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  Tour Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days

Departure Dates :

Month / Year 2014 2015
November 3, 17  
December 1, 15, 29  
January   12, 26
February   9, 23
March   9, 23
April   6, 13, 20, 27 (Group bookings only)

Places Covered: Bangalore - Chennai - Mamallapuram - Pondicherry - Tiruchirapalli & Thanjavur - Madurai - Kanyakumari - Thiruvananthapuram - Backwaters & Kochi / Allepey - Bangalore

Detailed Itinerary:

The journey begins at Bangalore and takes you to the historical Temple cities of Mamallapuram, Kanchipuram, Tiruchirapalli, Thanjavur and Madurai. The beaches of Kovalam await and you with their sandy shores. You will glide by boat trough the palm fringed and silent canals of the Backwaters to Kochi, the lively port city on the Arabian sea. You will experience history and finally reach back to its starting point at Bangalore

Day 1 - Bangalore

1500 hrs: Self report and Registration at Taj West End
16:00 hrs Nature walk in the heritage gardens of the Taj
17:00 hrs Hi-Tea
17:30 hrs Presentation and Orientation on The Golden Chariot tour
18:00 hrs Cultural dance
18:45 hrs Visit the ISKCON Temple (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness)
20:15 hrs Traditional welcome at Yeshwanthpur railway station and board The Golden Chariot

Day 2 - CHENNAI & MAHABALIPURAM

0730 hrs: Arrive at Chennai central railway station
08:00 hrs Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
10:00 hrs Departure to Mamallapuram
11:30 hrs Arrive at Mamallapuram Sight Seeing Krishna’s Butter Ball, Arjuna’s Penance, Ganesha Temple and                         Caves and Five Rathas Temple
01:30 hrs Lunch at Radisson Blu Temple Bay Hotel
04:00 hrs Post Hi-Tea, Sight Seeing
05:00 hrs Departure to Puducherry
06:30 hrs Arrival at Puducherry, back on board The Golden Chariot
                         Dinner on board The Golden Chariot

   
Day 3 - Pondicherry

0800 hrs: Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
10.00 hrs Departure to Auroville Ashram - Sight Seeing – Screening on Auroville Ashram, tour of Auroville Asharam, Matra                          Mandir and shopping in the Ashram
01.30 hrs Lunch at The Sarovar Promenade Hotel
03.00 hrs Back on board The Golden Chariot
05.00 hrs Visit the Aurobindo Ashram and Ganesha Temple
05.30 hrs Onwards Stroll by the beach side and shopping in French town
07.00 hrs Back on board The Golden Chariot - Dinner on board The Golden Chariot

Day 4 - TANJAVUR & TRICHY

07:30 hrs Arrive at Tanjavur railway station
08:00 hrs Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
10:00 hrs Visit the famous Brihadeshwara Temple (UNESCO World Heritage site)
11:30 hrs Visit the Serfoji Maratha Palace and Bronze Art Gallery Shopping at the emporium
02:00 hrs Lunch at Ideal River View Resort
04:00 hrs Departure to Trichy
06:00 hrs Visit the famous Sri Rangam Temple in Trichy
07:30 hrs Back on board The Golden Chariot in Trichy - Dinner on board The Golden Chariot

Day 5 - Madurai

08:00 hrs Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
10:00 hrs Visit the famous Madurai Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple
11:30 hrs Visit the 1000 pillar temple and the museum
01:00 hrs Back on board The Golden Chariot - Lunch on board The Golden Chariot
03:00 hrs Visit the Gandhi Museum (Rani Mangammal Palace)
04:00 hrs Return back to The Golden Chariot - Rest and Relax on board The Golden Chariot
06:00 hrs Visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace for sound and light show
07:30 hrs Back on board The Golden Chariot - Dinner on board The Golden Chariot

Day 6 - Kanyakumari or Kovalam (Saturday)

05:00 hrs Departure to Kanyakumari for Sunrise view
07:30 hrs Back on board Te Golden Chariot - Breakfast on board
09:30 hrs Depart to Padmanabhapuram Wooden Palace
01:00 hrs Return on board The Golden Chariot - Lunch on board
03:30 hrs Reach Kocchuveli station
04:00 hrs Depart to Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam - Hi-Tea by the beach, Cultural show followed by dinner at the hotel
10:30 hrs Back on board The Golden Chariot

   
Day 7 - Allepey

08:00 hrs Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
10:00 hrs Depart to Alleppey Jetty and board House Boat - Cruise on Punnamada Lake
01:00 hrs Reach Punnamada Lake Resort for Lunch
02:30 hrs Depart to fort Kochi
03:30 hrs Arrival in fort Kochi - Sight Seeing – Chinese fishing Nets, Shopping in Mattancherry - Shopping in Jews Town
06:00 hrs Depart to board The Golden Chariot at Ernakulum South railway Station
07:30 hrs Departure to Bangalore - Dinner on board The Golden Chariot

Day 8 - Bangalore

08:00 hrs Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
10:00 hrs Arrive at Yeshwanthpur Railway Station, Bangalore - Farewell by the entire crew

 

Note: Itinerary, Destination & Scheduled Time are liable to change without prior notice due to
unforeseen circumstances.

Tour Tariff:


October 2014 - March 2015 (For Indian nationals only)
Occupancy Type
Per person / night
(INR)
Total for 7 nights per person
(INR)
Single
26400
184800
Double
19800
138600
Triple
16500
115500
October 2012 - March 2013 (For International travellers)
Occupancy Type
Per person / night
(IN $)
Total for 7 nights per person
(IN $)
Single
831
5817
Double
627
4389
Triple
545
3815

Note: 10% Surcharge shall be levied on departures during Christmas / New Year.

Tour Cost Includes:

  • Drive with the hotel train "The Golden Chariot – Splendor of The South“ in a deluxe cabin with attached bathroom
  • All meals, including tea, coffee and mineral water
  • Gala Dinner in Poovar
  • Kathakali dance show in Kochi
  • Transport for sightseeing’s with an air-conditioned deluxe bus
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums
  • Accompanying German and English speaking guides
  • Local Taxes and fees
  • Travel documents

Tour Cost Does Not Include:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenditures like tips, Spa Wagon, Business - centre, etc.
  • Visa for India
  • Flights

    Please note:
    • @ 3.09% Service Tax shall be levied on the tariff of Splendor of The South.
    • Tariff Subject to change without notice.

    Reservation Policy:
    In case of FITs:

    • 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
    • Remaining 80% of ticket value 30 days prior to departure.

    In case of Group:
    • 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
    • Remaining 50% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.

    Cancellation Policy
    In case of FITs:

    • 5% of the ticket value if cancellation is made until 60 days prior to departure.
    • 20% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 30-59 days prior to departure.
    • 50% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 15-29 days prior to departure.
    • 100% of the ticket value if the cancellation is made 14 days prior to departure.

    In case of Group:
    • 10% of the ticket value if cancellation is made until 60 days prior to departure.
    • 25% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 30-59 days prior to departure.
    • 75% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 15-29 days prior to departure.
    • 100% of the ticket value if the cancellation is made 14 days prior to departure.
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