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Pondicherry with Mahabalipuram(5 Nights)

Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Chennai

for Honeymooner, Getaway Seeker

Holiday Overview

Auroville
Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Inside the Sacred Heart Church
Sacred Heart Church Pondicherry
Beaches around Mahabalipuram
Governor's Bungalow (Nivalink Trip Dated - 25 July 2016)
French War Memorial
Pondicherry Promenade
Cycle Rickshaw Heritage Ride in morning
French Quarters
Five Rathas (Nivalink Trip Dated - 25 July 2016)
View of Shore Temple from Sea Breeze
Shore Temple (Nivalink Trip Dated - 25 July 2016)

Pondicherry with Mahabalipuram is a short break itinerary that is recommended for guests looking for heritage experience while enjoying a bit of a beach holiday.

Route

Mahabalipuram(2) - Pondicherry(3)

Summarised 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
  • Day-6 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Mahabalipuram - Monuments at Mahabalipuram (1.00 kms), Dakshinachitra (30.00 kms)

Pondicherry - Aurobindo Ashram (0.50 kms), French Quarters (1.00 kms), Botanical Garden Pondicherry (4.50 kms), Sacred Heart Church Pondicherry (5.00 kms), Anglo French Textile (5.00 kms), Manakula Vinayagar Temple (6.00 kms), Pondicherry Museum (6.00 kms), Auroville (8.00 kms), Chidambaram Shiva Temple (Nataraja Temple) (46.00 kms), Gingee Fort (72.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Chennai Departure - Chennai
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
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Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

This typically is the first half of a popular heritage itinerary involving Thanjavur and Madurai. Guests looking at a complete heritage experience could opt for that instead of the short break.

Distances
  • Chennai to Mahabalipuram -60 kms (1 hrs)
  • Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry -100 kms (2 hrs)
  • Pondicherry to Chennai -160 kms (3 hrs)
Route

Chennai - Mahabalipuram(2) - Pondicherry(3) - Chennai

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Mahabalipuram Arrival to Mahabalipuram. Enroute its possible to visit Crocodile Farm and Dakshinachitra (Craft village).

Day-2 Mahabalipuram and around 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.

Day-3 Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry. Visit to the French quarters 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.

Day-4 Pondicherry and around 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).

Day-5 Pondicherry Excursions 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.

Day-6 Departure Depart for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Mahabalipuram :

  • Monuments at Mahabalipuram - Mahabalipuram is home to 7th - 9th century monuments of Pallava kingdom which are now a designated UNESCO world heritage site. The monuments include Rock Temple, Lord Vishnu Temple, Arjuna Penance, Varaha Cave temple. Its a popular stopover on inbound heritage circuit and day visited from chennai.

  • Dakshinachitra - Dakshinachitra is a Craft village on east coast road where one can purchase authentic handcrafts from artisans.

Pondicherry :

  • Aurobindo Ashram - The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a well known ashram in Pondicherry with devotees from India and all over the world. The Ashram was founded by Sri Aurobindo, great philospoher and it represents a combination of yoga and modern science.

  • French Quarters - French quarters is a colony of residential buildings with distinct colonial era french architecture. These are quiet bylanes that end up at the promenade. A morning or evening walk through these lanes can be very interesting and best way to explore French quarters.

  • Botanical Garden Pondicherry - Botanical Gardens in Pondicherry were laid out in 1826 in the French style with pruned trees, flower beds etc. The French introduced many exotic plants here later from all over the world. Botanical Gardens is a popular tourist visit option.

  • Sacred Heart Church Pondicherry - Sacred Heart Church is a Roman Catholic Church in Pondicherry that is visited for its Gothic architecture besides its Pilgrimage importance. It contains rare stained glass panels depicting events from the life of Christ and saints of the catholic church.

  • Anglo French Textile - Anglo French Textiles, a Govt of Puducherry Undertaking is one of the leading manufacturers and exporters of 100% cotton. Anglo French Textiles are good for guests looking to purchase export quality cotton.

  • Manakula Vinayagar Temple - Manakula Vinayagar Temple is an ancient Lord Ganesha temple and is said to have been in existence before the French settled in Pondicherry. Its a popular visit option for locals and guests to Pondicherry.

  • Pondicherry Museum - Pondicherry Museum has a gallery with sculptures and has the remains of archaeological findings from the Arikamedu Roman settlement. The museum also has a collection of rare bronzes and stone sculptures from the Pallava and Chola dynasties and artifacts excavated from Arikamedu (7 kms)

  • Auroville - Auroville is an experimental township situated 8 km north of Pondicherry off East Coast Road. It was founded in 1968 by Mirra Richard (also known as The Mother), the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo. The dome here is an architectural marvel and overall spread of the area and its character means that interested tourists and devotees arrive here all through the year.

  • Chidambaram Shiva Temple (Nataraja Temple) - Chidambaram is one of the five Pancha Bootha Sthalams and one of the most significant and visited temples of Shiva. Temple is spread over 40 acres and built around 10-11th century representing Chola period architecture. Chidambaram is the only known temple where Shiva is depicted performing Cosmic activities. The architecture of the temple is imposing and therefore visited by heritage traveller and those interested in temple architecture.

  • Gingee Fort - Gingee Fort is one of the few forts in Tamil Nadu. It was one of the most impregnable forts (with 20 meter walls) and therefore still visited by heritage travellers. The Gingee Fort complex is on three hillocks Krishnagiri, Rajagiri and Chandrayandurg set on a height of 800+ ft asl and spread over 7 sq kms. There are number of monuments within the fort that are still standing and worth a visit.

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.

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Distances
  • Chennai to Mahabalipuram -60 kms (1 hrs)
  • Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry -100 kms (2 hrs)
  • Pondicherry to Chennai -160 kms (3 hrs)

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Distances
  • Chennai to Mahabalipuram -60 kms (1 hrs)
  • Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry -100 kms (2 hrs)
  • Pondicherry to Chennai -160 kms (3 hrs)

Expert Speak

Pondicherry with Mahabalipuram can be done in shorter variant by having a night less in Mahabalipuram or Pondicherry. Sightseeing recommended here is meant for heritage or pilgrimage travellers. Guests looking for a beach holiday and not much of sightseeing can opt for a good beach resort and relax. Guests looking for a complete heritage experience could opt for a longer itinerary with Thanjavur / Kumbakonam and Madurai alongwith Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram.

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