Overview

Pondicherry (or Puducherry), a French colonial settlement in India until 1954, is now a Union Territory town bounded by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets. Sher Khan Lodi allowed French to set up an establishment for their colony in Pondicherry in exchange for foreign ships and flourishing textile industry. Pondicherry along with a few other destinations like Karaikal, Yanam, Chandernagar, and Mahe, was under French rule until 1954. Explore the rues, boulevards, seaside promenade, authentic colonial bakeries, cobbled-stoned streets, and much more. This is one of the best regions in South India to enjoy a booze-filled vacation as Pondicherry has tax-free alcohol. Apart from these, the coastal climate adds more beauty to this portal to the French colonial experience.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival at Chennai (9:30AM - 10AM)

    Meet & Greet

    Reach Chennai by 9:30am – 10:00am (Call us for any assistance). Get a pick up from the airport head to Pondicherry which is 150kms from the airport. Four hours on the road will get you there. En route visit crocodile park, Mahabalipuram sightseeing. Catch the beautiful sunset on the way. Stay in the charming French Quarter. Pocketed away just behind the seafront is a series of cobbled streets, white-and-mustard buildings in various states of romantic dishevelment, and a slight sense of Gallic glory gone by. Reach & check-in at the hotel and relax for a while amidst the comforts of your room. Hotel Promenade 4*

  • Day 2 - Pondicherry heritage walk tour

    Know Pondicherry a little more

    Start the day with a heritage walk to introduce you to the city. The heritage walk was designed to highlight Pondicherry’s rich architectural heritage. Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast. Later proceed for the sightseeing Aaayi Mandappam which is also known as the park Monument, an attractive monument of Pondicherry government park (Bharathi Park). Sri Aurobindo Ashram which exudes a spiritual aura. Pondicherry which offers a versatile choice ranging from historic buildings, museums, art galleries, meditation centers, scenic beauty to sun-kissed beaches. The trip to this magnificent destination is never complete without indulging in the culinary delights, indigenous to the region. The cuisines offer a unique blend of the culinary traditions of the Orient and the French. After lunch give some rest to your feet and take power nap. Sunset at Eden Beach. Eden Beach in Chinna Veerampattinam near Puducherry has become the first beach in the Union Territory to get the coveted ‘Blue Flag’ certification from the Denmark-based Foundation for Environment Education (FEE). Hotel Promenade 4*

  • Day 3 - Day at Auroville

    Auroville

    Auroville is a universal township in the making for a population of up to 50,000 people from around the world. he purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity – in diversity. Today Auroville is recognised as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment in human unity and transformation of consciousness, also concerned with – and practically researching into – sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind. Matri Mandir which is not a temple but a place for individual silent concentration. Overnight stay in Pondicherry. Hotel Promenade 4*

  • Day 4 - Pichavaram mangrove forest

    Back waters

    Pichavaram is a village near Chidambaram in Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu (1.5 hours drive from Pondicherry). It is located between the Vellar estuary in the north and Coleroon estuary in the south. The Vellar-Coleroon estuarine complex forms the Killai backwater and the mangroves that are permanently rooted in a few feet of water. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Hotel Promenade 4*

  • Day 5 - Departure back to Chennai (3hrs)

    Bid Adieu

    Book your flight only after 3:30pm from Chennai (Call us for any assistance). Enjoy your breakfast and get transferred to Chennai airport/ Railway Station to board a flight for your onward destination.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Airport transfer Chennai to Chennai
  • One tour leader from team Jugni
  • All sightseeing as per the itinerary

Exclusions

  • Any Airfare, Train fare, Overland Journey which is not mentioned in the Itinerary.
  • Entry fee or any new tax to any sight if any new fee/tax is charged.
  • Optional tour
  • Any thing not mentioned in the Inclusions.

What To Pack & Carry

  • Prescribed Medicines
  • Original I'd Proof (Aadhar card / Voter I'd card / Passport / Driving Licence)
  • Your favorite snack to munch
  • Bring your own water bottle to reduce the plastic waste and do your bit to keep the environment clean

Trip Highlights

  • The French capital of India
  • Colonial architecture
  • White town
  • Must visit cafes
  • Yummilicious bakeries
  • Pristine beaches
  • Picturesque French quarter
  • Delicious delicacies
  • Beautiful churches

CANCELLATION POLICY

In the event of cancellation of tour / travel services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reason/s we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows:

  • Booking amount & Tickets:
  • (Non Refundable)
  • 60 days prior to arrival: 50% of the Tour / service cost
  • 45 days prior to arrival: 70% of the Tour / service cost
  • 30 days prior to arrival: No Refund

DISCLAIMER

Please be aware that during your participation in vacations operated by Jugni, certain risks and dangers may arise beyond our control, including but not limited to: the hazards of traveling in undeveloped areas; travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft, or other means of transportation; forces of nature; political unrest; acts of lawlessness or terrorism; and accident or illness in remote regions without means of rapid evacuation or medical facilities. Jugni will not have liability regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. While Jugni will use its best efforts to ensure that adequate measures are taken, by agreeing to participate in a vacation and/or optional excursions you agree that you will hold Jugni harmless regarding any provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care rendered. Jugni is not responsible for such risks and dangers that may arise beyond our control. Payment of your deposit indicates you accept these risks and dangers and agree to hold Jugni harmless for the same.

SAFETY

Please be aware that during your participation in vacations operated by Jugni, certain risks and dangers may arise beyond our control, including but not limited to: the hazards of traveling in undeveloped areas; travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft, or other means of transportation; forces of nature; political unrest; acts of lawlessness or terrorism; and accident or illness in remote regions without means of rapid evacuation or medical facilities. Jugni will not have liability regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. While Jugni will use its best efforts to ensure that adequate measures are taken, by agreeing to participate in a vacation and/or optional excursions you agree that you will hold Jugni harmless regarding any provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care rendered. Jugni is not responsible for such risks and dangers that may arise beyond our control. Payment of your deposit indicates you accept these risks and dangers and agree to hold Jugni harmless for the same.