7 days in Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry Itinerary

7 days in Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry Itinerary

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7 days in Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Pondicherry
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Ahmedabad

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Mahabalipuram side-trips: Kanchipuram (Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Ekambareshvara Temple, & more) and Adi Kesava Perumal Temple (in Sriperumbudur). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, explore the fascinating underground world of Trimurti Cave, make a trip to Krishna's Butter Ball, and delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram trip planning tool .

Ahmedabad to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kanchipuram, Adi Kesava Perumal Temple, Vedagiriswarar Temple
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

3
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Take a break from Pondicherry with a short trip to Matrimandir in Auroville, about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, take a leisurely stroll along Seaside Promenade, enjoy the sand and surf at Rock Beach, and don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Pondicherry trip planner .

Drive from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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