Chennai Mahabalipuram Pondicherry Chennai 2 Nights 3 Days tour package
This programme is suitable for those who wants to explore a bit of history, architecture, religion, culture etc. Pondicherry is known for its unique French flavor and the special non religious cult at Aurobindo Ashram. Good programme for weekenders from Chennai.
Things to do:
Guided Visits to historical monuments.
Visit to Auroville.
Visit to the French Quarter in Pondicherry.
Day 01 – Chennai – Mahabalipuram
You will be picked up from Chennai to drive to Mahabalipuram. Check in at the Hotel. Day to explore the serene beaches of Mahabalipuram otherwise known as Mamallapuram. You have option to go for a guided tour of Mahabalipuram.Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.
Mahabalipuram - It is among the most outstanding examples of Dravidian art and architecture. The monuments are floodlit at night and so it is possible to enjoy their beauty even after sunset. Arjuna’s Penance - This skillfully carved rock is the largest bas - relief sculpture in the world. There are nine rock cut cave temples. The Mahishasuramardhini cave, contrasting the goddess fighting a demon on one side, and Lord Vishnu's cosmic sleep on the other, is a particularly remarkable one. Five Rathas -These rock-cut temples are rated as excellent example of Pallava art. Shaped in different styles, the fort of the rathas are supposed to have been scooped out of a single rock formation.
Day 02 – Pondicherry(Puthucherry)
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Pondicherry which still carries a strong flavour of the French presence in India. Afternoon you may opt to visit Auroville which is a nice place to unwind yourself.The French Quarter in the city close to the beach is worth covering during late evening hours. Sight seeing & overnight stay at Pondicherry.
Pondicherry - Pondicherry has a long history dating back 2000 years when it was an important Roman trading post. Pondicherry still remains something of its French flavor in its street names, policemen's kepis, spellings of names, the French accent which shows through in the pronunciation of English and Tamil words, a mixture of French words in ordinary conversation, and research institutions and monuments which are named after and dedicated to French heroes. With well- laid out streets and avenues,the city is amongst the easiest to move around in.The city presents an unusual combination of European culture and the Indian traditions.Visit Aurobindo Ashram,which draws devotees from all over the world.
Auroville is a universal township in the making for a population of up to 50,000 people from around the world.The concept of Auroville was put before the Govt. of India, who gave their backing and took it to the General Assembly of UNESCO. In 1966 UNESCO passed a unanimous resolution commending it as a project of importance to the future of humanity, thereby giving their full encouragement.The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity – in diversity. Today Auroville is recognised as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment in human unity and transformation of consciousness, also concerned with - and practically researching into - sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind.
Day 03 – Chennai Departure
You will be dropped to Chennai to connect your onward journey.