Southern India 8-Day Rail Tour from Bangalore with Thanjavur and Kerala

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Chinese Fishing Nets, Coshin
Shore Shiva Temple, Mahabalipuram
Matra Mandir
Boat Cruise along Punnamada Lake
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What To Expect

Discover Southern India in utmost luxury as you travel aboard the Golden Chariot through world renowned heritage sites, magnificent palaces and historical temple cities. Visit the cities of Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Tanjore, Trichy, Madurai, Nagercoil, the beach town of Kovalam, Kanyakumari and Cochin on this 8-day trip by luxury train.

Highlights

  • Explore historical sites, palaces, temple cities and wildlife throughout Southern India

  • Visit the Gandhi Museum, the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple and the Brihadeshwara Temple - a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Enjoy live classical music at Madurai as you watch a sound and light show at Thirumalai Nayak Palace

  • Go on a house boat cruise across the Punnamada Lake enjoy lunch at the Punnamada Lake Resort in Alleppey

  • Travel in luxury and enjoy the facilities of the Golden Chariot. You can make use of the train's Royal Spa, fully-equipped gymnasium and lounge

Specifications

Type:
Tours around India
Departs From:
Bangalore
Meeting Point:
The Taj West End
Duration:
8 days / 7 nights
Availability:
Monday at 3:00 PM
Product Code:
12264
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Description

Day 1 (Monday) BANGALORE - CHENNAI

Proceed for check-in at the Taj West End at 15:00, You will then go on a nature walk to the heritage gardens of Taj, followed by some delicious Indian high-tea. Enjoy a culture show and a visit to the Iskcon Temple at 18:00. Proceed to Yeshwantpur Railway Station for a traditional welcome of Aarti and Tikka. Dinner will be served on board as the train departs for Chennai.

Day 2 (Tuesday) CHENNAI - MAHABALIPURAM - PONDICHERRY

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast on board, we will depart for Mahabalipuram where you'll go on a sightseeing tour. Visit Krishna's Butter Ball, Arjuna's Penance, Ganesha Temple and Caves and the Five Rathas Temple. Lunch will be served at Radisson Blu Temple Bay followed by high-tea and a sightseeing of Shore Shiva Temple. We arrive at Pondicherry at 17:00. Marvel at the neatly laid roads, vibrant beaches and beautiful promenades of the European-inspired town. Pondicherry has been the capital of the French colonies in India since the 17th century, giving the town a rich French cultural heritage. Dinner will be served on board the train.

Day 3 (Wednesday) PONDICHERRY

You will go on a sightseeing tour after breakfast, visiting the town of Auroville where you'll see the Matra Mandir, a huge spiritual dome in the center of town. You will also have the opportunity to go shopping. After enjoying lunch on the train, we continue to the Aurobindo Ashram and the Ganesha Temple.

Day 04 (Thursday) TANJORE - TRICHY - MADURAI

Once we arrive at the Tanjore Railway Station, you'll visit the famous Brihadeshwara Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Time for shopping at the Emporium will be provided before we head for lunch at the Ideal River View Resort. We depart for Trichy at 16:00 and continue to the Sri Rangam Temple. Dinner is served on board the train.

Day 05 (Friday) MADURAI

Visit the famous Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai and proceed to the Thousand Pillar Hall and Museum. After lunch, we'll continue to the Gandhi Musuem(Rani Mangammal Palace) and the Thirumalai Nayak Palace for a sound and light show.

Day 06 (Saturday) NAGERCOIL - KOVALAM

We depart for Kanyakumari early in the morning and proceed to the Padmanabha Palace, also known as the Wooden Palace. After having lunch on board, we depart for Vivanta and have high-tea by the beach followed by a cultural show and dinner at a hotel.

Day 07 (Sunday) KANYAKUMARI - COCHIN

After breakfast, we depart for Alleppey Jetty and board a house boat. Cruise across Punnamada Lake and enjoy lunch at the Punnamada Lake Resort. We'll depart for Cochin at 14:30. Upon arrival, visit the Chinese fishing nets, and enjoy some free time for shopping at Mattancherry and Jew Town.

Day 08 (Monday) COCHIN - BANGALORE

Breakfast will be served before you disembark the train at Bangalore. Expected time of arrival will be at 10:00.

Includes

  • 7 nights accommodation at The Golden Chariot

  • All meals including tea, coffee and mineral water

  • Entrance fees to palaces, museums and parks

  • Dinner and cultural show at hotel in Kovalam

  • Houseboat cruise in Alleppey

  • Deluxe luxury coaches for sightseeing

  • English-speaking guide

  • All taxes and service charges

Excludes

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Meals and drinks not specified

Please Note

  • Children 4 years old and below are charged 10% of the total cost.

  • Triple room rates are available, please inquire.

  • For off-train excursions, guests are advised to wear smart casuals and comfortable walking shoes.

  • Please inform in advance for any special dietary requirements.

  • Venue of meals and schedule of sightseeing are subject to change as per Indian railway norms.

  • Itinerary and scheduled departures may change without prior notice.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 46 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 44 days or less prior to date of activity.

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