Journey Name: The Golden Chariot - Southern Splendour  |  Journey Duration: Upto 10 days
 
Overview:
Welcome aboard a fascinating journey across the vibrant and diverse world of Southern India. From historical heritage palaces to awe-inspiring stone sculptures, this journey offers it all. If history and architecture is you passion this is one journey you should not miss. This journey covers exotic places, ancient temples and the mesmerizing beauty of the Indian coastline. All this aboard a luxury train that will make you feel like royalty. In short this journey captures the essence of the bygone era, making your trip a truly memorable one!
 
Train Departure Schedule :
2015
October - December
2016
January - March
 
 
Journey Dates :

YEAR’ 2015

Months

Dates

October

26

November

16

December

21

 

YEAR’ 2016

Months

Dates

January

04, 25

February

08, 22

March

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Places Covered:
Bangalore – Chennai – Mamallapuram – Pondicherry – Thanjavur – Madurai – Kanyakumari – Kovalam – Backwaters – Kochi – Bangalore
 
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1 : Monday : Bangalore

Report at The Taj West End Hotel by 4 p.m. for check-in formalities while you enjoy high tea & brief presentation about the train. Proceed for a visit to the art gallery and enjoy a cultural dance performance. Reach Yeshwantpur Railway Station, by 8 pm and you will be escorted to your respective cabins. Dinner on board as the train departs by 9 pm for Chennai.

Day 2 : Tuesday : Chennai & Mamallapuram

After breakfast, head out to explore the city of Mamallapuram, famous for its history and shore temple. After spending the morning at Mamallapuram, enjoy lunch at the Radisson Blu Temple Bay hotel. Later, you will be taken for a sightseeing tour of Chennai to Siant Thomas Cathedral, the Kapaleeshwarar temple, Sri Parthasarathy temple and the National Art Gallery and Museum. In the evening return to the train as the train departs for Puducherry. Dinner and overnight stay on board the train. 

Day 3 : Wed : Auroville & Pondicherry

After breakfast head out for a morning excursion to Auroville-a modern commune, this works towards the unification of all religions. It was founded by India’s renowned philosopher Sri Aurobindo in 1920. Return to train for lunch. 
In the afternoon stroll through the beach town of Pondicherry-this former French colony exhibits a Mediterranean aura with French style architecture and boutiques. Proceed for dinner to eco-resort & later return to train as it makes its way to Tanjavur.

Day 4 : Thurs : Tanjavur

As you have your breakfast the train arrives in Tanjavur. Disembark from train to visit the World-famous Brahadishwara temple, a historical monument dating back to 11th century which now is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region also offers unique Tanjavur style paintings and Tanjavur dolls. Lunch will be served at the Ideal River View Resort. After lunch, visit Trichy where you will see the famous Sri Rangam Temple. In the evening return to the train to relax. Dinner and overnight stay onboard the train.

Day 5 : Fri : Madurai

After breakfast you will disembark to explore this city of Madurai which has a rich cultural heritage that goes back to over 2, 500 years. The city is identical with the celebrated Meenakshi temple which is known 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 beautiful blend of Dravidian, Islamic and European architecture. 
Return to train for lunch. 
Later in the afternoon visit Poompuhar Handicrafts Emporium where you can shop for exquisite handicrafts. Then proceed to Tirumalai Nayak Mahal for sound & light show, followed by dinner & traditional folk performance at The Heritance. Return to train for a scrumptious lunch as the train leaves for Kanyakumari.  

Day 6 : Sat : Kanyakumari, Trivandrum & Kovalam 

Reaching the southernmost point of India, you can proceed to Kanyakumari sunrise point & brief city tour. Then return to the train for breakfast. After breakfast visit the Padmanabhpuram Wooden Palace. After lunch visit the Kovalam Beach located on Arabian Sea, offers a natural cove with shallow waters stretching for hundreds of metres making it ideal for swimming.  In the evening return to the train to relax and enjoy a Gala dinner as the train leaves for Kochi.

Day 7 : Sun : Kerala Backwaters & Kochi

After breakfast visit Alleppey, where you board the house boat cruise in Punnamada Lake. Enjoy boat cruise through its canals, which takes you past scenic islands covered with coconut and palm trees. After lunch visit Kochi- a vibrant cosmopolitan city famous for its Jewish Synagogue and the Dutch palace. Then board the train as it leaves for Bangalore.

Day 08 : Bangalore Return
Today after breakfast, disembark from the train as this beautiful journey comes to an end.

IMPORTANT : The Day to Day Schedule may be changed at short notice by the Train Manager, to suit local logistics.
 
Price:

   For International travellers

Occupancy Type

October’ 2015 to March 2016

Per Deluxe cabin/per person(US$)

Single

5880

Double

4410

Triple

3850


   For Domestic travellers

Occupancy Type

October’ 2015 to March 2016

Per Deluxe cabin/per person (INR)

Single

203000

Double

161000

Triple

126000

 
Inclusions:
  • Accommodation on board The Golden Chariot – Splendour of The South
  • All meals , including tea, coffee and mineral water
  • Gala Dinner in Poovar
  • Kathakali dance show in Kochi
  • Transport for sightseeing’s with an air-conditioned deluxe bus
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums
  • Accompanying German and English speaking guides
 
Exclusions:
Alcoholic beverages, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, Business Car Facilities, Spa Car Facilities and other items of personal nature
 
Notes – Remarks:

  • The Golden Chariot – Southern Splendour offers a minimum 05 night tour option.
  • 50% of tariff for children between 5 years and 12 years of age.
  • Service tax @3.625% extra as applicable.
  • There will be a 10% surcharge levied on the tariff for the trips falling during Christmas and New Year.
  • No Charter can be booked during X-mas & New Year period.
 
Terms and Conditions:

Booking Policy:

a) In case of FITs:-

 

  • 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
  • Remaining 80% of ticket value 30 days prior to departure of the tour.


b) In case of Group and Charter:-


  • 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
  • Remaining 50% of ticket value 45 days prior to departure of the tour.


Cancellation Policy:

a) In case of FITs:-

 

  • 5% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.
  • 20% of ticket value between 30 to 59 days prior to departure.
  • 50% of ticket value between 29 to 15 days prior to departure.
  • 100% of ticket value less than 14 days prior to departure.

 

b) In case of Group and Charter:-

 

  • 10% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.
  • 25% of ticket value between 59 to 30 days prior to departure.
  • 75% of ticket value between 29 to 15 days prior to departure.
  • 100% of ticket value less than 14 days prior to departure.


No show/ En route termination of tour/amendment:

  • No Show - In case of No Show / Non-arrival of the guest, no refund or adjustment in future travel will be possible. The whole amount shall be treated as forfeited.
  • En route termination of tour - In case of termination of tour by the guest, for any reasons, no refund or adjustment for future travel will be possible. The amount for unused portion of the tour shall be treated as forfeited.
  • Amendment - Is only possible under the circumstances like Natural Disaster / Natural Calamity or Serious Health Problem's (this needs to be supported by doctor's certificate) and is subject to availability. No refunds are possible and every case be decided on merits on a case to case basis.

 
Route Map
 
  • Embark on a luxurious voyage of discovery through the Cradle of Stone Architecture.
  • A culinary Tour of fine taste
  • Stay in chambers steeped in history.
  • Enjoy in the lounge bar with relaxing seating
  • Get rejuvatated at the Ayurveda centre