The Southern Splendor of the Golden Chariot is all set for a revival according to the Tourism Minister, Sa Ra Mahesh. Southern Splendor had stopped its service two years back but is now being resumed after the Indian Railways has redefined the haulage charges.
In an interaction with reporters during the inauguration of the three-day “India International Travel Mart – 2018” in Bengaluru, the tourism minister informed the reporters that the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) had incurred losses amounting to Rs. 40 crore last year. This he attributed to the decline in the number of visitors along with high haulage charges.
In addition, he also said that the last fiscal train earned a profit of Rs. 12 lakh. The minister said, “The interiors of the train are being re-done and new packages are being designed to attract more customers. We are also working towards re-launching the Southern Splendor
Southern Splendor traverses the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala, and in this regard, the minister added that the department was also preparing a booklet and map containing information on all the waterfalls in Karnataka. He went on to add,
“This year monsoon was good and footfall to the waterfalls is visibly high. All waterfalls are being documented and an itinerary is being prepared. Monsoon will be good for the next four years and facilities will be improved at all waterfalls in days ahead.”