Pondicherry Mahabali Break 5N/6D
Situated on the banks of River Vaigai, Madurai has been a significant settlement for two centuries
Dakshinachitra– Dakshinachitra is a Craft village on east coast road where one can purchase authentic handicrafts from artisans.
The Madras Crocodile Trust – Under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology or MBCT became a recognized reptile zoo, a research station for herpetology (the study of amphibians and reptiles), and a registered trust.
It was founded to fulfill the mission of protecting specifically three endangered species of Indian crocodiles namely the saltwater crocodile, marsh or mugger crocodile, and Gharial. Popular events hosted by the center include Jaws 3 (feeding of the crocodile, Jaw), underwater Gharial exhibit, and night safari.
Shore Temple – Dating back to the 8th century AD, Shore Temple is one of the oldest temples which represent the ancient designs, carving art, and constructions. It is claimed to be a part of Seven Pagodas by the legends and is one of the finest places to visit in Mahabalipuram. The temple is standing strong with the help of the supporting stone that resists it from erosion. Shore Temple is located at the shore of the Bay of Bengal which offers a beautiful view of the never-ending ocean. This temple has three shrines where two of which are dedicated to Lord Shiva and the other one is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Panch Rathas – The word Pancha means five, hence the place presents five Rathas built with rocks. The Rathas are associated with Mahabharata. Describing the rath, the first one is Draupadi’s, which stands on the right side by the entrance. Arjuna’s rath is situated just beside Draupadi’s whereas, stands Nakula Sahadev Rath and Bhima is located at the front. Dharamraj Yudhistar’s Rath is the largest. This place seems to be one of the best tourist places in Mahabalipuram.
Balancing Rock or Krishna Butterball – The Krishna’s Butterball is a strange 250-ton rock boulder, which is standing or resting, inclined on a slope. It is known as the Stone of Sky God. This is one of the most exciting tourist places in Mahabalipuram due to the mysterious scene it presents. It seems that this giant boulder, known as Krishna’s butterball refuses to give in to gravity, no one is quite sure why.
Tourists love to capture pictures while posing at different angles around the rock. Krishna’s Butterball is the ideal place for aged people to sit and chat. Also, this place offers a huge ground where the kids end up enjoying a lot.
Varaha cave Temple – Varaha Cave Temple is a rock-cut Hindu temple that is carved beautifully revealing ancient South Indian architecture. It is one of the must-visit places to visit in Mahabalipuram, situated behind the Arjuna’s Penance. It is made on a giant piece of granite and has some of the finest pieces of sculptures.
Krishna Mandapam – Krishna Mandapam is popular among tourists for its caves and amazing rock carvings which signify some of the glorious past of the region. It is also the largest among the rock-cut caves located in Mahabalipuram. The temple was built in the mid-seventh century and is dedicated to Lord Krishna.
Arjuna Penance – Also known as the Descent of the Ganges, this is one of the majestic monuments of Mahabalipuram. The megalith was engraved upon two adjacent boulders. The magnificent structure is 43 feet high and 96 feet wide and thus its mesmerizing beauty cannot be felt completely without viewing it with your own eyes.
Tiger Cave – Situated far from the constraints of the city, the Tiger Cave is an excellent place for people to relax after completing a 5 km trek from Mahabalipuram. The cave consists of a crown made up of the heads of eleven tiger-like creatures called ‘yeli’ (a crossbreed of a lion and tiger).
There is also a Goddess Durga carved on the top of these heads. The site is a famous picnic spot and is managed under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
French Quarters– French quarters is a colony of residential buildings with distinct colonial-era French architecture. These are quiet bylanes that end up at the promenade. A morning or evening walk through these lanes can be a very interesting and the best way to explore French quarters.
Sri Varadaraj Perumal Temple– This well-known Vaishnavite temple is a notable temple built in the Dravidian style of architecture in Pondicherry. Built by the Cholas and later expanded by the Pandyas, Varadaraj Perumal Temple is famous for its five-tiered raja gopuram and the enchanting idol of Lord Vishnu that stands in the sanctum of the temple. The temple looks the most beautiful when it is decorated during the festivals of Diwali, Pongal, and Tamil New Year.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram – One of the most peaceful and spiritual Tourist Places in Pondicherry, Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry is well-known across the world and was founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo. The ashram is sprawling and has libraries. It hosts many physical education activities such as sports, asana, strength training, and swimming.
At the center of the ashram is the Samadhi or mausoleum of Sri Aurobindo under a frangipani tree. If you have an inclination towards spirituality, yoga, and meditation, this ashram is one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry to find your inner self.
Pondicherry Museum – This art and history museum in Pondicherry has an enviable collection of 81 intricately carved bronze sculptures from the Chola Empire. Apart from the bronze statues collected from the Chola and Pallava dynasties, the museum also houses artifacts, from the archaeological excavations at Arikamedu that take one on time travel to centuries before. The museum is closed on all Mondays.
Sacred Heart Basilica – Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the most popular places to visit in Pondicherry. It is known for having glass pictures of 28 saints and many glass panels depict the life of Jesus adding to the interesting sights of this church in Pondicherry.
Botanical Garden – Spread across 22 acres of land, The Pondicherry Botanical Garden is one of the no-miss Pondicherry sightseeing places. Today, the garden boasts 1500 species of plants.
Auroville – Auroville Ashram is a futuristic township that is the brainchild of the Mother, the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo. Auroville aims to unite humans from all walks of life and from all parts of the world against barriers like caste, creed, status, and religion and to let them live in harmony with one another and it is one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry.
The huge golden globe-like structure at the center of Auroville is the Matrimandir, which is actually a massive meditation center where one could just sit and focus on one’s inner self. While building this township, soil from 124 countries was brought to the ashram and was put together in an urn and mixed.
Sri Karaneswar Natraja Temple – Based on the structure of the Great Pyramids of Giza, Sri Karaneswar Natraja Temple is a prominent temple in Pondicherry tourist places dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple complex has three paths for pradakshina according to Indian traditions and certainly a sight to behold for both the devotees and tourists.
ISKON Temple – For those looking for spiritual Pondicherry tourist places, ISKCON Pondicherryis the place to go and feel the divine connection.
French War Memorial – The French War Memorial is one of the major historical places to visit in Pondicherry. The memorial was built as an homage to the valiant soldiers who laid their lives to rest during World War I.
Promenade – Pondicherry has a naturally formed rocky promenade that has become one of the most sought-after places to visit in Pondicherry by photographers. This naturally scenic place with refreshing cool sea-breeze is perfect for long strolls and fun-filled gala time with your loved ones
Departure TimePlease arrive by 8:45 AM for a prompt departure at 9:00 AM.
Return TimeApproximately 8:30 PM.
Dress CodeComfortable athletic clothing.