10 days in Chennai & Pondicherry Itinerary

10 days in Chennai & Pondicherry Itinerary

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Chennai
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pondicherry
— 3 nights
Drive to Chennai International Airport, Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport

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Chennai

— 4 nights

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vadapalani Murugan Temple and Kamakshi Amman Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shirdi Sai Baba Temple and St Mary's Church. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Thomas Mount National Shrine, kick back and relax at Marina Beach, and see the interesting displays at Chennai Rail Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chennai trip itinerary planner.

Washington, USA to Chennai is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Washington to Chennai. In March, Chennai is much hotter than Washington - with highs of 93°F and lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
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Pondicherry

— 3 nights

Europe of India

South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Varadaraja Perumal Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges and Pondicherry Botanical Gardens. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, enjoy the sea views from Old Lighthouse, look for all kinds of wild species at Sadhana Forest, and stroll through Paradise Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Pondicherry trip planning site.

You can drive from Chennai to Pondicherry in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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