Chennai is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu and is a melting pot of many cultures. Pondicherry is the setting for the Oscar winning movie Life of Pi, and you may come across some familiar sights. Travelling through Mamallapuram, you will find beautiful beaches, colourful temples and delicious southern cuisine.
Short Stay itinerary
This is a private short stay package for the independent traveller.
DAY 1: ARRIVE CHENNAI
Upon arrival at Chennai airport you will be transferred to your hotel.
DAY 2: CHENNAI TO PONDICHERRY
Enjoy a city tour, visiting the Kapaleeswarar Temple and Santhome Cathedral, a significant pilgrimage centre and the resting place of St. Thomas. You will also visit Fort St. George and see St. Mary’s Church and Marina Beach. After lunch, drive to Pondicherry. (B,L)
DAY 3: PONDICHERRY
Visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, one of the most best-known ashrams in India. Visit Paradise Beach and the famous gothic-style church of Eglise du Sacre Coeur de Jesus. Later, visit a nearby French-style village. Enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. (B,L)
DAY 4: PONDICHERRY TO MAMALLAPURAM
This morning drive to Mamallapuram, famous for its rock-cut temples, which you will visit including the Shore Temple, the Panch Pandava Rathas and the Varaha Cave Temple. (B,L)
DAY 5: MAMALLAPURAM TO CHENNAI
After check-out this morning you will be transferred to your Chennai hotel or airport where your arrangements end. (B)
# Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.