Sometimes called the French Riviera of the East, the seaside town of Pondicherry operates at a slower pace than nearly any other Indian city. The small city was the largest French colony in India, and since the French only left in 1954, the town has retained much of its colonial flavor.

Practically everything worth seeing in Pondicherry exists within walking distance in the grid of streets and alleyways of the French Quarter; where whitewashed villas, colonial churches and gardens overflowing with bougainvillea are interspersed with quaint little French cafes. Cross over the Grand Canal and you’ll find yourself transported to a typical Tamil village.

The French-influenced local cuisine and variety of accommodation, both reasonably priced, make Pondicherry worthy of an overnight getaway from Chennai. For the spiritually minded traveler, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram teaches yoga and meditation to the ever-changing contingent of expats who come to Pondicherry and end up staying longer than anticipated.

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Private Tour: Auroville and Pondicherry Full-Day Tour including Lunch from Chennai, Chennai, null
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Private Tour: Auroville and Pondicherry Full-Day Tour including Lunch from Chennai

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Book this full-day trip to explore two amazing cities in a day - Auroville and Pondicherry. Visit the spiritual Matrimandir in Auroville that took 37 years to ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00
Pondicherry Sightseeing Tour Including Transportation to Chennai, Pondicherry, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Pondicherry Sightseeing Tour Including Transportation to Chennai

Start your 10-hour day trip from Pondicherry with a drop-off in Chennai. Witness the French buildings in the French Quarter, visit the Shri Aurobindo Ashram, ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $216.00
Private Cultural Day Tour of Pondicherry and Auroville, Pondicherry, Day Trips
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Private Cultural Day Tour of Pondicherry and Auroville

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Immerse yourself in the French-inspired history and architecture of Puducherry, formerly known as Pondicherry by taking a private cultural day tour. This ...  Read more

Location: Puducherry, India
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.00
Private Tour: Pondicherry Day Trip from Chennai, Chennai, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Pondicherry Day Trip from Chennai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Enjoy a serene escape from metropolitan Chennai on this private day trip to Pondicherry. Discover the region’s unique cultural and spiritual heritage ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 12-14 hours

From USD $54.66

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