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
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.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Very good driver, friendly and...
, 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 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.