Southern Splendour- The Golden Chariot

The magnificence, the glory and the refined aesthetics – all define this Golden Chariot Train. Beginning from Bangalore, the train chugs through the three states of south including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. A journey through the land of traditions, Tamil Nadu uncovers the ancient heritage of Chennai, Pondicherry, temples at Tanjore and Madurai along side the merging point of three seas at Kanyakumari. Towards the end, the train chugs into the God's own country's surreal experience at Kovalam and backwater trance from Alleppey to Kochi.

Day 1 - Bangalore Alternate Itinerary*

11:00 am onwards: Check in at Our Native Village
12:00 pm to 2.00pm: Lunch
2.30 pm to 3.00pm: Briefing on The Golden Chariot
3.00 pm to 3.30 pm: What is it that makes us a 100% eco resort- Resort tour
3.30 pm to 4.00 pm: The Revivalist movement-Art and culture tour
4.00 pm to 4.30pm: Living an organic life-Herbal & Medicinal plant tour, organic farm tour
4.30 pm to 5.30 pm: Pottery session & Explore the simplicity of village games playing Indian village games & Bullock cart rides
6.00 pm to 6.30 pm: Rest and depart to Yeshwantpur Railway Station
*Optional itinerary for those who do not opt for Taj West End Check-in and Bangalore sightseeing.

Day 2 - Chennai

5:30 am Arrival in Chennai
8:00 am Breakfast onboard The Golden Chariot
9:30 am A drive through the Marina Beach road by coaches.
10:30 am Departure to Mahabalipuram
11:30 am Five Ratha’s Temple, Shore Shiva Temple and the caves at Mahabalipuram.
Mahabalipuram
2:00 pm Lunch at GRT Temple Bay (Radisson).
4:00 pm Drive back to Puducherry railway station by Coaches (Cool Drinks, Biscuits/chips/water/fruits will be available in the coaches)*
5.30pm Arrive at Puducherry and board TGC and refresh.
6.30pm Stroll through the Pristine Beach at Puducherry.
8:00 pm Dinner on board the Golden Chariot.
11:30 pm Overnight in the train at Puducherry.

Day 3 - Pondicherry

8:00 am Breakfast onboard The Golden Chariot
9:30 am A tour through Auroville – Ashram and Matrimandir
1:30 pm Lunch onboard The Golden Chariot.
4:15 pm A Visit to the Aurobindo Ashram.
5.30 pm Stroll on beach/ French town/Shopping
7:30 pm Dinner at a local restaurant*
10:00 pm Back on board TGC, overnight on the train.
11.30 pm Depart to Trichy.

Day 4 - Trichy

6:00 am Arrive at Trichy.
8:00 am Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot.
9.00 am Visit the ghats in Trichy and drive towards Tanjore by Coaches.
11:00 am Visit to Brihadeshwara Temple, UNESCO World heritage Site at Tanjore.
1:00 pm Lunch at Sangam Hotel, Tanjore.
3:00 pm Visit to Tanjore artifacts (Metal)and Paintings workshop .
5:00 pm Back on board The Golden Chariot to relax and enjoy facilities onboard TGC.
8:00 pm Dinner on board The Golden Chariot and later depart to Madurai.
12.15 am Dept to Madurai.

Day 5 - Madurai

5.15 am Arrive at Madurai.
8:00 am Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot.
9:30 am Visit to the famed Meenakshi temple/Shopping.
1:00 pm Lunch on board The Golden Chariot
6:00 pm Light & sound show at The Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
8:00 pm Dinner with live Classical Music at the Heritage, Madurai.
10.00 pm Back onboard The Golden Chariot.
11:15 pm Depart to Nagercoil.

Day 6 - Kanyakumari

3.45 am Arrive at Nagercoil station.
5:15 am Depart to Kanyakumari by coaches.
5:45 am Sunrise at Kanyakumari*
7.30 am Back on board TGC for Breakfast.
9.30 am Visit the Famous Padmanabha Palace(Wooden Palace)**
11.00 am Drive back to TGC by Coaches
12:30 am Back on board The Golden Chariot.
1:00 pm Lunch on board The Golden Chariot
1:30 pm Depart to Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram / Kovalam

3:00 pm Arrive at Thiruvananthapuram Station (Kuchuvelli Station).
5:00 pm Drive to Kovalam Beach by Coaches.
5:30 pm Stroll through the famous Kovalam beach (Tea/coffee,biscuits will be served)
7:30 pm Curtural Show followed by dinner at The Taj Green Cove Kovalam.
10.00pm Back On Board the TGC by Coaches. Overnight in the train while it departs to Alleppey.

Day 7 - Alappuzha & Kochi

5:00 am Depart to Alleppey
7:00 am Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
8:30 am Arrive at Alleppey
9:30 am House boat cruise (wine/beer, coffee/snacks served onboard the cruise)*
1:00 pm Lunch on board the boat. (Local flavor cuisine)
3:00 pm Arrive at Kochi by road.
3:30 pm Visit toto the Church, Chinese Fishing nets and then take a walk around Jew Town.
6.30 pm Back to TGC for Boarding and Departure to Bangalore.
07:30 pm Depart to Bangalore. Overnight on the train.
8:00 pm Dinner on board The Golden Chariot

Day 8 - Bangalore

8:00 am Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot.
10.00 am Arrival at Yeshwanthpura Railway Station and farewell by the entire crew.

Departure Dates - 2017 to 2018

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Note : You may also opt to book for 6 Nights part journey viz Bangalore To Kochi


Note :
» 50% of tariff for children between 5 years and 12 years of age.
» Taxes extra as applicable.
» There will be a 10% surcharge levied on the tariff for the trips falling during Christmas and New Year.
» No Charter can be booked during X-mas & New Year period.

Tariff is inclusive of accommodation on board The Golden Chariot / travel / all meals / Conducted Sight-seeing Tours / Entrance fees at Monuments / Parks / Palaces and Cultural Programmes.

Tariff does not include Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, SPA Car, Business Car Facilities and other items of personal nature.

Booking Policy :
a) In case of FITs:-
» 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
» Remaining 80% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure of the tour.

b) In case of Group and Charter:-
» 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
» Remaining 50% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure of the tour.

Cancellation Policy :
a) In case of FITs:-
» 5% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.
» 20% of ticket value between 30 to 59 days prior to departure.
» 100% of ticket value less than 30 days prior to departure.

b) In case of Group and Charter:-
» 10% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.
» 100% of ticket value between 0 to 59 days prior to departure.

No show/ En route termination of tour/amendment:-
» No Show - In case of No Show / Non-arrival of the guest, no refund or adjustment in future travel will be possible. The whole amount shall be treated as forfeited.
» En route termination of tour - In case of termination of tour by the guest, for any reasons, no refund or adjustment for future travel will be possible. The amount for unused portion of the tour shall be treated as forfeited.
» Amendment - Is only possible under the circumstances like Natural Disaster / Natural Calamity or Serious Health Problem's (this needs to be supported by doctor's certificate) and is subject to availability. No refunds are possible and every case be decided on merits on a case to case basis.

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