7 days in Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram Itinerary

7 days in Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram Itinerary

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7 days in Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  5​h
1
Pondicherry
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Pune

3
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Bring the kids along to Paradise Beach and Rock Beach. Take a break from Pondicherry with a short trip to Matrimandir in Auroville, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, stroll through Auro Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Pondicherry travel route app .

Pune to Pondicherry is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Matrimandir
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Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Rock Beach ©
Rock Beach

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 29th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Raya Gopura, don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, and finally admire the striking features of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram trip planning tool .

You can drive from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

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