Pondicherry Holiday Packages

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4 Holiday(s) found in Pondicherry | Price Range: Rs. 5,500 to Rs. 26,000

Pondicherry Tour Packages

A lovely coastal drive on the East Coast Expressway from Chennai leads you to the quaint town of Pondicherry. The characteristic French and Tamil architecture, rocky beaches and an old-world appeal connote the very essence of this seaside town. For lessons in mind control, Aurobindo Ashram is the place to be! Meditate in peace, with the only sound of the distant waves in the background.

Lovingly known as the 'French Riviera of the East', at Pondicherry you can enjoy quiet walks on the promenade running along the roaring sea. The French cuisine restaurants and the old-world sidewalk cafes here are a must-try!

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  • Wonderful Tamil Nadu

    Customizable Tour | 7 Nights

    Mahabalipuram (1) Pondicherry (2) Madurai (2) Rameshwaram (1) Kanyakumari (1)

    Wonderful Tamil Nadu

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 7
    SELLER: Yatra.com
    Mahabalipuram (1) Pondicherry (2) Madurai (2) Rameshwaram (1) Kanyakumari (1)
    Rs.28,200

    (EMI From Rs.1,732)

    Pay & Hold @ Rs. 1,000 Only

    This Tamil Nadu holiday package is your introduction to the wealth of Dravidian history, culture and architecture. From sculptures of half-animal gods on temples in Kanchipuram to the long corridor of pillars at the temple in Rameshwaram, you will see brilliant samples of workmanship executed centuries ago. By the sea is the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-visit. There is also some leisure time in Pondicherry to soak up the welcome French hangover of the town.

    inclusions

    • Optional

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Meals

    • Sightseeing

  • Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry

    Customizable Tour | 5 Nights

    Chennai (1) Mahabalipuram (2) Pondicherry (2)

    Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 5
    SELLER: Yatra.com
    Chennai (1) Mahabalipuram (2) Pondicherry (2)
    Rs.16,299

    (EMI From Rs.1,001)

    Pay & Hold @ Rs. 1,000 Only

    inclusions

    • Optional

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Meals

    • Sightseeing

  • Beautiful Tamil Nadu

    Customizable Tour | 7 Nights

    Mahabalipuram (2) Pondicherry (2) Tiruchirapally (1) Madurai (2)

    Beautiful Tamil Nadu

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 7
    SELLER: Yatra.com
    Mahabalipuram (2) Pondicherry (2) Tiruchirapally (1) Madurai (2)
    Rs.20,550

    (EMI From Rs.1,262)

    Pay & Hold @ Rs. 1,000 Only

    Discover Tamil Nadu, a land of magnificent temples and lovely beaches. In this holiday package, you will see the splendid sculpted walls of temples in Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram and the towering and colourful gopurams of the Meenakshi and Ramanathaswamy temples. Trichy's Rock Fort is built atop an ancient rock and has been important throughout history, right from the Pallavas in the sixth century to as recent as the British. Pondicherry's French influence over architecture and names of streets will give the impression of being in another country altogether.

    inclusions

    • Optional

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Meals

    • Sightseeing

  • Tamil Nadu Star Package

    Customizable Tour | 7 Nights

    Pondicherry (1) Thanjavur (1) Rameswaram (1) Kanyakumari (1) Madurai (1) Kodaikanal (1) Tiruchirappalli (1)

    Tamil Nadu Star Package

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 7
    SELLER: Surgenciaa
    Pondicherry (1) Thanjavur (1) Rameswaram (1) Kanyakumari (1) Madurai (1) Kodaikanal (1) Tiruchirappalli (1)
    Rs.26,000
    If you are travelling to South India and have not visited Tamil Nadu, your journey remains incomplete. So, why shall you wait? Take a week off and with this 8-day package, tour around temples, beaches and famous tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu. A sunset in Pondicherry is mesmerizing, while some time spent in the Aurobindo Ashram calms your body, mind and soul. Visit Thanjavur, Rameswaram, Madurai, Kanyakumari and Tiruchirappalli, and take a tour around the temples, bridges and beaches. A visit to the beautiful hill station of Kodaikanal will refresh you completely.

    inclusions

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Sightseeing

  • Scenic Kodaikanal Lake - Falls - Valleys

    Customizable Tour | 2 Nights

    Kodaikanal (2)

    Scenic Kodaikanal Lake - Falls - Valleys

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 2
    SELLER: Yatra.com
    Kodaikanal (2)
    Rs.8,499

    (EMI From Rs.522)

    Pay & Hold @ Rs. 1,000 Only

    Located in Tamil Nadu, the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’ - Kodaikanal is noted for its enchanting waterfalls, pristine lake and rolling green valleys. To visit this charming town, you can avail Scenic Kodaikanal: Lake - Falls - Valleys tour and come and explore the myriad natural attractions here. Diligently planned by skilled tour managers of Yatra, this 3-day itinerary will not only help you escape the monotony of life, but also introduce you to some astonishing vistas of nature. With this package you visit the enthralling Pillar Rocks, Green Valley View, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Coaker’s Walk, Silver Cascade Falls, Shenbaganur Museum and Kodaikanal Lake

    inclusions

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Meals

    • Sightseeing

  • Peaceful Pondicherry & Aurobindo Ashram  Ex Chennai

    Customizable Tour | 2 Nights

    Pondicherry (2)

    Peaceful Pondicherry & Aurobindo Ashram Ex Chennai

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 2
    SELLER: Yatra.com
    Pondicherry (2)
    Rs.12,119

    (EMI From Rs.744)

    Pay & Hold @ Rs. 1,000 Only

    Enjoy the tranquil charm of a city marked by its spirituality, old-world heritage, serene beaches and laid-back natives. Yatra's Peaceful Pondicherry & Aurobindo Ashram: Ex Chennai package takes you on leisurely sojourn through this former French colony and its unique culture. This 3-day itinerary, takes you for a spiritual retreat to the Aurobindo Ashram, you also have the chance to visit the innovative Auroville township or enjoy the breathtaking beaches of the city. The aura of Pondicherry will cast an awe-inspiring effect on your mind and soul that will remain with you long after your return.

    inclusions

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Meals

    • Sightseeing

  • Pondicherry with Aurobindo Ashram - Ex Bangalore

    Customizable Tour | 2 Nights

    Pondicherry (2)

    Pondicherry with Aurobindo Ashram - Ex Bangalore

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 2
    SELLER: Yatra.com
    Pondicherry (2)
    Rs.15,217

    (EMI From Rs.935)

    Pay & Hold @ Rs. 1,000 Only

    If you are seeking peace of mind, then Yatra's Pondicherry with Aurobindo Ashram: Ex Bangalore package is absolutely meant for you. This 3-day itinerary offers you a chance to soak in the tranquil atmosphere of this place and soothe your mind and soul. The visit to the well-known Sri Aurobindo Ashram is the highlight of this package. Along with this, Yatra also gives you an opportunity to visit the experimental township of Auroville and see its monumental marvel the Matrimandir; as well as relax on the pristine beaches of Pondicherry or visit its other attractions. Yatra executives put their 100% to ensure you have a relaxed time and leave this destination with beautiful memories.

    inclusions

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Meals

    • Sightseeing

  • Awesome Tamil Nadu Tour

    Customizable Tour | 6 Nights

    Mahabalipuram (1) Pondicherry (2) Rameswaram (2) Kanyakumari (1)

    Awesome Tamil Nadu Tour

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 6
    SELLER: VBM Holidays
    Mahabalipuram (1) Pondicherry (2) Rameswaram (2) Kanyakumari (1)
    Rs.24,250
    Take a break from the monotonous hassles of your daily life and head to coastal locations of Tamil Nadu, which is home to some of the most attractive locations. Visit places like the beautiful architectural marvels of Mahabalipuram and enjoy the endless view of the pristine beaches in Pondicherry. Soak in the classic charm of one of the12 Jyotirlingas in Rameswaram and bask in the panoramic view of sunrise and sunset in Kanyakumari. Arrive with your travel-enthusiastic gang, embark on this wonderful seven-day tour and create a treasurable experience to cherish for a lifetime.

    inclusions

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Sightseeing

  • Abundant Tamil Nadu & Kerala

    Customizable Tour | 8 Nights

    Kovalam (1) Kumarakom (1) Thekkady (1) Munnar (2) Madurai (1) Pondicherry (2)

    Abundant Tamil Nadu & Kerala

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 8
    SELLER: Yatra.com
    Kovalam (1) Kumarakom (1) Thekkady (1) Munnar (2) Madurai (1) Pondicherry (2)
    Rs.32,750

    (EMI From Rs.2,012)

    inclusions

    • Optional

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Meals

    • Sightseeing

  • Tirupati-Mahabalipuram-Puducherry: Divine Tour

    Customizable Tour | 6 Nights

    Chennai (1) Tirupati (1) Mahabalipuram (2) Pondicherry (2)

    Tirupati-Mahabalipuram-Puducherry: Divine Tour

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 6
    SELLER: Yatra.com
    Chennai (1) Tirupati (1) Mahabalipuram (2) Pondicherry (2)
    Rs.18,449

    (EMI From Rs.1,133)

    Pay & Hold @ Rs. 1,000 Only

    inclusions

    • Optional

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Meals

    • Sightseeing

  • Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry

    Customizable Tour | 1 Nights

    Pondicherry (1)

    Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 1
    SELLER: Prime Tours and Travels
    Pondicherry (1)
    Rs.5,500
    Go on this short trip to Mahabalipuram and Podicherry to rejuvenate your senses. Visit the famous Muthukadu Boating Club at Mahabalipuram and see varied species of crocodiles. Also, enjoy the famous tourist destinations of Pondicherry and go shopping to buy souvenirs for your journey back home. While Mahabalipuram showcases glories of the Pallava Kingdom, Pondicherry comes with its French colonial charm. Both these places are of historical importance and flaunt a charming old-world beauty that is sure to impress you.

    inclusions

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Sightseeing

  • Thrilling Tamil Nadu

    Customizable Tour | 7 Nights

    Pondicherry (1) Thanjavur (1) Rameswaram (1) Kanyakumari (1) Madurai (1) Kodaikanal (1) Tiruchirappalli (1)

    Thrilling Tamil Nadu

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 7
    SELLER: Surgenciaa
    Pondicherry (1) Thanjavur (1) Rameswaram (1) Kanyakumari (1) Madurai (1) Kodaikanal (1) Tiruchirappalli (1)
    Rs.21,000
    Take a vacation of 8 days and explore Tamil Nadu like never before. Visit temples, beaches and tourist hotspots and get refreshed to the core, as you learn a lot more about this land. Pacify your soul by spending some time in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry and visit the scenic beach. In Thanjavur, visit the famous Brihadeeswarar Temple built by the Chola kings and take a view of a giant statue of Nandi. In Rameswaram, visit Pamban Bridge, visit the meeting point of the three seas in Kanyakumari and also, visit Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. Get mesmerised by the beauty of Kodaikanal and tour around Tiruchirappalli.

    inclusions

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Sightseeing

  • Customizable Tour | 7 Nights

    Mahabalipuram (1) Pondicherry (2) Madurai (2) Rameshwaram (1) Kanyakumari (1)

    Wonderful Tamil Nadu

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 7
    SELLER: Yatra.com
    Mahabalipuram (1) Pondicherry (2) Madurai (2) Rameshwaram (1) Kanyakumari (1)
    Rs.28,200

    (EMI From Rs.1,732)

    Pay & Hold @ Rs.1,000 Only

    This Tamil Nadu holiday package is your introduction to the wealth of Dravidian history, culture and architecture. From sculptures of half-animal gods on temples in Kanchipuram to the long corridor of pillars at the temple in Rameshwaram, you will see brilliant samples of workmanship executed centuries ago. By the sea is the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-visit. There is also some leisure time in Pondicherry to soak up the welcome French hangover of the town.

    inclusions

    • Optional

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Meals

    • Sightseeing

  • Customizable Tour | 5 Nights

    Chennai (1) Mahabalipuram (2) Pondicherry (2)

    Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 5
    SELLER: Yatra.com
    Chennai (1) Mahabalipuram (2) Pondicherry (2)
    Rs.16,299

    (EMI From Rs.1,001)

    Pay & Hold @ Rs.1,000 Only

    inclusions

    • Optional

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Meals

    • Sightseeing

  • Customizable Tour | 7 Nights

    Mahabalipuram (2) Pondicherry (2) Tiruchirapally (1) Madurai (2)

    Beautiful Tamil Nadu

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 7
    SELLER: Yatra.com
    Mahabalipuram (2) Pondicherry (2) Tiruchirapally (1) Madurai (2)
    Rs.20,550

    (EMI From Rs.1,262)

    Pay & Hold @ Rs.1,000 Only

    Discover Tamil Nadu, a land of magnificent temples and lovely beaches. In this holiday package, you will see the splendid sculpted walls of temples in Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram and the towering and colourful gopurams of the Meenakshi and Ramanathaswamy temples. Trichy's Rock Fort is built atop an ancient rock and has been important throughout history, right from the Pallavas in the sixth century to as recent as the British. Pondicherry's French influence over architecture and names of streets will give the impression of being in another country altogether.

    inclusions

    • Optional

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Meals

    • Sightseeing

  • Customizable Tour | 7 Nights

    Pondicherry (1) Thanjavur (1) Rameswaram (1) Kanyakumari (1) Madurai (1) Kodaikanal (1) Tiruchirappalli (1)

    Tamil Nadu Star Package

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 7
    SELLER: Surgenciaa
    Pondicherry (1) Thanjavur (1) Rameswaram (1) Kanyakumari (1) Madurai (1) Kodaikanal (1) Tiruchirappalli (1)
    Rs.26,000
    If you are travelling to South India and have not visited Tamil Nadu, your journey remains incomplete. So, why shall you wait? Take a week off and with this 8-day package, tour around temples, beaches and famous tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu. A sunset in Pondicherry is mesmerizing, while some time spent in the Aurobindo Ashram calms your body, mind and soul. Visit Thanjavur, Rameswaram, Madurai, Kanyakumari and Tiruchirappalli, and take a tour around the temples, bridges and beaches. A visit to the beautiful hill station of Kodaikanal will refresh you completely.

    inclusions

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Sightseeing

  • Customizable Tour | 2 Nights

    Kodaikanal (2)

    Scenic Kodaikanal Lake - Falls - Valleys

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 2
    SELLER: Yatra.com
    Kodaikanal (2)
    Rs.8,499

    (EMI From Rs.522)

    Pay & Hold @ Rs.1,000 Only

    Located in Tamil Nadu, the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’ - Kodaikanal is noted for its enchanting waterfalls, pristine lake and rolling green valleys. To visit this charming town, you can avail Scenic Kodaikanal: Lake - Falls - Valleys tour and come and explore the myriad natural attractions here. Diligently planned by skilled tour managers of Yatra, this 3-day itinerary will not only help you escape the monotony of life, but also introduce you to some astonishing vistas of nature. With this package you visit the enthralling Pillar Rocks, Green Valley View, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Coaker’s Walk, Silver Cascade Falls, Shenbaganur Museum and Kodaikanal Lake

    inclusions

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Meals

    • Sightseeing

  • Customizable Tour | 2 Nights

    Pondicherry (2)

    Peaceful Pondicherry & Aurobindo Ashram Ex Chennai

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 2
    SELLER: Yatra.com
    Pondicherry (2)
    Rs.12,119

    (EMI From Rs.744)

    Pay & Hold @ Rs.1,000 Only

    Enjoy the tranquil charm of a city marked by its spirituality, old-world heritage, serene beaches and laid-back natives. Yatra's Peaceful Pondicherry & Aurobindo Ashram: Ex Chennai package takes you on leisurely sojourn through this former French colony and its unique culture. This 3-day itinerary, takes you for a spiritual retreat to the Aurobindo Ashram, you also have the chance to visit the innovative Auroville township or enjoy the breathtaking beaches of the city. The aura of Pondicherry will cast an awe-inspiring effect on your mind and soul that will remain with you long after your return.

    inclusions

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Meals

    • Sightseeing

  • Customizable Tour | 2 Nights

    Pondicherry (2)

    Pondicherry with Aurobindo Ashram - Ex Bangalore

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 2
    SELLER: Yatra.com
    Pondicherry (2)
    Rs.15,217

    (EMI From Rs.935)

    Pay & Hold @ Rs.1,000 Only

    If you are seeking peace of mind, then Yatra's Pondicherry with Aurobindo Ashram: Ex Bangalore package is absolutely meant for you. This 3-day itinerary offers you a chance to soak in the tranquil atmosphere of this place and soothe your mind and soul. The visit to the well-known Sri Aurobindo Ashram is the highlight of this package. Along with this, Yatra also gives you an opportunity to visit the experimental township of Auroville and see its monumental marvel the Matrimandir; as well as relax on the pristine beaches of Pondicherry or visit its other attractions. Yatra executives put their 100% to ensure you have a relaxed time and leave this destination with beautiful memories.

    inclusions

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Meals

    • Sightseeing

  • Customizable Tour | 6 Nights

    Mahabalipuram (1) Pondicherry (2) Rameswaram (2) Kanyakumari (1)

    Awesome Tamil Nadu Tour

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 6
    SELLER: VBM Holidays
    Mahabalipuram (1) Pondicherry (2) Rameswaram (2) Kanyakumari (1)
    Rs.24,250
    Take a break from the monotonous hassles of your daily life and head to coastal locations of Tamil Nadu, which is home to some of the most attractive locations. Visit places like the beautiful architectural marvels of Mahabalipuram and enjoy the endless view of the pristine beaches in Pondicherry. Soak in the classic charm of one of the12 Jyotirlingas in Rameswaram and bask in the panoramic view of sunrise and sunset in Kanyakumari. Arrive with your travel-enthusiastic gang, embark on this wonderful seven-day tour and create a treasurable experience to cherish for a lifetime.

    inclusions

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Sightseeing

  • Customizable Tour | 8 Nights

    Kovalam (1) Kumarakom (1) Thekkady (1) Munnar (2) Madurai (1) Pondicherry (2)

    Abundant Tamil Nadu & Kerala

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 8
    SELLER: Yatra.com
    Kovalam (1) Kumarakom (1) Thekkady (1) Munnar (2) Madurai (1) Pondicherry (2)
    Rs.32,750

    (EMI From Rs.2,012)

    inclusions

    • Optional

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Meals

    • Sightseeing

  • Customizable Tour | 6 Nights

    Chennai (1) Tirupati (1) Mahabalipuram (2) Pondicherry (2)

    Tirupati-Mahabalipuram-Puducherry: Divine Tour

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 6
    SELLER: Yatra.com
    Chennai (1) Tirupati (1) Mahabalipuram (2) Pondicherry (2)
    Rs.18,449

    (EMI From Rs.1,133)

    Pay & Hold @ Rs.1,000 Only

    inclusions

    • Optional

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Meals

    • Sightseeing

  • Customizable Tour | 1 Nights

    Pondicherry (1)

    Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 1
    SELLER: Prime Tours and Travels
    Pondicherry (1)
    Rs.5,500
    Go on this short trip to Mahabalipuram and Podicherry to rejuvenate your senses. Visit the famous Muthukadu Boating Club at Mahabalipuram and see varied species of crocodiles. Also, enjoy the famous tourist destinations of Pondicherry and go shopping to buy souvenirs for your journey back home. While Mahabalipuram showcases glories of the Pallava Kingdom, Pondicherry comes with its French colonial charm. Both these places are of historical importance and flaunt a charming old-world beauty that is sure to impress you.

    inclusions

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Sightseeing

  • Customizable Tour | 7 Nights

    Pondicherry (1) Thanjavur (1) Rameswaram (1) Kanyakumari (1) Madurai (1) Kodaikanal (1) Tiruchirappalli (1)

    Thrilling Tamil Nadu

    Customisable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort.
    Customizable Tour 7
    SELLER: Surgenciaa
    Pondicherry (1) Thanjavur (1) Rameswaram (1) Kanyakumari (1) Madurai (1) Kodaikanal (1) Tiruchirappalli (1)
    Rs.21,000
    Take a vacation of 8 days and explore Tamil Nadu like never before. Visit temples, beaches and tourist hotspots and get refreshed to the core, as you learn a lot more about this land. Pacify your soul by spending some time in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry and visit the scenic beach. In Thanjavur, visit the famous Brihadeeswarar Temple built by the Chola kings and take a view of a giant statue of Nandi. In Rameswaram, visit Pamban Bridge, visit the meeting point of the three seas in Kanyakumari and also, visit Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. Get mesmerised by the beauty of Kodaikanal and tour around Tiruchirappalli.

    inclusions

    • Accommodation

    • Transfers

    • Sightseeing

Pondicherry Guide

  • How To Reach Pondicherry

    How To Reach Pondicherry

    Surface - With Chennai at about 160 kilometers ( miles) north of the city, getting to Pondicherry involves a three hour road journey from Chennai. You can get a bus from CMBT in Koyambedu or from Thiruvanmiyur or Guindy. You can be sure of a seat only from CMBT in Koyambedu.

    The drive from Chennai to Pondicherry on the East Coast Road, commonly called ECR, is scenic, and takes about 3 hours. Most tourists, however, cannot resist the sight of the seashore kissing the road, and make a photo stops en route. This route passes through Mahabalipuram, Kalpakkam, Pudupattinam, Idaikkazhinadu (Alambara Fort), Mudaliarkuppam (has a cool boat house), Marakkanam (contains large areas under salt pans), Kanagachettikulam/Kalapet etc. before arriving into Pondicherry.

    The other route that can be taken to reach Pondy is through the National Highway 45, popularly known as the Grand Southern Trunk GST Road. This route passes through Tambaram, Madhurantakam, Melmaruvathur, Tindivanam before reaching Pondicherry. Both the major roads from Chennai are toll roads and approximately take the same time.

    Pondicherry is about 320 kilometers ( miles) from Bangalore. You can drive down National Highway 7 till Krishnagiri, then take a left off the main highway (road signs mark the route) and then take National Highway 66 to Pondicherry. This route passes through Uthangarai, Chengam, Tiruvannamalai, Gingee and Tindivanam. You can reach Pondicherry either through Tindivanam (via Gingee) or Villupuram (via Thirukovilur). Gingee Fort is also on the way to Tindivanam and worth a brief pause. The total travel time should be around 5 to 6 hours. For your journey, dont forget to pack some food or snacks as there are no good restaurants en route.

    Besides, Pondicherry is well connected to Cuddalore, Chidambaram, Karaikal, Nagapattinam and Velankanni to the South by National Highway 45A. The road is well maintained till Chidambaram. Pondicherry connects to the GST or NH-45 in two places viz. at Villupuram by NH-45A and at Tindivanam by NH-66.

    Train - Pondicherry is connected to Chennai by an electric broad gauge railway line through Villupuram. There are two passenger trains running daily to Chennai Egmore Railway station and Tirupati, in addition to a weekly express train service to Bhubaneswar. Besides, there is also a daily express train to Chennai Egmore. Pondicherry is also accessible from Bangalore. Train starts from Bangalore on Friday night 2315 hours, and the return journey begins on Saturday night 2200 hours.

    Air - Pondicherry has an airport with facilities for the landing of small aircraft like Dornier, Cessna, etc. But it is not available for public use presently.

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  • Shopping in Pondicherry

    Shopping in Pondicherry

    Pondicherry is a great place to shop what with octroi duty not imposed here. Moreover sales duty too is pretty low. Shopping in this old French town is all about pottery, perfumed candles, antique furniture, handmade paper souvenirs, perfumes, semi-precious stone jewelry, fine fabrics, wood carvings, marbled silks, traditional dolls, aromatherapy products, papier mache toys, silverware, hand-woven rugs, jams and pickles, French bakery items, hand-printed textiles and bronze figurines among other interesting souvenirs.

    The Sunday market (M.G Road) of Pondicherry is a must-visit, it sells everything that is unique to the city, and in a great array. If you are visiting in the day, be prepared for a lot of walking. You will find cheap clothing such as sarees, kurtas, scarves, metal plates, shoes, cups, pots and ceramic tableware. But be sure to bargain! While heading north on the East Coast Expressway, you will come across this shop Auro Wood Works that displays oddball wooden sculptures out on its railing. The store has an interesting range of modern art sculptures, mostly masks. Prices here vary from Rs. 1200 to 8000.

    Head to Mission Street if you are looking for some casual and arty footwear. Kalki, on 132 Mission Street, is the place to browse for unique leather footwear, hand-painted silk clothing, perfumed candles, incense, oils, ceramics, jewelry and handmade paper souvenirs. Just across the street on 165 Mission Street is the high-profile departmental store Casablanca, housing top-of-the-line international brands spread across three floors. Look-out for some handcrafted leather handbags by Hidesign here. For books, proceed to Focus on Mission Street adjacent to the Church of Immaculate Conception, selling hundreds of reads on Indian culture and religion, owned by the Ashram. Dont forget to peruse through the one-off exhibits at Boutique Auroshree on 18 Jawaharlal Nehru Street, home to a small but impressive collection of silver jewelry, paintings, and handcrafted bronze, brass and sandalwood artifacts.

    You can pick up some lovely pottery and handmade paper souvenirs at La Boutique dAuroville, again on Jawaharlal Nehru Street. Curio Centre on 40 Roman Rolland Street, true to its name, offers a unique selection of objets dart including indigenous and colonial antique furniture. You might as well take a stroll next door to Art Colony housing antiques, wood carvings and handicrafts. If you fancy carrying back an exotic Indian painting, a visit to Cottonwood on Rue Nidarajapayer next door to Touchwood is recommended; it showcases works by the top five local artists. Then, return to the promenade. Here, it is worth popping into Splendor on 16 Goubert Avenue exhibiting an interesting assortment of exclusive souvenirs by the Aurobindo Society, in addition to toys, bags, belts, incense, and a range of books on the Society and Sri Aurobindo.

    You will be delighted to shop in Pondicherry because the shopping districts are easily accessible, and the shopkeepers friendly and helpful.

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  • Restaurants in Pondicherry

    Restaurants in Pondicherry

    Chinese - Blue Dragon Restaurant at 33 Dumas Street, China Town on Suffren Street

    French/Continental - Satsanga on 30 Labourdonnais Street, Le Rendezvous on 30 Rue Suffren, Space Coffee & Arts on 2 labourdonnais Street, Seagulls Restaurant at 19 Dumas Street on the southern end of Beach Road, Coffee.com on 236 Mission Street, Salt and Pepper on Gingee Salai, Banyan Tree Resort, Le Club at 38 Dumas Street opp. Maison Colombani, Hotel Aristo on Jawaharlal Nehru Street, Le Cafe on Goubert Avenue, Fortune Bakery at 13/9 Therese Street near Nehru Street, Bar Qualith Hotel on Labourdonnais Street, Le Terass on Subbiah Salai

    Regional Speciality - Sarvana Bhavan on Jawaharlal Nehru Street, Appachi on 8 Rue Rangoupillai, Ashram Dining Room to the north of Government Place, Ram International near Botanical Gardens, Seaside Guesthouse near the lighthouse on Goubert Avenue, Anjappar at 5 Vallalar Salai near Jeeva theatre signal, Anugraha in Hotel Surguru on SV Patel Salai, Surabhi in Anandha Inn on SV Patel Salai, Park Guesthouse at the southern end of Goubert Avenue, Indian Coffee House on Jawaharlal Nehru Street, Hotel Kamachi opp. Hasan Honda showroom

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