Disconnect from the world and discover the unexplored side of Pondicherry for the weekend. Look beyond Paradise Beach and Auroville, with a mix of sea, food, architecture, treks, beautiful Pondicherry has way more to offer.
To begin with, we stop in a serene cottage in the middle of the Aranya forests where we head for the guided wildlife watching forest trek to satisfy your adrenaline rush. Expect to run into snakes, rare species of spiders and owls, and a wide variety of birds and insects and you will be educated about how to handle snakes and their language during the trek. Have no fear, this is super fun, safe and adventurous - your trek guides have been doing this for more than nine years. We quickly freshen up and have hearty organic breakfast with herbal tea using self-plucked tea leaves from the trek.
Our next destination is the unexplored Auroville Diary Ashram and head to the Outseri Lake and becomes a part of the Island Building Activities. With feet dip water, mesmerizing views and planting trees inside lake bodies, this is a lot more fun when you experience it.
After this activity, we relax and head for lunch and with your tummy full, enjoy the guided tour of the finest handmade paper factory and buy cute souvenirs. After a full day of adventure, we enjoy the sunset in the backwaters of the Paradise beach, relax and take a splash in the sea. This is where the real offbeat exploration begins. We go to the secluded clean end of the beach where you enjoy the evening at the abandoned harbor and if lucky we may be able to unforgettable bio-luminance. Want more? Once the sun is set, we take a late-night boat trip 20 Kms into the sea take dives into the water.
At night, after reaching the stay, we cozy up near the bonfire under the starry night. Pounce on the authentic delicious village-style dinner and enjoy the night filled with music and lots of campfire games.
Next day, after a hearty breakfast, we explore the dense Mangrove Forest in a Boat Trip, explore the White Town Area, visit the best French Bakery and explore French Colony and finally head to explore beautiful Auroville for their specially prepared lunch and attend Bamboo Center, eat the world's healthiest bread.
After some local shopping and a lot of adventures, we head back with lots of memories. Let the Not-So-Obvious Pondicherry Stories begin!
Itinerary: Day 0 - Fri, 18th Oct: 10 PM: Leave from Bangalore
Day 1: Sat, 19th Oct: 6 AM: Reach Pondicherry 7 AM: Freshen up. Breakfast will be served 8:30 AM: Start the Wildlife Watching Trek 10:30 AM: Snake Class 11:00 AM: Head to Diary Ashram 12:30 PM: Outseri Lake Island Building 2 PM: Lunch 3:30 PM: Aurobindo Paper Factory 5:00 PM: Local Food Tour and Local Shopping. Sunset at Promenade Beach 7:00 PM: Underground Beach Exploration. See bio-luminance 8:30 PM: Late Night Boat Trip. 9:00 PM: Back to Base. Dinner and Games
Day 2: Sun, 20th Oct: 9 AM: Breakfast is served 11 AM: Explore Mangrove Forest in boat 1 PM: Reach Auroville. See Unique Bamboo Center. Bread Shop 2 PM: Special Auroville Lunch 4 PM: Shopping & Souvenirs 6 PM: Leave for Bangalore
Includes: - Transportation to and from Bangalore by Non-A/C Vehicle depending on the group size with driver allowance, parking & service tax as per the itinerary - Cozy Accommodation in a serene cottage in the middle of the jungle - All Activities Entry Fee - Meals as per the itinerary - An experience that you gain
Excludes: - Any Personal Expenses - Any other meals than those mentioned in the itinerary. - Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like political disturbances, natural phenomena, etc.