Nov 2010, the Golden Chariot train is operating on an alternate South
India temple tour circuit covering Mahabalipuram, Trichy, Tanjore,
Madurai & Kanyakumari; besides former French colony of Pondicherry,
unique Auroville Commune, Kerala Backwaters, Kovallam Beach & Port
City of Cochin
7 Nights Southern Splendour Program of Golden Chariot Train
Day 01 : MON : Bangalore Depart :
Self Report by 4.30 pm at Hotel Taj West End ,Bangalore for check in
formalities of Golden Chariot Train Tour,followed by Hi-Tea & brief
Proceed for culture program & arrive by 8.00 p.m. at Yashwantpura
Railway station for traditional welcome & be escorted to your respective
Dinner on board.train & departs by 9.00 p.m. from Bangalore
Day 02 : TUE : Chennai & Mahapalipuram
Chennai & Mahabalipuram World Heritage Site Train arrives at Chennai
Egmore railway station by 0530 a.m. early morning. After breakfast, board AC
Buses by 930 a.m. for day excursion to Mahabalipuram town after drive along
Marina Beach in Chennai The 9th century built Sea Shore temples & Stone
Carvings at Mahabalipuram have withstood erosion over centuries & have
been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After leisurely lunch at beach resort in Mahabalipuram depart by AC Buses
for Pondicherry Railway station where the Train is awaiting your arrival. Day 02 : TUE Night : Pondicherry
Dinner on board & overnight train stabled at Pondicherry.
03 : WED Morning : Auroville Commune
Morning excursion to nearby located Auroville commune , started in 1930's
to bring harmony amongst all the religions orders & promotion of natural
eco friendly produce
Day 03 : WED Afternoon: Pondicherry-Former French colony
After lunch & brief rest on the train, experience charms of the former
French Colony of Pondicherry on foot; visiting Sri Aurobindho Ashram, White
Quarters & beach side.
Time free for shopping followed by dinner in local restaurant. Return to
the train at Pondicherry station by 10 p.m. & depart.
Day 04 : THURS : Trichy Temple & Tanjore World
Early morning 6 a.m. your train reaches Trichy Railway Station. After
breakfast board AC Buses by 9 a.m. for full day excursion to Temples in
Trichy & Thanjavur First visit the ancient Ghat temples in Trichy to
view traditional South Indian Hindu rituals & later drive 1.5 hrs to
Tanjore town; to experience the grandeur of 11th century stone built
Brihadeshwara Temple, with an apex 216 feet high. Nearby is a huge granite
stone carved statue of the sacred bull (Nandi). This temple complex is also
a World Heritage Site.After lunch in a Tanjore Hotel visit Artefacts &
Paintings gallery, before boarding train from Tanjore railway station at 5
p.m. & depart.The Thanjavur School of art is famous for it' colourful
three dimensional paintings having touches of gold.
Day 05 : FRI : Madurai Temple Town
Morning visit one of the holiest sacred spot for Hindus-The Meenakshi
temple,which was first constructed more than 2500 years ago, but present
work was completed in early 17th century. The temple complex is spread over
45 acres & is a massive structure measuring 254 by 237 meter. The temple
is surrounded by 12 towers, the tallest of which, the famous Southern tower,
rises to over 170 ft . There are four different gates to enter the temple
complex & it's 1000 pillared decorative hall is an architectural wonder
Evening enjoy Sound & Light show in The Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal,former
Palace of Madurai Royalt
Day 06 : SAT Morning : Kanyakumari Sunrise Point
Early morning 515 a.m. board AC Coaches from Nagercoil railway station for
drive to Kanyakumari, to snatch Sunrise photo moment ;at the southernmost
tip of Indian Peninsula; overlooking the three oceans of Bay of Bengal,
Indian Ocean & the Arabian Sea.Return to Nagercoil Railway station by
730 a.m. to board the train & depart. Breakfast & Lunch onboard
(time permitting visit early 17th century Padmanabha Palace Complex)
Day 06 : SAT Evening : Kovallam Beach
Train reaches Trivandrum Railway Station by 3 p.m. & Board AC Buses by
5 p.m. for 45 minutes drive to nearby located Kovallam Beach & time at
leisure. Enjoy cultural program & dinner in 5 Star Beach Resort &
return to Trivandrum Railway station by 10 p.m. to board the train Train
stabled overnight at Trivandrum Railway station
Day 07 : SUN Morning : Kerala Backwaters
Train departs at 5 a.m. from Trivandrum Railway Station & reaches
Alleppey Railway station by 830 a.m. Drive by AC Buses to Alleppey Jetty
Point to board Houseboats for cruise through narrow waterways & canals
also often referred to as "Venice of the East" Enjoy local Kerala
cuisine lunch on the houseboat & later return to Boat Jetty point to
board AC Buses for 1.5 hrs drive to Kochi City
Day 07 : SUN Afternoon : Cochin Fort Area The ancient
port town of Cochin in now a modern city with thriving commercial district
of Ernakulum. Afternoon enjoy walk through 16th century Built Portuguese
Fort town with churches, Jewish synagogue & Chinese fishing nets Board
the train from Ernakulum Railway station by 630 p.m. & depart. Dinner on
Day 08: Mon Morning: BANGALORE Return The southern
splendour train returns to Yashwantpura railway station, Bangalore by 930
a.m. Check-out after breakfast. Tour ends on arrival.
This luxury train offers option of twin/double/triple
bedded luxuriously furnished deluxe sleeping chambers with private washrooms
having toiletries of international standard..There is a Bar Saloon & Two
Dining cars with onboard kitchen.The tourists can also avail services of
Aryuvedic Spa saloon,Mini Gym & business centre with wi-fi
facility.There are special discounted INR Rupees rates for Indian Nationals.
Schedule: Southern Splendour for 2016-17 Season
7 Nights Southern Splendor Depart Dates Ex Bangalore
Train Tour will operate subject to Minimum Twenty Passengers Or Advance received will be refunded(with NO Further liability)
Tariff: Southern Splendour 2016-17 Season
There is Dual Pricing Policy for the luxury trains operating in South India & Indian Nationals pay a lower INR Tariff
In comparison to higher US$ tariff valid for Foreign Passport Holders
Children< 12 years charged 50% of adult rate & provided bed.
Children< 5 years are complimentary without bed
Splendour Train Tour Cost Includes :
Stay onboard the Train in Sleeping Chambers with private washrooms;Daily
Three Meals;Excursion & sightseeing arrangements with English Speaking
Guides;Bottled drinking water;"monument entrance fees".
EXTRA COSTS (Not Included in train tour) :
Video camera fees at monuments & wildlife reserves;Laundry;Hard &
Soft drinks;Tour Insurance;Usage of Business Center & Spa
facility;Gratuity,Tips & Porterage; & all other expenses of personal
Terms & Conditions : Southern Splendour Tour
on Golden Chariot Booking Procedure :
Advice Names/Nationality/Date of birth of all the passengers to
process your request.
Bookings will be confirmed on receipt of MINIMUM 25% Advance Deposit
of total tour value .
Balance payment with Passport Details must reach us 35 days before
Tour Departure Date with photocopy of passport.
Any booking request received < 35 days before tour departure date,
we will be only confirmed on receipt of ONE TIME Full payment
Payment Options :
You can make payment Either by Credit Card Authorization(Visa/Mastercard) ;
OR Bank Wire Transfer.
Cancellation Rules Southern Splendour Train Tour :
1. Cancellation Request must be sent in writing.
2 If cancellation request received > 35 days before Tour Date, minimum 20% of Total Tour Cost will charged as cancellation Fee.
3. If cancellation request received between 18 to 34 days before Tour Date,MINIMUM 50% of Total Tour Cost will charged as cancellation Fee.
4. If cancellation request received less than 18 days before Tour Date,Full 100% of Total Tour Cost will charged as cancellation Fee.
5. Full advance will be refunded (without additional liability) if train tour cancelled, due to minimum passenger policy
Southern Splendour Tour on Golden Chariot Train is a joint venture
between Ministry Of Railways & State Tourism Dept of
Karnataka(KSTDC) & onboard services are managed by Maple Group of
Liability of Royal Indian Trains New Delhi is restricted to that of booking agent only & not that of Principal tour Operator
Maximum Liability of train Company is defined under Indian Railways
Overseas Guests are advised to pre-purchase tour insurance from
country of origin of travel
Travel Booking is non endorsable & governed by cancellation rules
Request for postponement of journey date is governed by cancellation
In case ,Train Tour Operator decides to cancel scheduled depart ,for whatsover reason,GUEST will be Informed Minimum 15 Days before depart & Advance Received will be Refunded(without any further liability)
Train manager Reserves the right to amend/curtail the day to day
program at short notice
Foreign Nationals are advised to contact the nearest Indian Consulate
to complete the VISA Formalities
Disputes (if any) are subject to jurisdiction of courts of New