Touring

 

Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Gingee Fort (Opt)

Date : 22-November-2018

Location: Tamilnadu

Pondicherry - Though very small, Pondicherry was the largest French colony in India. It is also known as French capital of India.

There is a strong French influence in the city, especially in the old quarters, with Rues and Boulevards lined with Mediterranean style houses and bakeries, although the city remains very much Indian. Pondicherry was under French rule till 1954, French is still understood, and the whole city makes for rather pleasant mix of East and West. It is also known as The French Riviera of the East. Pondicherry is very much a city with a dual personality: crossing from East to west of the central canal reveals two cities with very different characters.

Points of Attractions:

Pondicherry Beach, Aurbindo Ashram, Rock Beach, Auroville, Pondicherry Museum, Park Monument (Aayi Mandapam), French War Memorial,  Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Bharati Government Park,  Pondicherry Botanical Garden

Mahabalipuram alias Mamallapuram which is famous for its rock cut shore temples built in 8th centuries by Pallava dynasty. It lies along the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal (60 km) south of Chennai.

Points of Attractions in Mahabalipuram 

Panch Rathas, Arjun’s Penance, Shore Temple, Varaha Cave Temple, Mahishamardini Temple

Kanchipuram - Kanchipuram, 80km southwest of Chennai, was capital of the Pallava dynasty during the 6th to 8th centuries, when the Pallavas created the great stone monuments of Mamallapuram. Today a typically modern Indian town, it's famous for its numerous important and vibrant temples (and their colorful festivals), some dating from Pallava, Chola or Vijayanagar times. It's also known for its high-quality silk saris, woven on hand looms by thousands of families in the town and nearby villages.

 

Points of Attractions in Kanchipuram:

Kamakshi Amman Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Kailasanathar Temple, Karchapeshwarar Temple

The Gingee Fort complex is on three hillocks: Krishnagiri to the north, Rajagiri to the west and Chandrayandurg to the southeast.

The first hill, where the main fort is, is called Rajagiri. The citadel is reached by traversing through seven gates. This citadel contains important buildings apart from the living quarters of the royalty, like the stables, granaries, and meeting halls for the public, temples, mosques, shrines and pavilions.

The lower fort consists of Arcot Gate, Pondicherry Gate, the Prison on top of Pondicherry Gate, Royal Battery, Venkataramanaswami Temple, Pattabhi Ramaswami Temple, Sadatulla Khan’s mosque, Chettikulam and Chakrakulam tanks. The inner fort consists of Kalyana Mahal, the royal stables, the ruined royal palace, Anaikulam tank, granaries, magazine and the shrine of Venugopalaswami. There is a site museum at the entrance containing sculptures pertaining to periods and many dynasties that ruled Gingee. 

 

Itinerery :-

Day 1, Thursday, 22nd Nov: Chennai-Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry

Reach Chennai by 9.00 a.m.
We will head towards Pondicherry via the scenic East Coast Route.
Visit Mahabalipuram on the way. Explore Shore Temples, Arjuna’s Penance, Panch Rathas, Varaha Cave Temple, Mahishamardhini Temple.
Reach Pondicherry by 4 p.m.
We will take a small walk near promenade & visit Rock Beach.

Night stay at Pondicherry hotel.


Day 2, Friday, 23rd Nov: Pondicherry local sightseeing

We will visit Paradise Beach Island by 9 am by speed boat.

Come back to Pondicherry by 1 p.m..
We will visit French Headquarters, Aayi Mandapam, Manukula Vinayagar Temple, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus church, Zion Methodist Church & other churches.
Night stay at Pondicherry hotel.


Day 3, Saturday, 24th Nov: Explore Auroville - Kanchipuram - Chennai

Check out from the Hotel

Visit Auroville in the morning

We will visit Kanchipuram by 12 pm.

We will visit various temples till 4 pm. 
Chennai Airport by 6 p.m.


Day 4, Sunday, 25th Nov: Gingee Fort (Optional)

Check out from the Hotel.
Reach Gingee fort at 9 am. (Climb time - 2 Hrs)
After climb down, we will rea
ch Chennai Airport by 5 p.m.

 

Inclusions:

·         Twin sharing Accommodation at Pondicherry Hotel 

·         Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

·         Travelling to & from Chennai Airport

Exclusions:

·         Airfare from Mumbai to Chennai & Back

·         Meals during Air journey

·         Any other expenses which are not mentioned in ‘Inclusions’

 

Tour Cost:

Rs. 10,500/- for 2 Night 3 Days Tour

Rs. 12,500/- for 3 Night 4 Days with Gingee fort

Rs. 6500/- for 1 Night 2 Days for Kanchipuram &  Gingee fort

 

For Enrollment:


Akshay - 9819212975



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