Tirupati - Pondicherry
Day 1: Chennai – Tirupati (133kms ~ 3hrs 17min)
Arrive at Chennai airport/ railways station & meet our representative. Drive towards Tirupati. On arrival check in to your pre-booked hotel in Tirupati.
Overnight at Tirupati
Day 2: Tirupati
After breakfast take darshan at Tirupati temple. The sacred shrine of Lord Venkateshwara or Balaji is situated on the top of the Tirumala hills and Nature in all its glory, splendour and charm. An aerial view of the seven hills (Sapthagiri) would give one the impression of Adi Sesha with its seven hoods lying majestically. Hence this holy place is also known as Seshachala. The shrine can be reached either by trekking up the hills a lush green stretch of 11 km or by around-the-clock bus service of the Thirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD). A journey by bus or car on the magnificent ghat road negotiating hairpin bends up and down the hills with the valleys deep down proves an unforgettable experience.
Thirumala is a unique pilgrim centre that never sleeps. The Darshan of the Lord begins at 3 in the morning and ends at 12 midnight. The offerings include special Sevas and Sarva Darshan (free). Devotees wait in long queues for hours to have Darshan of the Lord, Hundi offering is an important part of the pilgrimage to Thirumala. The collections, running into crores of rupees annually is used for a charitable purpose besides for the upkeep of the temple and making of the Laddu Prasadam and other Neivedyams distributed among the lakhs of devotees daily. After darshan return back to your hotel & spend the day at leisure.
Overnight at Tirupati.
Day 3: Tirupati – Pondicherry (233.4kms ~ 5hrs 17min)
After breakfast check out from your hotel and drive to Pondicherry. On arrival check in to your pre-booked hotel in Pondicherry. Spend a leisurely evening at Promenade Beach.
If you are a nature lover we insist you must visit Auroville a beautiful destination and city on its own with no barrier of nationality. If time permits also visit the Matrumandir.
Overnight at Pondicherry
Day 4: 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.
( If you can spare a day more you can visit the Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram )
Overnight at Pondicherry
Day 5 Pondicherry – Chennai – Mumbai
After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Chennai airport/railway station (167kms ~ 3hrs 15min) from where you will board your flight for Mumbai.