8 days in Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry & Chennai District Itinerary

8 days in Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry & Chennai District Itinerary

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8 days in Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry & Chennai District Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  6​h
1
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Pondicherry
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Chennai
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas. On the next day, admire the striking features of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, then delve into the distant past at Raya Gopura, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram day trip planning app .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in January: high temperatures in Mahabalipuram hover around 35°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Mahishasuramardini Cave ©
Mahishasuramardini Cave

3
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
On the 4th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Serenity Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, then make a trip to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally enjoy the sea views from Pondicherry Lighthouse. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Rock Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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Drive from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Chennai.

Things to do in Pondicherry

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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Rock Beach ©
Rock Beach
Serenity Beach ©
Serenity Beach

2
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 Arignar Anna Zoological Park. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, don't miss a visit to New Life Assembly of God, look for gifts at Pure Pearls, and enjoy the sand and surf at Besant Nagar Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chennai trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pondicherry to Chennai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Chennai sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

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Besant Nagar Beach ©
Besant Nagar Beach
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Arignar Anna Zoological Park ©
Arignar Anna Zoological Park

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