exclusions

The Price Includes:

  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabin with en suite bathrooms
  • Soft Beverages during meals(B, L,D)
  • Valet Service
  • Still Camera fees
  • Guided off train excursions and game drives as illustrated in the itinerary - inclusive of entrance fees, park fees, transport and services of an English speaking local guide
  • GST 5%.

The Price Excludes:

  • Taxes, Insurance , Gratuities
  • Laundry, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft beverages during non meal hours
  • Video and professional Still Camera fees
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • International and Domestic air tickets
  • Pre and Post tour accommodation and any tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey

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