Point of Arrival & Departure: Chennai (MAA), Tamilnadu, India
Destinations Covered: Chennai-Pondicherry-Mahabalipuram-Chennai-Kanchipuram-Chennai
Highlights: French Fort Louis, Aayi Mandapam, Ananda Ranga Pillai Museum, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Aurbindo Ashram, 19th Century Light House, Statue of Joan of Arc, French War Memorial, Ariyankuppam Archaeological Site, Lovey beaches, Monolithic temples of Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram Silk, Kailasanatha Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Varadaraja Perumal Temple and the Vardamana Perumal Temple, St. George Fort, Fort Museum, St. Mary’s Church (the oldest Anglican Church in India), The Marina Beach and San Thome Cathedral Basilica.
Duration: 4 Nights & 5 Days
Day 1: Chennai-Pondicherry (160 K.ms, 3 hours drive)
When you arrive at Chennai Airport/Railway station, our representative meets and get you transferred to Pondicherry, the ex-French colony (until 1954). Check in to the pre booked hotel. After sightseeing spend the night in Pondy.
Attractions in Pondicherry includes French Fort Louis, Aayi Mandapam, Ananda Ranga Pillai Museum, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Aurbindo Ashram, Back water lakes & Gardens, 19th Century Light House, Statue of Joan of Arc, French War Memorial, Ariyankuppam Archaeological Site and there are 4 beaches namely Promenade beach, Paradise beach, Serenity beach and Auroville beach.
Pondicherry, the ex French colony:
Pondicherry in Tamilnadu was a French colony until 1954, now called Puducherry (since 2006) is one of the Central government territories of India. The French enjoyed uninterrupted power over Pondicherry for 3 centuries since 1604. The town still retains a number of colonial buildings, churches, streets and statues as glorious examples of classic French architecture. Here French elegance blends perfectly with Southern Indian charm. Evenings, you can stroll around the beach or explore the shops and bright plaster houses lining neat narrow lanes with bougainvillea. Cuisines of Pondy also has the influence of French & Tamil flavours, offers a mosaic of culinary wonders to food lovers.
Shopping in Pondicherry:
Pondicherry is also a shopper’s paradise which offers wide varieties of handicrafts, fabrics, stones, wooden sculptures, mats, pottery, perfumes, mirror works, lamps and candles when you stroll through the city. Major celebrations are French Food Festival during the month of August, International Yoga Festival during December and the shopping festival of January.
Day 2: Pondicherry-Mahabalipuram-Chennai (160 K.ms, 3 hours drive)
Today you drive to Chennai via the heritage city of Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram), the 7th century sea Port of Pallava Empire and said to be the birth place of temples and its architecture. Evening you may spend time with own activities such as shopping in Chennai etc. Overnight stay at Chennai.
Visit here, you will not be disappointed. Mahabalipuram also called Mamallapuram is town of lovely beaches and fascinating monolithic temple. Apart from the beautiful beaches Mamallapuram has 9 monolithic temples, 14 rock temples, 9 monolithic shrines and 3 stone temples. To make the temples at Mamallapuram the builders used nature itself such as hills, monolithic rocks, blocks of stone, cliffs and caves as their canvas. Temples carved out of hills, Blocks of rocks were chiseled into Chariots (Rathas), boulders shaped into blocks and pillars for mandapams. The craftsmen used even the face of cliffs as canvas to create stories & legends.
Shopping in Mahabalipuram:
There is nothing much to shop here, but is an ideal place for buying wonderful idols of Hindu deities carved on granite or wood and other decorative shells items.
Day 3: Chennai- Kanchipuram Day tour (70 K.ms, 90 Minutes drive):
Today morning you drive to Kanchipuram, also the city every Hindu should visit in a life time ! Yes it is also a city of Temples..
When you think about Kanchipuram the image pop up in the mind is its dazzling Silks of lustrous hues. But a visit there makes your thoughts lose to Temples. And this temple town is attracting millions of pilgrims every year. Kanchipuram is revered as one of the top 7 holiest place for Hindus, as per Hindu mythology, ‘moksha’ or salvation can be attained by a visit to all of the seven holy places during their life time. This city is a sacred place for the devotees of Lord Shiva as well as Lord Vishnu.
Ancient Kanchipuram had almost 1000 temples, and was one of the most important pilgrimage sights in India. But by time the number of temples reduced to 126, now you can decide where to visit. If you decide to go for the best, try Kailasanatha Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Varadaraja Perumal Temple and the Vardamana Perumal Temple.
Shopping in Kanchipuram:
From Kanchipuram you can buy the finest silks in India. Kanchipuram silk is woven from silk worms raised purely on mulberry. Silk weaving of Kanchipuram has a history of 400 years. Visit Gandhi Road to pick up silk sarees as well as Nadu Street and TN Nambi Street. Silk thread interwoven with gold sari is a passion of modern women of south India same as in the glorious past. Interesting souvenirs such as idols of gods and goddesses, jewelry boxes and other artifacts can also be shopped here.
Day 4: Chennai
Today you spend the whole day in Chennai for shopping and related activities. Attractions in Chennai includes St. George Fort built by the British in 1640, Fort Museum, and St. Mary’s Church (the oldest Anglican Church in India), The Marina Beach (the second longest in the world), San Thome Cathedral Basilica (houses the mortal remains of Christ’s doubting apostle St. Thomas) and much more.
Shopping in Chennai:
If you are a shopaholic, the metropolitan city of Chennai on the shore Bay of Bengal will never disappoint you. From traditional items like pattamadai mats, Tirunelveli leaf handicrafts, bronze and brass castings and Kumbakonam traditional jewelry, Tanjore metal works, Granite carvings of Mamallapuram and silks from Kanchipuram to modern items Chennai will always fulfill your interests. Growing competition between the shop keepers also a boon for buyers.
Anna Salai (Mount Road) of 8 K.ms with large stores, Pondy Bazar in T- Nagar for elegant footwear, leather bags, crockery, garments, jewelry, electronic products and toys, Anna Nagar offers expensive items and branded stuffs, The Burma Bazaar of George Town for dazzling Silks lustrous hues from Silkworms grown in Mulberry plants, Egmore with great shopping plazas and departmental stores, Mylapore near the Kapaleeswarar temple for classical dance costumes (jewelry and other dance accessories) & Silk from Kanchipuram and here you find a number of retails shops of handicrafts items in rosewood, sandalwood, ivory, bronze and silver, traditional items and fashion accessories etc.
There are several hyper markets and malls as well. For souvenirs visit Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan, Purbashree Emporium, Poompuhar Tamil Nadu Government Emporium and Central Cottage Industries Emporium.
Day 5: Departure Transfer
Today on time we transfer you to the Airport/Railway station.
The Package Includes:
- Arrival assistance and transfer to hotel,
- 4 night’s hotel Accommodations with Breakfast,
- Intercity transfers and Sightseeing by A/c car,
- Sightseeing in Pondy & Chennai,
- Day tours to Mahabalipuram & Chennai,
- Departure transfer to Airport/R.Station,
- And all taxes with service charges.
Price as per Request