Chennai – Pondicherry – Chennai
In a less than three hours’ drive from Chennai, one can reach Pondicherry, the exquisite French colonial settlement. Chennai, being the capital city of the South Indian state Tamil Nadu, Chennai has many things to surprise its visitors. The city has the right blend of modernity and ethnicity exhibited in its huge monuments, temples, shopping zones and sky scrapers. Marina Beach, Government museum, Kapaleeswarar temple and Parthasarathy temple are few of the prominent tourist locations in the city.
Pondicherry, the Union Territory in India was under the French rule which still reflects on the life and culture of the people in Pondicherry. Even the recipes embraces the French cuisine which makes the dishes more delicious !!
Pondicherry is popular among the tourists for its beautiful beach. Walking along the promenade beach with your dear ones will be a unique experience ! Apart from the beach, the other prominent destinations in Pondicherry that can be covered in a Day Tour is the Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville and the Manakula Vinayagar Temple.
Aurobindo Ashram witnesses thousands of tourists and tourists every day. The ambience prevailing in the Ashram and the people moving around very quietly creates an entirely different atmosphere. People offer flowers of various colors to the tomb of Saint Aurobindo and Pondicherry Mother and the premise gets transformed into a center for deep meditation and Yoga.
Auroville, a global village where citizens of different nationalities live together conveying the strong message to the outside world that people of different castes, creed and color can live overcoming the barriers leading to a most cozy lifestyle with enormous peach and harmony.
Manakula Vinayagar temple is yet another popular shrine in Pondicherry with Lord Ganesh as the presiding deity. The 300 years old temple has preserved its rich history and tradition and has been witnessing devotees round the year.
Once you complete visiting all the locations in Pondicherry, you can drive back to Chennai for an evening sightseeing around the city or you can retire at hotel for overnight stay.