The Southern Jewels

Tour Description

The Southern Jewels by Maharaja’s Express luxury train – This trip on your Luxury covers 5 states in Southern part of India ie. Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa and Maharasthra showring you the heritage site, temple architecture, culture sites and the Beaches in just 8 days.

Destination : Trivandrum - Chettinad - Karaikudi - Mahabalipuram - Mysore - Hampi - Goa - Ratnagiri - Mumbai

The Southern Jewels - Day Wise Itinerary

    Day 1 : Trivandrum

    Gather at 18:00 hours at the Vivanta by Taj Hotel, Trivandrum. Complete your registration and check in formalities. Proceed to the Kochuveli Railway station for a traditional welcome as you board the Maharajas Express Luxury Train.
    The train will depart at 21:15 Hrs for Chettinad. Dinner and Ocernight on Maharajas Express Luxury Train.

    Day 2 : Chettinad - Karaikudi

    Early morning arrive Chettinad. After breakfast on board visit famous Chettinad Mansions and Athnagudi Tile Factory. Later proceed to Chettinad Heritage Hotel. Participate in for activities including Mundu/Dhoti Draping, Saree Draping, Henna Art etc.
    Return to the train for lunch. Enjoy the comforts of your train as the train proceeds to Mahabalipuram. Dinner and overnight on Maharajas Express Luxury Train.

    Day 3 : Mahaballipuram

    After an early breakfast, disembark at 08:00 hours to visit Mahabalipuram. The ancient town is known for its earliest successful sea trade with South Asian countries also visit the Pancha Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance and Shore Temple, etc.

    Day 4 : Mysore

    Start your day with a great breakfast on board, Disembark for sightseeing in Mysore. The Wodeyar Palace popularly known as the Mysore Palace is the first stop. One of the largest in South India, the palace has served as a residence of the royal family of Mysore. Walk through the two ceremonial halls, number of courtyards, gardens and other buildings.
    Lunch will be arranged at the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel. The heritage building, was built for the special stay of the Viceroy of India in the 1920s. The architecture resembles, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.
    Return to Maharajas Express or you can visit to Shreerangapatnam, the capital of Tipu Sultan.
    At 20:00 hrs Maharajas Express will proceed towards Hampi.
    Dinner and overnight on Maharajas Express Luxury Train.

    Day 5 : Hampi

    Begin your day early. After breakfast, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi. The group of monuments are renowned for its several stone structures. The monuments are witness to the magnificent Dravidian architectural style of the Vijayanagar Empire. Explore the Ganesha Statue, Virupaksha Temple, Narasimha Statute, Elephant Stables and the Vittala Temple complex, housing the Musical Pillars Temple and the Stone Chariot.

    Day 6 : Goa

    After breakfast, visit the Churches of North Goa including the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the remains of Saint Francis Xavier are preserved, Later visit Se Cathedral, Se Cathedral was built to mark the defeat of the Muslim Army and conquest of Goa by the Portuguese. Later, proceed for a walking tour. The Old Panjim is interesting to explore as you enjoy the blend of the Portuguese and Goan culture.
    Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at Maharaja Express. By 15:45 hours, deboard for a fun-filled evening in Goa. Before partaking in the excitements, make a stop to visit the Goa Chitra Museum. It is one of the finest private ethnographic museums in the state with a fantastic collection of pottery, farming tools, musical instruments, carts and palanquins.
    Later, proceed to the exclusive venue for Goan evening of carnival ambiance, music and dance followed by a lavish dinner. After dinner, return to Maharajas Express.
    Dinner and overnight on Maharajas Express Luxury Train.

    Day 7 : Ratnagiri

    Begin your day with breakfast. Later, disembark for the day at Ratnagiri. The coastal town of Maharashtra is a beauty with history and other excitements. Explore the Ratnadurg Fort ruins, surrounded by azure waters of Arabian Sea on three sides. The Thibaw Palace and Tombs re memoirs of the olden days. The Government Museum offers incredible sights. For lunch, return back to the comforts of your train. Later, enjoy a thrilling Indian Evening onboard. Party like Maharajas on the last evening of the tour with Bollywood dance and music with dinner.
    Overnight stay on the Maharajas Express Luxury Train as it proceeds to Mumbai.

    Day 8 : Mumbai

    After breakfast, deboard the train at around 08:15 hours at Mumbai. Bid adieu to the Maharajas Express as the journey comes to an end. Return home with fond memories of the Southern Jewels of India.

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