5 days in Chennai, Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry Itinerary

5 days in Chennai, Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry Itinerary

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5 days in Chennai, Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry Itinerary

Start: Chennai
1
Chennai
— Few hours
bus + taxi:  1​h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Chennai
— Few hours
End: Chennai

few
hours
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 2nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple and then gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Chennai driving holiday planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Chennai. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

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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.
On the 2nd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram road trip planning site .

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 October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Arjuna's Penance ©
Arjuna's Penance

2
nights
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 4th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Matrimandir, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Seaside Promenade.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pondicherry planner .

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Chennai.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Matrimandir
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©

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Chennai

Chennai ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): wander the streets of Fort St. George, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Parthasarathy Temple, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Chennai travel planner .

You can drive from Pondicherry to Chennai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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San Thome Church ©
San Thome Church
Sri Parthasarathy Temple ©
Sri Parthasarathy Temple
Fort St. George ©
Fort St. George

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