Explore South India’s Most Fascinating Tourist Destinations on a Karnataka Luxury Train

The Golden Chariot, a Karnataka luxury train beyond the ordinary, runs across the beautiful avenues of South India and connects its most splendid tourist attractions. Take a look at all the amazing locations that are a part of the train’s well-planned itineraries namely ‘Pride of Karnataka and Goa (7D/6N)’, ‘Jewels of South (7D/6N)’ and ‘Glimpses of Karnataka (4D/3N)’.

  • Badami: An archaeological treasure, Badami is situated amidst the gorgeous setting of rugged red sandstone around the Agastya Lake. The place is well-known for its artfully crafted cave temples. The UNESCO World Heritage Site constituting Aihole-Badami-Pattadakal is the finest example of traditional temple architecture in India.

Popular Tourist Attractions: Badami Caves, The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aihole-Badami-Pattadakal

  • Bandipur: As a stunning tiger reserve nestled in the Nilgiris, the Bandipur National Park is the first biosphere reserve in India replete with an exotic range of endangered wildlife species like elephants, deers, pythons, sloth bears, exotic birds and more.

Popular Tourist Attractions: Bandipur National Park

  • Chettinad: The temple town of Chettinad in Tamil Nadu attracts tourists because of its elaborately vibrant culture, ridiculously opulent mansions, palatial homes, magnificent temples and palate-satisfying cuisine.

Popular Tourist Attractions: Athangudi tile factory, Chettinadu mansions

  • Chikkamagalur: The ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’, Chikkamagalur is a gorgeous hill station wafted with a distinct perpetual coffee fragrance that lingers in its refreshing air.

Popular Tourist Attractions: Coffee Plantations

  • Cochin: A cosmopolitan port city, Cochin is a gaggle of islands that one can hop to on a ferry. A quaint tourist hub, it has hidden art galleries, bustling shopping hubs, impressive palaces, stunning temples and a few pristine beaches.

Popular Tourist Attractions: Matancherry Palace in Fort Cochin, Chinese Fishing Nets, St. Francis Church

  • Goa: Golden beaches, glorious sunsets and antiquated churches, Goa is a lot more than just another hippie haven or a beach getaway. Being a Portuguese territory for almost 450 years, its whitewashed churches, forts and yellow mansions with oyster shell windows make a kaleidoscope of architectural brilliance.

Popular Tourist Attractions: Churches of North Goa and Museums

  • Halebidu: A stunning gem of Indian architecture and the erstwhile capital of the Hoysala empire, Halebidu is renowned for its sterling Hoysala architecture, magnificent temple complexes and some stunning Jain sites.

Popular Tourist Attractions: Hoysaleswara Temple

  • Hampi: Another popular UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi is a delight for historians and backpackers. As the former capital of the Vijayanagar empire around 1500 AD, it is interspersed with ancient monuments, beautifully carved temples and structures bearing testimony to its lost glory.

Popular Tourist Attractions: Hampi Ruins

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  • Mahabalipuram: A well-loved tourist destination located on the Coromandel Coast along the Bay of Bengal in Tamil Nadu, Mahabalipuram has an alluring and soothing atmosphere framed with a backdrop of lovely white sandy beaches.

Popular Tourist Attractions: UNESCO world heritage Site – Group of Monuments Shore Temple

  • Mysore: The ‘City of Palaces’, Mysore is rife with the history of its dazzling royal heritage, intricately carved monuments, famed silk sarees and the most romantic palace in the country.

Popular Tourist Attractions: UNESCO world heritage Site – Mysore Palace

  • Thanjavur: A unique and revered land, Thanjavur boasts of immense cultural wealth and a rich historical heritage. A shopper’s paradise, one can shop for anything here. From famous Tanjore paintings to priceless antiques, and from elegant sarees to a wide range of textiles.

Popular Tourist Attractions: UNESCO World Heritage Site – Brihadeshwara Temple

A trip to these historic heritage sites and natural wonders on a karnataka luxury train is exactly what you need to replenish your mind, body and soul with. Book the ‘Pride of Karnataka and Goa’ tour for an authentic experience of the colourful state of Karnataka on The Golden Chariot train, your exclusive house on rails. Or choose the ‘Jewels of South’ itinerary to explore Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala through an exciting train ride. To book now, click here and unbox a special surprise.

*The above details/itinerary/destination are subject to change. Please refer Golden Chariot’s official website i.e. www.goldenchariot.org for more information.

6 Unique features that make Golden Chariot the most luxurious train in India

If you’re intrigued by the fantasy of travelling back in time and witnessing the grand lifestyle of India’s royalty, then it’s time to set foot on The Golden Chariot Train, one of the most luxurious trains in India. Arresting interiors, a majestic ambience, an elaborate gastronomical affair, strict security arrangements and a fleet of uniformed staff at your service add to the aura of luxury this train exudes. Evoking romance and adventure in equal amounts, this Karnataka luxury train cannot find a rival anywhere. Wondering what makes this luxury train traversing through South India so unique? Here are a few features that make this train absolutely unmissable.

  1. Dynasty-themed coaches: Inspired by the ruling dynasties of Karnataka such as Hoysala, Chalukya, Sangama, Vijayanagar, Bahamani, Yadukula, Rashtrakuta, Kadamba, Ganga, etc. all the coaches of The Golden Chariot train are named and designed after their opulence and grandeur. The interiors of the train also reflect the magnificence of some of the state’s most beautiful edifices such as the Mysore Palace.
  2. A compact gymnasium: A gym on a train! We bet you haven’t heard that one before. Well, The Golden Chariot train really caters to all your needs, even your fitness needs. So, if you have a dedicated workout regime then don’t miss out during your vacation. Burn all the calories easily at the well-equipped gym on the train.
  3. Modern Bedrooms: Want to binge-watch your favourite series while on the rails? Lie comfortably in your bed and stream any show on the smart TV that has wifi enabled subscriptions for Netflix, Amazon Prime and more. Even the en-suite bathrooms are given a luxurious touch with the help of modular fittings, rich toiletries and beautiful interiors.
  4. A rejuvenating spa: Arogaya, as the name suggests is a dedicated centre for healing, relaxing and rejuvenating. The natural therapies performed in its calming environment will refresh your mind and soul like never before. So, indulge in a pampering session and let the soothing sights and smells take away all your stress.
  5. A separate business centre: If you want to mix business with pleasure, then you can do the needful and work away in silence at the business centre which has been designed for those ambitious souls who can’t stay away from work. So, while your partner is dozing off, slide away to this coach and look after your work commitments while travelling on the rails.
  6. Well-stocked bar: Want to spend some quality time with yourself, enjoy a drink in peace while gazing at the luscious landscape outside? Just enter Madira, a beautiful and elaborate bar on The Golden Chariot that promises fun evenings along with your all-time favorite wines and spirits.

Now are you convinced that The Golden Chariot Train is one the most luxurious trains in the world? While other top luxury trains in India such as The Maharajas’ Express cover parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, etc. The Golden Chariot is the only train that offers a tour of the splendid beauty of the South. And if you want to travel on the most luxurious train in India, then bookings for 2020-21 departures are now open. So, don’t let this golden opportunity slide! Book a journey that will take you back to the era of royalty and leave you with memories of a lifetime! For more information, visit www.goldenchariot.org