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After a long gap, we are heading to one of our favourite destinations in India - Pondicherry!

This is a comfortable 4N-5D itinerary that starts from Chennai. Stroll the by-lanes of Pondicherry through the French and Tamil towns on a guided walk, head to Auroville for a visit to the Matrimandir and also visit Swaram's Sound Garden. Experience a boat ride through Pichavaram mangroves, and visit the World Heritage Sites in Mahabalipuram.


  • Guided walk of the French Quarter in Pondicherry
  • Visit to the Matrimandir and Swaram's Sound Garden Tour in Auroville
  • Pichavaram mangrove boat ride
  • Chidambaram Temple
  • Guided tour of Mahabalipuram

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Hotel Grand D'Europe

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Wednesday, 6 March

  • Arrive in Chennai by flight from your home destinations (Between 8-9 AM)
  • Depart for Pondicherry by private AC coach. Lunch en-route
  • Arrive in Pondicherry. Check-in
  • Evening stroll by the promenade. Free for leisure
  • Dinner and overnight at Pondicherry

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Hotel Grand D'Europe

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Thursday, 7 March

  • Post breakfast, we head to Auroville. We will explore the model town of Auroville, and visit the Matrimandir viewpoint. We will go on a tour of Swaram's sound garden and also explore the unique businesses of Auroville, some shopping at the visitor's centre. Lunch in Auroville
  • Head back to Pondicherry for a guided walk of the French Quarter.
  • Dinner and overnight at Pondicherry

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AC Coach


Hotel Grand D'Europe

All Meals

Friday, 8 March

  • Depart for Pichavaram. Experience the 2nd largest mangrove forest in India in a boat.
  • Visit the Natraja Temple in Chidambaram. Lunch at Chidambaram
  • Back to Pondicherry with Paradise Beach en route for sunset.
  • Dinner and overnight at Pondicherry

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AC Coach


Hotel Mamalla Heritage

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Saturday, 9 March

  • Sunrise at Serenity Beach. Post breakfast, we will head for some local shopping in Pondicherry.
  • Lunch in Pondicherry. Post lunch, depart for Mahabalipuram
  • Evening free for leisure.
  • Dinner and overnight at Mahabalipuram

Private Vehicle

AC Coach

Breakfast, Lunch

Sunday, 10 March

  • Sunrise at the Sun Temple of Mahabalipuram. Proceed to Five Rathas and other sites in Mahabalipuram
  • Post breakfast, depart for Chennai. Visit the Madras Crocodile Bank and Dakshin Chitra Museum en route (if time permits)
  • Depart to home destinations after 6 PM

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The Western Routes was founded in 2011. It started as a concept that found its roots in the love for the state of Maharashtra and its native culture. Since 2015, we have ventured into curating itineraries pan-India which are themed around history, culture, wildlife, people & food.

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  • 3 Night Stay in Pondicherry (Hotel Grand D'Europe or Equivalent)
  • 1 Night stay in Mahabalipuram (Hotel Mamalla Heritage or Equivalent)
  • All meals as mentioned below
  • All internal travel (Chennai to Chennai) in private AC Coach
  • Guided Tour of Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram
  • Boat Ride Charges at Pichavaram
  • Entry fees at all the temples and monuments
  • Local Guides at the monuments


  • Air tickets or any travel from home destination to Chennai and back
  • Anything not mentioned in the includes list
  • Personal costs (Shopping, tips etc.)
  • Meals other than the ones specified
  • Travel Insurance

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