The southern region of India is a fascinating land blessed with the mesmerizing beauty of nature and culture. Tourists from all around the globe visit this place to savor its picturesque locations, splendid beauty, and ancient culture. Exploring the bounties of this enchanting region is a perpetual and arduous task. But thanks to Golden Chariot, India’s first and only south Indian luxury train, a much more comfortable and easier mode of travel has arrived in India.
The Splendor of the South itinerary on board Golden Chariot is a weeklong sojourn that traverses the course of enchanting best destinations in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Whether it’s about exploring beaches, backwaters, ancient Dravidian temples, and World Heritage Sites or acquainting you with French influence on India, this 8 days and 7 nights itinerary will bring you face to face with the diverse colors of the south Indian Kaleidoscope.
The state of Tamil Nadu is a major destination included in the Splendor of the South itinerary. Tamil Nadu the cultural belt of south India is presence of ancient Dravidian temples which showcases the craftsmanship and artistic brilliance of the highest order.
Mamallapuram, Tiruchirapalli, Thanjavur, and Madurai are some of the famous temple cities of Tamil Nadu that are included in this best luxury rail journey in the World.
The next destination included in the Splendor of the South itinerary is Pondicherry. Auroville, a universal township, Aurbindo Ashram, and French-styled mansions are some major attractions that lure tourists from all around the world.
One of the major destinations of the Splendor of the South itinerary on board the Golden Chariot is the top place to visit in Kerala. Kerala is fondly referred to as God’s Own Country owing to its beautiful beaches, captivating hill stations, medieval heritage sites, palm-fringed backwaters, and exotic flora and fauna.
On the penultimate day of the Splendor of the South itinerary, guests will enter into the backwater region of Kerala. A ride in Kettuvallams through the vast stretches of backwaters is an experience of a lifetime.
On the second half of the penultimate day, guests will also get a peek into the medieval heritage of Kerala which is a remarkable blend of Portuguese, Dutch, and British aesthetics and art. Monuments such as Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, and the St. Francis Church are fine specimens of colonial influence on the culture of Kerala.
The Splendor of the South journey on board this Indian luxury train starts from USD 545 per person on a triple sharing basis. The journey spanning over 8 days begins from Bangalore in Karnataka. The tariff of the Golden Chariot is all-inclusive of the dining, accommodation during the itinerary, entrance fees at the monuments, transportation and guides for off-train excursions, and porter charges.
The operator of this luxury train in India has announced the updated itinerary of the Golden Chariot for the session beginning from October 2014. The train departs from Bangalore on Mondays and there are a total of 12 journeys available for the Splendor of the South itinerary on board the Golden Chariot. More information on the schedule, itineraries, and booking of the Golden Chariot train are available on the website of the Indian Luxury Trains.