Luxury Trains-The Golden Chariot-Splendor Of The South (PH18The Golden Chariot) *
: 8 Days/ 7 Nights
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Day 1 Bangalore
The journey commences from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. You report in Taj West End and proceed for heritage walk in hotel\\\'s lush gardens. You are served tea by 5:00 PM. Thereafter, presentation regarding the train and cultural dance is to be organized. Guests then head to ISKCON Temple for Darshan, which is followed by grand welcome by The Golden Chariot team at Yeshwanthpur Railway Station .
Dinner will be served for the guests aboard the Splendor of the South. The train starts its journey for the first destination.
Day 2 Chennai-Mamallapuram
The train will arrive at Chennai Egmore Railway Station at 6 am on the 2nd day of the trip. Breakfast on board. Visit the San Thome Basilica and Museum. Next leave for Mahabalipuram by luxury coach. On this day, guests get a chance to visit the attractions of Mamallapuram- also known as Mahabalipuram. This town is renowned for its ancient stone carvings. Nestled comfortably at a distance of about 58 km from Chennai, Mamallapuram is best visited for its temples. The temple of Rathas, the Penance of Arjuna, and the Shore Temple are a few of the most significant attractions housed here. Guests can relish interesting culinary delights during lunch served in a luxury resort. Thereafter, guests continue sightseeing and visit Shore Shiva Temple of Mamallapuram.
At 5:00 PM, tea and refreshments at the resort. Later depart for destination station (Puducherry) to board the Golden Chariot for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3 Pondicherry
Early in the morning you arrive in Pondicherry, a city that was once a French colony. Post-breakfast in the train, you get all set for a sightseeing trip across the cobbled streets of the city. Auroville Ashram is to be visited today where you are free to shop or explore its attractions like Matra Mandir. Lunch is organize at Promenade Beach Resort and continue sightseeing by visiting Aurobindo Ashram and Ganesha Temple. You can enjoy shopping, strolling amid the French colonial beauty.
By 7:00 PM you get back to the train for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4 Tanjavur-Trichy
Upon reaching Tanjavur Railway Station, you are served breakfast. After the hearty meal, you are set to leave for Brihadeshwara Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site). After darshan, you can go for shopping. Later, go for a quick visit to Chola Bronze Museum. Lunch is served by 2:00 PM in Ideal River View Resort. Later, continue sightseeing to Trichy. Sri Rangam Temple (Trichy) is to be visited at 6:00 PM. By 7:30 PM you will get back to the Golden Chariot. Dinner and stay overnight.
Day 5 Madurai
Arrival in Madurai, the city of ornate temples. Post-breakfast, you commence your sightseeing across the city and visit the Meenakshi temple, 1000 pillar temple and museum. You return to the train for lunch by 1:00 PM. You have free time for shopping. Late, proceed to Thirumalai Nayaka Palace for sound and light show.
By 7:30 pm you get back to Golden Chariot for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6 Kanyakumari
You start the sixth day of your sojourn by arriving to the Nagercoil Railway station. For the early risers, this is beautiful chance to behold the sunrise view in Kankyakumari, the southernmost tip of India). By 7:30 AM, you return aboard for breakfast. Later leave for Padmanabhapuram Wooden Palace. Return to the Golden Chariot by 1:00 PM for lunch as the train leaves for Kochuveli station. Deboard at Kochuveli to be transferred to Kovalam. There, you savor tea and refreshments by the beach. By late evening, guests gather in a 5-star luxury resort for cultural show and dinner.
At 10:30 PM, you return on board for overnight stay.
Day 7 Alappuzha-Kochi
Guests are served breakfast on board at 8:00 AM as the train proceeds to Alappuzha Railway station. By 10:00 AM depart to board traditional houseboats from Alleppey Jetty (Cruise in Vembanad Lake Backwaters). Cruising in Kerala Backwaters is a tranquil and unforgettable experience, as the shores are fringed with palm trees. Lunch is organized at a luxury resort. By 2:30 PM guests leave for Kochi and reach there in an hour. Upon reaching, explore the surroundings of Kochi like Chinese Fishing Nets, and Jew Town.
Dinner and overnight stay on board.
Day 8 Bangalore Reurn
You will arrive in Bangalore in the wee hours of the morning. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast aboard the train before receiving a warm farewell from The Golden Chariot crew.
Day 9 At a Glance
The Golden Chariot
Pristine beaches, wildlife parks and astonishing architectural and World Heritage sites along with cultural immersions & insider experiences: The Golden Chariot luxury trains travel in India is about this and more.
At a Glance
Tour Duration 7 Nights / 8 Days
COVERED Bangalore - Chennai - Pondicherry - Thanjavur - Madurai - Thiruvananthapuram - Alleppey - Kochi - Bangalore
FARE STARTING FROM INR 238000
SEASON Oct to Apr
DISTANCE COVERED 1,888 kms approx
The Golden Chariot offers 2 tastefully crafted luxury train tours in South India. An initiative of the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), the Golden Chariot travels to an array of World Heritage Sites, wildlife sanctuary, spectacular palaces and cultural sites in South Indian states of Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu.
This Indian luxury train comes equipped with state of the art amenities such as air conditioning, Wi-Fi internet, live television and en-suite washrooms. The train also comes with 2 dining cars, a bar & a lounge and fitness center and spa.
With interior decor inspired from the Hoyasala and Mysore tradition of architecture, this luxury train transports the guest into a bygone era of elegant train traveling.
Relax in privacy of your cabin even as the breakfast is served to you every morning. Wake up at a different destination each day, watch the landscape spool by through the panoramic window as you embark on one of the most unforgettable chug across destinations in South India
With all inclusive itineraries which include an array of unique experiences, embark on a voyage through the sand of times as you travel in style aboard this luxury train in South India.
About the Train
There are 19 coaches which comprises the Golden Chariot including 11 guest coaches. Each coach is named after an erstwhile ruling dynasty of a bygone era and characterized by motifs reminiscent of that particular time and era. Traditional décor combines flawlessly with the modern amenities to offer the best of elegance and pampering to the guests in their warm and suave interiors. Intricate carvings, sylvan décor, and furniture inspired by Mysore and Hoysala architecture are suffused in history narrating eternal tales.
Each cabin is equipped with modern amenities such as air conditioning, LCD television with satellite channels, wardrobes, vanity/writing desk and attached bathroom with accessories and toiletries. The coaches are set with features such as:
Centrally air conditioning
Interiors depicting essence of Karnataka
LCD television with satellite connection
1 cabin for the disabled guests aboard the train
Meaning fine taste in India, Ruchi serves to its guests a comfortable atmosphere to relish Indian culinary delights besides a host of international cuisines as well.
Other than sightseeing in some of the premium destinations of India, you can also recreate luxury, comfort and adventure in the recreational coach of the train! This luxury cabin is set with:
An Ayurveda spa center with 2 massage rooms
Lounge area for relaxation
There are two elegantly appointed restaurants Nala and Ruchi with décor inspired by Halebid and Hampi style of architecture. These restaurants serve gourmet cuisines to the guests in their aesthetically designed interiors. Timeless beauty and serene ambience add to the romance of an elegant dining experience on board the Golden Chariot train. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian foods are served for the platter of the guests. Besides table d\'hôte meals included in the fare, guests can also order a la carte menu as per their liking and appetite.
A well stocked bar with collection of home labels as well as international label is also available on the Golden Chariot. There is a seamless harmony of the charm of bygone era and the contemporary sophistication in the decor of the bar. The bar serves an eclectic collection of wine and spirits along with the hors d\'oeuvres. Get high on spirits as local performers add to the nonchalance and romance of a languid evening.
Named after the legendary chef, Nala, this in house restaurant is best visited by guests for its classic ambience and range of lip smacking delicacies.
Madira is the lounge bar housed within the Golden Chariot that guests visit in order to unwind and relax after a tiring day of sightseeing and travel. The wide collection of exotic