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http://www.hindu.com/2010/03/21/stories/2010032160680200.htmm

21 March 2010


Staff Reporter , THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:

Adding another dimension to holidays in God's Own Country, Golden Chariot, Karnataka's opulent train, chugged into the State on Saturday with tourists as part of maiden three-State tourist circuit ‘Splendour of the South.'

The inaugural run of the luxury train on the seven nights/eight days' tour covering Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala with 35 tourists commenced on March 15 from Bangalore.

The tourists and the Principal Secretary, Tourism, Karnataka, K. Jyothiramalingam and the Managing Director of the Karnataka Tourism Development Corporation, Vinay Luthra, who were accompanying them, were greeted by K. G. Mohanlal, Managing Director of Kerala Tourism Development Corporation Hotels and Resorts, Tourism Deputy Director Suresh and railway officials at the central railway station.

The tourists were mainly from Switzerland and Germany. Immediately after lunch, the tourists left for a city tour and to the beach resort of Kovalam and a gala dinner in a luxury bus.

After an overnight halt, the train will proceed to Alappuzha on Sunday. The tourists will be taken on a houseboat cruise on the backwaters of Kumarakom. The final stopover is Kochi.

Mr. Luthra said the tourists can also opt for short tours in the Golden Chariot starting from Bangalore to either Madurai or Kochi or Alappuzha and to other places.

The luxury train has 19 thematically designed coaches and is a monument of luxury. Its 44 cabins are fully equipped with modern amenities like wi-fi, plasma TV and attached baths.

The train has two restaurants (Nalapaka and Ruchi), a lounge bar (Madira) and a gym.

The tariff for the 7-night ‘Southern Splendour', including accommodation, meals, transport, entrance fees, and guide fees is $3,150 per person for double occupancy and $2,695 per person for triple occupancy.