The older part of this former French colony (formerly called Pondicherry and almost always referred to as ‘Pondy’), has a lot of quiet, clean, shady, cobbled streets, lined with mustard-yellow colonial townhouses numbered in an almost logical manner. You’ll probably spend most of your time in this part of town, and if you've come from Chennai or some of the inland cities, old Pondy may well seem a sea of tranquillity. The newer part of town is much more typically South Indian.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrive Chennai And Transfer To Pondicherry
Pick up from Chennai airport or railway station and drive to Pondicherry and check into hotel. Go for sightseeing of Pondicherry. Legend says that Pondicherry is the place where St. Agastya settled down. Visit Aurobindo Ashram, the city of dawn, which is 10 kms north of Pondicherry. This ashram promotes Aurobindo's ideas in bringing about a synthesis of Yoga and modern science, so as to unite the spirit and matter. Stay overnight in Pondicherry.
Day 2: Pondicherry Sightseeing
After breakfast visit Auroville - a unique experiment international of living and in creating a new environment where men and women of all nationalities live together in harmony. Visit Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Vedapureeswarar Temple and Manakula Vinayagar Temple, War Memorial and Town Hall. Stay overnight in Pondicherry.
Day 3: Pondicherry To Mahabalipuram
After breakfast, proceed to Mahabalipuram and check in to your hotel. The city of Mahabalipuram is famous for the seven pagodas. Here on the seashore is an interesting group of ancient rock hewn temples which are the examples of Dravidian style of Architecture. Visit 6-8th century Pallave Rock Cut Caves, Pancha Ratha Temple, 7th century shore temple where both Vishnu and Shiva are enshrined under one roof and soap stone workers in the market who designs and made sculptures by chisel and hammer. This is very special to see and enjoy at sea beach. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Travel from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram
Day 4: Mahabalipuram To Chennai Departure
After breakfast check out from hotel and proceed to Chennai. Drop at airport to catch flight for onward destination.