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Places : Bangalore - Chennai - Pondicherry - Thanjavur - Madurai - Thiruvananthapuram - Alleppey - Kochi - Bangalore

Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights


Day 1 - Bangalore - Chennai

On your arrival in Bangalore you can explore the city attractions throughout the day and be a guest in the Leela Palace Kempinski. In the evening you will assemble at the Bangalore Railway Station. From here will begin the enchanting sojourn of the Splendor of the South. After a traditional welcome, guests will be ushered to their cabins and a luxury saga will immediately commence. Dinner will be served for the guests aboard the Splendor of the South. By 2200 hours the train will depart for Chennai.

Day 2 - Mamallapuram

The train will arrive in Chennai at 0600 hours on the 2nd day of the trip.

On this day guests will get a chance to visit the attractions of Mamallapuram. Nestled comfortably at a distance of about 58 km from Chennai, Mamallapuram is best visited for its temples. The temple of Rathas, the Penance of Bhagirath, and the Shore Temple are a few of the most significant attractions housed here. Guests can relish on some very interesting culinary delights of the place for lunch before they move back to Chennai.

Chennai city attractions that you can visit include a trip to the St. Mary’s Church, Saint Thomas Cathedral, Fort St. George, the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and the National Art Gallery and Museum.

Enjoy a lavish dinner served to you aboard the train while you proceed towards Pondicherry.

Day 3 - Pondicherry

Early in the morning you will arrive in Pondicherry a city that was once a French colony.

Post-breakfast you can embark on sightseeing trips across the cobbled streets of the city. The magnificent French styled mansions, Auroville, and Sri Aurobindo Ashram are a few of the attractions housed here that you can treat yourself to.

On your return to the luxury train you will find that it is already geared up to proceed towards the next destination – Tiruchirapalli.

The train will arrive in Tiruchirapalli at 2200 hours and will halt there for the night.

Day 4 - Tiruchirapalli - Thanjavur

Tiruchirapalli or Trichy as it is popularly known as waits to play your perfect host on the 4th day of the sojourn. Rock Fort temple, Mathrubhuteshwar Shrine, and the Ucchi Pillayar temple are a few of the destinations that you will visit on this day.

Later in the day guests can proceed towards Thanjavur, mostly known for its temples and its paintings. City attractions you will visit here include Brihadeshwara temple, Alangudi temple, Chandra Bagawan temple, and the Schwartz Church. Dinner and overnight stay in the train.

Day 5 - Madurai

Arrive in Madurai by 0800 hours. Post-breakfast you can commence your sightseeing journey across the city and visit the Meenakshi temple, the Thirumalai Nayak Palace, and the Thiruparangundram temple. Dinner and overnight stay aboard the train.

Day 6 - Thiruvananthapuram - Poovar

On the 6th day of the sojourn, you will arrive in the enchanting lands of Kerala, leaving Tamil Nadu behind. Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city and the first destination you will land in, in the state. Sightseeing trip to the Padmanabhaswamy temple, the Napier Museum, and the Sri Chitra Art Gallery will keep you busy throughout the day.

The next destination that you will arrive at is the Poovar Island. Post-lunch exploration of the beaches here would be a good idea. The leisure moments and solitude here will refresh your mind completely.
Take delight in the Gala dinner and the music and dance performances by local artists that will be especially arranged for you.

Day 7 - Backwaters - Kochi

By 0900 hours on the 7th day guests will reach at the backwaters region of Kerala. Alleppey is where you will reach; the mesmerizing locations of which will simply take your breath away. Enjoy the gorgeous sights of the backwaters locales. A sumptuous lunch at Kumarakom will set the ambiance for you after which you will proceed towards Kochi. Kochi is your last destination in the circuit. Primarily a sea port, Kochi houses attractions such as the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, and the St. Francis Church.

To complete your trip, a Kathakali dance performance will be especially be arranged for you. Enjoy a leisurely dinner before you proceed towards Bangalore to mark the end of the journey.

Day 8 - Bangalore (Return)

You will arrive in Bangalore in the wee hours of the morning. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast aboard the train before you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight back home.
Mentioned below is the schedule of the Indian Splendor itinerary on board Maharajas Express, an 8 days itinerary covering some of the most splendid destinations and attractions in India. Discover the splendor of India in sheer opulence. Plan your journey according to the scheduled departure of the luxury train for the sesion beginning October 2013.

Schedule for the season 2014-15 and 2015-16 :
Month Departure Dates
March, 2014 1, 29
October, 2014 11
November, 2014 8
December, 2014 6
January, 2015 3, 31
Fabruary, 2015 28
March, 2015 28
October, 2015 17
November, 2015 14
December, 2015 12
January, 2016 9
Fabruary, 2016 6
March, 2016 5
April, 2016 2
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