6 days in Chennai & Pondicherry Itinerary

6 days in Chennai & Pondicherry Itinerary

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6 days in Chennai & Pondicherry Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Chennai
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

3
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Family-friendly places like Marina Beach and The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology will thrill your kids. Explore Chennai's surroundings by going to Mahabalipuram (Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Sea Shore Temple, & more). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple and admire the landmark architecture of San Thome Church.

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Kolkata (Calcutta) to Chennai is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December: high temperatures in Chennai hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Mahabalipuram
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach

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 (Sat): stop by Senteurs-Fleurs en Flacon, then take in the waterfront activity at Seaside Promenade, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, and finally make a trip to Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Matrimandir, appreciate the history behind Kargil War Memorial, then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Pondicherry Lighthouse.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pondicherry trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chennai to Pondicherry takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Matrimandir
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Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©

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