INDIVIDUAL TOUR GROUP TOUR

East Coast Life

  • 0 km
  • 8 days / 7 nights
Bengaluru - Mahabalipuram - Puducherry - Bengaluru
Activity :
  • Wildlife
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 along 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

  • Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Bengaluru
  • Explore the ancient landmarks of Mahabalipuram
  • Meditate at Auroville
  • Seek blessings at the Annamalaiyar Shiva Temple
Start of Tour Bengaluru
Day 1
Total Driving Distance 0 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 in a chauffeur-driven car.
    • Overnight in Bengaluru.

  • Transfers

    Arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel in Bengaluru in a chauffeur-driven car.

    Welcome to your tour! On arrival at the airport in Bengaluru, you will be escorted to the hotel in a chauffeur-driven car.

    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.

  • Other Recommendation

    You have the rest of the day at leisure. 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/or Arbor Brewing Company.

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

  • Activities

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

    Post breakfast, hop into your chauffeur-driven car for your sightseeing tour of Bengaluru. You will be taken around the city's attractions like Tipu Sultan's Palace, the Vidhana Soudha, the Gavi Gangadareshwara Temple, the Nandi Bull Temple, the Dodda Ganapathi Temple, Cubbon Park, the Government Museum and the ISKCON Temple.

  • 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'll never be far from a chaat stall, dishing out lip-smacking, tangy treats.

  • Day 3 Bengaluru
    • 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.

    Today, your car will be delivered at the hotel. Post 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.

    En route sightseeing on your own.

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

  • Activities

    Explore the ancient landmarks of Mahabalipuram.

    Mahabalipuram is a small town and its chief attractions are all huddled together. Among these, you should head first to the Tiger Cave, consisting of 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 Sites overlooking the Bay of Bengal. We suggest you have lunch at Moonrakers, popular for its seafood fare, before you head to the next set of attractions. These include the Pancha Pandava Rathas, a set of five temples sculpted like the 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

    The evening is at leisure or you could visit the Naval Museum, the Mahamallipuram Lighthouse, stroll down the Mahabalipuram Beach, or even take a boat ride into the Muttukadu Backwaters.

  • Day 5 Mahabalipuram
    • 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.

    Post breakfast, check out of the 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 its tranquil setting. Later, visit the Aurobindo Ashram, the popular spiritual community that practices and preaches yogi Sri Aurobindo's 'integral yoga' practices.

  • Day 6 Puducherry
    • Breakfast
    • Overnight in Puducherry.

  • Other Recommendation

    The day is at leisure or you can explore Puducherry, the erstwhile French colony, is 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 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, Domus Cafe, 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 Villa Shanti, Road Motopub, and L'e-Space.

  • Day 7 Puducherry
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in Puducherry to the hotel in Bengaluru, en route visit the Annamalaiyar Shiva Temple.
    • Overnight in Bengaluru.

  • Activities

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

    Today drive back to Bengaluru takes you via Tiruvannamalai, considered to be 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 and is the eighth-largest temple complex in the world.
    Follow NH 77 to Krishnagiri, from where you can trace your way back to Bengaluru. Check in to the hotel and settle in for the night.

  • Day 8 Bengaluru
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel to the airport in Bengaluru.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the hotel to the airport in Bengaluru.

    Enjoy breakfast and check out of the hotel. Drive to the airport in Bengaluru for your onward journey.
    Once you reach the airport, hand over the vehicle and take home experiences of a lifetime!

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation as per hotels mentioned or similar.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Vehicle as per 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 Amaze or similar
STANDARD 590
FIRST CLASS 696
  • Bengaluru 3 Nights

    Exterior View
    Lemon Tree Premier Ulsoor Lake
    First class Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Mahabalipuram 2 Nights

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

    Room
    Le Pondy
    First class Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
    • FULL-SIZE SEDAN

    honda-amaze
    Honda Amaze or Similar.
    Starting from
    4 Pax including driver
    Included in trip
    • 4 Doors
    • AC
    • Automatic
    • Diesel