The Golden Chariot - Splendor of The South Tour 7N/8D

Itinerary -


Day 01 Monday Arrival : 1500 hours / Place: Taj West End Hotel, Bangalore

Assemble at The Taj West End Hotel by for check-in formalities followed by high tea & a brief presentation on the train. Proceed for visiting Chitrakala Parishad / Art gallery, and enjoy a cultural programme. Reach Yeshwantpur Railway Station, by 2000 hours and get a grand welcome by the train crew who escort you to your respective cabins. Dinner to be served on board. Train departs by 2100 hours.

Alternate itinerary In case you do not wish to go for the original itinerary that includes check-in at Taj and sightseeing of Bangalore city, here's an alternate itinerary, especially suited for people fond of eco tourism:

Arrival: 1100 hours / Place: Our Native Village Check-in at Our Native village, followed by a grand lunch. Know the train, do's & don'ts and safety & security measures while being on the train through a brief presentation by the train staff. At around 1500 hours, get an eco resort tour, and the Revivalist movement - an art & culture tour. Proceed on for an exciting pottery session, village games and bullock cart rides. Depart to Yeshwantpur Railway Station for a grand welcome session and dinner onboard as the train starts rolling towards Kabini at around 2100 hours.

Day 02: 0600 hours / Place: Chennai - Mammallapuram, Tamil Nadu

As your reach the bustling metropolis of Chennai in the wee hours, get ready for an exhilarating expedition to Mammallapuram located at around 58 km from Chennai. Visit the beautifully crafted and age-old temples, including the temple of Rathas, the Penance of Bhagirath, and most importantly the Shore Temple. Overlooking the Bay of Bengal, Shore Temple is a five-storied structural Hindu temple with a pyramidal structure that is 60 ft high.

Have a lavish lunch at Mahabalipuram and move ahead a sightseeing excursion to Chennai. The prime attractions here include St. Mary's Church, Saint Thomas Cathedral, and the Fort St. George, the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, the National Art Gallery and Museum among others. Dinner and overnight stay aboard as the train proceeds towards Pondicherry.

Day 03: 0800 hours/ Place: Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu

On the third day, the train enters Pondicherry that still exudes a Mediterranean aura for it was a French colony once. Post-breakfast, embark on a sightseeing expedition through the cobbled streets and the vast French styled mansions that are scattered around the city. It is almost like a sojourn of France, rather than India. Pay visit to the prime attractions in the city including Auroville and Sri Aurobindo Ashram after enjoying a flavorsome lunch on board the train. Stroll on the beach and enjoy shopping in the city.

Post-lunch, return to the train and proceed towards your next destination - Tiruchirapalli (also known as Trichy), the heart of Tamil Nadu. Overnight stay on the train as it leaves for Trichy at around 2200 hours.

Day 04 : 0600 hours/ Place: Tiruchirapalli - Tanjore, Tamil Nadu

As the train crisscrosses through pictorial locations and you enjoy a tranquil breakfast on board, you reach Tiruchirapalli, also known as Trichy. Disembark the train to visit the Rock Fort temple, Mathrubhuteshwar Shrine, and the Ucchi Pillayar Koil that are housed here.

Later, proceed towards Tanjore - the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu, which is most significantly known for its prehistoric temples and marvelous paintings. Get fascinated by the splendid Brihadeshwara temple - a World Heritage Site, Alangudi temple, Chandra Bagawan temple, and the Schwartz Church. Lunch is arranged at Sangam Hotel in Tanjore. Dinner and overnight stay on the train.

Day 05 : 0515 hours/ Place: Madurai, Tamil Nadu

As the dawn breaks, you reach Madurai - the temple city. Adorned with some of the greatest architectural sites, Madurai is home to the celebrated Meenakshi Temple located on the southern banks of river Vaigai. Post breakfast on board, you pay visit to this famed temple. The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2500-year-old city and its complex houses 14 gateway towers called gopurams, ranging from 45-50m in height. Enjoy a hearty lunch on board and thereafter get ready for a pleasurable Light & Sound Show at The Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal. A classic fusion of Dravidian and Islamic styles, the palace dates back to 17th century AD.

Enjoy the dinner with live Classical Music at the Heritage - a 17-acre grand resort in Madurai. Return on board to continue your journey towards Nagercoil in Kanyakumari.

Day 06 : 0345 hours/ Place: Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu and Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

The train will arrive at the Nagercoil station in Kanyakumari even as you sleep comfortably in your respective cabins. Though there are several places of tourist-interest here, Kanyakumari is especially popular for its spectacular and unique sunrise and sunset. The confluence of three ocean bodies - the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea - makes the sunrise and sunset even more special, alluring and truly magical. Witness the spectacular sunrise and return to the train for breakfast. Visit the famous Padmanabha Palace (Wooden Palace), located inside an old granite fortress around 4 km long.

Return to the comforts of the train for lunch as the train starts rolling towards Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.

Popularly known as God's own country, Kerala is famous for its enchanting backwaters, it pristine and unadulterated beaches and roaring waterfalls. Arrive at Thiruvananthapuram Station (Kuchuvelli Station) at around 1500 hours and drive to the unspoiled Kovalam beach. Enjoy your tea as you witness the high waves merging into each other and the blue waters playing a hide and seek game with you. This is followed by a Cultural Show and dinner at The Taj Green Cove Kovalam.

Return to the train for overnight stay on board as the wheels start rolling towards you next destination in Kerala - the backwaters of Alleppey.

Day 07 : 0500 hours / Place: Alleppey, Kerala

With the first breeze of the early morning, experience peace and tranquility as you arrive to Alleppey. Mirror still lagoons, pictorial lakesides, palm fringed canals, shores bustling with glimpses from day to day life in the country side - all welcome you with open hands.

Post breakfast on board, get ready for an amazing ride on a Kettuvallom/Houseboat - a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the Kerala backwaters. As you get mesmerized with the beauty of the deep blue waters around you, savour the local delectable cuisines of Kerala on the houseboat itself. This is followed by a drive to Kochi and a visit to the Church, Chinese Fishing nets and a walk around Jew Town.

Board the Golden Chariot for dinner and overnight stay as it departs for Bangalore after a memorable week.

Day 08 : 0800 hours / Place: Yeshwanthpura Railway Station Bangalore

Bid farewell to the Golden Chariot after enjoying a leisurely breakfast on board.

                             Trip Ends With Sweet Memories !!!




Bangalore

Bangalore is a city of contrasts, going by several other aliases: India's Silicon Valley, Pub City, Shopper's Paradise, Garden City and Gourmet's Delight. The capital of the Southern state of Karnataka has a lot to offer - a rich cultural heritage, historic monuments, cultural centers, traditional arts and crafts stores, exotic cuisines and friendly people.

Mysore

Known for its magnificent palaces, majestic buildings, sprawling gardens and tree-lined boulevards, shimmering silks and sandalwood, the 'City Royale" - Mysore always figures out in the tourist's itinerary. It conjures up visions and memories of the resplendent glory of the illustrious Wodeyar Kings. This former Karnataka Capital is a seamless blend of old-world charm and modernity.

Hampi

Set amidst an awesome boulder-strewn landscape along the banks of the Tungabhadra River 12 km away from the sleepy town of Hospet in Bellary district, Hampi was the magnificent capital of the mighty Vijayanagar Kingdom. The best way to visit this World Heritage Site is to take a leisurely stroll through the eloquent ruins.

Belur

Belur - the famous temple destination in the country is located in Karnataka. Visited by thousands of devotees and tourists throughout the year who come here to offer their prayers as well as marvel at the architectural brilliance of the temples, it is home to the famous Hoysala temple complex. Referred to as the Southern Benaras, Belur's origination dates back to the Hoysala rule during the eleventh and twelfth centuries.

Halebid

Home to one of the best examples of Hoysala architecture in the ornate Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples, Halebid is located in the Hassan district in Karnataka. Halebid has several strikingly beautiful Hoysala temples and Jain shrines. These temples are sculptural extravaganza, richly endowed with most finely detailed scroll work in stone.

Pattadakal

Pattadakal, in Karnataka, represents the high point of a heterogeneous art which, in the 7th and 8th centuries under the Chalukya dynasty, achieved a harmonious blend of architectural forms from northern and southern India. An impressive series of nine Hindu temples, as well as a Jain sanctuary, can be seen there. One masterpiece from the group stands out - the Temple of Virupaksha, built c. 740 by Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate her husband's victory over the kings from the South.

Kabini

Offering abundant wildlife in the country and located at about 80 km from the city of Mysore in Karnataka, Kabini is a lush green habitat for the animals, especially Elephants. Besides elephants, the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to a large variety of birds too. The place is a must visit for those on a lookout for a wildlife holiday. So get ready to encounter the mighty tuskers.

Badami

Picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills, the exquisite sculptures and the rust red sandstone cliffs, Badami tell many a tale of yore. Located in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, the blue waters of Agastya Lake surround Badami. Climb a flight of steps to reach the four ancient rock-cut caves replete with carved pillars and bracket figures.

Goa

Palm pronged beaches, miles of golden sands, lush green country-side, an incredible mosaic of cultural heritage, magnificent churches, temples, forts and monuments and a unique cultural synthesis of the east and west - Goa offers it all. Replete with colonial architecture, the Goa is known around the world for its vibrancy. So, just come ashore and enjoy this ever bustling, ever shimmering and ever glowing state where festivities and celebration never end.

Chennai

A blend of the old and the new, the traditional and the modern, Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Spread over 200 sq km with the Bay of Bengal on the east, it is home to a host of Tamil culture art forms including dance, literature, sculpture, music and cinema. Adorned with temples, this modern city is unique for its allegiance to ancient traditions and ethos.

Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram also known as Mamallapuram is divided into four categories - open-air bas-reliefs, structured temples, man-made caves, and rathas. Situated in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu, the town attracts shoals of foreigners in search of unique architectural marvels, relaxation and sea bathing, and most strange of all, it has an atomic power plant as well.

Pondicherry

A French colony up to 1954, Pondicherry (Puducherry) is a living memorial of French rule and culture in India. The Aurobindo Ashram and 'Auroville' the international township are famous all over the world. No else in India would you find such a profusion of natural and architectural beauty. The Union Territory has a lot to offer to the tourists from lovely beaches, backwater areas, to marvelous hotels and restaurants serving authentic French and Indian cuisines.

Tanjore

Home to hundreds of ancient temples, the district of Tanjore, also addressed as Tanjai and Thanjavur, is also famous for its exquisite handicrafts, castings, pith craft and South Indian musical instruments. Being a native place of many skilful artists, Thanjavur paintings are the most renowned elements associated with the place and excellent souvenirs to be carried back home. Tourists visit this place to witness the wonders humans can create with their dexterity and craft.

Madurai

Madurai, located on the banks of Vaigai River, fascinates pilgrims and tourists as the enigma of Indian philosophy unravels in its architecture, religion and cultural traditions. Legends mingle with history, giving its shrines an evocative ambience that brings life to the richness of the city's spiritual culture. The ostentatious Meenakshi temple is the major tourist attraction of this picturesque city.

Thiruvanathpuram

Madurai, located on the banks of Vaigai River, fascinates pilgrims and tourists as the enigma of Indian philosophy unravels in its architecture, religion and cultural traditions. Legends mingle with history, giving its shrines an evocative ambience that brings life to the richness of the city's spiritual culture. The ostentatious Meenakshi temple is the major tourist attraction of this picturesque city.

Kochi

The commercial hub of Kerala, Kochi is a picturesque location that was earlier known as Cochin. A stroll along the beach, particularly at sunset with the Chinese fishing nets and sailing ships in the background, is a memorable experience. Many European style bungalows can be seen along the shoreline. The coastal stretch has loads of small stalls, which cook mouth-watering traditional cuisines using freshly caught fish.

Kerala Backwaters

The backwaters in Kerala offer a world of serenity and wonderment. The coastal regions of Kerala have a network of waterways, inlets from the sea, and estuaries of over forty rivers, lakes and natural canals connecting coastal towns. Cruising on these waterways on a traditional houseboat and enjoying the scenic beauty is sure an incredible experience.

Kanyakumari

The meeting point of three great water bodies: the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of the peninsular India. Besides being an important pilgrim center, it is well known for its beautiful views of sunrise, sunset and moonrise over the waters. The rich history and the cultural heritage of Kanyakumari is one of mixed culture and profound heritage.

About The Tour:

Suffused with the saga of the past and alteration of the present, The Golden Chariot takes the travelers on an enthralling trip to the most renowned destinations in South India. Being painted with the golden and purple colors, the royal train signifies majestic epoch of erstwhile South Indian dynasties. It radiates an aura of grace and luxury from its every nook. The emblem of this luxury train is an elephant headed lion, which denotes royalty in its own way. A fleet of bonhomie and welcoming staff greets the guests in a traditional style before boarding one of the most popular luxury trains in India. 


Historical legacy, cultural ethos and superb artwork of once ruling dynasties of the south are manifested in the 11 coaches of this train. The names of these coaches draw inspiration from the different rulers who have ruled the area in the history and reverberate with the architectural ethos of that particular era. The train route of this royal carrier connects Goa and Bangalore, which are the major tourist attractions in South India. Booking the journey in this train will take you on an unforgettable journey full of the memories to cheer throughout the life. We at Namoh, offer an attractive trip of the Golden Chariot making your holidays perfectly pleasant.

Splendor of South:

Unspoiled beaches, scores of temples, sparkling waterfalls, and captivating wildlife, Karnataka is truly exhibits natural beauty at its best.

Explore the wildlife environs of Kabini, the palaces and gardens of Mysore, the pilgrimage sites of Hassan and the captivating Badami caves before you reach Goa - the party hub of India with endless entertainment options including the beaches, the discotheques and casinos.


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