Duration
07 Nights / 08 Days
Locations
Bangalore – Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Auroville – Pondicherry – Trichy – Tanjore – Madurai – Kanyakumari – Kovallam – Kerala – Cochin – Bangalore

Splender of the South is another grand way of traversing across the colorful and culturally vibrant southern regions of India. Extensively traveling through the length and breadth of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, this luxury train offers 8-day sojourn to its guests. A property of Golden Chariot, a luxury train in India that has so far introduced the various cities of Karnataka to a thousand guests in a never before way, Southern Splender promises to be no less spectacular and fascinating. Come board this enchanting sojourn and relive the glory of India, yet another time.

DAY 01: BANGALORE

Report at The Taj West End Hotel by 4 p.m. for check-in formalities followed by high tea & brief presentation. Proceed for visit to the art gallery, followed by the cultural program. Reach Yeshwantpur Railway Station, by 8 pm & be escorted to respective Cabins.

Dinner on board & train departs by 9 pm for Chennai

DAY 02: CHENNAI – MAHABALIPURAM

Morning 9.30 am board AC Buses from Chennai Egmore Railway station for 1.5 hours long drive to Mahabalipuram, passing along Marina Beach & busy Streets of Chennai Metropolis On arrival, visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sea Shore temples of Mahabalipuram, built more than 1200 years ago & some have still managed to weather sea erosion & high tides.

After lunch in beach side resort depart for 2.5 hours long drive to Pondicherry Railway station to board the awaiting train.

Dinner on board.

Spend Overnight at Pondicherry.

DAY 03: AUROVILLE – PONDICHERRY

Morning excursion to Auroville-a modern commune, dedicated to uunification of all religions.

Return to the comfort of the train for lunch.

Afternoon stroll through beach town of Pondicherry-this former French colony, exudes a Mediterranean aura with French style architecture and boutiques.

Proceed for dinner to eco-resort & later return to the train.

DAY 04: TRICHY – TANJORE

Morning 9 a.m. board AC Buses from Trichy Railway station to visit ancient Hindu Temple on banks of River Cauvery. Later proceed for 1.5 hours long drive to Tanjore & visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brihadeshwara temple, famous for a 66 metres high temple tower & big statue of Nandi (sacred bull) carved out of a single rock.

After lunch in a city hotel, time free for shopping & to visit Tanjore style of art workshop.

Reach Tanjore Railway station by 5 p.m. to board the awaiting train & depart.

Dinner on board and spend Overnight on the luxury train.

DAY 05: MADURAI

Early morning 5.15 a.m. board AC Buses from Nagercoil Railway station for 20 minutes drive to Kanyakumari sun rise point, that offers an unique panorama on the confluence of 3 seas viz. Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.

Return to board the train for breakfast at Nagercoil station by 730 a.m. Time permitting, proceed for 2.5 hours excursion to Padmanabha Wooden Palace.

Return to train for lunch & depart. From Trivandrum Kuchuvelli Railway Station board AC buses by 5 p.m. for the evening excursion to Kovallam Beach, followed by Cultural Program & Dinner in the beach resort.

Return to Trivandrum railway station by 10 p.m. & train stabled for the night.

DAY 06: KANYAKUMARI – KOVALLAM

Early morning 5.15 a.m. board AC Buses from Nagercoil Railway station for 20 minutes drive to Kanyakumari sunrise point, that offers a unique panorama on the confluence of 3 seas viz. The Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean.

Return to board the train for breakfast at Nagercoil station by 730 a.m. Time permitting, proceed for 2.5 hours excursion to Padmanabha Wooden Palace.

Return to train for lunch & depart. From Trivandrum Kuchuvelli Railway Station board AC buses by 5 p.m. for the evening excursion to Kovallam Beach, followed by Cultural Program & Dinner in the beach resort.

Return to Trivandrum railway station by 10 p.m. & train stabled for the night.

DAY 07: KERALA – COCHIN

The train arrives at Alleppey Railway Station by 8.30 a.m. Transfer to Alleppey Jetty Point to board traditional houseboats for backwater cruise through narrow waterways to view novel lifestyle of villagers, whose only access to the mainland is by water.

After a typical Kerala cuisine lunch, return to Alleppey Boat Jetty to board awaiting AC Bus for 1.5 hrs long drive to the port city of Cochin.

Afternoon enjoy walk through 16th century built Portuguese Fort town of Cochin to view Medieval Church, Jewish Synagogue & view Chinese Fishing Nets.

Later Board the train from Cochin Railway station by 6.30 p.m.

Dinner on board.

Spend Overnight on the luxury train.

DAY 08: BANGALORE

Morning train returns to Bangalore.

Tour ends

DATES & PRICES

PRICE FOR SEASON 2019 - 20

Cabin

Per Person Per Night

Single Supplement

Single Occupancy USD 823 USD 5757
Twin Sharing USD 626 USD 4375
DEPARTURE DATES FOR SEASON 2019 - 20

Month

Departure Dates

October, 2019 2
November, 2019 5, 26
December, 2019 31
January, 2020 21
February, 2020 4, 25
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

ITINERARY

DAY 01: BANGALORE

Report at The Taj West End Hotel by 4 p.m. for check-in formalities followed by high tea & brief presentation. Proceed for visit to the art gallery, followed by the cultural program. Reach Yeshwantpur Railway Station, by 8 pm & be escorted to respective Cabins.

Dinner on board & train departs by 9 pm for Chennai

DAY 02: CHENNAI – MAHABALIPURAM

Morning 9.30 am board AC Buses from Chennai Egmore Railway station for 1.5 hours long drive to Mahabalipuram, passing along Marina Beach & busy Streets of Chennai Metropolis On arrival, visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sea Shore temples of Mahabalipuram, built more than 1200 years ago & some have still managed to weather sea erosion & high tides.

After lunch in beach side resort depart for 2.5 hours long drive to Pondicherry Railway station to board the awaiting train.

Dinner on board.

Spend Overnight at Pondicherry.

DAY 03: AUROVILLE – PONDICHERRY

Morning excursion to Auroville-a modern commune, dedicated to uunification of all religions.

Return to the comfort of the train for lunch.

Afternoon stroll through beach town of Pondicherry-this former French colony, exudes a Mediterranean aura with French style architecture and boutiques.

Proceed for dinner to eco-resort & later return to the train.

DAY 04: TRICHY – TANJORE

Morning 9 a.m. board AC Buses from Trichy Railway station to visit ancient Hindu Temple on banks of River Cauvery. Later proceed for 1.5 hours long drive to Tanjore & visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brihadeshwara temple, famous for a 66 metres high temple tower & big statue of Nandi (sacred bull) carved out of a single rock.

After lunch in a city hotel, time free for shopping & to visit Tanjore style of art workshop.

Reach Tanjore Railway station by 5 p.m. to board the awaiting train & depart.

Dinner on board and spend Overnight on the luxury train.

DAY 05: MADURAI

Early morning 5.15 a.m. board AC Buses from Nagercoil Railway station for 20 minutes drive to Kanyakumari sun rise point, that offers an unique panorama on the confluence of 3 seas viz. Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.

Return to board the train for breakfast at Nagercoil station by 730 a.m. Time permitting, proceed for 2.5 hours excursion to Padmanabha Wooden Palace.

Return to train for lunch & depart. From Trivandrum Kuchuvelli Railway Station board AC buses by 5 p.m. for the evening excursion to Kovallam Beach, followed by Cultural Program & Dinner in the beach resort.

Return to Trivandrum railway station by 10 p.m. & train stabled for the night.

DAY 06: KANYAKUMARI – KOVALLAM

Early morning 5.15 a.m. board AC Buses from Nagercoil Railway station for 20 minutes drive to Kanyakumari sunrise point, that offers a unique panorama on the confluence of 3 seas viz. The Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean.

Return to board the train for breakfast at Nagercoil station by 730 a.m. Time permitting, proceed for 2.5 hours excursion to Padmanabha Wooden Palace.

Return to train for lunch & depart. From Trivandrum Kuchuvelli Railway Station board AC buses by 5 p.m. for the evening excursion to Kovallam Beach, followed by Cultural Program & Dinner in the beach resort.

Return to Trivandrum railway station by 10 p.m. & train stabled for the night.

DAY 07: KERALA – COCHIN

The train arrives at Alleppey Railway Station by 8.30 a.m. Transfer to Alleppey Jetty Point to board traditional houseboats for backwater cruise through narrow waterways to view novel lifestyle of villagers, whose only access to the mainland is by water.

After a typical Kerala cuisine lunch, return to Alleppey Boat Jetty to board awaiting AC Bus for 1.5 hrs long drive to the port city of Cochin.

Afternoon enjoy walk through 16th century built Portuguese Fort town of Cochin to view Medieval Church, Jewish Synagogue & view Chinese Fishing Nets.

Later Board the train from Cochin Railway station by 6.30 p.m.

Dinner on board.

Spend Overnight on the luxury train.

DAY 08: BANGALORE

Morning train returns to Bangalore.

Tour ends

RATES

DATES & PRICES

PRICE FOR SEASON 2019 - 20

Cabin

Per Person Per Night

Single Supplement

Single Occupancy USD 823 USD 5757
Twin Sharing USD 626 USD 4375
DEPARTURE DATES FOR SEASON 2019 - 20

Month

Departure Dates

October, 2019 2
November, 2019 5, 26
December, 2019 31
January, 2020 21
February, 2020 4, 25
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
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