10 days in Chennai & Pondicherry Itinerary

10 days in Chennai & Pondicherry Itinerary

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1
Chennai
— 4 nights
2
Pondicherry
— 3 nights

4
nights
Chennai

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Covelong Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bay of Life Surf & SUP and Pancha Pandava Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chennai: Mahabalipuram (Mahishasuramardini Cave, Trimurti Cave, &more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elliot's Beach, wander the streets of Mylapore, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ramakrishna Math, and enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chennai day trip website.

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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in August: high temperatures in Chennai hover around °F and lows are around °F. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mahabalipuram, Bay of Life Surf & SUP, Covelong Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Covelong Beach
Pancha Pandava Cave
Pancha Pandava Cave

3
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Explore hidden gems such as Sadhana Forest and Walking tours. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Paradise Beach. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Promenade.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pondicherry driving holiday website.

You can drive from Chennai to Pondicherry in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Sadhana Forest
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Sadhana Forest
Scuba & Snorkeling
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Paradise Beach

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