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The Southern Jewels

(7 Nights / 8 Days)
Trivandrum – Chettinad – Thanjavur – Mahabalipuram – Mysore – Hampi – Goa – Ratnagiri - Mumbai

The Southern region of India has been blessed with several allures for the visitors that must be explored. What a better way to experience all this than going on-board, the Maharajas' Express and embark on tastefully-crafted journey, the Southern Jewels. An itinerary of 8 days, it takes you to some of the best south Indian destinations including Chettinad, Thanjavur, Mahabalipuram, Mysore, Hampi, Goa and Ratnagiri at the Konkan coast. Some of the highlights of this tour are the magnificent mansions of Chettinad, UNESCO World heritage Site of Mahabalipuram, splendid ruins of Hampi, grandeur of the Mysore Palace, wonderful churches of Old Goa, relaxing at port city of Ratnagiri, meals at special venues, and pampering spa sessions. The facilities on-board the train are world –class coupled with opulent interiors.

Embarkation & Disembarkation (The Southern Jewels)

Check-in Venue & Timing - Vivanta by Taj Hotel, Trivandrum / 1800 hrs

Departure Station & Timing - Trivandrum - Kochuveli Railway Station / 2115 hrs

Arrival Station & Timing - Mumbai - Chatrpati Shivaji Terminus / 0815 hrs

Guests boarding the Maharaja Express have to report at least an hour before the train's departure at a pre-assigned venue in Trivandrum for the pre-boarding facilities. All final details related to the meeting point will be emailed or handed over along with the journey's travel vouchers and documents, around 14 days before the departure date.

Notes

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Day 1 Trivandrum (Saturday)

Assemble at 18:00 hours at Vivanta by Taj Hotel, Trivandrum for completing the registration and check in formalities to go aboard the Maharajas' Express. Now, proceed to the railway station for a traditional welcome. Enjoy your welcome drink, board the train and settle in your cabins. Dinner is served onboard. The journey starts from Trivandrum (Kochuveli Railway station) starts at 21:15 hours for reaching Chettinad, the home of the most prosperous trading community of South India, Chettiars.

Overnight stay on-board.

Day Highlights


  • Welcome Ceremony at Kochuveli Railway Station
Day 2 Chettinad/Karaikudi (Sunday)

Enjoy your breakfast on-board as this Indian luxury train arrives in Chettinad. Later, get ready for sightseeing including the popular and magnificent Chettinad Mansions and Athnagudi Tile Factory for watch the local craftsmen making tiles with hands. Now continue the tour by visiting one of the Heritage Hotels of Chettinad for enjoying interesting activities like Henna Art, Mundu/Dhoti Draping, Sari Draping, and so on. Lunch on-board the Maharajas' Express. The evening is now at leisure. Indulge in facilities in the train. Relish sumptuous breakfast.

Stay overnight.

Day Highlights


  • Explore the magnificent Chettinad Mansions
  • Indulge in activities like Sari Draping, Dhoti Draping, Heena art etc.
Day 3 Mahabalipuram (Monday)

On day 3, breakfast is going to be served onboard. De-board from the train at around 08:00 hours for visiting the UNESCO World heritage Site of Mahabalipuram group of monuments. The historical port town was the place where sea trade with South Asian countries flourished. From the train station, the monuments are a 40-minute drive away. Visit the popular structures like Arjuna's Penance, 5 Rathas, and Shore Temple. Lunch has been planned at a special venue along with special folk dance performance. Back to the train while it proceeds to Mysore. Dinner is served on-board

Overnight on-board the Maharajas' Express.

Day Highlights


  • UNESCO World heritage Site of Mahabalipuram
Day 4 Mysore (Tuesday)

The day after breakfast is scheduled for visiting the magnificent Wodeyar Palace, which is popularly known as the Mysore Palace. One of the largest South Indian palace complexes, it is still the royal residence of the royal family of Mysore. The palace complex has various structures including well-maintained gardens, 2 ceremonial halls and a number of courtyards. Special lunch is planned at the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel. This heritage property was constructed in 1920s by the Wodeyars especially for the Viceroy of India. Some of the popular structures here are a Ball room, a Viceroy hall and a restaurant. Later on, you can either be back to the comforts of Maharajas' Express or can visit Shreerangapatnam, the capital of Tipu Sultan. Back to the train for dinner. At 20:00 hours, Maharajas' Express starts its journey for Hampi.

Overnight in the train.

Day Highlights


  • The magnificent Mysore Palace
  • Special lunch at Lalitha Mahal Palace
  • Half day visit to Shreerangapatnam (optional)
Day 5 Hampi (Wednesday)

Today, breakfast is followed by a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi. A wonderful specimen of Dravidian style of architecture, these stone structures are located in a huge area. The temples here were constructed by the rulers of the Vijayanagar Empire. Some of the popular ones are Ganesha Statue, Virupaksha Temple, Narasimha Statute, and the Elephant Stables. Next, do not miss the Musical Pillars Temple and the Stone Chariot at the Vittala Temple complex. Enjoy a ride in Tuk tuk. Lunch on-board the train.

At 15:45 hours, disembark to visit Anegudi Village, right across the Tungabhadra River. This wonderful village, dates back to the Neolithic age. Here, you can interact with the locals. Get a sneak peek into daily lifestyle. The other option is of enjoying a relaxing spa session at a popular city hotel. Be back on-board the Indian luxury train for dinner.

Overnight stay aboard, while the train makes towards Goa.

Day Highlights


  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi
  • Ride in tuk tuk
  • Explore Anegudi Village
Day 6 Goa (Thursday)

On the 6th day, enjoy breakfast on-board the train. Later, embark on a sightseeing your of Goa including the UNESCO World Heritage site, Basilica of Bom Jesus. This Basilica preserves the mortal remains of Saint Francis Xavier. Next visit is, to the Se Cathedral, located on the opposite road of the Basilica of Bom Jesus. The Portuguese had built this cathedral to commemorate their victory over the Muslim army. Church visit is followed by a Walking Tour of the Old Panjim. The houses here are a wonderful mix of the Portuguese and Goan culture. Return to the luxury train for a sumptuous lunch.

Deboard at around 15:45 hrs for an evening of dance and music. Enroute, visit the Goa Chitra Museum. This well-stocked museum has a wonderful private ethnographic collection of palanquins, carts, musical instruments, pottery and farming tools. Evening is scheduled for special Goan music and dance carnival, followed by dinner at a special venue.

Return back to the train for a special carnival evening with music, drinks and dinner. The journey back to Mumbai starts with a stopover at Ratnagiri.

Overnight stay.

Day Highlights


  • Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Walking Tour of Old Panjim
  • The well-stocked Goa Chitra Museum
  • Special evening of Goan music and dance
Day 7 Ratnagiri (Friday)

After a hearty breakfast onboard, disembark at Ratnagiri. The port city in Maharashtra on the Konkan coast is a combination of beauty, history and other excitements. The day is scheduled to explore the Ratnadurg Fort ruins, Thibaw Palace and Tombs with a visit to the Government Aquarium. Board the luxury train for lunch. Enjoy an Indian Evening onboard. Maharajas' Express celebrates the last night of the journey with an evening of Bollywood dance and music with extravagant dinner.

Overnight stay on the Maharajas' Express as the train proceeds to Mumbai.

Day Highlights


  • Explore history of the Marathas at the picturesque Ratnadurg Fort
  • Learn about the exile of the King of Myanmar at Thibaw Palace and Tombs
  • Discover all about the marine world at Government Aquarium
  • Special evening with music and dance onboard
Day 8 Disembark in Mumbai (Saturday)

The train has entered Mumbai today. Early in the morning enjoy breakfast. Later at 08:15 hours disembark. Complete the check-out formalities and bid goodbye.

Note:

* Itinerary, destinations and scheduled departures may change without prior notice.

* Please contact your Guest Relations Executive for further details, prices and bookings of optional activities.

* Guests who wish to indulge in these optional experiences, may stay back and join the main group later.

* For some other essential travel information and guideline visit General Information page

The Southern Jewels Departure Dates for Season 2018-19 & 2019-20


Month Departure Dates  
September 2019 Sat, 14th

Price for Season 2018-19 & 2019-20


The Southern Jewels (8 Days/ 7 Nights)

  Adult Single Supplement
Deluxe Cabins USD 7,530.00 USD 5,680.00
Junior Suite USD 10,880.00 USD 9,810.00
Suite USD 15,180.00 USD 15,180.00
Presidential Suite USD 26,070.00 USD 26,070.00

* All the above prices are on per person per journey on twin sharing basis

* The above cost is exclusive of 5% service tax that will be charged extra

* All Optional Tours are on chargeable basis and are subject to availability. Details and pricing will be made available on board during the journey

* Please note all bookings confirmed are non-transferable and will invite a cancellation charge as applicable.

* For more information visit Terms & Condition Page

Inclusions


  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabins with attached bathrooms
  • All meals, soft beverages, house brands of Indian wines, beer and spirits
  • Butler service, complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water on board
  • Guided off train tours as included in the journeys inclusive of entrance fees, still camera fee, transport and services of a guide
  • Porter charges at stations

Exclusions


  • Any optional tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Taxes, insurance, gratuities, telephone calls, laundry
  • Alcoholic beverages (apart from the house brands)
  • Video, film and professional still camera fees and arrival and departure transfers
  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Any tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as part of the journeys

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