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French Colonial Charms & Ancient Temples: Chennai to Pondicherry Expedition

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4 Nights / 5 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people




Embark on the “French Colonial Charms & Ancient Temples: Chennai to Pondicherry Expedition” and delve into a journey that seamlessly blends rich history, architectural marvels, and serene coastal beauty. Begin your adventure in Chennai, a bustling metropolis steeped in culture, before venturing to Mahabalipuram, where ancient rock-cut temples and UNESCO World Heritage sites await exploration. Witness the majestic Shore Temple and the intricately carved Pancha Rathas, showcasing South India’s architectural prowess. Continuing southward, immerse yourself in Pondicherry’s quaint streets adorned with French colonial architecture, serene beaches, and vibrant markets. This expedition promises an enriching experience, offering glimpses into India’s past while embracing the tranquility of its coastal charm.


  • 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 %


Day 1: Chennai - Pondicherry (235kms)

Depart Chennai after a delightful breakfast for Pondicherry, renowned for its French colonial architecture and serene ambiance. En route, visit Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its ancient rock-cut temples and sculptures dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries. Explore the Shore Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, overlooking the Bay of Bengal and showcasing Dravidian architectural styles. Visit the Pancha Rathas (Five Rathas), monolithic rock-cut temples shaped like chariots, each dedicated to different deities. Check-in at your hotel upon arrival in Pondicherry, where you can relax and enjoy the coastal town's peaceful atmosphere.

Day 2: Pondicherry

After breakfast, visit Auroville, an experimental township promoting sustainable living and spiritual unity. Explore the Matrimandir, a golden sphere symbolizing human unity and divine consciousness, surrounded by serene gardens. Explore the French Quarter (Ville Blanche), strolling along Rue de la Marine to see colonial-era buildings with pastel facades, vibrant markets, and charming cafes. Visit the Pondicherry Museum, showcasing artifacts from the French colonial period, archaeological finds, and traditional Tamil art and culture. Relax at Promenade Beach, known for its scenic views, seafront promenade, and peaceful ambiance.

Day 3: Pondicherry - Thanjavur (185kms)

Enjoy breakfast before departing for Thanjavur, famous for the Brihadeeswarar Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site and masterpiece of Dravidian architecture. Visit the Brihadeeswarar Temple, marveling at its grandeur and intricate sculptures depicting Hindu gods and goddesses. Explore the Thanjavur Maratha Palace, showcasing a blend of Nayak and Maratha architecture, with a museum displaying royal artifacts, sculptures, and a library. Visit Sangeetha Mahal, an ancient music hall within the palace complex known for its acoustics and architectural beauty. Drive to nearby Darasuram to visit the Airavatesvara Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage site known for its exquisite architecture and intricate carvings.

Day 4: Thanjavur - Trichy (60kms)

After breakfast, travel to Trichy (Tiruchirappalli), known for its vibrant culture and historical significance. Visit the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, one of the largest temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu, renowned for its Dravidian architecture and religious fervor. Explore the Rock Fort Temple, a historic fortification with temples dedicated to Lord Ganesh and Lord Shiva, offering panoramic views of Trichy and the Cauvery River. Visit the St. Joseph's Church, a beautiful Roman Catholic church known for its Gothic architecture and serene atmosphere. Explore the bustling markets around Teppakulam, a historic tank known for its annual float festival and vibrant market stalls.

Day 5: Trichy - Chennai (330kms)

Have breakfast at the hotel before beginning your journey back to Chennai. En route, visit the DakshinaChitra Museum, showcasing the cultural heritage of South India through traditional artifacts, crafts, and demonstrations. Conclude your tour in Chennai, reflecting on the cultural heritage, architectural wonders, and spiritual experiences gained throughout your journey.


  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 4 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • 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.
  • Monument 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.

Tour's Location


What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

Hotels used or similar for 4 nights accommodation

3 Star Hotels
Pondicherry x 2 nights: Shenbaga Hotel/ Anandha Inn Convention Centre
Thanjore x 1 night: Sangam Hotels
Trichy x 1 night: Red Fox Hotel/ Hotel Blossoms


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