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The Golden Chariot – Splendor of The South

07 Nights / 08 Days Tour Itinerary

Price Start from US $ 545 /- per person per Nights

Highlights

The Golden Chariot - Named on the world heritage site i.e. stone chariot of Hampi in Southern India. The Golden Chariot built on Mysore and intricately carved Hosalya Temple architecture. Train is equipped with comforts one could imagine. It has an inter-continental and local cuisine restaurants, a lounge bar, a world class spa & gym and 19 specially-designed coaches. Most of the south India destinations are covered in the two itineraries of the Golden Chariot.

Journey on the Golden Chariot – Southern Splendor let you traversing across the three southern states of India. Enjoy a fascinating journey across magnificent landscapes during your week long journey to experience the wonders of Southern India; in the comfort of your own kingdom.


  • Start from Garden city Bangalore
  • Temple town of Thanjavur and Madurai
  • ‘God’s own country Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram)
  • Alappuzha – backwater paradise
  • Scenic coasts of Kochi
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Departure
  • Tariff
  • Booking
  • Gallery

The Golden Chariot – Splendor of The South: The Train

Welcome aboard a fascinating journey through the many worlds of Karnataka. Embark on a luxurious voyage of discovery through the Cradle of Stone Architecture. THE GOLDEN CHARIOT train named after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, a world heritage site, in Southern India will travel through timeless Historical Heritage Sites, Resplendent Palaces, Wildlife and Golden Beaches. It’s 7 Nights / 8 Days colorful journey begins every Monday from Bangalore and traverses through Mysore, visiting Srirangapatna, Mysore Palace; the Nagarhole National Park (Kabini) and continuing to the historical sites of Shravanabelagola, Belur-the 11th century cradle of Hoysala architecture and a world heritage site, Halebidu, Hampi and thereafter entering into the triangular heritage site of Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole, and finally the Golden Beaches of Goa before ending in Bangalore.

Cabin Coaches:
From The Palace to your Chamber
Your chambers are steeped in history. Chambers in which, you will retire under a sky of craftsmanship that narrate timeless tales. Sink into a bed of royalty, reminiscent of the Mysore Maharajas, admire the intricate carvings on the ceiling, the wall panels and furniture inspired by Mysore and Hoysala architecture.
Each Coach of the “The Golden Chariot” has been named after the dynasties that ruled Karnataka - Kadamba, Hoysala, Rastrakota, Ganga, Chalukya, Bhahamani, Adhilshahi, Sangama, Shathavashna, Yudukula and Vijayanagar.
• Fully air-conditioned cabins.
• 26 twin beds, 17 double bed cabins and 1 cabin for the physically challenged.
• Every cabin is equipped with Wi-Fi, LCD television, DVD with 6
  satellite channels, wardrobe, vanity/writing desk and private bathroom with luxurious
  amenities and accessories.

Nala and Ruchi - Two Restaurants
A Culinary tour of fine taste.
Nala named after a king and legendary chef from the times of the Mahabharata. Ruchi, a name that means fine taste in Sanskrit. The two restaurants serve a spread of vegetarian and non-vegetarian culinary delights.
• Interiors inspired by the timeless aesthetics of Hampi and Halebid.
• 4-seater and 2-seater dining cabins with comfortable sofas and chairs.

Madira - The Lounge Bar
Spirit for your soul.
Timeless like the spirits we serve, Madira, the mythical drink of the gods in the lounge bar aboard The Golden Chariot. Pour yourself fine spirits as you unravel your soul, as you watch performances of local artisans. Celebrate the journey into timelessness as tilting music uplifts you.
• Relaxing and elegant seating at bar.
• Plush and royal interiors modeled after the Mysore Palace.

Conference Coach
Where modern day royalty does business.
The Golden Chariot Conference Coach can seat up to 30 business leaders and gives you lessons in history and leaves with a vision for the future.
• Seating capacity of 25-30 guests.
• 42 inch LCD television.
• High-speed internet surfing area.

Gym Coach
Experience Eternity
Attain Nirvana.
At the Ayurveda centre, Spa and gym on The Golden Chariot, discover age old traditions and cures to modern day stress.
• Two massage rooms for an out of this world rejuvenation experience.
• For those who prefer a local flavour - Ayurveda massages are provided.
• Fully equipped gymnasium.
Day 1 - Bangalore - Chennai (Monday)

Meeting point at the Taj West End in Bangalore at 15.00 hrs

After High Tea depart for sightseeing at 16.00 hrs. Towards the evening check In at the Bangalore Railway Station on your hotel train "The Golden Chariot – Splendor of The South“ you comfortable home for the next week.

Departure for Chennai at: 22.00 hrs

Day 2 - Mamallapuram & Chennai (Tuesday)

Arrival at Chennai: 06.00 hrs

Excursion to Mamallapuram, an ancient coastal port, south of Chennai, world famous for its shore temple, Mamallapuram was the second capital and sea port of the Pallava Kings of Kanchipuram, the first Tamil dynasty after the fall of the Gupta Empire. 
The whole of Mamallapuram is a fabulous open-air museum of sculptures in living rock, Monolithic shrines scooped out caverns magnificently sculpted within and the world’s biggest Bas relief in rock, are truly wondrous examples of the sculptor’s art. The famous temples of the Rathas, the Penance of Bhagirath, the Shore Temple and the eight Mandapams. (Shallow, rock cut halls) are also located at the beach.

Lunch at Mamallapuram. After lunch we proceed to visit the city of Chennai.

Chennai - India’s fourth largest city, Chennai is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. Chennai was the site of the East India Company’s first settlement founded in 1639 on land given by the Raja of Chandragiri, the last representative of the Vijaynagar rulers of Hampi. The East India Company was an English trading establishment and thus was the forerunner to the British Empire, which, came into political prominence towards the end of the 17th Century. Chennai is a conglomerate of over grown villages, and being a major port, today it is also known as the gateway to the South.

Proceed for a sightseeing tour of Chennai. The tour begins from the ‘St. Mary’s Church’, built in 1678 – 80, was the first English Church in Chennai.   The Saint Thomas Cathedral, built in 1504, and then re-built in
neo - gothic style in 1893, this Roman Catholic Church is said to house the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle.  Also visit the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, an ancient Shiva Temple, constructed in pure Dravidian style.  The Sri Parathasarathy Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, built in 8th century during the reign of the Pallavas.  Other attractions include the National Art Gallery and Museum, which house some beautiful temple friezes, the bronze gallery, and archeological section.  Drive past the High Court Building, Fort St. George and the famous film studios. Towards the evening return to the train and dinner onboard.


Departure for Pondicherry after the dinner.

   
Day 3 - Pondicherry (Wednesday)

Arrival at Pondicherry: 08:00 hrs

Pondicherry: In the Northern Tamil Nadu region, quite a contrast to the temple heritage, is located Pondicherry.  Formerly a French colony settled early in the 18th century, Pondicherry became part of the Indian Union in the early 50’s when the French voluntarily relinquished control.  French is still widely spoken, and seaside villas and cobbled streets are more reminiscent of the South of France than the South of India!

Sightseeing tour of Pondicherry, visiting Auroville. Conceived as a tribute to Sri Aurobindo, Auroville is an entirely new concept in education and urban living. The Aurobindo Ashram is known to the world over as the "Centre of Integral Yoga".  Sri Aurobindo, India’s philosopher around 1920 founded it.

After diner the train continuous to Tiruchirapalli at around: 22:00 p.m.

Day 4 - Tiruchirapalli & Thanjavur (Thursday)

Arrival in Tiruchirapalli early in the morning

Trichy (Tiruchirapalli)  - Situated on the banks of the River Kaveri, just 320 kms from Chennai, Trichy was a Chola Citadel during the Sangam Age when the Pandyas and Pallavas held sway over this region for short periods.  The Nayaks of Madurai built the town and the historic Rock Fort, which played a vital role in the Carnatic wars in the 18th century.  The most famous landmark is ‘The Rock Fort Temple’, a spectacular monument perched on a rock outcrop which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. At the first level are the remnants of a huge hall blasted into ruins in 1772.  The next storey is the Mathrubhuteshwar Shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva.  Finally at the top of the hill, is the Ucchi Pillayar Koil – A Lord Ganesh Temple, offering a commanding view of the city.

Proceed for a sightseeing tour of Tanjore where you will visit temples built during the 10th and 14th centuries.  These later became a part of the Vijaynagar Kingdom, which subsequently passed into the hands of the Marathas and went to the British.
The most famous landmark is the Brihadeshwara temple, which is now a world heritage site.

Day 5 - Madurai (Friday)

Arrival in Madurai: 08:00 hrs

Madurai – is an animated city packed with pilgrims, vendors, business people, bullock carts and legions of under employed rickshaw pullers. It is one of the Southern India’s oldest cities and has been a center of learning and pilgrimage for centuries.

Proceed for a sightseeing tour of Madurai – The primary interest is the Meenakshi Temple, where Dravidian temple architecture may be considered to be at its best. Its Hall of a thousand Pillars is fabulous and is filled with worshippers at all hours of the day. The tour also includes a visit to the – Thirumalai Nayak Palace & Thiruparangundram temple.

Day 6 - Kanyakumari / Thiruvananthapuram (Saturday)

The tour begins in the morning with Sunrise at Kanyakumari.  Kanyakumari is southern most district of Tamilnadu state. It is bound by Tirunelveli district on the North and the East. The South Eastern boundary of this district is formed by the Gulf of Mannar. The district of Kanyakumari was a part of the erstwhile Travancore state. The South and Southwest boundaries are formed by Indian Ocean and The Arabian Sea. The Western and and Northwestern boundaries are formed by Kerala.

Breakfast and Lunch will be served on board and in the afternoon depart to Thiruvananthapuram. Visit Palace of Thiruvananthpuram and stroll through Kovalam Beach.  In the evening there will be a Gala Dinner and Cultural Show at The Leela Kovalam.

Overnight in train while it departs for Alleppey.

   
Day 7 - Backwaters & Kochi / Allepey (Sunday)

Arrival in Allepey: 09:00 hrs

From Alappuzha enjoy the bewitching Vembanad lake, the largest backwater stretch in Kerala, cruising along in a traditional boat. We will take you to Kumarakom, one of the prime tourist attractions of Kerala. The green shores throbbing with vigour and pure beauty will never tire you. The soft sunlight lends the calm water a new enchantment as the palms on both shores welcome you with a gentle whisper in the wind. Your mind will assure you that this scene will remain within you, to relieve you during all your busiest hours.

On reaching Kumarakom, you enter another world of wonders. This small backwater village, which is a cluster of islands, has a life of its own, with a slow, serene rhythm. The sights, sounds and fragrances will simply captivate you.

Lunch at kumarakom and afterwards drive to Kochi.

The tour of Kochi begins from “The Dutch Palace also known as Mattancherry Palace, built by Portugues in 1555, which is famous for its murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana and the puranic legends. Adjacent to the palace is the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays & Saturdays) built in 1568. Also visit the St. Francis Church (closed on Sundays), established by the Portuguese Franciscan friars in 1503.

Vasco Da-Gama was buried in the courtyard of this European church built in India. Other attractions include the traditional fishing hamlets and the fisher folk in their colorful costumes. The tour also includes a visit to the seaside where one can still see the, nearly a century old Chinese fishing nets, which, are still in use. 

 In the evening Kathakali dance and dinner

Departure at 22:00 hrs for Bangalore
Day 8 - Bangalore (Monday)

Arrival at Bangalore in the Morning.

After breakfast departure to your next destination.

October 2014 - March 2015 (For Indian nationals only)
Occupancy Type
Per person / night
(INR)
Total for 7 nights per person
(INR)
Single
26400
184800
Double
19800
138600
Triple
16500
115500
October 2014 - March 2015 (For International travellers)
Occupancy Type
Per person / night
(IN $)
Total for 7 nights per person
(IN $)
Single
831
5817
Double
627
4389
Triple
545
3815

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• @ 3.09% Service Tax shall be levied on the tariff of Splendor of The South.
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• 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
• Remaining 80% of ticket value 30 days prior to departure.

In case of Group:
• 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
• Remaining 50% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy
In case of FITs:

• 5% of the ticket value if cancellation is made until 60 days prior to departure.
• 20% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 30-59 days prior to departure.
• 50% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 15-29 days prior to departure.
• 100% of the ticket value if the cancellation is made 14 days prior to departure.

In case of Group:
• 10% of the ticket value if cancellation is made until 60 days prior to departure.
• 25% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 30-59 days prior to departure.
• 75% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 15-29 days prior to departure.
• 100% of the ticket value if the cancellation is made 14 days prior to departure.
2014
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Dec 1, 15, 29
2015
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Feb 9, 23
Mar 9, 23
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