You could continue the religious tempo by visiting Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the revered Churches, or break free to enjoy delicious affordable cuisine in the shade of monuments that line the Promenade and the beach.
Know it as Tirupati, Tirumala or Balaji you are here to seek the blessings of the Lord Vishnu in the Sri Venkateshwara Temple. Set on the Tirumala peak, nestled in the 7 peaks of the Saptagiri range, depicting the awesome serpent Adisesha. The bustling temple town at the foothills. The tour is complete only after visiting the associated deities and partaking of the prasadam. Just experiencing the devotion of the visitors is an out of the world experience. On the other side is Pondicherry, an experience of a different time a congenial blend of Tamil and French colonial culture. It’s like time stood still for this town where life moves in a different time period. You could continue the religious tempo by visiting Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the revered Churches, or break free to enjoy delicious affordable cuisine in the shade of monuments that line the Promenade and the beach.
From the airport we will start your pilgrimage with a darshan stop at the Srikalhasti Temple on the banks of the River Swarnamukhi. (116 km/2 hours). Then we shall move onward to Tirupati town, about 20 km from the holy destination Tirupati. Get comfortable at your hotel.
Leave early morning for Tirumala and queue up for darshan of Lord Balaji. Continue to do the rounds of shrines including Sri Padmavati Devi, Lord Balaji’s consort, Sri Kalyana Venkateshwaraswami temple and then touch the Shiva temple of Kapila Theertham next to the Tirumala waterfalls. Rest at your hotel.
Another early start will get you a head start to reaching Pondicherry (260km/6 hours) for lunch. Enjoy the evening at the Promenade Beach and Nehru Street market to connect with the local culture.
This will be mixed day as you get fascinated with experimental township of Auroville, ponder on the drive of the founders of the Aurobindo Ashram and soak in the piety of Vinayaka Temple and reconnect with nature with a backwater boat ride of Chunnambar and experience the beaches of Pondicherry. Don’t forget to look out of the window and marvel at the colonial architecture that is all over town.
Post breakfast it’s back to Chennai, spiritually and physically satiated.