One day private tour of Pondicherry from Chennai in car with a guide

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Day trip to Pondicherry from Chennai

From USD 180.00

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 12 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Gallic culture and history is alive and well in the old French colony of Pondicherry, a short day trip from Chennai. With this day tour, you'll not only get to walk through the historic old city, but you'll also get to visit Auroville, a gargantuan international community that has been bringing generations of people from around the world to live together in harmony since it was founded in the 1960s.
  • Visit Pondicherry and Auroville with this day trip from Chennai
  • A local guide will lead the way
  • Round-trip transfers from your Chennai hotel are provided
  • Lunch and entrance fees are included

What's Included

  • Cultural evangelist as host and guide
  • Lunch
  • Private car
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Breakfast
  • Beverages

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

07:30 am

Pickup details

All hotels in chennai

What To Expect

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Puducherry Tourism Development Corporation

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Sri Aurobindo Handmade Paper

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Statue Of Gandhi

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included


1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Operated by 5 Senses Walks

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveller Tips

Pondicherry is well worth seeing if you're in Chennai, although it is a 3+ hour drive.


34 reviews
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Wonderful tour
suddhasatwa_R, Apr 2022
Great driver and freindly guide and knowledgable guide. We really enjoy the tour. Really great tour operator. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxcccccccccccccxxxx
Pondicherry Tour with 5 Senses
Bernard_F, Dec 2019
One of three tours we did with 5 Senses, all with the same guide - Kannan. All went very well, with our personal guide and driver, and an included Indian lunch. The Pondicherry trip was gfood in that it got us out of Chennai to see the countryside. Pondicherry is well worth seeing if you're in Chennai, although it is a 3+ hour drive. It's not a spectacular venue, but is interesting enough to make it worthwhile.
Great experience
Anna K, Nov 2019
The sights are probably not the most impressive, but Kannan, the guide, made the day truly unforgettable. He provided excellent commentary to the sights and the daily routine of the community, was always very professional and engaging. I was by myself, and never felt bored or left alone, even though there was a great deal of driving on the tour. I appreciated Kannan’s efforts to go beyond just the standard explanation of the sights and including additional stops to the itinerary (a Jain temple, a stop at the sweets shop – before Diwali it’s quite something!). Lunch was delicious and this is not at all surprising in India, what I liked most is that I had a very interesting conversation with Kannan over lunch about food and India in general, this is much less common. I think for Tamil Nadu Kannan is your best choice. I’ve taken quite a few tours in India, and his was one of the best. My experience with the same company Five Senses walks in Kolkata was not as great.
Great day in Pondicherry
roberto_l, Nov 2019
Most interesting : the French quarter and Sri Aurobindo ashram. The trip from Madras was a bit too long but our guide Vijay has done its utmost to make it very comfortable , he has been introducing us into the Hindu way of life and helped us to make a small step into Sri Aurobindo (and Mother) spiritual world . It was the second time we met Vijay, certainly to highly recommend.

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