Southern Splendor

Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Destinations Covered: Bangalore | Chennai | Mahabalipuram | Pondicherry | Tanjavur | Madurai | Nagercoil (Kanyakumari) | Alleppey | Kochi

 

Travel through the Splendours of Kerala & Tamilnadu through this luxury train tour known as Golden Chariot. A Luxury train covers all the prominent and fascinating destinations in South India. Our Journey will start from Bangalore and will go through the marvellous temple cities of Tamilnadu. Later we will enter in God’s Own Country Kerala and will conclude the tour at Cochin. A never before experience seeing the mix of luxury, culture, traditions from the window of train and by walking through the streets. Welcome Onboard !!!

Tour Highlight

  • Luxury Train Experience
  • Monolithic sea shore temples at Mahabalipuram
  • Auroville Ashram: Work place of the great philosopher Sri Aurobindo.
  • Brihadeshwara shiva temple at Thanjavur. A world heritage site.
  • Srirangam temple: beautiful color scheme of this temple soothes the sight.
  • 1000 pillars temple: a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Surya.
  • Allepey houseboat: Cruise through the backwaters of Kerala and watch the local life closely.

Southern Splendour Golden Chariot

Train Tour Tariff

2018-19 Season Tariff

  • Dual Tariff for Foreign Passport Holders & Indian Nationals (both in Indian Rupees-INR)
  • Foreign Nationals can pay INR Tariff in equivalent foreign exchange, as per prevailing rate of exchange on www.xe.com
  • OCI Holders can pay as per Indian National Tariff, ONLY if they have Pan Card
COST PER CABIN (taxes extra) 7 Nights Train Tour Cost
Occupancy TypeNumber of PersonsIn Rupees-for Foreign Passport Holders
(with appx. equivalent Value in US$)
For Indian Nationals
(in Rs.)
On Single OccupancyOneRs. 4,34,000/-
(appx. US$ 6915 )
Rs.2,59,000/-
On Double OccupancyTwoRs. 6,58,000/-
(appx. US$ 10,485)
Rs.3,78,000/-
On Triple OccupancyThreeRs. 8,40,000/-
(appx. US$ 13,385)
Rs. 4,20,000/-
NOTE :

  • Add 10% Holiday Surcharge Extra for 31 Dec depart
  • Add Govt. Taxes Extra-as applicable on date of journey
  • Maximum Three Persons of five years & above can book for 1 Cabin
  • Option to book Double Occupancy Cabin either with Single Large Queen Size Bed Or Two Separate Beds(viz. Twin Bedded)
  • Children<5 years are COMPLIMENTARY without bed
  • Children<12 years are Charged 50% of Adult Cost & provided bunker bed
  • Total Journey is of 7 Nights from Bangalore/Bangalore ,BUT option to book Minimum Four Nights part Journey & pay accordingly
  • Scheduled depart will operate SUBJECT to minimum Eleven Passengers or advance received will be refunded
SCHEDULE: 2018-19 Season
 
7 Nights Southern Splendour Circuit Of Golden Chariot Train
MonthDepart Date Ex Bangalore (on Monday Afternoon)
Oct 201822
Nov 201805,26
Dec 201831*
Jan 201921
Feb 201904,25
March 2019Nil

Note :

  • Add 10% Holiday Surcharge Extra for 31 Dec Depart
  • Total Journey is of 7 Nights from Bangalore/Bangalore –BUT option to book Minimum Four Nights part journey of choice & pay accordingly
  • Train Tour will operate subject to MINIMUM Eleven Passengers – Or advance received will be refunded

Inclusion

  • Overnight Stay & travel onboard train in Exclusive AC sleeping chambers with private attached bathrooms
  • Daily 3 meals(wide array or vegetarian & non non vegetarian cuisine)
  • Packaged drinking water
  • Group sightseeing tours in AC Buses with English speaking Guides
  • Complimentary use of onboard gymnasium & wi-fi connection restricted to public areas
  • Cultural programs
  • Still Camera & Entrance fees at monuments & wild life parks

Exclusion

  • Professional/Video Camera fees at monuments
  • Room Service
  • Alcoholic & Non Alcoholic beverages
  • Use of Spa & business car facility
  • Telephone calls,
  • Laundry
  • Tips
  • Porter fees and all other expenses of personal nature.
  • Day 01: Mon: Bangalore Depart

    Arrival at International Airport, After the custom formalities meet our MTA representative,Transfer to Hotel. Report in Lobby of Hotel Taj West End by 4pm for Check-In formalities of Southern Splendour train, followed by high tea,brief train tour presentation & cultural program. Proceed to visit ISKON Hindu Temple,before reaching Yashwantpur Railway Station by 815pm to board the Southern Splendour - Golden Chariot Train. At 9pm train departs. Dinner is served onboard.
  • Day 02: Tue: Chennai & Mahabalipuram

    Train reaches Egmore Railway Station Chennai by 930 am & depart for sightseeing After visiting Santhome Cathedral built over tomb of apostle St Thomas & drive through Marine Bay Road Drive proceed for excursion 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 03: Wed Morning : Auroville

    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 to join in this laboratory of evolution. Enjoy screening on Auroville Ashram, tour of Auroville Ashram, Matri Mandir and shopping in the Ashram. Later Drive back to Pondicherry town for lunch in boutique restaurant & return to train for brief rest
  • Day 03 Late After Noon: Pondicherry

    Visit Aurobindo Ashram (former residence of founder of Auroville) & 17th Century built Ganesh Hindu Temple. 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 04: Thurs: Morning: Tanjavur (Tanjore)

    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. Facing the temple is a big statue of Nandi(Sacred Bull) again carved out of single rock ,measuring 16 feet long & 13 feet high.Later visit Former Royal Palace with an interesting museum, art gallery & Library. 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.
  • Day 04: Thurs: Afternoon: Trichy (Tiruchirapalli)

    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.The temple is enclosed by 7 concentric walls with total length of over six miles.The complex has 21 towers, 39 pavilions, fifty shrines,hall of 1000 pillars and several small water bodies inside. 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 05: Fri: Morning: Madurai Temple Visit

    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.
  • Day 05: Fri: Evening : Madurai Sound & Light Show

    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 06: Sat: Morning: Kanyakumari & Wooden Palace

    Early Morning train reaches Nagercoil Railway Station & by 5am proceed for excursion (30 minutes drive one way) to sunrise point at Kanyakumari. This location is the southernmost tip of Peninsular India & meeting place of three oceans- the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. After breakfast on the train & brief rest, proceed for excursion (30 minutes drive one way) to early 17th Century built Padmanabhapuram Wooden Palace, one of hallmarks of traditional Kerala style architecture. Later return to the train at Nagercoil Railway Station & depart. Lunch on board.
  • Day 06: Sat: Evening: Kovalam Beach (Near Trivandrum)

    Early Morning train reaches Nagercoil Railway Station & by 5am proceed for excursion (30 minutes drive one way) to sunrise point at Kanyakumari. This location is the southernmost tip of Peninsular India & meeting place of three oceans- the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. After breakfast on the train & brief rest, proceed for excursion (30 minutes drive one way) to early 17th Century built Padmanabhapuram Wooden Palace, one of hallmarks of traditional Kerala style architecture. Later return to the train at Nagercoil Railway Station & depart. Lunch on board.
  • Day 07: Sun: Morning: Alleppey (Kerala Backwaters)

    Proceed at 930 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.
  • Day 07: Sun: Late Afternoon: Fort Kochi Town

    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 08: Mon: Bangalore Return

    Your journey ends at 11 am on arrival at Yeshwanthpur Railway Station, Bangalore. And then transfer to international Airport for onward destination with unforgettable memories.

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