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Southern Splendour

Bangalore – Chennai / Mamallapuram / Puducherry - Puducherry – Trichy / Thanjavur – Madurai – Kanyakumari / Thiruvananthapuram & Kovalam – Thotapalli / Alleppey & Kochi – Bangalore

THE GOLDEN CHARIOT named after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, a world heritage site, in Southern India will travel through timeless historical heritage sites, resplendent palaces, wildlife and golden beaches.

Tour Schedules
Duration 7 Nights / 8 Days
Fare Starting From ₹ 140000
Season October 2017 - March 2018
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Day 01
Monday - Bangalore
Self report and Registration at Taj West End   1500 hrs
Nature walk in the heritage gardens of the Taj  1600 hrs
Hi-Tea  1700 hrs
Presentation and Orientation on The Golden Chariot tour  1730 hrs
Cultural dance  1800 hrs
Visit the ISKCON Temple (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness)  1845 hrs
Traditional welcome at Yeshwanthpur railway station and board The Golden Chariot  2015 hrs

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.

Day 02
Tuesday - Chennai / Mamallapuram / Puducherry
Arrive at Chennai central railway station  0730 hrs
Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot  0800 hrs
 Departure to Mamallapuram  1000 hrs
Arrive at Mamallapuram Sight Seeing – Krishna’s Butter Ball, Arjuna’s Penance, Ganesha Temple and Caves and Five Rathas Temple 1130 hrs
 Lunch at Radisson Blu Temple Bay Hotel  1330 hrs
  Post Hi-Tea, Sight Seeing Sight Seeing – Shore Shiva Temple  1600 hrs
 Departure to Puducherry  1700 hrs
 Arrival at Puducherry, back on board The Golden Chariot Dinner on board The Golden Chariot  1830 hrs

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.

Day 03
Wednesday - Puducherry
Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot  0800 hrs
Departure to Auroville Ashram Sight Seeing – Screening on Auroville Ashram, tour of Auroville Asharam, Matra Mandir and shopping in the Ashram  1000 hrs
Lunch at The Sarovar Promenade Hotel  1330 hrs
Back on board The Golden Chariot  1500 hrs
Visit the Aurobindo Ashram and Ganesha Temple  1700 hrs
Onwards – Stroll by the beach side and shopping in French town  1730 hrs
Back on board The Golden Chariot Dinner on board The Golden Chariot  1900 hrs

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.

Day 04
Thursday - Trichy / Thanjavur
Arrive at Tanjavur railway station 0730 hrs
Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot 0800 hrs
Visit the famous Brihadeshwara Temple (UNESCO World Heritage site)    Shopping at the emporium 1000 hrs
Lunch at Ideal River View Resort 1400 hrs
Departure to Trichy 1600 hrs
Visit the famous Sri Rangam Temple in Trichy 1800 hrs
Back on board The Golden Chariot in Trichy  Dinner on board The Golden Chariot 1930 hrs

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.

Day 05
Friday - Madurai
Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot 0800 hrs
Visit the famous Madurai Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple 1000 hrs
Visit the 1000 pillar temple and the museum 1130 hrs
Back on board The Golden Chariot Lunch on board The Golden Chariot 1300 hrs
Visit the Gandhi Museum (Rani Mangammal Palace) 1500 hrs
Return back to The Golden Chariot Rest and Relax on board The Golden Chariot 1600 hrs
Visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace for sound and light show 1800 hrs
Back on board The Golden Chariot  1930 hrs

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.

Day 06
Saturday - Kanyakumari
Departure to Kanyakumari for Sunrise view 0500 hrs
Back on board Te Golden Chariot Breakfast on board 0730 hrs
 Depart to Padmanabhapuram Wooden Palace 0930 hrs
 Return on board The Golden Chariot Lunch on board 1300 hrs
 Reach Kocchuveli station 1530 hrs
 Depart to Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam  Hi-Tea by the beach, Cultural show followed by dinner at the hotel 1600 hrs
 Back on board The Golden Chariot 2230 hrs

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.

Day 07
Sunday - Alappuzha & Kochi
Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot 0800 hrs
Depart to Alleppey Jetty and board House Boat Cruise on Punnamada Lake 1000 hrs
Reach Punnamada Lake Resort for Lunch 1300 hrs
Depart to fort Kochi 1430 hrs
Arrival in fort Kochi Sight Seeing – Chinese fishing Nets, Shopping in Mattancherry Shopping in Jews Town 1530 hrs
 Depart to board The Golden Chariot at Ernakulum South railway Station 1800 hrs
 Departure to Bangalore 1930 hrs

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.

Day 08
Monday -  Bangalore
Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot 0800 hrs
Arrive at Yeshwanthpur Railway Station, Bangalore Farewell by the entire crew 1000 hrs

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.

Monday - Bangalore
Self report and Registration at Taj West End   1500 hrs
Nature walk in the heritage gardens of the Taj  1600 hrs
Hi-Tea  1700 hrs
Presentation and Orientation on The Golden Chariot tour  1730 hrs
Cultural dance  1800 hrs
Visit the ISKCON Temple (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness)  1845 hrs
Traditional welcome at Yeshwanthpur railway station and board The Golden Chariot  2015 hrs
Tuesday - Chennai / Mamallapuram / Puducherry
Arrive at Chennai central railway station  0730 hrs
Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot  0800 hrs
 Departure to Mamallapuram  1000 hrs
Arrive at Mamallapuram Sight Seeing – Krishna’s Butter Ball, Arjuna’s Penance, Ganesha Temple and Caves and Five Rathas Temple 1130 hrs
 Lunch at Radisson Blu Temple Bay Hotel  1330 hrs
  Post Hi-Tea, Sight Seeing Sight Seeing – Shore Shiva Temple  1600 hrs
 Departure to Puducherry  1700 hrs
 Arrival at Puducherry, back on board The Golden Chariot Dinner on board The Golden Chariot  1830 hrs
Wednesday - Puducherry
Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot  0800 hrs
Departure to Auroville Ashram Sight Seeing – Screening on Auroville Ashram, tour of Auroville Asharam, Matra Mandir and shopping in the Ashram  1000 hrs
Lunch at The Sarovar Promenade Hotel  1330 hrs
Back on board The Golden Chariot  1500 hrs
Visit the Aurobindo Ashram and Ganesha Temple  1700 hrs
Onwards – Stroll by the beach side and shopping in French town  1730 hrs
Back on board The Golden Chariot Dinner on board The Golden Chariot  1900 hrs
Thursday - Trichy / Thanjavur
Arrive at Tanjavur railway station 0730 hrs
Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot 0800 hrs
Visit the famous Brihadeshwara Temple (UNESCO World Heritage site)    Shopping at the emporium 1000 hrs
Lunch at Ideal River View Resort 1400 hrs
Departure to Trichy 1600 hrs
Visit the famous Sri Rangam Temple in Trichy 1800 hrs
Back on board The Golden Chariot in Trichy  Dinner on board The Golden Chariot 1930 hrs
Friday - Madurai
Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot 0800 hrs
Visit the famous Madurai Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple 1000 hrs
Visit the 1000 pillar temple and the museum 1130 hrs
Back on board The Golden Chariot Lunch on board The Golden Chariot 1300 hrs
Visit the Gandhi Museum (Rani Mangammal Palace) 1500 hrs
Return back to The Golden Chariot Rest and Relax on board The Golden Chariot 1600 hrs
Visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace for sound and light show 1800 hrs
Back on board The Golden Chariot  1930 hrs
Saturday - Kanyakumari
Departure to Kanyakumari for Sunrise view 0500 hrs
Back on board Te Golden Chariot Breakfast on board 0730 hrs
 Depart to Padmanabhapuram Wooden Palace 0930 hrs
 Return on board The Golden Chariot Lunch on board 1300 hrs
 Reach Kocchuveli station 1530 hrs
 Depart to Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam  Hi-Tea by the beach, Cultural show followed by dinner at the hotel 1600 hrs
 Back on board The Golden Chariot 2230 hrs
Sunday - Alappuzha & Kochi
Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot 0800 hrs
Depart to Alleppey Jetty and board House Boat Cruise on Punnamada Lake 1000 hrs
Reach Punnamada Lake Resort for Lunch 1300 hrs
Depart to fort Kochi 1430 hrs
Arrival in fort Kochi Sight Seeing – Chinese fishing Nets, Shopping in Mattancherry Shopping in Jews Town 1530 hrs
 Depart to board The Golden Chariot at Ernakulum South railway Station 1800 hrs
 Departure to Bangalore 1930 hrs
Monday -  Bangalore
Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot 0800 hrs
Arrive at Yeshwanthpur Railway Station, Bangalore Farewell by the entire crew 1000 hrs
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