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Pondicherry (or Puducherry), a French colonial settlement in India until 1954, is now a Union Territory town bounded by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas, and chic boutiques. A seaside promenade runs along the Bay of Bengal and passes several statues, including a 4m-high Gandhi Memorial.
Arrive in Chennai By flight or Train. Proceed to Pondicherry (100 km – 2.5 hours)
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Arrive in Chennai By flight or Train. Proceed to Pondicherry (100 km – 2.5 hours). In the evening enjoy a walk in the French quarter’s heritage area of Pondicherry and the promenade in the evening. A romantic evening meal at a restaurant serving French, European or Chettinad cuisine could be a good experience.
During first half sightseeing options in and around Pondicherry town comprise Aurobindo Ashram, Ashram’s handmade paper factory, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Manakula Vinayagar Koil, Pondicherry Musuem, the Botanical Gardens and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Afternoon visit to Auroville commune (15 kms North of Pondicherry). Matrimandir at the commune is a renowned architectural masterpiece. In the evening visit the Anglo-French Textiles showroom for a bit of shopping. Those looking at a bit of Boating can also head for Chunnambar (8 kms South of Pondicherry).
After Breakfast , Depart for Chennai or Bengluru for onward journey.