Splendor of the South is one of the voyages offered by The Golden Chariot, a luxury train in India. It is organized by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation in collaboration with Indian Railways. This magical trip on-board one of the finest luxury trains in India is one of its kinds, traversing the course of South Indian states abundant of the ancient temples, resplendent fortresses, tropical sea beaches, and picturesque landscapes.
The itinerary of the Splendor of the South on-board The Golden Chariots-Pride of the South takes you across the choicest destination across South India and extends over a period of 7 days and 6 nights. The coaches of this luxury train are majestic and the consummate craftsmanship reflects the rich history of the historical Southern Kingdoms. The interiors are decorated with exquisite carvings portraying the rich heritage of Hoysala and Mysore architecture and exude luxury and intimacy. The amenities and the hi-tech facility available on-board are one of the best in the world. The hospitable service by competent staff combined with the sumptuous cuisines offered in the expedition Splendor of the South makes you feel like a royalty. You will be left with a lingering sense of awe after undertaking this ethereal itinerary on wheel.
The itinerary offers a trip to Mamallapuram, famous for its Shore Temple built during the reign of Pallavas and the stone carvings which are the masterpiece of Dravidian architecture. The important attractions in Mamallapuram include the Five Rathas and the Eight Mandapams. Madurai, also known as the temple city in India, is also included in the itinerary. The Meenakshi Temple, regarded as one of the greatest architectural landmark of ancient India is the prime attraction in Madurai. You will be stunned by the sheer majesty of the temple and the exquisite works of carving that adorn the temple.
Pondicherry, included in the Splendor of the South itinerary, is one of the most popular tourist destinations of South India. The cobbled streets, churches and memorials built during French occupation and widely spoken French language add to the colonial ambience of Pondicherry. Auroville, an experimental township and Aurobindo Ashram are other attractions that attract the tourists from world over.
The major attraction of Trichy, included in the itinerary on-board this luxury train, is the famous Rock Fort Temple. This temple is perched atop a rock. Started by Pallavas and completed by the Nayaks of Madurai, the Rock Fort Temple is a magnificent landmark which will leave you awed and enthralled. Included in the itinerary is the Brihadeshwara Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a supreme example of fine Chola architecture. This is the first temple in the world built entirely from granite. The building is dotted with exquisite carvings which are breathtaking and splendid examples of creative architecture.
On the seventh day of the itinerary of the Splendor of South, this Indian luxury train reaches backwaters and Kochi. Listed amongst the ’50 Destinations of a Lifetime’ by the National Geographic Traveler, the backwaters of Kochi will leave you spellbound. The coconut canopies, tranquil backwaters, scenic beaches and amazing greenery will welcome you to God’s Own Country. Locked by a number of canal and bridges, the exotic backwaters of Alappuzha offer a relaxing retreat which will be indelibly etched on the traveler’s mind. The Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese is another major attraction of Kochi. The palace is famous for its murals which are executed in the best traditions of Hindu art. The Palace was built by the Portuguese as a gift to the then King of Kochi, Veera Kerala Sharma. The Jewish Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in Commonwealth of Nation, is another major attraction of Kochi.
The Splendor of the South itinerary will leave you immensely satisfied at the end of the expedition. The magnificent landmarks, diverse cultures, and varied landscapes that one comes across during this transcendental expedition leave an enduring impression upon the guests.