Welcome to Auroville

Tucked into the jungle are more than 100 scattered settlements, with about 2500 residents of 52 nationalities – some 60% of Aurovillians are foreign. Visiting offers a glimpse into this self-styled utopia, where you can bliss out on the peaceful setting, the oddly beautiful Matrimandir and the easygoing friendliness. What's more, you'll find some excellent restaurants and cafes within Auroville and surrounding villages. The community benefits the area with a variety of projects, from schools and IT to organic farming, renewable energy and handicrafts production, employing 4000 to 5000 local villagers – but like most idealistic endeavours, it has a shadow, too, and some outsiders accuse Auroville's inhabitants of self-indulgent escapism.

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$54.66 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Pondicherry Day Trip from Chennai

After pickup from your Chennai hotel in the morning, you’ll drive approximately 2.5 hours by private, air-conditioned vehicle to the Pondicherry region.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.

$100 Cultural & Theme Tours

Trip to Pondicherry from Chennai by Private Vehicle - 1N & 2D

Day: 01 - Today start your trip as per your convenient from chennai and proceed to Pondicherry approx 3.5 Hrs Drive check in at Hotel (on Direct payment basis) visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram- Large residential spiritual community with meditation & yoga practice, open to day visitors.later in the evening relax at Promenade Beach and over night stay at your Hotel.Day:02 - Today after break fast start your day with Manakula Vinayagar Temple it is a Vibrant Hindu temple known for its elephant blessings, ornately carved stone walls & golden chariot. later visit Auroville, Hand Made Paper factory, Aayi Mandapam  which is a white monument in Pondicherry, India built during the time of Napoleon III, Emperor of France. It is situated in center of Bharathi park & later visit French war Memorial. later by evening proceed to Chennai. our chauffeur will drop you at your convenient place. Note: • This is not the fixed program, the sight seeing can be shuffled among as per the time availability. • It is mandatory to obtain prior permission to visit Auroville

$40 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pondicherry city sightseeing by Private vehicle

Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry and commonly referred as just Pondy, is one of the seven Union Territories of India. is often famously referred to as the French Riviera of the East, and it is indeed one of the most charming and mesmerising places to visit in South India. Located in the state of Tamil NaduA former French colony, Pondicherry has retained all of its old-world French charms, and despite being miles away from France, the city comes close to giving you a very authentic feel of the French culture and allure. Famous for its brightly painted houses with bougainvillaea laden walls, large boulevards, streets and road signs boasting French names, gothic churches and colonial buildings, serene backwaters and pristine beaches, topped with authentic French cuisine, Pondicherry has a lot to offer.Places to visit: Basilica of the sacred Heart of Jesus, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the Mantri Mandir and the unique experimental community of Auroville, Handmade paper factory, Manakulam Vinayaga Temple, French Colony, and shopping at Nehru Street.

$180 Day Trips & Excursions

Pondicherry Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Drop-Off in Chennai

Your chauffeur will meet and greet you at your hotel in Pondicherry and proceed to the French Quarter. Pondicherry is a former French colony on the sea with French street names, croissants and Indian policemen in French-looking uniforms. It is attractively set on the Bay of Bengal with delightful beaches, this surprising town is a throwback to colonial times when it was a French enclave, but nowadays it is richly blended with Tamil culture. Those used to the British colonial architecture will enjoy the Gallic imprint with the fusion of Catholic churches and distinctly French buildings such as the beachfront Hotel de Ville and excellent French restaurants. En route, visit the Auroville, an intentional community where people of 40 different nationalities have come together with the goal of building a harmonious township where creed, nationality and color are ignored.  Their utopian vision is inspirational, and we'll take time to see how they make it work. You will be visiting the Shri Aurobindo Ashram, the Ganesha Temple, the Church of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and the Gandhi Statue on the boulevard. You'll also have more time to enjoy French baguettes for lunch. After the city tour, your chauffeur will drop you off at your hotel in Chennai.

$869 Transfers & Ground Transport


DAY 1:     ARRIVAL CHENNAI – TRANSFER TO MAMALLAPURAM                Upon arrival you will be welcomed traditionally and transfer to your hotel in Mamallapuram. DAY 2:      MAMALLAPURAMHistory walk of Mamallapuram exploring UNESCO sites. DAY 3:       MAMALLAPURAM TO PONDICHERRY After breakfast proceed to Pondicherry. Enroute discover the harmonious community of Auroville. Today evening proceed to visit Shri Aurobindo Ashram. DAY 4:        PONDICHERRY TO TANJORE Depart to Tanjore. Despite its important history and culture. Tanjore was once the capital of the Chola empire and, although many buildings from that period no longer survive, the town is still full of lovely temples. Enroute visit Darasuram temple and silk weaving village. DAY 5:        TANJORE TO KARAIKUDI Drive Tanjore, enroute visit the Brihadeshvara Temple an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later drive to Karaikudi/ chettinadu which is the homeland of the Nattukottai Chettiars, a banking and business community.  Enjoy lunch at The Bangala. DAY 6:        KARAIKUDI TO MADURAI Drive to Madurai. This vast, pulsating city, one of the oldest cities in South India, dating back 2500 years, sprawls along the banks of the River Vaigai. Afternoon proceed for Rickshaw tour. DAY 7:      MADURAI Wander through the tailors markets and bazaars and further visit the Sri Meenakshi Temple, which lies in the heart of the city.  Visit Thirumalai Nayak Palace, an example of architectural grandeur. DAY 8:        MADURAI TO PERIYAR/THEKKADY Drive to Periyar/Thekkady. The evocative name of the Cardamom Hills is home to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, a reserve on the Kerala/Tamil Nadu border, which is surrounded by tea and spice plantations. Lush forest, with a vast lake at its heart, it is home to many indigenous animals.      This afternoon proceeds to a Spice Plantation tour with a Naturalist. DAY 9:  PERIYAR Boat ride in Periyar lake and Kerala cooking class. DAY 10:     PERIYAR TO ALLEPPEYDrive to Alleppey, Homestay in Greenpalm Homes located on a backwater island which gives an unique chance to get into the Indian-Keralean culture. Explore Backwater & Village life.   DAY 11:     ALLEPPEY – COCHIN   Drive to Kochi a colonial port town whose diverse architecture acts as a reminder of the foreign traders who came over the centuries to buy spices. Sightseeing tour of Fort Kochi. Evening Kathakali dance show. DAY 12:     DEPARTURE TRANSFER TO AIRPORT After breakfast it's time to bid farewell to South India.  You will be dropped at the Cochin airport to connect your onward flight.

$744 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Night Tour: Cultural Heritages of Tamil Nadu

Day 1 : Upon arrival at Chennai Airport/Railway Station, you will transferred to your Hotel in Chennai. After refreshments, visits to Kapaleeshwar Temple, Santhome Cathedral, Parthsarthy Temple, Marina Beach and the National Art Gallery, local sightseeing, then back to your hotel in Chennai. (Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Chennai)Day 2 : Chennai – Mahabalipuram (34 miles – 1-hour drive) After breakfast, check out of your hotel in Chennai and proceed to Mahabalipuram. Check-in at your hotel in Mahabalipuram. In the afternoon, enjoy sightseeing in Mahabalipuram. You will visit Shore Temple, Five Ratha’s, Crocodile Bank, Arjuna’s Penance and Tiger Caves before heading back to the hotel. (Overnight stay at a 4-star Resort in Mahabalipuram)Day 3 : Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (102 miles – 4-hour drive) After breakfast, check out of your hotel in Mahabalipuram and proceed to Pondicherry. Check-in to your hotel. Spend the day doing things at your own leisure and walk around the heritage Streets of the City (Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Pondicherry)Day 4 : Pondicherry After breakfast, visits to Shri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, Arikamedu, Pondicherry Beach, the Botanical Garden and Bharati Park before heading back to the hotel  (Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Pondicherry)Day 5 : Pondicherry – Tanjore (109 miles – 4-hour drive) After breakfast, check out from your hotel in Pondicherry and drive to Tanjore. Enroute visit Chidambaram Nadarajer Temple  and UNESCO Heritages Chola Temples Kangaikonada Cholapaurm, Darasuram,  Brihadeeswara Temple (Big Temple Tanjore after check-in at hotel) The Palace, Art Gallery and Saraswati Mahal Library. (Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Tanjore)Day 6 : Tanjore – Trichy (1-hour 30 Minutes) After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Trichy to visit Rock Fort Temple, Tiruvanaikkovil Temple, Srirangam Temple, and Lady of Lourdes Church  After a long day, relax for the evening at your hotel at Trichy. (Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Trichy)Day 7 : Trichy – Madurai (84 miles – 4-hour drive) After breakfast, check out from your hotel and drive to Madurai. Check-in to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon sightseeing in Madurai to visit to Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Thirupparankundram Temple, Alagar Koil and Gandhi Museum, (Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Madurai)Day 8: Madurai - Chennai (290 miles – 8Hours drive) After breakfast, you will check-out from your hotel and enjoy the scenic drive to Chennai Airport to proceed to the next destination as per your itinerary.