Puducherry & Mahabalipuram: A Luxurious Break

6 –9 March, 2021 | 4 Days/3 Nights

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Puducherry is a city of contradictions. From the firmly traditional saris and dhotis of the Aayyas (grandmas) and the Thathas (grandpas), the popular and modern café culture of the French, to the bohemian, and enigmatic lifestyle of the folks at Auroville … there is a little bit of something for everyone. Everyone who comes to Puducherry finds a place, everyone fits in—possibly why Puducherry still has such a magnetic hold over people’s imagination.

In Puducherry, we will visit the historical French Quarter, where quaint French houses can still be found on gorgeous tree-lined avenues, and the streets still have French names.

A couple of hours away, we will go on a magical journey through the Pitchvaram Mangrove Forest. Known to be the world’s second-largest mangrove, after the Sunderbans, the Pitchvaram Mangrove Forest spreads over 1,100 hectares before joining the Bay of Bengal.

The Nataraj Temple in Chidambaram, one of the five holiest places to worship Lord Shiva and known to be one of the oldest active Chola temples is our next stop.

Any trip to Puducherry would be incomplete without a trip to the hallowed grounds of Auroville! Having caused waves when it was first founded in the 60s for its principles of peace and humanity, Auroville still beguiles people and crowds of tourists throng to it every year.

After living the bohemian life, we end our holiday with a visit to Mahabalipuram to see the ancient shore temple, the panch rathas, and other rock carvings. Make sure to keep some extra room in your bags for a little shopping at the local leather stores before heading back to Chennai.

Our itinerary promises to be a fun, relaxed one where you chill out or move at a slightly more frenetic pace and ‘do Puducherry’.

The choice is yours.

We have taken some extra precautions in light of the dreaded virus, travel will be in comfortable Sedans with only 3 people to a car. These will be sanitized before you arrive and sanitized daily

We will stay at a charming 19th century colonial heritage guesthouse located in the French Quarter with oodles of Character. It’s a small property and will have mainly our guests.

Join Wonderful World for an unforgettable holiday to this unforgettable destination.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP

  • Stay in a Luxurious Heritage Villa
  • A complete Mangrove Experience
  • 5-6 hours of personalized Auroville Experience
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PRICE

  • Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis
  • Transportation as mentioned in the itinerary with only 3 people to a car(pick-up from and drop off at Chennai airport)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Guide for the Heritage Walk-Guide for Chidambaram Temple
  • Guide for Pitchvaram Mangrove Forest
  • Services of a trip lead from Wonderful World throughout the trip
  • GST at 5%-Insurance.
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary. (There are many places to eat in the French Quarter, so you have the flexibility to try what you like, but we can certainly suggest some places)
  • Any beverages, alcoholic or non-alcoholic.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Any other item or service not mentioned in Inclusions above.
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill‐health, land blocks, bad weather, etc.

ITINERARY

Saturday; 6th March, Chennai – Puducherry (Includes Dinner)
  • Pick up from Chennai airport at 10 a.m. and drive to Puducherry.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Check-in to the hotel and relax for a bit.
  • Head out for a Pondi Boulevard Walk at 5 p.m. (We will cross ‘Le Petit Canel’ (yes, Pondi still has a lot of street names in French, which we find adorable), and take a walk through the historical French Quarter.)
  • We will then take a relaxed stroll on one of India’s very few pedestrian-only promenades at twilight. It’s a fun place to relax and sit on the rocks. Take a moment to let your system adjust to a slightly more laid-back pace of life while watching the locals get to their 10,000 steps by sea.
  • Once the stars come out, we will stroll down to have dinner at a cute little French café before heading back to our heritage hotel.Overnight at Gratitude Heritage
Sunday; 7th March, Puducherry (Includes Breakfast & Lunch)
  • After Breakfast at Gratitude, we start our day trip by taking a guided tour of Chidambaram temple, 60kms. from Puducherry. (Spread over 50 acres, it is known to be the capital of Chola dynasty making it one of the oldest surviving active temple complexes in South India. Cholas considered Nataraja as their family deity, so this temple has the bejewelled image of Nataraj. It depicts Lord Shiva as the lord of the dance and is one of the few temples where Shiva is represented by an anthropomorphic idol rather than the classic, anionic lingam.)
  • Keeping up with the vibes of the temple, we take simple vegetarian lunch at Chidambaram before heading to Pitchvaram Mangrove Forest. It’s a half an hour drive from Chidambaram passing by paddy fields and colourfully painted village houses.
  • At Pitchvaram, we take a picturesque guided boat tour into the Mangrove forest.
  • We drive back to Puducherry by sunset.Evening at leisure
    Overnight at Gratitude Heritage
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