The Golden Chariot - Southern Splendour



Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days

Destinations Covered : Bangalore – Chennai - Mamallapuram - Pondicherry – Thanjavur – Tiruchirapalli - Madurai – Kanyakuramari – Kovalam – Kochi - Alappuzha - Kochi – Bangalore


Day 01 (Mon) : Bangalore - Chennai

The city of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, is a splendid neo-metro that lets measures of modernity and age old culture mingle in equal parts. While here, enthrall your senses with a traditional art exhibition and folk dance performance at the Chithrakala Parishad. Or check-in at Our Native Village for a quick overview of village life in India. Furthermore, get acquainted with just what’s in store for you, aboard The Golden Chariot

  • 1500 hrs: Self report and Registration at Taj West End
  • 1600 hrs: Nature walk in the heritage gardens of the Taj
  • 1700 hrs: Hi-Tea
  • 1730 hrs: Presentation and Orientation on The Golden Chariot tour
  • 1800 hrs: Cultural dance
  • 1845 hrs: Visit the ISKCON Temple (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness)
  • 2015 hrs: Traditional welcome at Yeshwanthpur railway station and board The Golden Chariot
Day 02 (Tue) : Chennai - Mamallapuram

India’s fourth largest city and its original metro of the South, Chennai boasts both specimens of Chola bronzes and Raj architecture. Not too far from here is the seaside town of Mamallapuram, where the rhythms of chisels chipping granite resound its stone-carving tradition

  • 0730 hrs: Arrive at Chennai central railway station
  • 0800 hrs: Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
  • 1000 hrs: Departure to Mamallapuram
  • 1130 hrs: Arrive at Mamallapuram Sight Seeing – Krishna’s Butter Ball, Arjuna’s Penance, Ganesha Temple and Caves and Five Rathas Temple
  • 1330 hrs: Lunch at Radisson Blu Temple Bay Hotel
  • 1600 hrs: Post Hi-Tea, Sight Seeing Sight Seeing – Shore Shiva Temple
  • 1700 hrs: Departure to Puducherry
  • 1830 hrs: Arrival at Puducherry, back on board The Golden Chariot Dinner on board The Golden Chariot
Day 03 (Wed) : Pondicherry

The former capital of French India, then called Pondicherry, prides in its fair share of leafy boulevards and petanque pitches. Sunny beaches and bakeries that smell of cinnamon and garlic add to the authenticity of it all, as you stroll down tropical streets that are still called by French names.

  • 0800 hrs: Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
  • 1000 hrs: Departure to Auroville Ashram Sight Seeing – Screening on Auroville Ashram, tour of Auroville Asharam, Matra Mandir and shopping in the Ashram
  • 1330 hrs: Lunch at The Sarovar Promenade Hotel
  • 1500 hrs: Back on board The Golden Chariot
  • 1700 hrs: Visit the Aurobindo Ashram and Ganesha Temple
  • 1730 hrs: Onwards – Stroll by the beach side and shopping in French town
  • 1900 hrs: Back on board The Golden Chariot Dinner on board The Golden Chariot
Day 04 (Thu) : Thanjavur To Tiruchirappalli (Trichy)

Tanjavur, a short coach trip away from the town of Kumbakonam,is the home of the world’s finest Chola bronze collection. As many as ninety temples have survived the ravages of time in this majestic town. Among them is the breathtaking Brihadishwara Temple, Tamil Nadu's most notable Chola monument

  • 0730 hrs: Arrive at Tanjavur railway station
  • 0800 hrs: Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
  • 1000 hrs: Visit the famous Brihadeshwara Temple (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • 1130 hrs: Visit the Serfoji Maratha Palace and Bronze Art Gallery Shopping at the emporium
  • 1400 hrs: Lunch at Ideal River View Resort
  • 1600 hrs: Departure to Tiruchirappalli.
  • 1800 hrs: Visit the famous Sri Rangam Temple in Tiruchirappalli
  • 1930 hrs: Back on board The Golden Chariot in Tiruchirappalli Dinner on board The Golden Chariot
Day 05 (Fri) : Madurai

One of the oldest cities in South India, Madurai was once famous for its silks, pearls and spices. It was this lucrative trade that let its Pandyan kings erect the mighty Meenakshi-Sundareshwar temple. While at Madurai, savour the history and culture of Tamil Nadu at the light and sound show and the folk arts performance

  • 0800 hrs: Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
  • 1000 hrs: Visit the famous Madurai Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple
  • 1130 hrs: Visit the 1000 pillar temple and the museum
  • 1300 hrs: Back on board The Golden Chariot Lunch on board The Golden Chariot
  • 1500 hrs: Visit the Gandhi Museum (Rani Mangammal Palace)
  • 1600 hrs: Return back to The Golden Chariot Rest and Relax on board The Golden Chariot
  • 1800 hrs: Visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace for sound and light show
  • 1930 hrs: Back on board The Golden Chariot Dinner on board The Golden Chariot
Day 06 (Sat) : Kanyakumari - Kovalam

Watch the sun rise and set at Kanyakumari, the meeting place of the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. A short distance away from here is Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, famous for its narrow backstreets and red-tiled gabled houses. Just 14km south of Thiruvananthapuram lies the coastal village of Kovalam, with its quintessential coconut palms and delectable sea food

  • 0500 hrs: Departure to Kanyakumari for Sunrise view
  • 0730 hrs: Back on board Te Golden Chariot Breakfast on board
  • 0930 hrs: Depart to Padmanabhapuram Wooden Palace
  • 1300 hrs: Return on board The Golden Chariot Lunch on board
  • 1530 hrs: Reach Kocchuveli station
  • 1600 hrs: Depart to Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam Hi-Tea by the beach, Cultural show followed by dinner at the hotel
  • 2230 hrs: Back on board The Golden Chariot
Day 07 (Sun) : Kochi / Alappuzha (Alleppey)

Further north lies Alappuzha (formerly Aleppey), one of the best known ports along the Malabar Coast. The interconnecting canals make way for the many house boats that ply these waters. And set the right atmosphere to relax and enjoy the fine cuisine served in these parts. The city of Kochi is yet another attraction with its exotic spice markets, Chinese fishing nets, Synagogue and the Portuguese Palace

  • 0800 hrs: Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
  • 1000 hrs: Depart to Alappuzha (Alleppey) Jetty & board House Boat Cruise on Punnamada Lake
  • 1300 hrs: Reach Punnamada Lake Resort for Lunch
  • 1430 hrs: Depart to fort Kochi
  • 1530 hrs: Arrival in fort Kochi Sight Seeing – Chinese fishing Nets, Shopping in Mattancherry Shopping in Jews Town
  • 1800 hrs: Depart to board The Golden Chariot at Ernakulum South railway Station
  • 1930 hrs: Departure to Bangalore Dinner on board The Golden Chariot
Day 08 (Mon) : Bangalore

The overnight return journey to Bangalore is the time for quiet contemplation. As the warm sea breeze gives way to the cool night, prepare yourself to celebrate the end of a journey well travelled. In luxury. Aboard The Golden Chariot

  • 0800 hrs: Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
  • 1000 hrs: Arrive at Yeshwanthpur Railway Station, Bangalore Farewell by the entire crew

Note: Itinerary, Destination & Scheduled Time are liable to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances.


Schedule for Season 2016 - 2017

Month Departure Dates
OCTOBER, 2016 No Dep
NOVEMBER, 2016 28
DECEMBER, 2016 26*
JANUARY, 2017 09
FABRUARY, 2017 20

Note: Train Tour will operate subject to Minimum 20 Passengers (or advance received will be refunded-with NO Further liability)


Tariff for Season 2016 - 2017

Cost per Cabin for 7 Nights Southern Splendour Train Tour
Occupancy Type No of Persons Per Cabin US$ Tariff- For Foreign Nationals only INR Tariff- for Indian Nationals Only
Single One US$ 875 per person per night INR 31,000 per person per night
Double Two US$ 665 per person per night INR 25,000 per person per night
Triple Three US$ 575 per person per night INR 20,000 per person per night

Terms & Conditions :

Please note :
  • 10% Surcharge shall be levied on departures during Christmas / New Year
  • Service tax @9% shall be levied on the prevalent tariff of The Golden Chariot as per Govt. of India norms
  • 50% of the prevailing tariff will be charged for the children between 05-12 years of age
  • The above tariff is subject to change without notice
The Tariff includes :

Tariff is inclusive of accommodation on board The Golden Chariot and other resorts/ Travel/ all meals/ conducted sightseeing tours / entrance fees at monuments / parks/ palaces and cultural programs.

The Tariff does not include:

Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, spa, business car facilities, liquor and other items of personal nature.

Booking Policy :
  • 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
  • Remaining 80% of ticket value 30 days prior to departure.
Cancellation Policy :
  • 5% of the ticket value if cancellation is made until 60 days prior to departure.
  • 20% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 30-59 days prior to departure.
  • 50% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 15-29 days prior to departure.
  • 100% of the ticket value if the cancellation is made 14 days prior to departure.
No show/ En route termination of tour/amendment :

No Show - In case of No Show / Non-arrival of the guest, no refund or adjustment in future travel will be possible. The whole amount shall be treated as forfeited.

En route termination of tour - In case of termination of tour by the guest, for any reasons, no refund or adjustment for future travel will be possible. The amount for unused portion of the tour shall be treated as forfeited.

Amendment - Is only possible under the circumstances like Natural Disaster / Natural Calamity or Serious Health Problem's (this needs to be supported by doctor's certificate) and is subject to availability. No refunds are possible and every case will be decided on merits on a case to case basis



The Golden Chariot Tour Packages


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07 Nights / 08 Days

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Golden Chariot

Southern Splendour

07 Nights / 08 Days

Bangalore – Chennai - Mamallapuram - Pondicherry – Thanjavur – Tiruchirapalli - Madurai – Kanyakuramari – Kovalam – Kochi - Alappuzha - Kochi – Bangalore