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Dravidian Delights: Chennai to Pondicherry Cultural Odyssey



1 Nights / 2 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people




Embark on a captivating cultural odyssey from Chennai to Pondicherry as you explore the rich heritage of Dravidian architecture and French colonial influences. Visit magnificent temples in Kanchipuram, marvel at the rock-cut wonders of Mahabalipuram, and discover the serene Auroville community. Immerse yourself in the charm of Pondicherry’s French Quarters, explore the vibrant Tamil settlements, and witness the fusion of cultures that make this journey an unforgettable experience.


  • Explore the Dravidian-style temples of Kanchipuram, including Kailasanathar and Kamakshiamman.
  • Marvel at the historic wonders of Mahabalipuram, from monolithic temples to Arjuna's Penance.
  • Visit the experimental community of Auroville and the golden-domed Matrimandir in Pondicherry.
  • Immerse yourself in the charm of Pondicherry's French Quarters, with colonial villas and vibrant streets.
  • Conclude your journey with a scenic drive back to Chennai, leaving behind the cultural riches of Tamil Nadu.

Bulk discount (by percent)

Bulk diccount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 42%
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 45%
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 54%
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 53%
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 58%
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 56%
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 61%


Day 1: Chennai - Pondicherry (235kms)
Upon your arrival at your Chennai hotel or the airport, our team will pick you up for your journey to Pondicherry. En route, you'll explore several remarkable landmarks. Begin your day with a visit to Kanchipuram, known for its majestic temples. You'll explore the Kailasanathar temple, Ekambareswarar temple, Varadharaja temple, Vaikundhaperumal temple, and Kamakshiamman temple, each showcasing stunning Dravidian-style architecture.

Next, proceed to Mahabalipuram, where you'll encounter captivating historic sites. Witness the monolithic temples and the awe-inspiring Five Rathas, an extraordinary example of Dravidian architectural evolution. Marvel at Krishna's Butterball, a massive granite boulder defying gravity on a slight incline. Explore the 7th-century Cave Temples, adorned with intricate panels in the Mamalla style. Finally, visit the Shore Temple, constructed during King Narsimha-Varman II Rajasimha's reign, featuring two Siva temples and a carving of Anantasayana Vishnu. Don't miss the colossal Arjuna's Penance, an extensive rock-cut relief, one of the world's largest.

Conclude your day with a scenic drive to Pondicherry, where you'll check in at your hotel. Spend your evening relaxing on the picturesque beach. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Pondicherry - Chennai (160kms)
After breakfast at your hotel, set out to explore Pondicherry's distinctive attractions. Begin with a visit to Auroville, an experimental community founded in 1968 by spiritual leader Mirra Alfassa. At its heart lies the Matrimandir, a futuristic spherical temple adorned with golden discs, symbolizing unity and spiritual consciousness.

Continue your exploration with a visit to the Pondicherry Museum, housing an exquisite collection of bronze sculptures depicting various gods and goddesses, an extensive array of temple lamps, handicrafts, and art. Enjoy a leisurely drive or walk through the enchanting French Quarters, featuring charming mustard-colored streets, colonial villas, and vibrant Tamil settlements. Admire the magnificent architecture of French colonial buildings, including the French consulate, Raj Nivas, Government Square, churches, and French schools.

Later in the day, embark on your journey back to Chennai, where you will be dropped off at your hotel or the airport, marking the end of your delightful tour.


  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 1 Nights' accommodation in 5-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

Tour's Location


What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?
4-Star Hotels Used or Similar
Pondicherry - Palais De Mahe/ La Villa


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