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French Flavors & Coastal Charms: Chennai to Pondicherry Escape

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Duration

1 Nights / 2 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on the “French Flavors & Coastal Charms: Chennai to Pondicherry Escape,” a captivating journey through South India’s cultural and coastal treasures. Begin in Chennai, the vibrant capital of Tamil Nadu, where ancient temples and bustling markets await. Travel to Kanchipuram, renowned for its silk sarees and majestic temples dedicated to Hindu gods. Arrive in Pondicherry, a former French colonial town brimming with picturesque colonial architecture and serene beaches. Explore the French Quarter’s charming streets, visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram for spiritual solace, and stroll along Promenade Beach. Journey to Mahabalipuram to marvel at UNESCO-listed rock-cut temples before returning to Chennai. This tour promises a blend of history, culture, and coastal beauty, ensuring an unforgettable escape into Southern India’s enchanting allure.

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 - Pondicherry (235kms)

Depart from Chennai and embark on a scenic drive to Pondicherry, with a stop en route in Kanchipuram, famous for its ancient temples and vibrant silk sarees. Explore the Kailasanathar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and renowned for its exquisite Dravidian architecture dating back to the Pallava dynasty. Continue to the Ekambareswarar Temple, one of the largest temples in Kanchipuram dedicated to Lord Shiva, with a towering gopuram (gateway tower) and a vast temple complex featuring a sacred mango tree believed to be over 3,000 years old. Check into your hotel in Pondicherry, a former French colony known for its charming French Quarter (Ville Blanche) with colonial architecture, tree-lined boulevards, and serene promenades. In the afternoon, explore the serene grounds of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, founded by Sri Aurobindo Ghose and The Mother. Visit the Samadhi, a meditation room where their remains are enshrined, and experience the spiritual atmosphere. Take a leisurely stroll along Promenade Beach (Goubert Avenue), a popular waterfront promenade offering stunning views of the Bay of Bengal. Enjoy the sea breeze and witness the vibrant evening ambiance. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay in Pondicherry, reflecting on the cultural richness and serene beauty experienced during the day.

Day 2: Pondicherry - Chennai (160kms)

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and depart from Pondicherry towards Chennai, with a scenic drive along the East Coast Road. En route, visit Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram), a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its ancient rock-cut temples and monuments dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries. Explore the Shore Temple, a structural temple facing the Bay of Bengal and dedicated to Lord Shiva. Admire its intricate carvings, including depictions of gods, goddesses, and mythical beasts. Discover Arjuna's Penance, an enormous rock-cut relief depicting scenes from Hindu mythology, including the descent of the Ganges and various deities. Visit the Five Rathas (Pancha Rathas), monolithic rock temples carved in the shape of chariots, showcasing exceptional Dravidian architecture and craftsmanship. Enjoy a delicious South Indian lunch at a local restaurant in Mahabalipuram, savoring traditional flavors and specialties. Continue your journey back to Chennai, reminiscing about the cultural treasures and coastal charm experienced during your Pondicherry City Break Private Tour.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 1 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.

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