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Splendor of the South

Bangalore - Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Auroville - Pondicherry - Trichy - Tanjore - Madurai - Kanyakumari - Kovalam - Kerala - Cochin - Bangalore

Splender of the South is another grand way of traversing across the colorful and culturally vibrant southern regions of India. Extensively traveling through the length and breadth of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, this luxury train offers 8-day sojourn to its guests. A property of Golden Chariot, a luxury train in India that has so far introduced the various cities of Karnataka to a thousand guests in a never before way, Southern Splender promises to be no less spectacular and fascinating. Come board this enchanting sojourn and relive the glory of India, yet another time.

Timings for Check In and Check Out :

  • Check In : 06.00 - 07.00 PM at Yashwantpura Railway station Bangalore
  • Check out : 9.30 AM Yashwantpura railway station, Bangalore
Itinerary
Day 1

Bangalore

  • 06.00 - 07.00 pm : Report at the station for check-in and board the train.
  • 09.00 pm : The Golden Chariot pulls off from the station and proceeds towards Mysore.

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

Chennai - Mahabalipuram

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 havestill 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.

Spend Overnight at Pondicherry.

Day 3

Auroville - Pondicherry

Morning excursion to Auroville-a modern commune ,dedicated to unfification of all religions.

Return to the comfort of 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 4

Trichy - Tanjore

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 and spend Overnight on the luxury train.

Day 5

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 the comfort of luxury train.

Day 6

Kanyakumari - Kovalam

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 Kovalam 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

Kerala - Cochin

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.

Dinner on board.

Spend Overnight on the luxury train.

Day 8

Bangalore

Morning train returns to Bangalore.

Tour ends

Splendor Of The South Schedule 2018, 2019
Month Departue Date
October, 2018 22
November, 2018 5 26
December, 2018 31
January, 2019 21
February, 2019 4 25
Splendor Of The South - Tariff (7 Nights / 8 Days)
Cabin Type Per Person Per Night Per Person Per Journey
Single Occupancy INR 56000 INR 392000
Twin Sharing INR 42560 INR 297920
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