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Trip to Chennai, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram

 DAY AND DATE- April 14, 2016 to April 17th, 2016

EVENT-Trip to Chennai, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram
VENUE- Chennai, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram
Excursions always bring a smile to the students’ faces. This time the reason behind the smile of the stars of Lotus Valley was the trip to Chennai, Mahbalipuram and Pondicherry. 
The trip started with much enthusiasm when all the children gathered in the school at the crack of the dawn on April 14, 2016. 80 children of Class 7 along with 8 teachers took a flight and reached the most popular tourist destination in South India. The mouth watering, sumptuous South Indian thalis for lunch gave the children a taste of South Indian cuisine. The stay for 4 days and 3 nights at Hotel Le Royal Park in Pondicherry gave an opportunity to the students to visit the nearby temples, beaches and the colonies to understand the culture of South India. The children could not hide their enthusiasm when they visited this coastal town’s colonial buildings. The children visited Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Sri Manakula Vinyagar temple, Auroville, the matrimandir, rock hewn temples and sculptures in Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram. They visited the world’s largest stone bas relief including Five Rathas symbolizing the equality of men and women and the famous shore temple. They were spellbound by the serenity of the place. They even understood the culture and the way of liv-ing of the French when they visited the Pondicherry museum. Botanical garden unleashed the babies inside the hearts of the students. The children had a blast at the beach with their friends and teachers. It was a perfect tourist destination for the children of Lotus Valley. Aptly called ‘The Europe of India’ endowed the students with a glimpse of another culture. It was indeed a delightful and educational trip.  
Purnima Suri