4 days in Chennai, Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry Itinerary

4 days in Chennai, Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry Itinerary

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4 days in Chennai, Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry Itinerary

Start: Chennai
1
Chennai
— 1 day
bus + taxi:  1​h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Chennai

1
day
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 (Sun): browse the different shops at Express Avenue Mall, kick back and relax at Marina Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and finally stop by Pure Pearls.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chennai trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Chennai. In November, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Shopping Outdoors
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Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Express Avenue Mall ©
Express Avenue Mall

2
nights
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 (Mon): examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): look for gifts at Jewel Mount., take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, then view the masterpieces at Srinithi Art Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

DakshinaChitra Museum
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DakshinaChitra Museum ©
DakshinaChitra Museum
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.
On the 27th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Sadhana Forest, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pondicherry day trip planner.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sadhana Forest
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Sadhana Forest ©
Sadhana Forest

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