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INDIVIDUAL TOUR GROUP TOUR

East Coast Life

  • 780 km
  • 8 days / 7 nights
Bengaluru - Mahabalipuram - Puducherry - Bengaluru
Activity :
  • Culture
  • Beach
  • Culinary
Terrain :
  • Coastal
  • Forest
  • Urban

Bengaluru is positioned in the heart of South India, which makes it an ideal start-point for quick getaways. It's close to the fabulous East Coast Road which is home to destinations like Mahabalipuram and Puducherry. So how about a little trip to the Bay of Bengal and back through the land of the Kanchipuram saree?

Trip Type
Self Drive 365
Forget early wake-up calls, scheduled departures and the regular battery of sight- seeing destinations. That’s because when you’re out on a self-drive holiday, you decide where to go, what to see, and what to drive. And with Self-Drive 365, the road, the destination and that palpable connect between man and machine is all yours to explore!
Skill Level
Easy
Here's a road trip that is suited to those looking for a laid back drive, as well as veterans.

Is this road trip for me?

  • Here's a short trip for those who are fascinated by Tamil Nadu's Dravidian heritage and Puducherry's French flavours. The cherry on the icing here is of course the brilliant coastal and country roads that you will drive down.

Highlights

  • Carve corners while driving up the Nandi Hills
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Shore Temple and the Pancha Rathas
  • Meditate at the Matrimandir in Auroville
  • Seek blessings at the Annamalaiyar Shiva Temple
Start of Tour Bengaluru
Day 1
Total Driving Distance 780 km
End of Tour Bengaluru
Day 8
  • Driving Days :

    Total 6 Days

  • Rest Days :

    Total 2 Days

  • Day 1 Bengaluru
    • None (Meals on your own)
    • Arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel in Bengaluru.
    • Overnight in Bengaluru.

  • Transfers

    Arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel in Bengaluru.

    Welcome to your tour! Bengaluru, the first city on your eight-day long trip is India's Silicon Valley, the country's epicentre for tech start-ups, stand-up comedy, and the capital of the state of Karnataka. On arrival at the airport in Bengaluru, you will be escorted to your hotel.

  • Other Recommendation

    You have the rest of the day free. Bengaluru has a reputation for being the beer-brewing hub of India. We suggest you get a taste of locally brewed craft beers at Watsons, Windmills Craftworks, Toit, and Arbor Brewing Company.

  • Day 2 Bengaluru
    • Breakfast
    • Enjoy a guided city tour of Bengaluru in a chauffeur-driven car.
    • Overnight in Bengaluru.

  • Activities

    Enjoy a guided city tour of Bengaluru in a chauffeur-driven car.

    After a filling breakfast at your hotel, get ready for a trip around Karnataka's capital. Our chauffeur will pick you up from your hotel and take you around Bengaluru's landmarks like Tipu Sultan's Palace, the Vidhana Soudha, the Nandi Bull Temple and Cubbon Park.

  • Other Recommendation

    Save the evening to experience Bengaluru's street food. You can sample Kannada favourites like Chirottis and wafer-thin paper dosas at Eat Street (Old Market Road). Bengaluru being a multicultural metro, you will never be far from a chaat stall, dishing out lip-smacking, tangy treats.

  • Day 3 Bengaluru
    • Drive
    • Distance:350 km
    • Time:7 hours
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in Bengaluru to the hotel in Mahabalipuram.
    • En route sightseeing on your own.
    • Overnight in Mahabalipuram.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the hotel in Bengaluru to the hotel in Mahabalipuram.

    Your car will be delivered at your hotel. After a hearty breakfast, drive to Mahabalipuram. Your drive for the day is lined with temple-towns like Krishnagiri, Vellore and Kanchipuram.

  • Activities

    En route sightseeing on your own.

    There is no dearth of pit-stops on the way to Mahabalipuram. Among them, noteworthy landmarks include the Krishnagiri Fort and the Parshwa Padmavathi Jain Temple at Krishnagiri, the Vellore Fort and the Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple at Vellore, along with the ornate Kamakshi Amman Temple, the Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple and the Varadaraja Perumal Temple at Kanchipuram. All attractions are nearby the route to Mahabalipuram or short detours at best. Additionally, this stretch is peppered with branches of the popular Saravana Bhavan, so clean, delicious, South Indian food is never far away.

  • Day 4 Mahabalipuram
    • Breakfast
    • Explore the ancient landmarks of Mahabalipuram.
    • Overnight in Mahabalipuram.

  • Activities

    Explore the ancient landmarks of Mahabalipuram.

    Post breakfast, head out to explore Mahabalipuram visiting the Tiger Cave, rock-cut Hindu temples constructed in the 7-8th century, and follow it with a visit to the Shore Temple and the Group Of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site overlooking the Bay of Bengal. Other attractions are the Pancha Pandava Rathas: a set of five temples sculpted like chariots of the five Pandava brothers; Krishna's Butter Ball: a giant granite boulder balanced on an incline; and Arjuna's Penance: where the story of the Mahabharata has been carved into rocks.

  • Other Recommendation
  • Day 5 Mahabalipuram
    • Drive
    • Distance:100 km
    • Time:2 hours
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in Mahabalipuram to the hotel in Puducherry, en route visit Auroville and Aurobindo Ashram.
    • Overnight in Puducherry.

  • Activities

    Drive from the hotel in Mahabalipuram to the hotel in Puducherry, en route visit Auroville and Aurobindo Ashram.

    Check out of your hotel in Mahabalipuram and continue southwards on the East Coast Road (ECR). Within an hour, you should hit Hotel Vasantha Bhavan, where you can make a pit-stop. Auroville, the experimental, meditation-centric union territory is a small detour from the coastal road. Head down to the township and take the afternoon to check out its tranquil setting. Follow that with a visit to the Aurobindo Ashram, the popular spiritual community that practices and preaches yogi Sri Aurobindo's 'integral yoga' practices.

  • Day 6 Puducherry
    • Breakfast

  • Other Recommendation

    Puducherry, the erstwhile French colony, is also popular for its churches, most notable among these being the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, the Domas Church, and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, popular for its rare glass panels depicting the life of Jesus Christ. All the churches are within 1 km of each other.
    Those looking to have some fun in the sea should head to Serenity Beach for surfing at the Kallialay Surf School. Else, you could head to the seafront beachside promenade for a relaxed evening walk.
    Keep an eye out for the numerous cafes that serve delicious French and South-Indian food. We recommend La Pasta World, the Domus Cafe, the Surguru Restaurant (South-Indian fair), Cafe des Arts (French food) and Le Club (multi-cuisine). Puducherry is particularly lively during Christmas, which is the best time to visit its pubs, notably the Villa Shanti, the Road Motopub, and L'e-Space.

  • Day 7 Puducherry
    • Drive
    • Distance:330 km
    • Time:7 hours
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in Puducherry to the hotel in Bengaluru, en route visit Annamalaiyar Shiva Temple.
    • Overnight in Bengaluru.

  • Activities

    Drive from the hotel in Puducherry to the hotel in Bengaluru, en route visit Annamalaiyar Shiva Temple.

    The drive back to Bengaluru takes you via Tiruvannamalai, considered one of the holiest towns in Tamil Nadu. The one must-stop attraction here is the Annamalaiyar Shiva Temple, which can be easily spotted thanks to its sculpted towers that rise over 200 feet. The temple is located at the base of the Arunachala Range of hills and is the eighth-largest temple complex in the world; the largest being the Angkor Wat Vishnu Temple in Cambodia.
    Follow the NH 77 to Krishnagiri from where you can trace your way back to Bengaluru. Check in to your hotel and settle in for the night.

  • Day 8 Bengaluru
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in Bengaluru to the car rental agency, drop the car off and head out for your onward journey.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the hotel in Bengaluru to the car rental agency, drop the car off and head out for your onward journey.

    Enjoy breakfast and check out of the hotel. Drive to the car rental agency, handover the vehicle and take home experiences of a lifetime!

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation as per hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Car as per your package selected.


Exclusions

  • International air ticket.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Visa fees.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any transport to / from Bengaluru. Your tour price starts ex Bengaluru.
  • Loss Damage Waiver for the vehicle.
  • Airline / hotel surcharges (if applicable) during high / festive season to be paid extra per person.
  • Meals, tips, laundry, telephone, optional excursions , entry charges and guide charges wherever applicable, other items of a personal nature.
  • Parking charges, fuel and tolls are not included.
  • Cost of petrol / diesel for the vehicle provided.
  • Client has to pay in case of damage to the vehicle by accident.
  • Spare parts / engine oil of any kind.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.
Categories Full-Size Sedan - Honda City or similar MPV - Innova Crysta or similar SUV - Toyota Fortuner or similar Luxury Sedan - BMW 3 Series or similar
STANDARD 378 446 537 593
DELUXE 726 562 653 709
  • Bengaluru 3 Nights

    Hotel View
    Lemon Tree
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Mahabalipuram 2 Nights

    Room
    Mgm Beach Resort
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Puducherry 2 Nights

    Room
    Le Pondy
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
    • Bengaluru Day 2

    Bangalore Palace, an example of Tudor-style architecture.
    Enjoy a guided city tour of Bengaluru in a chauffeur-driven car.

    After a filling breakfast at your hotel, get ready for a trip around Karnataka's capital. Our chauffeur will pick you up from your hotel and take you around Bengaluru's landmarks like Tipu Sultan's Palace, the Vidhana Soudha, the Nandi Bull Temple and Cubbon Park.

    Included in trip
    • Bengaluru Day 3

    Panch Rathas Temple, Mahabalipuram's World Heritage Sites.
    En route sightseeing on your own.

    There is no dearth of pit-stops on the way to Mahabalipuram. Among them, noteworthy landmarks include the Krishnagiri Fort and the Parshwa Padmavathi Jain Temple at Krishnagiri, the Vellore Fort and the Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple at Vellore, along with the ornate Kamakshi Amman Temple, the Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple and the Varadaraja Perumal Temple at Kanchipuram. All attractions are nearby the route to Mahabalipuram or short detours at best. Additionally, this stretch is peppered with branches of the popular Saravana Bhavan, so clean, delicious, South Indian food is never far away.

    Included in trip
    • Mahabalipuram Day 4

    Shore Temple, a 7th century monument at Mahabalipuram.
    Explore the ancient landmarks of Mahabalipuram.

    Post breakfast, head out to explore Mahabalipuram visiting the Tiger Cave, rock-cut Hindu temples constructed in the 7-8th century, and follow it with a visit to the Shore Temple and the Group Of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site overlooking the Bay of Bengal. Other attractions are the Pancha Pandava Rathas: a set of five temples sculpted like chariots of the five Pandava brothers; Krishna's Butter Ball: a giant granite boulder balanced on an incline; and Arjuna's Penance: where the story of the Mahabharata has been carved into rocks.

    Included in trip
    • Mahabalipuram Day 5

    Matrimandir, the chief meditation hall at Auroville.
    Drive from the hotel in Mahabalipuram to the hotel in Puducherry, en route visit Auroville and Aurobindo Ashram.

    Check out of your hotel in Mahabalipuram and continue southwards on the East Coast Road (ECR). Within an hour, you should hit Hotel Vasantha Bhavan, where you can make a pit-stop. Auroville, the experimental, meditation-centric union territory is a small detour from the coastal road. Head down to the township and take the afternoon to check out its tranquil setting. Follow that with a visit to the Aurobindo Ashram, the popular spiritual community that practices and preaches yogi Sri Aurobindo's 'integral yoga' practices.

    Included in trip
    • Puducherry Day 7

    Annamalaiyar Shiva temple en route to Bengaluru.
    Drive from the hotel in Puducherry to the hotel in Bengaluru, en route visit Annamalaiyar Shiva Temple.

    The drive back to Bengaluru takes you via Tiruvannamalai, considered one of the holiest towns in Tamil Nadu. The one must-stop attraction here is the Annamalaiyar Shiva Temple, which can be easily spotted thanks to its sculpted towers that rise over 200 feet. The temple is located at the base of the Arunachala Range of hills and is the eighth-largest temple complex in the world; the largest being the Angkor Wat Vishnu Temple in Cambodia.
    Follow the NH 77 to Krishnagiri from where you can trace your way back to Bengaluru. Check in to your hotel and settle in for the night.

    Included in trip
    • FULL-SIZE SEDAN

    Honda City or Similar.
    Starting from
    4 Pax including driver
    Included in trip
    • 4 Doors
    • AC
    • Manual
    • Diesel
things-to-carry

Appropriate equipment is a component of a successful journey! Travel light, try to stay under 45 lbs (20 kg).

  • Driving Llicence
  • Credit card in driver's name
  • Cash
  • Smartphone for maps
  • Phone charger
  • First-aid kit
  • Swiss knife
  • Water bottle
  • Music
  • Tissue box
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Mints
  • Spare plastic bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Small tool kit
  • Appropriate clothing suitable to local weather
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