6 days in Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram Itinerary

6 days in Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram Itinerary

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6 days in Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram Itinerary

Start: Pondicherry
1
Pondicherry
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
End: Mahabalipuram

3
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Varadaraja Perumal Temple and Pichavaram. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, take a leisurely stroll along Seaside Promenade, stop by Kriti Eco Boutique, and enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Pondicherry holiday builder site .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Pondicherry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Pichavaram
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Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Varadaraja Perumal Temple ©
Varadaraja Perumal Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, pause for some photo ops at Descent Of The Ganges, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple, then don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas, and finally examine the collection at India Seashell Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganesh Ratha Temple, Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, explore the ancient world of Krishna Mandapam, then visit a coastal fixture at Mamallapuram Lighthouse, and finally delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram trip itinerary website .

Getting from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Nature

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Mamallapuram Lighthouse
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Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges

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