8 days in Chennai (Madras) & Pondicherry Itinerary

8 days in Chennai (Madras) & Pondicherry Itinerary

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8 days in Chennai (Madras) & Pondicherry Itinerary

Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Chennai (Madras)
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Pondicherry
— 1 night
train + Fly:  12​h
Kuala Lumpur

5
days
Chennai (Madras)

Chennai (Madras) ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Sea Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Phoenix Marketcity and The Forum Vijaya Mall. Venture out of the city with trips to Mahabalipuram (Krishna Mandapam, Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, & more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, take a stroll through Mylapore, and buy something for everyone on your list at Express Avenue Mall.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chennai (Madras) custom trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Chennai (Madras) is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Chennai (Madras). In August, daily temperatures in Chennai (Madras) can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai (Madras)

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

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Mahabalipuram
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges

2
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Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Auro Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, and then take in the waterfront at Seaside Promenade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, then pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Notre Dame de la Conception Immaculee Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Pondicherry holiday planner.

You can drive from Chennai (Madras) to Pondicherry in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges ©
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©

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