10 days in Chennai & Pondicherry Itinerary

10 days in Chennai & Pondicherry Itinerary

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Chennai
— 5 nights
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Pondicherry
— 2 nights

5
nights
Chennai

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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Pancha Pandava Cave. Escape the urban bustle at Bay of Life Surf & SUP and Trimurti Cave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chennai: Covelong Beach (in Covelong) and Mahishasuramardini Cave (in Mahabalipuram). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Elliot's Beach, don't miss a visit to Ayappan Temple, stroll through Besant Nagar Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Chennai, Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Chennai trip itinerary app.

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. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in August, with highs in Chennai at 95°F and lows at 77°F. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
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Pondicherry

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South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
On the 9th (Sun), make a trip to Varadaraja Perumal Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Sadhana Forest, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry day trip website.

Drive from Chennai to Pondicherry in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Sadhana Forest
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Sadhana Forest
Scuba & Snorkeling
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Paradise Beach

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