The Golden Chariot - Destinations
"A Grand Voyage on Iron Wheels"

The Golden Chariot journeys provide you with a plethora of diverse destinations where you can discover and rediscover yourself innumerable times. Bring out the latent historian in you as you travel back in time exploring the monuments and old architectural wonders of Southern India. Discover your wild streak as you travel through its rich and expansive wildlife sanctuaries and sprawling national parks. Shed your worries as you lay on the pristine beaches of Kerala. Watch ancient traditions, rich spiritual and historical past come alive as your glance through pilgrimage sites, temples, shrines, churches and Jain 'basadis'.

The two journeys offered by The Golden Chariot train covers some of the most prominent tourist destinations in 3 South Indian states - Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala - along with the Union Territory of Pondicherry. Detail of the attractions included in the destinations covered during the luxury train tour along with a brief introduction to acquaint you with the history and significance of the destinations are mentioned below.

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Bangalore: The Garden City

Bangalore is a city of contrasts, going by several other aliases: India's Silicon Valley, Pub City, Shopper's Paradise, Garden City and Gourmet's Delight. The capital of the Southern state of Karnataka has a lot to offer - a rich cultural heritage, historic monuments, cultural centers, traditional arts and crafts stores, exotic cuisines and friendly people.

Mysore: The City Royale

Known for its magnificent palaces, majestic buildings, sprawling gardens and tree-lined boulevards, shimmering silks and sandalwood, the 'City Royale" - Mysore always figures out in the tourist's itinerary. It conjures up visions and memories of the resplendent glory of the illustrious Wodeyar Kings. This former Karnataka Capital is a seamless blend of old-world charm and modernity.

Hampi: The lost city

Set amidst an awesome boulder-strewn landscape along the banks of the Tungabhadra River 12 km away from the sleepy town of Hospet in Bellary district, Hampi was the magnificent capital of the mighty Vijayanagar Kingdom. The best way to visit this World Heritage Site is to take a leisurely stroll through the eloquent ruins.

Belur: The temple town

Belur - the famous temple destination in the country is located in Karnataka. Visited by thousands of devotees and tourists throughout the year who come here to offer their prayers as well as marvel at the architectural brilliance of the temples, it is home to the famous Hoysala temple complex. Referred to as the Southern Benaras, Belur's origination dates back to the Hoysala rule during the eleventh and twelfth centuries.


Home to one of the best examples of Hoysala architecture in the ornate Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples, Halebid is located in the Hassan district in Karnataka. Halebid has several strikingly beautiful Hoysala temples and Jain shrines. These temples are sculptural extravaganza, richly endowed with most finely detailed scroll work in stone.

Pattadakal: A world heritage site

Pattadakal, in Karnataka, represents the high point of a heterogeneous art which, in the 7th and 8th centuries under the Chalukya dynasty, achieved a harmonious blend of architectural forms from northern and southern India. An impressive series of nine Hindu temples, as well as a Jain sanctuary, can be seen there. One masterpiece from the group stands out - the Temple of Virupaksha, built c. 740 by Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate her husband's victory over the kings from the South.

Kabini: A wildlife lovers' delight

Offering abundant wildlife in the country and located at about 80 km from the city of Mysore in Karnataka, Kabini is a lush green habitat for the animals, especially Elephants. Besides elephants, the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to a large variety of birds too. The place is a must visit for those on a lookout for a wildlife holiday. So get ready to encounter the mighty tuskers.

Badami: The Nature's abode

Picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills, the exquisite sculptures and the rust red sandstone cliffs, Badami tell many a tale of yore. Located in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, the blue waters of Agastya Lake surround Badami. Climb a flight of steps to reach the four ancient rock-cut caves replete with carved pillars and bracket figures.

Goa: Pearl of the Orient

Palm pronged beaches, miles of golden sands, lush green country-side, an incredible mosaic of cultural heritage, magnificent churches, temples, forts and monuments and a unique cultural synthesis of the east and west - Goa offers it all. Replete with colonial architecture, the Goa is known around the world for its vibrancy. So, just come ashore and enjoy this ever bustling, ever shimmering and ever glowing state where festivities and celebration never end.

Chennai: The buzzing metropolis

A blend of the old and the new, the traditional and the modern, Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Spread over 200 sq km with the Bay of Bengal on the east, it is home to a host of Tamil culture art forms including dance, literature, sculpture, music and cinema. Adorned with temples, this modern city is unique for its allegiance to ancient traditions and ethos.

Mahabalipuram: The land of architectural wonders

Mahabalipuram also known as Mamallapuram is divided into four categories - open-air bas-reliefs, structured temples, man-made caves, and rathas. Situated in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu, the town attracts shoals of foreigners in search of unique architectural marvels, relaxation and sea bathing, and most strange of all, it has an atomic power plant as well.

Pondicherry: A quaint retreat

A French colony up to 1954, Pondicherry (Puducherry) is a living memorial of French rule and culture in India. The Aurobindo Ashram and 'Auroville' the international township are famous all over the world. No else in India would you find such a profusion of natural and architectural beauty. The Union Territory has a lot to offer to the tourists from lovely beaches, backwater areas, to marvelous hotels and restaurants serving authentic French and Indian cuisines.


Home to hundreds of ancient temples, the district of Tanjore, also addressed as Tanjai and Thanjavur, is also famous for its exquisite handicrafts, castings, pith craft and South Indian musical instruments. Being a native place of many skilful artists, Thanjavur paintings are the most renowned elements associated with the place and excellent souvenirs to be carried back home. Tourists visit this place to witness the wonders humans can create with their dexterity and craft.

Madurai: The city of temples

Madurai, located on the banks of Vaigai River, fascinates pilgrims and tourists as the enigma of Indian philosophy unravels in its architecture, religion and cultural traditions. Legends mingle with history, giving its shrines an evocative ambience that brings life to the richness of the city's spiritual culture. The ostentatious Meenakshi temple is the major tourist attraction of this picturesque city.

Thiruvanathpuram: The cascading city

The capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), is bounded by the Arabian Sea on the west. The city is home to numerous temples and museums and popular among tourists for enchanting picnic spots, a long shoreline, with internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches, and a rich cultural heritage. All in all, it is a contemporary city blessed with several traditional and several modern elements.

Kochi: The gateway to Kerala

The commercial hub of Kerala, Kochi is a picturesque location that was earlier known as Cochin. A stroll along the beach, particularly at sunset with the Chinese fishing nets and sailing ships in the background, is a memorable experience. Many European style bungalows can be seen along the shoreline. The coastal stretch has loads of small stalls, which cook mouth-watering traditional cuisines using freshly caught fish.

Kerala: In Nature's lap

The backwaters in Kerala offer a world of serenity and wonderment. The coastal regions of Kerala have a network of waterways, inlets from the sea, and estuaries of over forty rivers, lakes and natural canals connecting coastal towns. Cruising on these waterways on a traditional houseboat and enjoying the scenic beauty is sure an incredible experience.

Kanyakumari: Cape Comorin

The meeting point of three great water bodies: the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of the peninsular India. Besides being an important pilgrim center, it is well known for its beautiful views of sunrise, sunset and moonrise over the waters. The rich history and the cultural heritage of Kanyakumari is one of mixed culture and profound heritage.

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