10 days in Chennai & Pondicherry Itinerary

10 days in Chennai & Pondicherry Itinerary

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Chennai
— 4 nights
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Pondicherry
— 3 nights

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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Marina Beach and Besant Nagar Beach. Do your shopping at Express Avenue Mall and T Nagar, Ranganathan Street. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chennai: DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu) and Shore Temple (in Mahabalipuram). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, stop by Cane and Bamboo, view the masterpieces at M.Rm.Rm. Cultural Foundation, and visit Pondy Bazaar.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Chennai online travel planner.

Washington DC, USA to Chennai is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Chennai is 10.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in August; daily highs in Chennai reach 95°F and lows reach 77°F. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

DakshinaChitra Museum, Shore Temple
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Shore Temple ©
Shore Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

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Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Paradise Beach and Serenity Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple and Pondicherry Lighthouse. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Sadhana Forest, admire the masterpieces at Svaram, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and go for a stroll along the water at Seaside Promenade.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry holiday planner.

You can drive from Chennai to Pondicherry in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Auroville
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Sadhana Forest ©
Sadhana Forest
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple

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