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Splendor of the South provides a new way of tourism inside the Southern part of the country, India. One of the finest royal hospitality one can experience inside the newly launched one of the Indias luxury trains Splendor of the South, a property of Golden Chariot. The train slowly drives to you in the world of luxury and give a royal treatment inside the train. The Golden Chariot is a joint venture of the Ministry of Railways and State Government of Karnataka which drive you to the South Indians splendid palaces, backwaters, ancient heritage sites and vaied cultural avenues.
With 19 majestically designed coaches Splendor of the South shows a magnificent view of the train. Each coach of the train is holding the name of various dynasties that were ruled by Karnataka at various time periods namely Adhilshahi, Bhahamani, Chalukya, Ganga, Hoysala, Kadamba, Rastrakota, Shathavashna, Sangama, Vijayanagar and Yudukula. Out of the 19 coaches, 11 coaches are specially designed for the passengers; two are for restaurants, two massage room & one gym, one conference saloon and the last one is a big lounge of bar.
Apart from that the air conditioned chambers holds 17 double bed cabins, 26 twin beds, one special cabin for physically challenged person, wardrobe, LCD television, Wi-Fi connection, DVD player, writing desk and one private room which includes all the lavish accessories.
Its two fine dining restaurants namely Nala and Ruchi provides a wide range of meal options where you can have your meal as per your selection.
Each luxurious restaurant offers mouth watering vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian dishes where you can also find some comfortable sofas, chairs and four as well as two-seater dining halls. The traditional bar can make available all varieties of drinking (wine) options as searched by the passengers which rejuvenate you and provide instant relaxation.
The well designed conference coach inside Golden Chariot never let you miss your important business meeting during your South India tour. It provides 25-30 comfortable seats for people, high speed internet connectivity and with a huge LCD TV.
The availability of Gym, Spa and even Spa treatment inside the Golden Chariot has the strong capability to keep you healthier and can reduce your stress and worries effectively.
Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka is situated on the Deccan Plateau, South-Eastern part of the state. The third most populous city of India is the main hub of Information Technology. Due to its position in the nations leading IT exporters, Bangalore is referred to as the Silicon Valley of India. The excellent weather condition of Bangalore throughout the year makes tourist very comfortable to stay in this city. Bull temple, Lal Bagh Botanical Garden and Vidhan Soudha are the topmost attraction of this capital.
Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu is located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal. The city is the home of several administrative offices, economic centers and government offices. The increasing number of private organizations has open up so many job opportunities for the young blood in this capital city.
Mamallapuram is also known as Mahabalipuram which is an ancient port city. It is located at a distance of about 60 km from Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Mahabalipuram is frequently visited by guests and devotees who come here to visit the centuries-old temples that are housed here. A few of the topmost attractions housed here include the Shore Temple, Ganesha Ratham, Mamallapuram Lighthouse, Arjuna's Penance, Pancha Pandava Rathas, and the Mahisuramardini caves. The beauty of these attractions has contributed in making Mamallapuram a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city Pondicherry is situated in the East coast in Southern part of India which is located nearby the Bay of Bangle and is the capital city of the Union Territory of Pondicherry. The beautiful city is surrounded by the state Tamil Nadu on three sides. The city is the home of a large number of Indians and non-Indians and therefore the city is separated in two regions namely French Quarter (White Town) and Indian Quarter (Black Town). Pondicherry now has become the significant center for educational purpose.
Among all the largest cities of Tamil Nadu Tiruchirapalli is the one which is located on the Coast of Cauvery River. Rock fort, Trichy Museum and Sriranganathaswamy temple are some of the major tourist attraction of the city. Tiruchirappalli is a significant educational and industrial center of central Tamil Nadu.
The city Thanjavur is also known as Tanjore, located in the Eastern Coast of Tamil Nadu. The rich cultural, social and architectural history of the city is very remarkable. The city was ruled by Pandyas since last 1279 AD to 1311 AD. The ancient city of Tamil Nadu have so many attractions which includes Schwartz Church, Brahadeeshwarar temple and magnificent palaces.
The city Madurai is well known for its renowned Meenakshi Temple. It is the second largest city of India, situated on the bank of river Vaigai. The city is the home of numerous numbers of temples. The intricate carvings and scriptures in the Meenakshi temple are wonderfully depicted on the walls of the temple. In search for spiritual peace many tourist and pilgrims comes to this place and shows their respect to their god.
The Gods Own Country, Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala, located in the west coast of India. The capital city is the house of many central and state government offices, and organizations and the most populous city of the State. Built on seven hills and its exotic beaches always compel the tourist to spend a wonderful vacation amidst it. The colorful festivals, activities and events of the capital enhance the value of the town.
Poovar is a small village of Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala. The breathtaking beaches and unbelievable backwaters of the small town are worth watching and the exotic backwater of Poovar is the main attraction of the place to watch its wonderful beauty many tourists arrive to this place. It is a great trading hub of timber, ivory, sandalwood and spices.
The city Kochi is the Gateway of Kerala and is the most popular city of the state. The city is covered by Arabian Sea in the West and Western Ghats in the East, located in the Western Coast in India. Earlier the city has been ruled by many rulers which include Dutch, British, Chinese Arabs and Portuguese. The city is the home of several sightseeing like backwaters of Kochi, Marine Drive, Fort Kochi, Hill Palace, etc.
The Gods Own Country Kerala is known for its exotic backwater. The wide diversity of nature and scenic beauty of the city are the dream of many tourists. Kerala backwaters include areas likely Alappuzha, Kollam, Kasargod, Kumarakom, Kozhikode and Kuttanad. The sky touching coconut, palm trees and wide greenery never allow to diminish the natural beauty of the place. The traditional houseboats on the Kerala backwaters are the favorite honeymoon spot for the couples which can provide luxurious accommodation to its visitors.
Tour Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days
Places covered : Bangalore - Chennai - Mamallapuram - Pondicherry - Tiruchirapalli & Thanjavur - Madurai - Thiruvananthapuram & Poovar - Backwaters & Kochi - Bangalore
Arrive in Bangalore and approach to visit the attractions of the city where you can see Cubbon Park, Lal Bagh gardens and the architecturally striking Vidhan Soudha. Before you leave for Bangalore Railway Station Leela Palace will experience you its splendor. In the evening at Bangalore Railway Station the gorgeous Splendor of the South will give you a warm welcome before your tour start.
Take your dinner at splendor of the South and move for Chennai.
Early morning you will reach Chennai and then you will be drive to excurse Mamallapuram, placed at a distance of about 58 km from Chennai. The place has a lot of attractions to see that include the temple of Rathas, the Shore Temple and the Penance of Bhagirath. At noon, take a delicious lunch at Mahabalipuram and then move to excurse the other parts of the city. Some of the mostly visited tourist attractions of Chennai are Kapaleeshwarar Temple, St. Mary's Church, Fort St. George, Saint Thomas Cathedral, the National Art Gallery and Museum etc.
Before leave for Pondicherry, take your dinner on the train.
At about 8 am you will reach Pondicherry. Take your breakfast on board and have a tour to the French colony of Pondicherry. Due to the availability of foreign and Indian people in this city, the city is divided in two parts one part is called Indian colony and the rest of the part is called non-Indian colony. Then the view of Auroville and Sri Aurobindo Ashram will lost you in its beauty.
Later on, you will move towards your next destination to Tiruchirapalli.
After arrival at Tiruchirapalli, move to visit the attractions of the city likely Mathrubhuteshwar Shrine, Rock Fort Temple and Ucchi Pillayar Koil.
After the sightseeing at Tiruchirapalli, leave for Thanjavur which is famous for its temples and paintings. Visit Alangudi temple, Brihadeshwara temple, Schwartz Church and Chandra Bagawan temple over there. Take dinner on the train and go for a deep sleep.
Early morning you will open your eyes in the second largest city of India, Madurai. After having your breakfast you will approach to the world famous Meenakshi Temple, Thiruparangundram temple and Thirumalai Nayak Palace. This pilgrimage site will surely take you in a different world.
Take dinner on the train and go for a deep sleep.
Upon arrival in the beach city, Thiruvananthapuram you will spend some of your valuable time in the Coast of the beaches, Poovar. Later on move to explore some other parts of the city that are the Napier Museum, Padmanabhaswamy temple and the Sri Chitra Art Gallery which are to see tourist come from abroad.
A wonderful dinner with music and dance shows of local people will fascinates your heart and soul.
At 9 am you will arrive in the Gods Own Country, Kerala. The exotic beaches and the backwaters of the city will indulge your time and will take you out in a different world.
After a lavish dines at Kumarakom, Splendor of the South will drive you towards Kochi. The city Kochi is the gateway of Kerala is loaded with so many tourist attractions that include the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace and St. Francis Church.
In the evening you will spare some moments in watching traditional Kathakali dance performance which will be specially arranged for you.
After dinner you will leave for Bangalore.
Today morning you will arrive at Bangalore Railway station. Enjoy your leisurely breakfast on the train and then proceed to your next destination with the memory of South India tour with the Splendor of the South.
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