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South Indian Temple Trail: Chennai to Pondicherry


1 Nights / 2 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people




Explore the South Indian Temple Trail on a journey from Chennai to Pondicherry. Discover the ancient temples of Kanchipuram, revered for their intricate carvings and spiritual significance. Visit Vellore’s historic fort and temple, showcasing magnificent Vijayanagara architecture. Experience Pondicherry’s unique blend of French colonial heritage and Tamil culture, with leisurely strolls along Promenade Beach. Explore Mahabalipuram’s UNESCO-listed rock-cut temples, including the iconic Shore Temple and Arjuna’s Penance, offering insights into South India’s rich cultural and architectural heritage.


  • 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 - Kanchipuram - Vellore - Pondicherry (295kms)

After a fulfilling breakfast in Chennai, embark on a journey to Kanchipuram, renowned as the "City of Thousand Temples." Begin with Kamakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi, celebrated for its intricate carvings and vibrant religious rituals that attract devotees and visitors alike. Continue to Ekambareswarar Temple, one of the Pancha Bhoota Stalas representing the element of Earth. Marvel at its ancient mango tree and expansive temple complex, offering a serene ambiance steeped in spiritual significance. Proceed towards Vellore and explore Vellore Fort, a masterpiece of military architecture. Admire its massive ramparts, moat, and bastions that narrate tales of valor and history. Visit Jalakandeswarar Temple within the fort premises, renowned for its Vijayanagara-style architecture and exquisite sculptures. Drive onward to Pondicherry, a picturesque coastal town blending French colonial heritage with Tamil culture. Check-in at your hotel and unwind amidst the serene surroundings. Overnight stay in Pondicherry.

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

Begin your day with breakfast and visit Auroville, an experimental township dedicated to human unity and spiritual evolution. Explore the awe-inspiring Matrimandir, an architectural marvel and center of Auroville's spiritual community, reflecting peace and unity. Discover the quaint charms of the French Quarter (Ville Blanche) in Pondicherry, characterized by its colonial-era architecture, tree-lined boulevards, and charming cafes. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along Promenade Beach, soaking in the serene views of the Bay of Bengal. Proceed to Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its ancient rock-cut temples and sculptures dating back to the Pallava dynasty of the 7th and 8th centuries. Visit Shore Temple, an iconic structural temple overlooking the azure waters of the Bay of Bengal, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. Marvel at its intricate carvings and coastal vistas. Explore Arjuna's Penance, a colossal open-air bas-relief depicting scenes from Hindu mythology and the Mahabharata, showcasing exquisite craftsmanship. Discover Pancha Rathas, monolithic rock-cut temples representing different architectural styles and dedicated to the legendary Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata epic. Optionally, visit Krishna's Butter Ball, a natural rock formation defying gravity, and Mahishasura Mardini Cave, known for its intricate carvings and historical significance. Relax at Mahabalipuram Beach, unwind with coastal cuisine, and reflect on your enriching journey through South India's cultural and historical treasures. Return to Chennai in the evening, concluding your memorable exploration with a heart filled with tales of antiquity and cultural richness.


  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 1 Night's accommodation in 4-star 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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Hotels used or similar for 1 night accommodation

3 Star Hotels
Pondicherry x 1 night: Shenbaga Hotel/ Anandha Inn Convention Centre

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