Golden Chariot Train-Southern Splendour Journey

About Golden Chariot Train

The Golden Chariot luxury train operates on two circuits of South India, both departing from Bangalore.

  • 7 Nights Golden Chariot Pride of South Circuit
  • 7 Nights Southern Splendour Circuit of Golden Chariot

The train tour is operated by Tourism Dept of Karnataka (KSTDC) & onboard services are managed by Maple Group of Hotels


The Golden Chariot Train was launched to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Karnataka & it’s very name is derived from the famous Stone chariot at Hampi temples. The theme & interiors of the train are inspired by the rich craftsmanship of 14th century built Hosalya Temples & the onboard staff is attired in traditional dress. There are Passenger saloons with 4 Deluxe cabins each, having option to book Twin beds & queen size beds. Some of the twin-bedded Cabins have option of third bunker bed. There is a small pantry in each Passenger saloon, Which is serviced round the clock by a Saloon attendant. All the cabins are air-conditioned with facility of LCD TV & intercom & having attached Private bathrooms with running hot & cold water. The bathrooms are equipped with toiletries of international standard. The Saloon are named after Famous Royal Dynasties of South India. There are two dining cars with onboard kitchen serving international cuisine. Passengers can relax in Madera Bar Lounge Or enjoy facilities of the mini gym & aryuvedic spa, after the daily sightseeing tours. All off board excursions are organized in Air conditioned Buses with services of English speaking Guide. Bottled drinking water is complimentary for golden chariot guests.

7 Nights Southern Splendour Journey of Golden Chariot Train:

Day 01 : MON : Bangalore Depart:

Self Report by 4.30 pm at Hotel Taj West End ,Bangalore for check in formalities of Golden Chariot Train Tour,followed by Hi-Tea & brief presentation.
Proceed for culture program & arrive by 8.00 p.m. at Yashwantpura Railway station for traditional welcome & be escorted to your respective cabins.
Dinner on board.train & departs by 9.00 p.m. from Bangalore

Day 02 : TUE : Chennai & Mahapalipuram:

Chennai & Mahabalipuram World Heritage Site Train arrives at Chennai Egmore railway station by 0530 a.m. early morning. After breakfast, board AC Buses by 930 a.m. for day excursion to Mahabalipuram town after drive along Marina Beach in Chennai The 9th century built Sea Shore temples & Stone Carvings at Mahabalipuram have withstood erosion over centuries & have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After leisurely lunch at beach resort in Mahabalipuram depart by AC Buses for Pondicherry Railway station where the Train is awaiting your arrival.

Day 02 : TUE : Chennai & Mahapalipuram:

Dinner on board & overnight train stabled at Pondicherry.

Day 03 : WED Morning : Auroville Commune:

Morning excursion to nearby located Auroville commune , started in 1930's to bring harmony amongst all the religions orders & promotion of natural eco friendly produce.

Day 03 : WED Afternoon: Pondicherry-Former French colony:

After lunch & brief rest on the train, experience charms of the former French Colony of Pondicherry on foot; visiting Sri Aurobindho Ashram, White Quarters & beach side.
Time free for shopping followed by dinner in local restaurant. Return to the train at Pondicherry station by 10 p.m. & depart.

Day 04 : THURS : Trichy Temple & Tanjore World Heritage Site:

Early morning 6 a.m. your train reaches Trichy Railway Station. After breakfast board AC Buses by 9 a.m. for full day excursion to Temples in Trichy & Thanjavur First visit the ancient Ghat temples in Trichy to view traditional South Indian Hindu rituals & later drive 1.5 hrs to Tanjore town; to experience the grandeur of 11th century stone built Brihadeshwara Temple, with an apex 216 feet high. Nearby is a huge granite stone carved statue of the sacred bull (Nandi). This temple complex is also a World Heritage Site.After lunch in a Tanjore Hotel visit Artefacts & Paintings gallery, before boarding train from Tanjore railway station at 5 p.m. & depart.The Thanjavur School of art is famous for it' colourful three dimensional paintings having touches of gold.

Day 05 : FRI : Madurai Temple Town :

Morning visit one of the holiest sacred spot for Hindus-The Meenakshi temple,which was first constructed more than 2500 years ago, but present work was completed in early 17th century. The temple complex is spread over 45 acres & is a massive structure measuring 254 by 237 meter. The temple is surrounded by 12 towers, the tallest of which, the famous Southern tower, rises to over 170 ft . There are four different gates to enter the temple complex & it's 1000 pillared decorative hall is an architectural wonder Evening enjoy Sound & Light show in The Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal,former Palace of Madurai Royalt.

Day 06 : SAT Morning : Kanyakumari Sunrise Point:

Early morning 515 a.m. board AC Coaches from Nagercoil railway station for drive to Kanyakumari, to snatch Sunrise photo moment ;at the southernmost tip of Indian Peninsula; overlooking the three oceans of Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean & the Arabian Sea.Return to Nagercoil Railway station by 730 a.m. to board the train & depart. Breakfast & Lunch onboard (time permitting visit early 17th century Padmanabha Palace Complex).

Day 06 : SAT Evening : Kovallam Beach:

Train reaches Trivandrum Railway Station by 3 p.m. & Board AC Buses by 5 p.m. for 45 minutes drive to nearby located Kovallam Beach & time at leisure. Enjoy cultural program & dinner in 5 Star Beach Resort & return to Trivandrum Railway station by 10 p.m. to board the train Train stabled overnight at Trivandrum Railway station.

Day 07 : SUN Morning : Kerala Backwaters:

Train departs at 5 a.m. from Trivandrum Railway Station & reaches Alleppey Railway station by 830 a.m. Drive by AC Buses to Alleppey Jetty Point to board Houseboats for cruise through narrow waterways & canals also often referred to as "Venice of the East" Enjoy local Kerala cuisine lunch on the houseboat & later return to Boat Jetty point to board AC Buses for 1.5 hrs drive to Kochi City.

Day 07 : SUN Afternoon :

Cochin Fort Area The ancient port town of Cochin in now a modern city with thriving commercial district of Ernakulum. Afternoon enjoy walk through 16th century Built Portuguese Fort town with churches, Jewish synagogue & Chinese fishing nets Board the train from Ernakulum Railway station by 630 p.m. & depart. Dinner on board.

Day 08: Mon Morning:

BANGALORE Return The southern splendour train returns to Yashwantpura railway station, Bangalore by 930 a.m. Check-out after breakfast. Tour ends on arrival.

Tour Ends
  • Train Tour Manager reserves ther right to amend the program at short notice

SCHEDULE 2017-18 Season

7 Nights Southern Splendour Circuit Depart Bangalore
Month Departure Dates
Oct 2017 16
Nov 2017 20
Dec 2017 25*
Jan 2018 08
Feb 2018 19
Note :
  • Train Tour will operate subject to minimum 20 passengers OR advance received will refunded

Tariff : 2017-18 Season

Dual Tariff for Indian & Foreign Nationals
Tariff for Foreign Nationals is also in INR Rupees, which can be paid in equivalent foreign exchange
COST PER CABIN (Add Taxes Extra)
7 Nights Southern Splendour Circuit
Occupancy Type For Foreign Nationals (in Indian Rupees) For Indian Nationals (in Rupees)
For 1 Person on Single Occupancy Rs 4,16,500/- Rs 2,17,000/-
For 2 Persons on Double Occupancy Rs 6,33,080/- Rs 3,50,000/-
For 3 Persons On Triple Occupancy Rs 8,21,100/- Rs 4,20,000/-
  • Taxes extra as applicable on date of journey
  • 10% Holiday Surcharge Extra for 25 Dec 2017 depart
  • Children< 12 yrs charged 50% of adult cost
  • Children< 5 yrs are complimentary without bed
  • Foreign Nationals can pay in Foreign Exchange as per equivalent rate of exchange
Train Tour cost Includes :

Travel & stay Onboard in private A/C sleeping chambers with attached bathrooms; Bed Tea & Daily three meals; Group excursions & sightseeing tours by air-conditioned buses with English speaking guide; Monument entrance fees, Bottled drinking water; Backwaters cruise in Alleppey; Cultural program in Madurai & Bangalore.

Extra Costs(not included) :

Video Camera fees at monuments; alcoholic & non alcoholic beverages; laundry; room services; telephone calls; use of spa & business centre facilities; tips; porter charges, tour insurance; airport & railway station transfers; hotel stay; Arrangements for Visa travel documents for India; & all other expenses of personal nature

Terms & Conditions

Booking Procedure:
  • Advise departure date & number of cabins required
  • We require Names/Nationality/date of birth of all the passengers to process your booking request
  • Your booking will be confirmed On receipt of minimum 25% advance deposit of total ticket value,
  • Balance payment must reach us at least 35 days before tour date with copy of passports of all passengers
  • Booking request made < 35 days before tour depart will be confirmed on one time full payment
Cancellation Rules :
  • The Golden Chariot Train is owned & operated by Tourism Depatment of Karnataka & liability of Royal Indian Trains is limited to that of booking agent only
  • Cancellation request must be made in writing & acknowledged by us
  • MINIMUM cancellation levy of 20% of total ticket value if cancellation request made > 31 days before tour depart
  • Minimum Cancellation levy of 50% of total ticket value if request made <31 days & > 16 days prior to tour depart
  • Cancellation levy of full 100% of total ticket value if request made <16 days prior to tour depart
  • Train Tour Operator reserves the right to cancel the scheduled depart due to technical reasons OR Minimum passenger Clause And maximum liability of Royal Indian Trains is to refund advance received for train booking (with no further libiality)
  • Clients are liable to pay TAX as applicable on date of journey & not as per advance received Or ticket issued
  • Disputes (if any) are only subject to jurisdiction of Courts of New Delhi(India)
Payment Options :
  • Either by Online credit card authorization (only VISA/ MASTERCARD accepted)
  • By Swift wire Transfer
  • Indians can pay by RTGS/NEFT Transfer

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