- 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
What You Can Expect
When you arrive, your professional guide will take on a tour of this spiritual community, home to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual site founded by Sri Aurobindo and his collaborator, known locally as ‘The Mother.’
Walk to the nearby Pondicherry Museum, located in Bharathi Park. Along the way, your guide will point out various structures that display effects of French colonial influence. Inside, discover the museum’s outstanding collection of artifacts, sculptures and archaeological findings from the ancient Arikamedu settlement, a Tamil fishing village that traded with the Romans.
In between sightseeing, your guide will recommend a great restaurant in Pondicherry where can enjoy some French-Indian fusion cuisine (own expense).
Then, you’ll drive approximately 4 miles (6.5 km) to Auroville, a small town and spiritual community also founded by Mirra Alfassa. Here, you’ll visit Matrimandir, meaning ‘Temple of the Mother’ in Sanskrit. Marvel at the plated gold of its 98-foot high (30-meter) dome with a lotus-shaped foundation urn. Wander inside to see the stark-white interior and large crystal in the center. Learn from your guide how this temple is an important spiritual place for practitioners of Integral yoga.
After your tour, you’ll be driven back to your Chennai hotel or the Chennai airport for your departure flight.