Durations : 02 Nights / 03 Days
Destinations Covered : Chennai - Pondicherry - Chennai
- Visit Auroville
- Visit the Eglise de Sacre Coeur De Jesus
- Visit beaches at Pondicherry
Day 01 : Chennai - Pondicherry
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Today, you will begin your journey from your current location and drive to Pondicherry, which is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern India. This charming town is known for its beautiful colonial buildings, churches, temples, and statues that are reminiscent of its French colonial heritage. The town is a unique blend of Tamil culture, spiritual aura, virgin beaches, and cosmopolitan flair that make it a must-visit destination.
The town's systematic town planning and well-planned French style avenues still preserve much of the colonial ambiance that makes it stand out from other towns in India. Pondicherry is also a popular weekend destination for both tourists and locals alike.
On arrival in Pondicherry, you will check in at your hotel and get settled in. You will then have the opportunity to explore the town and take in its unique atmosphere. You may want to start by visiting the town's most popular tourist destinations, which are the four beaches in Pondicherry. These beaches are Promenade Beach, Paradise Beach, The Auroville Beach, and Serenity Beach. Each of these beaches offers a different experience, from serene and secluded to lively and bustling.
Promenade Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Pondicherry and is a great place to relax, enjoy the sea breeze and take in the beautiful views of the Bay of Bengal. Paradise Beach, on the other hand, is a secluded beach located on the backwaters of the Chunnambar River, which can only be reached by boat. This beach is a perfect spot for those looking for a peaceful getaway and offers a range of water sports activities.
The Auroville Beach is another popular destination and is located close to the famous Auroville International Township, which is a must-visit destination for those seeking spiritual enlightenment. The Serenity Beach, as the name suggests, is a serene and peaceful beach that is perfect for those seeking solitude and relaxation.
Apart from the beaches, Pondicherry is also home to several other popular tourist destinations such as the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, which is dedicated to the famous spiritual leader Sri Aurobindo, and the Auroville International Township, which is a unique and fascinating destination that attracts visitors from all over the world.
Day 02: Pondicherry
Good morning! Today, after breakfast, you will be visiting Auroville, one of the most unique and fascinating destinations in Pondicherry.
Auroville is a universal town that was founded in 1968 by the Mother, a spiritual leader and disciple of Sri Aurobindo. The aim of Auroville is to create a place where people from different nationalities, religions, creeds, and beliefs can live in peace and harmony. The construction of this town is still under progress, and various countries have offered to build permanent colonies that will reflect the culture and ethos of the respective countries.
On arrival, you will be greeted by the Matrimandir, a golden dome-shaped structure that serves as the town's spiritual center. The Matrimandir is a place for meditation and introspection, and its unique architecture is truly breathtaking. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and a peaceful atmosphere that encourages contemplation and reflection.
You will then have the opportunity to explore the various sections of Auroville, such as the residential areas, where the town's residents live in eco-friendly homes made of sustainable materials. You can also visit the various workshops and centers that are dedicated to different forms of art, music, and healing.
Next, you will visit the Eglise de Sacre Coeur De Jesus, a Catholic church that is noted for its Gothic architecture and stained glass planes. This must-visit attraction in Pondicherry has beautiful glass paintings that depict the entire life of Jesus Christ. It is a place of peace and serenity, and its beauty is sure to leave a lasting impression on you.
In and Around PondicherryPondicherry is one of the most sought after tourist destinations with stunning beaches, a variety of places of sightseeing and tantalizing French cuisines. An ideal abode of peace and resplendence, the place harbours some of the major tourist spots of the country.
Shri Aurobindo Ashram This ashram is dedicated to Shri Aurobindo, the great revolutionary and spiritualist of the 19th century India and the Mother and houses their mortal remains or ‘samadhis’. It is a centre for the practice of internal yoga and has been instrumental in creating the spiritual feel in the city.
Auroville Auroville is located about 10 km north of Pondicherry. It is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and harmony, irrespective of their nationalities, faiths and beliefs.
Arikamedu Located at a distance of 6 km from Pondicherry, Arikamedu is situated at the estuary of the River Ariyankuppam. Arikamedu is an archaeological site where Mortimer Wheeler conducted his acclaimed excavation in the 1940s.Pondicherry Beach
This 1.5 km long promenade of the Pondicherry beach with several landmarks like the statues of Mahatma Gandhi and the famous French Governor Dupleix, the 27 metres tall lighthouse and the elegant war memorial erected by the French is a major delightful attraction of Pondicherry.
Bharati Park The Government Park or Bharati Park is known for its beautiful lush trees and is located in the green centre of the French Town. This park is the most appreciated public area in the town and is a popular picnic destination of the families.
Churches in Pondicherry There are numerous churches in Pondicherry that are worth visiting. Few of the most popular are Eglise De Sacre Coeur De Jesus- This famous church was built in the Gothic style and is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Eglise de Notre Dame Des Anges This church is located on Rue Dumas and was built in 1865. It has a beautiful oil painting of ‘Our Lady of Assumption’ that was donated by Napoleon III.
Eglise de Notre Dame de LourdesThe Eglise de Notre Dame de Lourdes is situated on the outskirts of Pondicherry and is built on the same pattern as the Basilica at Lourdes in France.
Sri Gokilambal Thirukameshwara Temple Sri Gokilambal Thirukameshwara Temple at Villianur is just ten kilometres away from Pondicherry. It is a very old and beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The name of the god is ‘Thirukameswarar’ and the name of goddess is ‘Gokilambal’.
Botanical Garden Pondicherry in general has a very fertile soil, and boasts of one of the finest botanical gardens in the country. The origin of the Botanical gardens dates back to 1826 and is home to several species of rare and beautiful trees and plants. This place is a delight for nature lovers.
Day 03: Pondicherry - Chennai
After an early breakfast leave for Chennai.