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.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa, get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, then delve into the distant past at Raya Gopura, and finally Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram trip planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in January, with highs in Mahabalipuram at 35°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Serenity Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Pondicherry Lighthouse. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings 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.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry road trip app .

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Chennai.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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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.
Attractions like Marina Beach and Arignar Anna Zoological Park make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, deepen your understanding of the past and present with a heritage tour, make a trip to New Life Assembly of God, and admire the striking features of San Thome Church.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Chennai attractions website .

Traveling by car from Pondicherry to Chennai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Chennai are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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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