3 days in Chennai, Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry Itinerary

3 days in Chennai, Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry Itinerary

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3 days in Chennai, Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Chennai
— Few hours
bus + taxi:  1​h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
End: Bengaluru

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Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Parthasarathy Temple and then kick back and relax at Marina Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chennai road trip planning tool .

Bengaluru to Chennai is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Chennai, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Parthasarathy Temple ©
Parthasarathy Temple

1
night
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, and then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

Before you visit Mahabalipuram, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

1
night
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 26th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Pondicherry Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Seaside Promenade.

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Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©

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