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One Day Pondicherry Local Sightseeing Trip by Car

One Day Pondicherry Local Sightseeing Trip by Car

The union territory of Pondicherry aka Puducherry is a mini French city of South India and is a popular tourist destination. While the city is small enough for you to enjoy a One Day Pondicherry Local Sightseeing Trip, it is always recommended to stay around for longer, laze around in a French villa, sit by the beach for hours, practice yoga, cycle around the white town and eat at pretty Instagrammable cafes.

Pondicherry which was once colonised by the French East India Company has adopted the French culture. Not only is it evident in the French style colonial architecture, but there are also signboards in French.

Many locals also speak the language fluently and even the food served at various bistros and cafes are dominated by French cuisine. In this quaint town, history meets modern culture.

A trip to Pondicherry is perfect for those looking out for solitude, for a romantic getaway or for a great happening time with friends and family. With its serene beaches, pristine environment, beautiful churches and villas, this french town will be your ideal escape from the mundane city life.

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Snapshot of 1 Day Puducherry Local Sightseeing Tour Package by Car

  • Full Day Pondicherry Local Tour
  • Fixed Itinerary
  • Sightseeing Places Covered – Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Pondicherry Museum, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Bharati Park, Paradise Beach, French War Memorial, and Rock Beach.
  • Departs at 9:00 AM
  • Ends at 6:00 PM
  • Inclusions – Parking Charges, Driver Batta; pickup and drop service from your Puducherry Hotel
  • Exclusions – Entry Fees; Lunch / All meals

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Package Cost for 1 Day Pondicherry Local Sightseeing Trip

 
Indica (A/C)
4 Seater / Hatchback
Rs.2,300/-
 
Indigo / Etios / Dzire
4 Seater / Sedan
Rs.2,600/-
 
Innova / Xylo
7 Seater / SUV
Rs.3,200/-
 
Tempo Traveller (A/C)
12 Seater / Mini Bus
Rs.4,600/-
 
Swaraj Mazda
20 Seater / Mini Bus
Rs.11,500/-
 
Bus
49 Seater / Mini Bus
Rs.15,000/-

How to book Pondicherry Local 1 Day Package?

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  • Receive a confirmation email or SMS from Service Provider
  • Receive Driver details on SMS or email 2 hours before the tour.
  • Show the SMS / Email to the driver
  • Receive a handy city guide cum itinerary for the tour
  • Start your memorable Pondicherry tour

Package Glimpse of 1 Day Pondicherry Local Tour

During your one day trip, we will cover most of the popular tourist attractions in Pondicherry. Our private cab will arrive at your place of accommodation at an agreed-upon time to pick you up.

On this Pondicherry one day trip we will first visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, which is one of the most significant ashrams of India. As the name suggests, it was founded by Sri Aurobindo in 1926. Most people who visit the ashram, come to seek inner peace.

From here, we will visit the Manakula Vinayagar Temple which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. This ancient temple boasts of a chariot that’s made of gold.

Next in our Pondicherry sightseeing itinerary is a visit to the Pondicherry Museum which displays important artefacts during the period when Pondicherry was colonised by the Dutch, British, and the French.

After diving deeper into Pondicherry’s history, we will head to the Sacred Hearts Church. Its stunning architecture and peaceful atmosphere invite tourists of all religions to pray here in peace.

Up next in our itinerary would be a visit to the Bharathi Park which is at the heart of the French Town. Here you can laze around, sit on a bench or play by the pond.

From here, we will head to the Paradise Beach which is slightly away from the main city and hence is pristine. One can enjoy various water sports and even indulge in local coastal food.

Next, we will head to the  French War Memorial where we can see the memorials of soldiers who sacrificed their lives during World War 1. Last, but not least, we will head to the Rock Beach which makes for an excellent sunset point.

This will bring our One Day Pondicherry Local Sightseeing Trip to an end and our cab will drop at your doorstep.


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Itinerary for your One Day Puducherry Local Sightseeing Trip

Pickup from your Hotel at 9:00 AM

Tourism PlacePlan to Depart By
Sri Aurobindo Ashram10:30 AM
Manakula Vinayagar Temple11:00 AM
Pondicherry Museum12:15 PM
Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus1:00 PM
Lunch 30 to 45 minutes. Please note that Lunch is not Complimentary and Not Included in this package. 2:00 PM
Bharati Park2:45 PM
Paradise Beach3:45 PM
French War Memorial4:30 PM
Rock Beach5:30 PM

Drop at your Hotel by 6:00 PM

NOTE: You can visit all these places in Pondicherry or remove any of the places that you don’t want to visit. However, inclusion of any other sightseeing place, except the ones mentioned below is not allowed with this Pondicherry fixed itinerary package.

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What is Included in Pondicherry 1 Day Local Tour Package?

  • Pick and drop to your Hotel / Home in Puducherry
  • Vehicle Hire for sightseeing as per the Itinerary
  • Driver Batta
  • Parking charges
  • Toll gate charges

What is Excluded in 1 Day Puducherry Local Tour Package?

  • Entry Fee for tourist attractions
  • Multiple pickups (guests need to fix one place of pickup and drop)
  • Breakfast, Lunch or any meal
  • Lodging / Accommodation
  • Guides Payment (If required, guests can book a guide from www.Hire-a-Guide.in or need to bring a guide on their own)
  • Vehicle beyond the mentioned time duration of the tour package
  • Vehicle beyond the designated tour route

A Quick Guide to Pondicherry Tour – What you see?

1. Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a spiritual ashram that was founded by Sri Aurobindo. This ashram is also where the shrine of Sri Aurobindo and “the Mother”, earlier known as Mirra Alfassa rests, covered in flowers. The Samadhi is surrounded by a shaded courtyard and tourists visiting have to follow a line and remain silent.

The primary preaching of the ashram is not to renounce the world but to evolve and become conscious of collective harmony. It preaches ‘free unity of mankind’.

  • Things to do / Must See: There is a book shop inside the main ashram complex from where one can purchase various publications, poetry books, postcards that can give greater insights about the works of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.
  • Timings: Open On All Days from 8 am to 12 noon and from 2 pm to 6 pm.
  • Entry Fee: No Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Duration: 20 Minutes

2. Manakula Vinayagar Temple

One of the most preserved Hindu temples of Pondicherry is the Manakula Vinayagar Temple which was built in the devotion of Lord Ganesha. Because of its auspicious nature, it is said that people of Pondicherry and nearby areas often bring their newborn to this temple before taking it to any other temple.

The entrance of the temple follows the Dravidian style of architecture and has the figures of various deities sculpted on it. The temple also has a chariot which is made of 7.5kgs of gold. It is said that the chariot was built using funds that were contributed by various devotees, volunteers and donors.

  • Things to do/ Must See:  There is a temple elephant named ‘Laxmi’ who usually blesses the devotees by touching their head with their trunk. 
  • Timings: Open On All Days from 5:45 am to 12:30 pm and from 4.00 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Entry Fee: No Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Duration: 20 Minutes

3. Pondicherry Museum

Considering Pondicherry has been colonised by various countries, it definitely has a history that Indians should know of. Hence in our One Day Pondicherry Local Sightseeing Trip, we will visit the Pondicherry Museum which displays artefacts, sculptures and relics. Not only this, but it also houses the largest collection Lost Wax Bronze that dates back to the time of the Chola Empire.

  • Things to do / Must See:  The museum is divided into various rooms some of which are the Geology room, shell room, Fossil room, Handicrafts room, coin room which must be seen during your visit. 
  • Timings: Open On All Days from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Rs.10 per adult and Rs.5 per child
  • Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes

4. Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

A visit to this French Riviera is incomplete without visiting its beautiful churches. While Pondicherry boasts of over 30 churches, the most popular one is the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, that is often visited by tourists during their 1 day Pondicherry city tour in a private cab.

This century-old church is one of the 21 Basilicas of India and the sole basilica of Pondicherry. It follows the Gothic style of architecture and has a red and white facade. On the windows of the church, one can spot various beautiful colourful paintings that describe the lives of Jesus Christ and the various other Catholic saints.

  • Things to do / Must See: Spot the Biblical inscriptions on the entrance of the church that is engraved in Latin. 
  • Timings: Open On All Days from 5.30 am to 6.30 pm
  • Entry Fee: Rs. 10  per adults and Rs. 5  per child
  • Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes

5. Bharati Park

Located in the centre of the White Town is the Bharati Park that’s spread over acres. This lush green park is a perfect recreational spot for tourists who want to catch some fresh air and want to sit and relax amidst nature in between their Pondicherry Sightseeing Trip.

There are various fountains, colourful flowers, granite benches, a small pond, that make the visit to Bharati Park peaceful and soothing.

  • Things to do/ Must See: The park also has various statues of eminent personalities with a little inscription that can tell you more about them. There is also a dedicated children’s park where kids can have a playful time. 
  • Timings: Open On All Days from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Recommended Duration: 30 Minutes

6. Paradise Beach

After a little relaxation, we will drive a little further from the city and head to the Paradise Beach where you can play in the waters, opt for water sports and indulge in coastal food. The name is rightfully kept as the beach is nothing short of a paradise on earth.  One can also spot various kids playing volleyball, football and other sports at the beach.

  • Things to do / Must See: Bring a mat so that you can sit by the beach, make sandcastles, buy food from local shacks, and have a picnic. You can even get a little adventurous in your Pondicherry sightseeing tour and opt for riding a sand bike or a speed boat.
  • Timings: Open On All Days from sunrise to sunset 
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Recommended Duration: 1 hour

7. French War Memorial

Next, in our  Pondicherry city tour by private car, we will visit the French War Memorial. It was constructed as a tribute to all those French Indian residents and soldiers who gave away their lives during World War 1. As such, the property is owned by the France Govt.

  • Things to do / Must See: There is a bronze coloured list that displays names of all the soldiers who passed away.
  • Timings: Open On All Days from 10:00 A.M to 17:00 P.M
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Recommended Duration: 20 Minutes

8. Rock Beach

The last place of interest in our One Day Pondicherry Local Sightseeing Trip is the Rock Beach. It is also known as the Pondicherry Promenade Beach.

It is known as Rock Beach because sand has been eroded from the beach and one can mostly find huge pieces of rock. It stretches for over a km and on one end is the French War Memorial and on the other, there is the Dupleix Park. Somewhere in the middle, there is also the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

  • Things to do / Must See: Sit at the pavement and watch the sunset or take a stroll by the Rock Beach in the evening during your trip to Pondicherry
  • Timings: Open All Day
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Recommended Duration: 40 Minutes

Charges on Deviations, if any!

The Pondicherry tour package charges are applicable only for pick and drop from one location. If in case, there are multiple pickup and drops, there might be additional charges, please check with your cab vendor.

Additional charges will be added if in case the vehicle is held for more duration or beyond the time mentioned in this Pondicherry Tour package. Also in the case of any deviation in the presented itinerary, additional charges might apply.

  • For Indica, Rs.9/km and Rs.90/hour.
  • For Indigo, Rs.12/km and Rs.100/hour.
  • For Innova, Rs.15/km and Rs.125/hour.
  • For Tempo Traveller, Rs.18/km and Rs.200/hour.
  • For Swaraz Mazda Mini Bus, Rs.20/km and Rs.300/hour.

Points to Note:

Guests are requested to follow the itinerary provided in the 1 Day Puducherry tour package. This 1 day Pondicherry tour package can not be customized, however if guests prefer to visit different set of places in Pondicherry and around, they can create their own itinerary and request for a custom quote from cab providers.

The Time spent on each Pondicherry tourist attraction is to be followed as per the schedule. In case of delays or extended time spent at a particular place, driver or Service Provider will not be responsible to cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary.

Kindly note that if a particular Puducherry sightseeing place is closed on the scheduled day of the tour, it will not be covered from the list of sightseeing places.


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