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Colonial Heritage & Ancient Temples: Chennai to Pondicherry Journey

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Duration

1 Nights / 2 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through the “Colonial Heritage & Ancient Temples: Chennai to Pondicherry Journey.” Begin in Chennai, exploring ancient temples in Kanchipuram like Ekambareswarar and Kailasanathar, steeped in rich history and architectural marvels. Continue to Gingee Fort, an imposing hill fortress with a storied past, before heading to Pondicherry. Here, delve into the French colonial charm of the French Quarter and unwind along the serene Promenade Beach. In Mahabalipuram, discover UNESCO-listed wonders such as the Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance, and the monolithic Five Rathas, each showcasing exquisite craftsmanship and ancient heritage. This journey promises a blend of cultural exploration, historical insights, and coastal beauty, making it a memorable experience through South India’s diverse landscapes and rich heritage.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Gingee Fort - Pondicherry (230kms)

Depart from Chennai in the morning and drive to Kanchipuram, renowned as the "City of Thousand Temples" and famous for its silk sarees. Begin your exploration at Ekambareswarar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and known for its ancient mango tree that is believed to be over 3,500 years old. Visit Kailasanathar Temple, the oldest structure in Kanchipuram built by the Pallavas in the 7th century. Admire its intricately carved pillars and richly sculpted walls depicting stories from Hindu mythology. Continue your journey to Gingee Fort, also known as Senji Fort, a formidable hill fortress with three hilltop citadels. Explore its extensive fortifications, granaries, temples, and the imposing Kalyana Mahal, a majestic palace complex. Proceed to Pondicherry, a quaint coastal town known for its French colonial architecture, serene beaches, and spiritual atmosphere. Check into your hotel and unwind amidst the laid-back charm of the French Quarter or take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Promenade Beach.

Day 2: Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram - Chennai (160kms)

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its ancient rock-cut temples and sculptures. Begin with a visit to the Shore Temple, a breathtaking example of Pallava architecture overlooking the azure waters of the Bay of Bengal. Marvel at its intricate carvings and serene ambiance. Explore Arjuna's Penance, a massive rock relief depicting scenes from the Mahabharata and Hindu mythology, showcasing exceptional craftsmanship. Discover the Five Rathas, monolithic rock-cut temples that resemble chariots dedicated to the Pandava brothers from the epic Mahabharata. Optionally, visit Mahabalipuram Beach for a relaxing break by the sea, or explore local handicraft shops offering exquisite stone carvings and artifacts. Return to Chennai in the evening, concluding your tour enriched with the cultural heritage, architectural marvels, and coastal beauty of Tamil Nadu.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 1 Night's accommodation in 4-stary hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plane.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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