Refreshing Mahabalipuram (05 Night 06 Days)
Mahabalipuram(2) - Pondicherry(3)
Pondicherry with Mahabalipuram is a short break itinerary that is recommended for guests looking for heritage experience while enjoying a bit of a beach holiday.
Start Point: Chennai
End Point: Chennai
Best Season To Travel
- Day-1 Arrival at Mahabalipuram.
- Day-2 Mahabalipuram and around.
- Day-3 Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry. Visit to the French quarters.
- Day-4 Pondicherry and around.
- Day-5 Pondicherry Excursions.
- Day-6 Departure.
Mahabalipuram - Monuments at Mahabalipuram (1.00 kms), Dakshinachitra (30.00 kms)
Pondicherry - Aurobindo Ashram (0.50 kms), French Quarters (1.00 kms), Botanical Garden Pondicherry (4.50 kms), Sacred Heart Church Pondicherry (5.00 kms), Anglo French Textile (5.00 kms), Manakula Vinayagar Temple (6.00 kms), Pondicherry Museum (6.00 kms), Auroville (8.00 kms), Chidambaram Shiva Temple (Nataraja Temple) (46.00 kms), Gingee Fort (72.00 kms)
- Chennai to Mahabalipuram -60 kms (1 hrs)
- Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry -100 kms (2 hrs)
- Pondicherry to Chennai -160 kms (3 hrs)
Salad Niçoise: This healthy salad may be served with/without lettuce and includes tomatoes, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, anchovies, olives, green beans, potatoes, shallots and other ingredients. It is served with a vinaigrette dressing.
Quiche : It is a popular French savoury, served at many Cafés, Bars and Bakeries across France. It is an open baked tart with a savoury egg custard filling, with cheese, meat, seafood, and/or vegetables.
Steak: It is fried in a pan with butter (or olive oil), cooked to rare or medium-rare in a pan reduction sauce, and served with crispy French Fries.
Coq au vin: It is a classic French chicken casserole. It is a chicken braised with wine, lardons, mushrooms and garlic. The wine used is typically from Burgundy but many regions of France have their own variants using local wine.
Sole meunière: It is a classic French dish, consisting of flat fish called Sole (Nakku Meen in Tamil).
Croque-monsieur: It is simple ham and cheese sandwich, contains quality bread, ham, cheese and béchamel sauce on top. It is served with a poached (or fried) egg on top.
Bouillabaisse: It is a traditional fish stew, typically contains several kinds of fresh fish and locally available seafood. The other ingredients are onions, tomatoes, potatoes, fennel, parsley, garlic, olive oil and saffron.
Ratatouille: It is typically served as a side dish, accompanied by pasta, rice or bread. The main ingredients are tomatoes, garlic, onions, aubergines / eggplant, courgette / zucchini, bell peppers and herbes de Provence, which is a mixture of dried herbs (thyme, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, etc).
French crepe is a very thin pancake. It can be served either as a dessert or as a savoury dish.
- The climate in Pondicherry is generally humid as it is located in the coastal areas of South India.
- In the summer, hats and sunglasses are recommended for protection from the harsh sun. When travelling during monsoons, a collapsible umbrella comes in handy.
- During the winter months, sweaters and light jackets are required.
- Trekkers and travellers going on any outdoor adventure should bring a daypack that will hold a sweater, camera and a water bottle. A good pair of binocular and sunglasses that blocks out ultraviolet rays are advised. Also carry strong sun blocks, sewing kit, wet wipes, pocketknife with a can opener, lock and key for each duffel or bag, high-power impact-resistant flashlight and spare batteries (unless they're a popular size).
- For charging electric-powered equipment, bring a converter and an adapter. In India, the electrical current is 220 volts, 50 Hz alternating current (AC) and Euro plugs are mostly used for the wall sockets.
- Foreign tourists should carry their Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate conforming to International Health Regulation, if they originate or are transiting through Yellow Fever endemic countries.
- Common Health risks in the country includes Cholera, dengue fever, dysentery, hepatitis, malaria, meningitis (trekking areas only) and typhoid. Travellers with respiratory ailments may wish to take precautionary measures.
- As a precautionary measure vaccination against Hepatitis B is recommended, if staying for a long duration. To avoid Malaria and Dengue, carrying mosquito repellents, nets, clothes covering the body and using repellent sprays against insects in rooms is sufficient.
- A first aid kit carrying some adhesive bandages, thermometer, water-purification tablets, antibiotics, antiseptic creams and mosquito repellents are advisable.
- Drinking only mineral or boiled water curbs chances of stomach ailments.
- Make sure to carry a bottle whenever you're going out. This will also keep dehydration at bay. If in doubt, one can take a salt-sugar solution of 1/2 tsp. salt and 4 tbsp. sugar in one litre of water to rehydrate.
- Though sticking to a vegetarian diet is recommended, eating only thoroughly cooked meat is advisable. Always avoid pork products, fried food from vendors, dishes using excessive oil and roadside restaurants.
- Never leave an unlocked suitcase in a hotel room. Never leave suitcases unattended on airports or train stations.
- Women travelling alone should never get into a taxi or rickshaw if there's a second man accompanying the driver. Women should also chain-lock their door when they are in their hotel room.
- Everyone should be alert - in crowds - for pickpockets and it is good to wear a money belt. One should be careful while using his or her credit cards.
- Visiting a religious monument demands respect. For all religions, removing shoes is necessary before entering a shrine, though sometimes cloth overshoes are provided for a small charge.
- Drinking alcoholic beverages on the premises or speaking in a raised voice is not permissible. Some structures are off-limit to visitors who do not practice the faith. One should not try to force or bribe to enter such places.
- Be sure to cover your head when you enter a mosque. When entering a mosque, you are supposed to step right foot first into the courtyard.
- To enter a holy shrine, women should wear a sari, a long skirt, a dress, or trousers. Travel in Muslim communities calls for even more discretion. Women should consider wearing a salwar-kameez, or loose pants and a long blouse.
- In some Hindu and Jain temples, all leather products inside the shrine like shoes, belts, handbags, camera cases etc. are prohibited.
- Many temples also expect visitors to purify themselves by washing their hands and feet under a tap or tank available there before entering. No visitor in a Sikh gurudwara should keep his feet pointing towards the Holy Book or step over any one sitting in prayer or meditation. Usually sitting on the floor of a Hindu or Sikh temple with cross-legged or with feet tucked beneath is the best.