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Full-Day Private Tour of Pondicherry
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Chennai (Madras)
Explore the charming town of Pondicherry—the historic capital of French India—now known as “the French Riviera of the East.” Then acquaint yourself with the progressive ideals of international Auroville.
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From $230.00 each  Cars
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Your private tour commences in French-influenced Pondicherry. An historic port town, Pondicherry’s modern origins began with the arrival of the French in 1673. Discover the results of 281 years of French rule as wander this well-planned town with wide beaches, beautiful promenades, and architecturally imposing churches.

Stroll through the neatly laid roads of the French quarter with its French-style villas, colonial-style buildings, and waving French flags outside the homes of residents who still claim their ancestral French citizenship. Pondicherry’s rich history ensures plenty to see, including an 18th-century, Indo-French mansion, , exotic specimens at a botanical garden, intriguing artifacts at the Pondicherry Museum, and much more.

Next, journey a short six miles (10 km) north of Pondicherry to Auroville. Founded in 1968 under the guidance of one of Pondicherry’s most influential citizens, affectionately known as “the Mother,” Auroville was envisioned as a universal town where people of all nationalities, faiths, and beliefs could live in peace and harmony. Meet a few of the unique citizens of Auroville who make up its population of nearly 2,000 people from all around the world. Witness the outcome of a town whose charter states that the town belongs to “nobody in particular, but to humanity as a whole … a place of constant progress and a bridge between the past and future.”

The goals and projects of this near-utopian town include successfully reviving the arid land that was once a lush forest, using solar energy to provide electricity, and implementing innovative waste-management projects. At the center of town, gaze up at the impressive spherical monument surrounded by water and greenery. Inside, the people have placed a lotus-shaped urn containing soil from 121 countries and 23 Indian states to symbolize the “everyone is welcome” philosophy in which the citizens of Auroville firmly believe.

Inclusions :
  • Roundtrip trasfers from your hotel
  • Ponicherry tour
  • Private transportation
  • All applicable entrance fees


7–8 hours

Departure time and location:
9 AM; from the lobby of your Chennai hotel

Return time and location:
4–5 PM; to the lobby of your Chennai hotel

Prices listed are per car; cars seat up to 3 people.

Redemption instructions

After you book your activity, follow these 3 easy steps:
1. Print your voucher; locate the voucher in your travel confirmation e-mail or in the My Trips/My Itineraries link on the site.
2. Follow the redemption instructions on your voucher; it iscritical to do this before you depart.
3. Take all vouchers with you; you must redeem one voucher per person.

Exchange your voucher for activity:
Reservation confirmation is required. Please contact Services International at least 3 weeks prior to your preferred tour date to ensure your reservation and arrange your pick-up. On the day of your tour, plan to meet your tour guide in the lobby of your hotel at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time. Please present your ID and tour voucher(s) to the guide before starting the tour.
Terms and conditions

Prices listed are per car; cars seat up to 3 people.

Cancellations and Changes: This Activity can be changed or cancelled without penalty at any time prior to two days before the scheduled start of your trip. The scheduled start of your trip is defined as your hotel check-in date, your departure date of the originating flight, or the date of the Activity if the Activity was booked without a flight or a hotel.