Cultural heritage of Pondicherry- day trip from Chennai
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Cultural heritage of Pondicherry- day trip from Chennai

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You will be picked up from your hotel in Chennai early in the morning from where you will be taken to Pondicherry, a 3-hour drive away. En route, stop for breakfast at a local restaurant.

As you drive into the city, you will notice the strong French influence in the facades of the mediterranean style houses, the local bakeries and the roads and avenues. On your arrival in Pondicherry, visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Soak in the ambience of the ashram, which reflects a synthesis of yoga and modern science. Founded in 1926, the Ashram has a community of around 2,000 people who are engaged in voluntary community service. Visit the paper factory there and see how paper is produced from cotton rags and then processed with techniques like silk screen printing and marbling.

Next visit the Pondicherry Museum. The museum has a collection of rare bronze and stone sculptures dating back to the Pallava and Chola dynasties. It also has several artefacts excavated from Arikamedu, an ancient port that had trade links with the Romans.

Enjoy lunch (own expense) at a French - Indian fusion restaurant and savor the flavors unique to this region.

After lunch you will be driven to Auroville. Located at a distance of 7 miles from Pondicherry, Auroville is an experimental township that was founded in 1968 and is today home to people of several nationalities. Auroville, literally translates to the ‘City of Dawn’. People from over 50 nations of the world reside here and the architecture of the township reflects this universality. Follow your guide to Matrimandir, known by locals as ‘Temple of the Mother’, where you will get a close look at its gold-plated dome and lotus-shaped urn that stretches nearly 100 feet. Your guide will give you a deeper understanding of this temple’s significance for practitioners and teachers of Integral Yoga. 

At the end of your trip, you will be driven back to Chennai and dropped off at your hotel.
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  • Private air-conditioned vehicle from Chennai to Pondicherry and back
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Private English speaking local guide
  • Breakfast at local restaurant ( beverage excluded)
  • 02 bottles of mineral water
  • Breakfast
  • Bottled water
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate


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