7 days in Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram & Chennai Itinerary

7 days in Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram & Chennai Itinerary

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7 days in Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram & Chennai Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h
3
Chennai
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: New Delhi

2
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, stop by Sund'art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Kalinka Art Gallery.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Pondicherry holiday planner.

New Delhi to Pondicherry is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Svaram
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Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar 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 24th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): make a trip to Tiger Cave, explore the ancient world of Raya Gopura, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple, then explore the ancient world of Krishna Mandapam, and finally stop by Jewel Mount..

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram holiday builder .

You can drive from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Varaha Cave Temple ©
Varaha Cave Temple

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nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 26th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Fort St. George, then kick back and relax at Marina Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Express Avenue Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): view the masterpieces at M.Rm.Rm. Cultural Foundation, then kick back and relax at Besant Nagar Beach, then shop like a local with T Nagar, Ranganathan Street, and finally look for gifts at Sri Kumaran Shopping Centre.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Chennai trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Mahabalipuram to Chennai takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Shopping Outdoors Parks
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Express Avenue Mall ©
Express Avenue Mall
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

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