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Private Tour: Pondicherry Day Trip from Chennai

Chennai (Madras), India

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icon7 to 8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Escape the kinetic energy of urban Chennai on this private daylong tour of Pondicherry. Gain insider’s insight into the spiritual heritage of this region with a stop at Sri Arubindo Ashram and learn more about its colorful cultural heritage on a visit to Pondicherry Museum. Listen in as your personal guide shares stories and trivia about its French colonial past, and search for hints of this ancient rule in the language, food and people of the region. Finally, journey to Auroville, where you’ll visit the domed Matrimandir temple where Integral yoga is practiced and learn more about the spiritual community that surrounds it.
  • Private full-day tour to Pondicherry from Chennai
  • Learn about Pondicherry’s French colonial influences from your knowledgeable guide
  • Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, one of India’s most important ashrams, and tour the interesting Pondicherry Museum
  • Visit the tight-knit spiritual community of Auroville and explore Matrimandir, a unique domed temple for yoga practitioners
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Hotel/airport pickup and drop-off
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Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all hotels.

Your friendly driver will collect you from your Chennai hotel after breakfast and you’ll travel in air-conditioned comfort of your private vehicle for 2.5 hours to the Pondicherry region.

Upon arrival, you’ll gain insider’s access to this quiet, spiritual community with the help of your private guide. Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, which was founded by a man with the same name. From there, head to Pondicherry Museum on foot. En route you’ll learn about the French colonial influence that is evident in everything from the architecture to the cuisine. Wander the museum galleries, which are filled with rare artifacts, archaeological findings from Arikamedu settlements and learn about the history of this incredible and diverse place from your guide. 

Enjoy lunch on this private tour of Pondicherry at a French-Indian fusion restaurant (own expense) where you can sample the flavors unique to this region. 

After your meal, drive 4 miles (6.5 km) to Auroville. This small town was founded by Mirra Alfassa and is home to a devout spiritual community. Follow your guide to Matrimandir—known by locals as ‘Temple of the Mother’—where you’ll get an up close look at its gold-plated dome and lotus-shaped urn that stretches nearly 100 feet (31-meters). Gain a deeper understanding of this temple’s significance for practitioners and teachers of Integral yoga. 

At the end of your private day trip from Chennai to Pondicherry, travel in air-conditioned comfort back to your hotel or to the Chennai airport for departure.
Stop At:  
Sri Aurobindo Ashram
The Ashram was established in 1926 by Shree Aurobindo and 'The Mother'. Together they explored the possibilities of yoga and meditation as a path to salvation. At the ashram, residents continue to practice their teachings.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Pondicherry Museum
The museum has an eclectic collection of art, Pallava sculptures and more.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
See the exterior of the unique golf-ball shaped temple called the Matri Mandir, that is thronged by yoga practitioners.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
it is the churches that help the town retain its European charm. Visit the 300 year old church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, The church to Our Lady of Angels and the magnificent grand gothic Sacred Heart Church. 
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No strict dress code is enforced at tour sites. However, please be advised to dress accordingly for places of worship; shorts or sleeveless tops are not recommended.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses/sunscreen, and at least 1 liter (32 fl oz) of drinking water per person are highly recommended
  • If requiring pickup from the Chennai International Airport, please advise flight arrival details on checkout
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Delhi Airport Service

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What is the maximum group size during Private Tour: Pondicherry Day Trip from Chennai?
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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Very good driver, friendly and...
Gabriel P
, Aug 2017
Very good driver, friendly and driving safely. Very good guide in Pondicherry. He was very knowledgeable and he could even speak French very fluently. Highly recommended!
My fiance and I had a wonderful day...
Kate F
, Aug 2017
My fiance and I had a wonderful day with Yvonne, who met us in Pondicherry after our chauffeured drive from Chennai. She is a Pondicherry native and made us feel very comfortable everywhere we went. We never felt rushed, but I can't believe all that we saw in just a few hours.
Stunning miracle of a place in the...
Carmella G
, Oct 2016
Stunning miracle of a place in the middle of what was once a flood plain. Amazing what love, devotion, intention and attention can create.
Lovely driver, went above and beyond to...
Jennifer B
, Feb 2015
Lovely driver, went above and beyond to make our trip great.
The trip was excellent. The driver...
Raghavendra N
, Feb 2015
The trip was excellent. The driver picked us on time. The guide at Pondicherry was very knowledgeable. Both went above and beyond to give us the best tour possible. Highly recommend.

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