Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Chennai
Departure - Chennai
Route :- Chennai - Mahabalipuram (2N) - Pondicherry (3N) - Chennai.
Summarized Itinerary :-
Day-1 Arrival at Mahabalipuram.
Day-2 Mahabalipuram and around.
Day-3 Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry. Visit to the French quarters.
Day-4 Pondicherry and around.
Day-5 Pondicherry Excursions.
Chennai to Mahabalipuram -60 kms (1 hrs).
Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry -100 kms (2 hrs).
Pondicherry to Chennai -160 kms (3 hrs).
Destination Overview :-
Chennai - Located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai is a metro city of India and the largest in South India. Chennai is starting point for many itineraries of Taminadu and South India.
Mahabalipuram - Mahabalipuram also known as Mamallapuram is situated 60 km south Chennai on the famous East Coast Road. It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th century, and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pondicherry - Pondicherry is a popular destination in South India for Inbound guests on the heritage itinerary covering other areas like Mahabalipuram, Chidambaram, Thanjavur, Madurai etc. Pondicherry is a popular weekend getaway ex-Chennai and Bangalore.
Arrival to Mahabalipuram. Enroute its possible to visit Crocodile Farm and Dakshinachitra (Craft village).
Visit Shore Temple (UNESCO World heritage site) and other heritage sites (Pancha Ratha, Varaha Cave Temple, Tiger Cave, Krishna Mandapam, Balancing rock, Arjuna's Penance, all within 1-2 km radius) in the evening. Guests looking to explore further may consider a visit to Kanchipuram (70 kms - 2 hours), renowned for its heritage temples and Kanjivaram Saris.
Proceed to Pondicherry (100 kms - 2.5 hours). In the evening enjoy a walk on the french quarters heritage area of Pondicherry and the promenade in the evening. A romantic evening meal at a restaurant serving French, European or Chettinad cuisine could be a good experience.
During first half sightseeing options in and around Pondicherry town comprise Aurobindo Ashram, Ashram's handmade paper factory, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Manakula Vinayagar Koil, Pondicherry Musuem, the Botanical Gardens and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Afternoon visit to Auroville commune (15 kms North of Pondicherry). Matrimandir at the commune is a renowned architectural masterpiece. In the evening visit the Anglo-French Textiles showroom for a bit of shopping. Those looking at a bit of Boating can also head for Chunnambar (8 kms South of Pondicherry).
Pilgrimage oriented guests and heritage travellers may look to visit Chidambaram Temple (70 kms - 1.5 hours), renowned for its Nataraja temple OR Arunachala Lord Shiva Temple at Thiruvanamalai (108 kms - 2 hours) via Gingee Fort Complex.
Depart for onward journey.