Southern Splender

Southern Splender

Day 1

Bangalore - Chennai

Arrive in Bangalore and embark on a sightseeing trip across the city. The attractions you can visit on this day are the Lal Bagh gardens, the enticing Cubbon Park, and the architecturally grand Vidhan Soudha. The Leela Palace will play your perfect host in the city before you will assemble at the Bangalore Railway Station in the evening where the enchanting sojourn of the Splendor of the South waits to begin. Dinner onboard the Splendor of the South.
Depart for the next destination in the circuit - Chennai by 2200 hours.

Day 2

Mamallapuram - Chennai

Arrive in Chennai at 0600 hours on the next day. Board on an exciting excursion to Mamallapuram located at a distance of about 58 km from Chennai. The attractions that you can visit while here include the temple of Rathas, the Penance of Bhagirath, and most importantly the Shore Temple. Savor on a delectable lunch at Mahabalipuram and move ahead for sightseeing in Chennai.

The various city attractions that you may visit while here include St. Mary's Church, Saint Thomas Cathedral, and the Fort St. George, the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, the National Art Gallery and Museum etc.
Dinner will be served aboard the train before you will proceed on to Pondicherry.

Day 3

Pondicherry

Arrive in Pondicherry early in the morning at about 0800 hours.
Post-breakfast you will board the excursion that will take you across the once-French colony - Pondicherry. The cobbled streets and the vast French styled mansions that are scattered around the city almost take one on a sojourn of France, rather than India. Feast yourself on the gorgeous attractions of Auroville and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Later, you will return to the train to proceed towards the next destination in the circuit, Tiruchirapalli.
You will arrive in Tiruchirapalli at 2200 hours.

Day 4

Tiruchirapalli - Thanjavur

Post-breakfast you will take a tour across Tiruchirapalli that is also known as Trichy. Visit the Rock Fort temple, Mathrubhuteshwar Shrine, and the Ucchi Pillayar Koil that are housed here.

Later, you will proceed towards Thanjavur which is most significantly known for its temples and its paintings. The Brihadeshwara temple, Alangudi temple, Chandra Bagawan temple, and the Schwartz Church are a few of the topmost attractions that you will visit on this day. Dinner and overnight stay in the train.

Day 5

Madurai

Arrive in Madurai by 0800 hours. An ancient seat of learning and pilgrimage, Madurai is a modern Indian city that is still basking in the glory of the yesteryears. Visit the Meenakshi temple, the majestic Thirumalai Nayak Palace and the Thiruparangundram temple. Dinner and overnight stay in the train.

Day 6

Thiruvananthapuram - Poovar

Arrive in the first destination of Kerala - Thiruvananthapuram that is also the capital city of the state. Attractions you will visit on this day will be Padmanabhaswamy temple, the Napier Museum, and the Sri Chitra Art Gallery. Later, around lunch time you will arrive in the Poovar Island. After lunch, you may explore the beauty of the beach and enjoy some moments in leisure there.

A Gala dinner and music and dance performances by local artists will be especially arranged here for you here in the evening.

Day 7

Backwaters - Kochi

You will arrive in the backwaters region of Kerala on the 7th day of the journey by 0900 hours. The first destination that you will arrive at is Alleppey. Take delight in visiting the gorgeous backwaters locales. After a sumptuous lunch at Kumarakom, you will proceed towards Kochi - your last destination in the circuit. Kochi, a sea port houses attractions such as the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, and the St. Francis Church. In the evening, a special Kathakali dance performance will be arranged for you.
Post- dinner, you will depart for Bangalore at 2200 hours.

Day 8

Bangalore (return)

Arrive in the city in the wee hours of the morning. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast onboard the train and then proceed towards the airport for your return journey back home or move ahead towards the next destination…

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