7 days in Chennai, Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram Itinerary

7 days in Chennai, Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram Itinerary

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7 days in Chennai, Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Chennai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
night
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 28th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Parthasarathy Temple and then kick back and relax at Besant Nagar Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, and finally stroll through Marina Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Chennai trip planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Chennai is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
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Besant Nagar Beach ©
Besant Nagar Beach
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams ©
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams

2
nights
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 30th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, then stop by Senteurs-Fleurs en Flacon, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Serenity Beach, and finally stroll through Paradise Beach. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rock Beach, then get a sense of history and politics at Raj Niwas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Pondicherry tour planner.

Getting from Chennai to Pondicherry by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Rock Beach ©
Rock Beach
Serenity Beach ©
Serenity Beach

3
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 2nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, don't miss a visit to Mahishasura Rock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, and finally admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. 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 Museums Parks

Side Trip

DakshinaChitra Museum
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Mahishasuramardini Cave ©
Mahishasuramardini Cave
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

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