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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): examine the collection at Vivekananda House- Multimedia Cultural Museum and then kick back and relax at Marina Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Chennai trip itinerary maker tool .

Bengaluru to Chennai is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In August, Chennai is somewhat warmer than Bengaluru - with highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and finally browse the exhibits of Srinithi Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram travel app .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Chennai to Mahabalipuram takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

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night
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): stroll through Paradise Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then stop by Sund'art, and finally admire the masterpieces at Svaram.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pondicherry journey planner .

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Svaram
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©

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