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Day trip to Pondicherry from Chennai provided by Five Senses Tours

Day trip to Pondicherry from Chennai

Day trip to Pondicherry from Chennai
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This is a day trip from Chennai organized in a private car. The highlights include a visit to Aurobindo Ashram, which is dedicated to Sri Aurobindo Ghosh the philosopher and revolutionary, French heritage walk followed by French lunch, the lovely esplanade beside the Bay of Bengal, visit to a unique handmade paper factory and Auroville the global village. This is an all-inclusive trip where we take care of transport, breakfast & lunch, activities and the services of a full-time tour guide.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 13h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 13h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 18983P56
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Cultural evangelist as host and guide
  • Lunch
  • Private car
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Sri Aurobindo Ashram
  • Entry/Admission - Pondicherry
  • Entry/Admission - Pondicherry
  • Entry/Admission - Statue Of Gandhi
  • Entry/Admission - Auroville
Exclusions
  • Breakfast
  • Beverages
Duration
13h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • All hotels in chennai
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Cultural evangelist as host and guide
  • Lunch
  • Private car
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Sri Aurobindo Ashram
  • Entry/Admission - Pondicherry
  • Entry/Admission - Pondicherry
  • Entry/Admission - Statue Of Gandhi
  • Entry/Admission - Auroville
Exclusions
  • Breakfast
  • Beverages
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • All hotels in chennai
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
13h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Five Senses Tours
  • 1
    Sri Aurobindo Ashram
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Puducherry Tourism Development Corporation
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Sri Aurobindo Handmade Paper
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Statue Of Gandhi
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Auroville
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Martha H
Brussels, Belgium3 contributions
French beauty in South India
Apr 2021 • Solo
I came to chennai on work and was alone on a weekend. So decided to book a day trip to Pondicherry through Five senses tours as their reviews were very good. It was a lovely day and the tour company was both professional and friendly. Our gudie balaji was very informative as he was born and brought up there. He also ensured we got a very good feel for the French heritage. He took us to magnificent churches and also took us on a architecture walk along the French quarters. I enjoyed Auroville the most. The tranquility at the dome was absolute. All arrangements by Five senses tours were impeccable. They send a clean and air-conditioned car. The driver was safe and courteous. Out guide Balaji was there to pick us in morning and was with us till the drop back at night . He had also organised simple and delicious lunch. It was a fully paid tour so no hassles and Five senses organised everything so I could just seep in the beauty of Pondicherry!
Written 13 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks so much for taking time for this review. It was our pleasure hosting you on this tour of Pondicherry from Chennai. I am delighted you enjoyed the tour led by Balaji. Thank you for his opportunity.
Written 13 May 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Pooja Kush Bajaj
9 contributions
Awesome Pondicherry day tour experience
Mar 2021 • Couples
Hello! We had taken a day tour with 5 Senses ( Mr. Kannan) ,our guide for the tour.
This was our first day tour with them and we had an amazing time. Firstly,the car arranged by them was spic and span, Mr. Kannan was himself very polite,respectful and friendly. He explained us well about Pondicherry. He had taken us to Aurobindo Ashram, MVK temple, Auroville Ashram,Handmade Paper Factory and French Quarters.

The French Quarter is beautiful. The MVK temple is also well built and we had authentic pongal ( a rice dish,made in South India there).

Mr. Kannan also made us have the palm fruit which is famous in South India and during the starting of the tour,he stopped us at a small cafe which serves good filter coffee, some cheese sugar Gery biscuits and kamarkumt toffees.

I strongly recommend day tour trips with 5 senses and especially with Mr. Kannan.

Thankyou,
Kush and Pooja Bajaj
( Trip taken on 18th March,2021)
Written 22 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello. Thanks for this opportunity to host you. I am glad you enjoyed the tour to Pondicherry with Kannan. Its great to know you enjoyed Kannan's guidance of both the French quarters as well as the temples and local south Indian cuisine. It was our pleasure hosting you both.
Written 22 March 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Wrenda T
Minneapolis1 contribution
Wonderful day trip!
Feb 2020
Had a wonderful time on the day trip to Pondicherry from Chennai. We stopped for fresh coconut on the way down, personalized the trip to see what we wanted and were lucky enough to visit an orphanage in the area. Balaji (our tour guide/photographer) was especially amazing. He has good energy and was a pleasure to speak with. He also gave us some recommendations for Chennai for the rest of the trip. Highly recommend.
Written 17 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks so much. Its great to know you enjoyed the tour of Pondicherry with Balaji. It was our pleasure to host you!
Written 26 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Frank
Stamford, CT108 contributions
An inspirational Journey to a Unique area of India
Feb 2020 • Couples
My wife and I had the good fortune to take a 5 Senses Day Trip to Pondicherry. Our guide, Kannan, and his cheerful and helpful driver led us on a fascinating adventure to this unique region of India.

It was interesting to see the French influence has endured in this former French colony in India. French architecture and culture can still be experienced

We also enjoyed visiting the Aurobindo ashram and temple. The spirit of this great philosopher lives on in Pondicherry.

The most impressive stop on the trip was Auroville, a village where all the inhabitants give up their nationalities and religions to live in peace and harmony. The giant golden globe erected in the center of this self-sufficient village has to be seen to be believed.

The knowledge of our guide, Kannan added a lot to the trip. I have never seen a guide with so much energy. He was by our side for the entire 22-hour trip. He went out of his way to expose us to a variety of experiences and added some stops to our already full itinerary because he didn’t want us to miss a thing. I suggest you request Kannan as your guide if you take a tour with 5 Senses.
Written 9 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello and our appreciation for this prompt feedback. It was our pleasure taking you to Pondicherry for the french legacy tour. I am glad you enjoyed the company of Kannan and had a great time exploring Pondicherry as well as Auroville.
Written 16 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Donato
23 contributions
Second Tour with 5 Senses - Best - Pondycherry trip and much more
Dec 2019
I give a rating of 5 because they deserve it.
It was my second trip with 5 senses and in the meanwhile I had another trip with other companies which were disappointing in comparison with 5 senses (I don't mention any names).

The guide Mr Kannan was not just a guide but became a friend for life. Unforgettable memories. He was just flexible at all for the time, visits etc. He could answer all my questions and adapted to my schedule and readjust the time for me. I was so thankful that I could do the trip to Pondycherry because another company cancelled my trip one day before.

The restaurant he chose was so delicious and he respected all my choices. The journey was longer than planned and he represented India at best.
For future trips I'll choose definitely 5senses and hope meeting Mr Kannan again in future. We are still in touch and he's a great human being.

Namaste
Written 3 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello! Its a great feeling to know Kannan became your friend and that you enjoyed the second tour with us as well, to Ponducherry! It was our pleasure.
Written 16 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Leo L
21 contributions
Excellent Pondicherry visit
Dec 2019
If you only have a few days to visit India, there is no substitute for an expert guide and a driver. We were lucky to get Vijay Kalidas of 5 Senses Tours on our recent trips to Pondicherry, Auroville and Chennai. Vijay is a native of Tamil Nadu and intimately familiar with the area.

We especially appreciated Vijay's flexibility in arranging our visits to the must-see spots of Pondy and the surrounding areas. Vijay knows about all the best places to enjoy native South Asian fare and he can bring you to places locals visit. He is also very knowledgeable of Indian temple architecture, history and culture.

With an expert guide like Vijay, your best approach is to pepper him with questions to augment your own recently acquired knowledge of the city. Those little insights make the difference between a so-so tour and one that you'll remember for a very long time. Also ask Vijay for modifications to the "standard" tour. If you're lucky, you'll have Venkant as your driver and you can customize the spots to visit and schedule.

So my best advice for this tour is to ask for Vijay and Venkat. Keep in touch with him as you decide on places to stay and things to do in Pondy. You will find he is a font of knowledge when it comes to Tamil Nadu. You'll also be able to avoid the usual tourist traps. Every temple looks the same as the next after a while. With an expert guide like Vijay, you'll learn little details that only a native can give that will make for a much richer experience.
Written 16 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
5SensesTours
Hello again. Thanks so much for a detailed review of the tour to Pondicherry. Its a great feeling to see that you enjoyed this and appreciated the little details of every place. I appreciate that you took time to write this detailed feedback.
Written 17 December 2019
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Christine C
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
Pondicherry trip
Nov 2019 • Solo
Vijay was my tour guide he was courteous and very knowledgeable of the region. It was a interesting tour highly recommended
Written 19 November 2019
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ShankarBexley_Ohio
Rapid City, SD32 contributions
Highly recommended!
Nov 2019 • Friends
Excellent day trip tour of Pondicherry- good, clean vehicle, safe driver, great guide Kannan. The highlight was Auroville! Thank you! Highly recommended 😊
Written 7 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks so much. Its great to know you found this tour to Pondicherry from Chennai to be a great one and you enjoyed the guidance of Kannan.
Written 11 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

P. Sridhar
5 contributions
2 day trip to Pondicherry
Sep 2019
Pondicherry is nice place to visit for holy/spiritual or peacefully visit or for a family trip. Auroveille and Paradise beach are really good. The other attractions are as below with 2 day itirerary,

2 days Pondicherry trip:
Day: 1
2.00 p.m : Relaxed day travel to Pondicherry, reach by 2.00 pm
2.30 p.m : Check in nearby hotel. Either near Pondicherry bust stand or in White town or near Aurobindo Ashram or nearby Auroville. This trip mentioned below is ideal for first 3 places.
4.00 p.m : Go to Pondicherry Beach / Promenade Beach. Can see Gandhi statue also.
6.00 p.m: Enjoy nice chat items available nearby at beach. Proceed to hotel and relax. Better to have restaurant with hotel.
Day: 2
9.30 a.m : Manakula Vinayagar Temple
10.30 a.m: Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Can visit the Matrimandir, a golden metallic sphere. Walking by 1 km to reach Matirmandir. Shuttle service available for free for return trip.
11.00 a.m: Serenity Beach
12.00 a.m: Auroveille
2.00 p.m: Lunch
3.00 p.m: Paradise beach. Nice beach with boat travel to beach. Entrance fee separate and boat reaching to beach separate. At beach area has paid water shower with music for dancing available.
6.00 p.m: Back to hotel
Day: 3
10.00 a.m : Immaculate Conception Cathedral
10.30 a.m: Museum
11.00 a.m: Basilica Of Sacred Heart Of Jesus
12.00 a.m: Botanical garden. Has big park with greeneries. Aquarium with entrance fee.
1.30 p.m : Lunch
2.00 p.m : Sunday market, available only on Sunday or Bharati Park
4.00 p.m : Return trip
Better have a day package for auto or rental car. Rental bike also available.
Written 8 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kim L
27 contributions
French CIty in India
Oct 2019
Pondicherry is a long drive from Chennai but Kannan and driver picked me up early and we stopped for Indian coffee on the way. The town itself looks lovely, and Auroville interesting, but with the long drive, there wasn't a lot of time for touring. The old French architecture and beaches look great; I'd recommend at least an overnight stay. On the way back to Chennai, we stopped at a couple of truly beautiful temples; one carved in white marble and still under construction; the other with dances and music going on. It was a great weekend outing.
Written 6 October 2019
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Thanks so much for your review. I am glald you enjoyed this tour to Pondicherry with Kannan. It was our pleasure
Written 7 October 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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