Pondicherry - Yercaud Break(5 Nights)

Chennai, Pondicherry, Yercaud, Bangalore

for Family Traveller

Holiday Overview

Yercaud Lake
Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Sacred Heart Church Pondicherry
Chunnambar Boat House
French War Memorial
Pondicherry Promenade
Cycle Rickshaw Heritage Ride in morning
French Quarters
Aurobindo Ashram

Pondicherry - Yercaud Break is a short break itinerary that is recommended for guests looking for a bit of heritage experience with a bit of beach and hill station.


Pondicherry(3) - Yercaud(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Pondicherry Arrival. Visit to the French quarters
  • Day-2 Pondicherry and around
  • Day-3 Pondicherry Excursions
  • Day-4 Pondichery - Yercaud
  • Day-5 Yercaud and around
  • Day-6 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Pondicherry - Aurobindo Ashram (0.50 kms), Pondicherry Promenade (1.00 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)

Yercaud - Yercaud Lake (1.00 kms), National Orchidarium (3.00 kms), Pagoda Point (4.00 kms), The Grange (4.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Chennai Departure - Bangalore
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
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  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Mahabalipuram (A beach and heritage destination at 100 kms from Pondicherry) at the beginning or Thiruvannamalai (A pilgrimage and heritage destination between Pondicherry and Yercaud) are two possible extensions.

  • Chennai to Pondicherry -160 kms (3 hrs)
  • Pondicherry to Yercaud -236 kms (5 hrs)
  • Yercaud to Bangalore -235 kms (5 hrs)

Chennai - Pondicherry(3) - Yercaud(2) - Bangalore

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Pondicherry Arrival. Visit to the French quarters Arrival at Pondicherry. 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-2 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-3 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-4 Pondichery - Yercaud Proceed to Yercaud (2500 ft asl) (236 kms - 5 hrs). Yercaud is a renowned plantation getaway ex-Bangalore. Evening visit Yercaud Lake and do boating.

Day-5 Yercaud and around Guests can consider Sightseeing in and around Yercaud such as Botonical Garden, Pagoda point, Killiyur Falls, The Grange etc.

Day-6 Departure Depart for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

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.

  • Pondicherry Promenade - Pondicherry has a renowned Promenade around the french quarters which is where locals converge on a sunday evening. Promenade otherwise is an excellent area for a walk and to visit in evening for some romantic restaurants in bylanes around.

  • 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.

Yercaud :

  • Yercaud Lake - Yercaud lake lies right in the centre of Yercaud and boating here is a popular tourist activity.

  • National Orchidarium - National Orchidarium in Yercaud is spread over 18 hectares and there are 3000 trees and 1800 shrubs grown in Orchidarium. The place is excellent for bird watching. Birds found here comprise partridges, snakes, bulbuls, kites, sparrows, swallows and paradise flycatchers etc.

  • Pagoda Point - A view point and popular visit option for tourists. It is also home to a large temple.

  • The Grange - The Grange is one of the oldest buildings in Yercaud, built in 1820s by the then District Collector who first introduced coffee from Arabia and apples and other fruits from South Africa here. It is believed to have been the summer resort of Robert Clive, general of the East India Company in the late 19th century.

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.

Bangalore - Bangalore (now also called “Bengaluru”) is the state capital of Karnataka and one of the largest Software and ITES (IT Enabled services) center in the world. Bangalore is unofficially now considered as one of the metro cities of India (Alongwith Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Delhi).

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.

Yercaud - Yercaud is a plantation town at 4500 ft above sea level and 25 km uphill from Salem and an idyllic Hillside hamlet with plantations around at 235 km from Bangalore

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  • Chennai to Pondicherry -160 kms (3 hrs)
  • Pondicherry to Yercaud -236 kms (5 hrs)
  • Yercaud to Bangalore -235 kms (5 hrs)

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  • Chennai to Pondicherry -160 kms (3 hrs)
  • Pondicherry to Yercaud -236 kms (5 hrs)
  • Yercaud to Bangalore -235 kms (5 hrs)

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