7 days in Pondicherry, Auroville & Chennai Itinerary

7 days in Pondicherry, Auroville & Chennai Itinerary

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7 days in Pondicherry, Auroville & Chennai Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  5​h
1
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Auroville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Chennai
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Pune

2
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Paradise Beach and Rock Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Seaside Promenade, make a trip to Chunnambar Boat House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Pondicherry trip planner .

Pune to Pondicherry is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Auroville.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Rock Beach ©
Rock Beach

1
night
Auroville

Auroville ©
Founded in 1968 by a Frenchwoman known locally as "The Mother," Auroville represented a kind of anarchist social experiment, where spirituality and communal living were supposed to override the importance of money.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): admire the striking features of Matrimandir.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Auroville road trip planner .

Auroville is just a short distance from Pondicherry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Auroville

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Sadhana Forest ©
Sadhana Forest
Matrimandir ©
Matrimandir
Auroville ©
Auroville

3
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Marina Beach and Besant Nagar Beach. Explore Chennai's surroundings by going to Mahabalipuram (Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Sea Shore Temple, & more). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chennai trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Auroville to Chennai takes 3.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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