Tourist Information in Auroville

Matrimandir Access Office

If, after viewing the Matrimandir from the gardens, you would like to meditate inside, you'll need to book one to six days ahead in person at the Matrimandir access office. Those who have already meditated inside th…
Tourist Information in Chennai (Madras)

Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation

The state tourism body's main office takes bookings for its own bus tours, answers questions and hands out leaflets. In the same building are state tourist offices from all over India, mostly open 10am to 6pm. The T…
Tourist Information in Auroville

Auroville Guest Service

To get seriously involved, you normally need to come as a volunteer, in any of a wide variety of programs, for six to 12 months. The Auroville Guest Service, 2km east of visitor centre, provides information and help…
Tourist Information in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Bureau Central

Exhibitions on the lives and teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, plus information on ashram-run accommodation.
Forest Office in Anamalai Tiger Reserve (Indira Gandhi Widlife Sanctuary and National Park)

Reception & Interpretation Centre

The place to book tours of Anamalai. Staff speaks very little English, so park information is better obtained through the reception centre in Pollachi.
Tourist Information in Auroville

Visitor Centre

Auroville visitor centre provides information services, exhibitions, Auroville products and a 10-minute introductory video. The on-site shop sells a helpful handbook and map (₹20).
Consulate in Chennai (Madras)

US Consulate

US citizens can drop in during office hours from the Cathedral Rd entrance. Everyone needs an advance appointment and enters at the Anna Salai gate.
Forest Office in Anamalai Tiger Reserve (Indira Gandhi Widlife Sanctuary and National Park)

Pollachi Reception Office

The best place to ask questions about Anamalai, as the staff at Topslip speaks very little English.
Travel Agency in Trichy (Tiruchirappalli)

Indian Panorama

Trichy-based and covering all of India, this professional, reliable travel agency/tour operator is run by an Indian–New Zealander couple.
Tourist Information in Chennai (Madras)


In Chennai, Sahodaran is a support group for gay men. It holds social-group meetings and activities.