EAST COAST EXPLORER
Pondicherry | Tranquebar | VelankaNni | Rameswaram
Adventure ₹ 20,000 per person | Group size 4 to 8 travellers | 7 Days
Day 1 Chennai
We start our exploratory journey from the city of Chennai
Day 2 Pondicherry
Early morning arrival in Pondicherry we meet our adventure vehicles & transfer to our accommodation for 2 nights. We explore the old French town of Pondicherry visiting points of interest & lounge at a lovely cafe. Post lunch we visit Auroville- a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity. We visit the Matrimandir which is a meditation hall set within the beautiful gardens of Auroville.
Day 3 Pondicherry
We have a free day to explore Pondicherry or indulge in two optional activities; Scuba Diving & Surfing.
Day 4 East coast tour Tranquebar-Velankanni-Rameshwaram
A spectacular day of cruising down the east coast road exploring the heritage grandeurs of this coastline. We visit the dutch fort in TRANQUEBAR & the next stop the famous churches of Velankanni. Our exploratory drive ends by a campfire in the lovely property Kathadi North based in Rameswaram with pristine blue waters & lovely cottages.
Day 5 Rameshwaram
We paddle along the coastline of Rameswaram harbouring islands creating opportunities to interact with wildlife & nature. We explore two islets & paddle near the iconic Pamban bridge crossing over to the North side of our Island. There is an opportunity to snorkel since we navigate through the shallow coral reefs of Mandapam town. Located on the southeastern tip of the subcontinent, the Gulf of Mannar is known to harbour over 3,600 species of flora and fauna, making it one of the richest coastal regions in Asia. 117 hard coral species have been recorded in the Gulf of Mannar. Sea turtles are frequent visitors to the gulf as are sharks, dugongs, and dolphins. However, the combined effects of 47 villages, with a total population of around 50,000 has meant that overharvesting of marine species has become a problem. Fish catches have declined, as have pearl oyster, gorgonian coral, and acorn worm populations. Local fishermen rely on the reef to feed their families, but destructive fishing methods combined with the stress of pollution and coral mining have meant both nearshore and offshore catches have decreased. Endangered species include dolphins, dugongs, whales and sea cucumbers. In 1986, a group of 21 islets lying off the Tamil Nadu coast between Thoothukudi and Dhanushkodi were declared the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park. The park and its 10 km buffer zone were declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1989.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 6 Rameshwaram
Morning tour of Rameswaram Island, we visit the famous Pamban bridge, Dr Abdul Kalam memorial, the famous Ramanathaswamy Temple & ghost town of Dhanushkodi.
We hop the overnight luxury bus from Rameswaram to Bangalore
Day 7 Bangalore
Tour ends on arrival in Bangalore