South India Tour - Golden Chariot Train

Luxury Train Tour of South India – 8 Days

If you wish to experience the Indian hospitality, then you need to get aboard The Golden Chariot. It is a luxury train, which connects all the popular tourist spots in Southern India. You will get a warm welcome on this train, and will have a luxurious ride and stay. The journey will start from Bangalore, which is India’s Silicon Valley. From there, you will proceed towards Chennai, which is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. The state has a rich heritage and is the cultural epicentre of Southern India. You will get to visit Mamallapuram (or Mahabalipuram), which is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and Pondicerry, which is the former French colony. The amazing temples of Tiruchirapalli will take your breath away and the mesmerizing temples of Madurai will charm you with its beautiful architecture.

The luxurious train journey will end in the fantastic backwaters in Kerala. The state is also popularly known as the God’s Own Country. In this South Indian luxury train journey, you will travel, eat food and sleep in comfort and style in The Golden Chariot train. So, what are you waiting for? There is so much to indulge and experience in this lovely trip.

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Day 1: Bangalore to Chennai

The trip starts in Hotel Leela Palace in Bangalore , where everybody will assemble at noon. After a lovely lunch, you can indulge yourself in exploring this beautiful city of gardens. In the evening, get aboard the luxury train, which will make you feel like home. The train will depart Yeshwantpur station and will proceed towards Chennai. The dinner will be served on the train and you will spend overnight on the train.

Day 2: Chennai to Mahabalipuram to Chennai

You will reach Chennai when you wake up. After a sumptuous breakfast, we will proceed on the journey towards Mamallapuram, which is an old port, in the outskirts of Chennai. It is nominated as the World Heritage site, by UNESCO, and is filled with some lovely temples, halls made of rocks, and sculptures. After having lunch, you can return back to Chennai, and visit the famous churches, including The St. Thomas Cathedral and St. Mary’s Church. You will also get a chance to see the ancient temple of Shiva, known as the Kapaleeshwarar temple. This temple was constructed long back, using the ancient Dravidian ways. There are various museums, forts, galleries and other temples, which you will visit during the day. After the eventful day, you will return back to the train, and the train will start on its journey to Pondicherry. You will be served dinner on the train and you will spend the night overboard.

Day 3: Explore Pondicherry

Arrive at Pondicherry at the start of the day. After a wonderful breakfast, you can start your sightseeing trip. Pondicherry is also known as Puducherry, and was a French colony during the 18th century. A lot of people speak French here, and the villas along the coast will remind one of South France, rather than Southern India. You can visit places such as Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville, which are dedicated to Aurobindo, who was a lifestyle and Yoga Guru. Towards the evening, you will proceed on your trip to Tiruchirapalli. The dinner will be served on the train and you will spend the night on the train.

Day 4: Tiruchirapalli and Thanjavur

Arrive at Tiruchirapalli at dawn. After having a lovely breakfast in the train, check out Trichy, which is the short form of Tiruchirapalli. The city is located on the shores of Kaveri river, which is 320 km from Chennai. One of the most famous places here is Rock-Fort temple, which is a fabulous historic piece, constructed over the rock outcrop. You can also check out the lovely temples in Tanjore, which were built during 10th century and 14th century. There, you will also find a site, which is recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO. From there, you will proceed towards Madurai in the evening. Have dinner in the train and spend the night in the train.

Day 5: Explore Madurai

Arrive at Madurai at dawn. Madurai is also known as the temple town, and is quite popular amongst the religious people, as it was the learning centre of Southern India. Once, you have a sumptuous breakfast in the train, you can check out the lovely place, which is packed with pilgrims, business people, vendors and bullock cards. The best thing about this place is the Madurai Meenakshi temple, which is an architectural wonder. There, you can find the hall with thousand pillars. The temple is packed with worshippers and pilgrims in the entire day. After seeing the temple, you can check out the famous Thirumalai-Nayak Palace, and the Thiruparangundram temple. In the evening, proceed towards Thiruvananthapuram (also known as Trivandrum). Have dinner in the train and spend the night on the train.

Day 6: Trivandrum and Poovar

Trivandrum is the capital city of the beautiful state of Kerala. You will arrive here during sunrise. And, after breakfast, you can visit the famous “Padmanabhaswamy Temple”. This temple has 7 storey high towers, along with a pagoda, which is the shaped peak. After the temple, you can check out the Art Gallery, called Sri Chitra, where you can find various paintings from Tanjore, Mughal and Rajput times. And, you can also check out the Napier Museum. Proceed towards Poovar, which is a beautiful estuary on the coast of Arabia Sea. Have lunch over there and explore the lovely beaches. Enjoy the evening with a lovely dinner spread, and cheer along with dance and music. Spend overnight onboard.

Day 7: Backwaters and Cochin

Arrive at Cochin during day-break , and have breakfast. Visit the beautiful Alleppey, which is famous for the backwaters. Spend the day, riding on the boat, which will take you on the lovely Vembanad Lake. This is a huge lake this state. You can cruise along till Kumarako, which is a small village, but a very popular tourist destination. The fragrances, sounds and the sights will bewitch you, and will leave you wanting more. After having lunch in Kumarakom, you can drive towards Cochin. Check out Mattancherry Palace. This place is quite famous for the murals, which depict the old legends of India. Just adjacent to this palace, there is a Jewish Synagogue, where the famous traveller Vasco Da Gama was buried. This was constructed during 1568. Enjoy the experience of the fishing hamlets and witness the fishermen living their unique lifestyle. After all this, you will want to indulge in some rest and fun. So, in the evening, you can revel in some dance performances. Kathakali is the famous dance performance of Kerala and you will get to see the colourful costumes and postures of the dancers. This will be followed by dinner. Proceed towards Bangalore in the night, by spending overnight in the train.

Day 9: Arrival at Bangalore

You will reach Bangalore in morning. After having breakfast, you can embark the train and proceed towards your destination. The trip ends here.

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