Maharajas Express Southern Sojourn
The Maharajas’ Express was voted as the ‘World’s Leading Luxury Train’ at the World Travel Awards for five consecutive years from 2012 to 2017. This amazing train operates on five different routes throughout India and covers some of the country’s most mesmerizing travel destinations. Sightseeing tours during the day and overnight travel in the comforts of regal carriages is the basic concept of the train tour. The train includes several cabins and suites including a one of its kind Presidential Suite. Amenities like restaurants, bars, televisions, complimentary Wi-fi. Visit some of the most exotic locations in southern India with this mesmerizing Southern Sojourn from Maharajas’ Express.
- World-class Amenities
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Well-guided Tours
- Personalized Service
- Lunch at Exclusive Hotels During Excursions
Day 1 – Mumbai – Ratnagiri
The train tour begins from Mumbai after you report to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Station at 6.30 am. Enjoy a traditional welcome and board the train. Enjoy meals on board and de-board at Ratnagiri to visit the Ratnadurg Fort ruins, Thibaw Palace and Tombs, and a Government Aquarium. Return to the train for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2 – Goa
After breakfast get set for an exciting day in this popular state. De-board the train and visit Old Goa’s revered landmarks like the Basilica of Bom Jesus that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica houses the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. Also, visit the Se Cathedral and The Archaeological Museum that are located near the basilica. Later enjoy a walking tour of Old Panjim area before returning to the train for lunch. De-board the train around 3.45 pm and visit the impressive visit the Goa Chitra Museum that houses a vast collection of pottery, palanquins, musical instruments, etc. In the evening enjoy an exclusive dinner with dance and music at an exclusive venue before returning to the train.
Day 3 – Hampi
Enjoy breakfast and lunch onboard as the train move towards Hampi. En route is the Anegudi Village whose history dates back to the Neolithic Age. De-board at Hosapete Railway Station to visit this village that is a part of Hampi. Get a glimpse of the village life and participate in activities before returning to the train. Another option to spend the evening is a spa service at one of the luxury hotels.
Day 4 – Hampi
After breakfast explore one of the country’s most historical destination that was once the capital of the great Hindu Vijayanagara Empire. Home to more than 1000 remarkable monuments, Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage. Its 14th-century ruins are majestic as well as enchanting and spread over an area of 41 km. These include forts, royal complexes, temples, riverside monuments, pillared halls, memorial structures, water structures and many other architectural masterpieces. Vittala Temple complex that houses the Musical Pillars Temple and the Stone Chariot, Ganesha Statue, Elephant Stables, Virupaksha Temple, and Narasimha Statute are some of the most prominent sites here. After exploring Hampi using battery operated cars and Tuk Tuks, return to the train for an overnight stay.
Day 5 – Mysore
After breakfast explore Mysore that is known for its royal history. The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore for nearly six centuries and is renowned for its heritage structures including the majestic Mysore Palace. Other iconic attractions include the Lalitha Mahal (your venue for an exclusive lunch), The Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum, Chamundi Hills, and Mysore Zoo. Mysore is a great place to shop for sandalwood, paintings, silk apparel, and sweets. Before returning to the train you can also opt to visit Srirangapatna that was the capital of Mysore under Tipu Sultan.
Day 6 – Cochin
Enjoy breakfast and lunch onboard as the train enters ‘God’s Own Country’ – Kerala. De-board at Ernakulam Junction to visit the lively port city of Cochin. Visit a Model Eco Tourism village, Folklore Museum, Mattancherry Palace, and enjoy a tranquil sunset watching Chinese fishing nets cover the vast sea before visiting an exclusive venue for dinner to relish a traditional meal as well as cultural programmes like dance and music. Return to the train for an overnight stay after spending an exciting day in this popular city.
Day 7 – Kumarakom
After breakfast indulge in a canoe ride at the famous backwaters of Kumarakom. Savor the picturesque surroundings and cruise through narrow canals that have coconut palms along its path. These backwaters are a part of the Vembanad Lake which is the largest lake in Kerala. Later have lunch at an exclusive lakefront venue before witnessing a Snake Boat Race which is part of the traditional sports of the state. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is another attraction being home to several migratory birds including the Siberian crane, teal, and flycatcher as well as local birds including waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, etc. Return to the train for an overnight stay.
Day 8 – Trivandrum
Disembark at Trivandrum which is the state capital. Enjoy your breakfast before bidding a goodbye to the hospitable train staff at 8 am. Carry wonderful memories of this glorious tour on your way back home.