Pondicherry - Tiruchirappalli- Madurai

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

Day 1: Chennai – Pondicherry

Arrive at Chennai airport / Railway station Basil Leaf representative will assist you to your vehicle.   Drive towards Pondicherry (167kms ~ 3hrs 15min)  On arrival check in to your pre-booked hotel in Pondicherry. Evening at leisure to explore the city on your own.   If you can ride a cycle you must try it at the Pondicherry market and enjoy local shopping.

Overnight at Pondicherry

Day 2: Pondicherry

After breakfast proceed for local sightseeing of Pondicherry.

Pondicherry, a former French colony, presents an unusual combination of European culture and Indian traditions. Its history can be traced back to Agastya, the revered sage of the south who built his hermitage here in 1500 BC. It became a part of India in 1954, but traces of its history as a French colony still remain in its churches, cuisine, grid-pattern streets, and some colonial buildings.

Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram founded by the philosopher-saint Sri Aurobindo in 1926 to put into practice his ideals of a peaceful community. Its spiritual tenets represent a synthesis of yoga and modern science. It is also his final resting place. Also visit the Pondicherry Museum, which has sculptures, archaeological finds, and memorabilia of the French colonists, the Bharathi Park & the French War Memorial. See the Sacred Heart Church with its Gothic architecture and stained glass windows & the Mahatma Gandhi Statue.

Evening visit Auroville   a city on its own with no barrier of Nationality… if you are a nature lover we guarantee you that you will love this visit.  If time permits and you get appointment do visit Matrumandir.

Overnight at Pondicherry

Day 3: Pondicherry – Tiruchirappalli (203.6kms ~ 3hrs 32min)

After breakfast check out from your hotel & drive towards Tiruchirappalli.

Tiruchirappalli or Trichy, located on the banks of the Cauvery River, was mentioned by Ptolemy in the 2nd century BC. The town and its fort were built by the Nayakas of Madurai. It was ruled at various times by different dynasties, each of which has left its mark on the town. Today, Trichy is a blend of the historical town, pilgrim centre, and thriving commercial city. It is also India’s largest centre for manufacturing artificial diamonds.

On arrival check in to your pre-booked hotel in Tiruchirappalli.

Overnight at Tiruchirappalli

Day 4: Tiruchirappalli

After breakfast proceed for a local sightseeing tour.   On a half-day tour of Trichy visit the famous Rock Fort perched on an 84 meters high rock. At its summit, reached by climbing 437 rock-cut steps, is the Vinayak temple dedicated to Ganesha. There is also a Shiva temple and several cave temples with beautifully carved pillars and panels. Also see the temple complex of Srirangam, dedicated to Vishnu. It is surrounded by 7 concentric walled courtyards with 21 magnificent gateways. Within the walls are several shrines and bazaars.

If you are a food lover we insist you must try local thali

Overnight at Tiruchirappalli

Day 5: Tiruchirappalli – Madurai (132.2kms ~ 2hrs)

After breakfast check out from your hotel in Trichy & drive towards Madurai. Madurai, the second largest city of Tamil Nadu, is an important cultural and commercial centre. With a history going back to the 6th century BC, it was once the seat of Tamil learning and still the place where the Tamil language is spoken in its purest form. The old city was planned in the shape of a lotus with the Meenakshi temple, the town’s main attraction, at the centre. Madurai has long been a centre of learning and pilgrimage. Its main event is the 14-day Chithrai festival every April/May.

On arrival check in to your pre-booked hotel in Madurai.

Overnight at Madurai

Day 6 Madurai

After breakfast set out for local sightseeing of Madurai. Take a full-day city tour of Madurai visiting the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva. It is an outstanding example of Dravidian temple architecture, with towering Gopurams covered with stucco images of gods, goddesses, and animals. The sanctuary is open only to Hindus. Also visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace, a gracious 17th-century building in the Indo-Saracenic style famous for stuccowork on its domes and arches.

Later, visit the Alagar hills 20 km to the east of Madurai, and the Tirupara Kundran rock temple.

Overnight at Madurai

Day 7 Madurai – Mumbai

After breakfast check out from your hotel in Madurai & transfer to Madurai airport/railway station to connect onward destination.