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 The Golden Chariot                                                                                                                                     

Destination Covered:   Bangalore - Chennai - Mamallapuram - Pondicherry - Tiruchirapalli - Thanjavur - Madurai - Kanyakumari - Thiruvananthapuram - Backwaters & Kochi / Alleppey                                                  
 07 Nights/ 08 Days

Named after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of South India, The Golden Chariot conveys you in luxurious comfort on voyages through time and exotic South Indian locales. On these journeys, it unravels for you both eras hidden behind time’s veil, and the splendours of the present day. Come aboard, on a journey filled with moments worth cherishing for a lifetime.

  Day 1: Bangalore - Chennai (Monday): Meeting point at the Taj West End at 15.00 hrs.

After High Tea at Banquet Hall proceed to Chitrakala Parishad Art Gallery. Later in the evening embark in your luxury train i.e. "The Golden Chariot – Splendor of The South“ from Banglaore railway station.

 

Departure for Chennai at: 22.00 hrs .

   
       
 

Day 2: Mamallapuram & Chennai (Tuesday): Arrival at Chennai: 06.00 hrs: Morning proceed for the excursion to Mamallapuram, an ancient coastal port. 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. It is world famous for its shore temple. 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. Visit the famous temples of the Penance of Bhagirath, the Shore Temple, Rathas and the eight Mandapams during the day.

 
   

Day 3: Pondicherry (Wednesday): Arrival at Pondicherry: 08:00 hrs

Palm-fringed beaches, backwaters, fishing villages, luxury beach resorts, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, a coastline of 32 kms, great sea-food, quality wine and colonial feel are just few reasons to visit 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- a famous center for meditation and spiritual learning named after Guru Sri Aurobindo Ghosh. Later visit The Aurobindo Ashram which is known to the world over as the "Centre of Integral Yoga". 

 

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) 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. 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.  The most famous landmark is the Brihadeshwara temple, which is now a UNESCO 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. Alleppey, rightly stakes claim to its nickname 'Venice of the East', with its meandering lagoons, coconut trees, endless rows of paddy fields. We will further take you to Kumarakom, one of the prime tourist attractions of Kerala. 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. 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 disembark from your luxury train and proceed to your next destination. Tour ends.

 

     
Services Included :- Luxury Train Tour, Sightseeing Tour, Car Rental

Mentioned tour recommended for

Trip Activities:  Culture/Heritage, History, Sightseeing, Shopping, Fort & Palaces, Wildlife tour

Trip Types: Luxury Train Tour, Casual Vacation, Family Vacation, Romantic Gateway

 


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