12 days in Pondicherry & Chennai Itinerary

12 days in Pondicherry & Chennai Itinerary

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Pondicherry
— 2 nights
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Chennai
— 9 nights

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Pondicherry

— 2 nights

Europe of India

South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Varadaraja Perumal Temple, then take in the exciting artwork at Tasmai, a Centre for Art & Culture, and finally enjoy the sea views from Pondicherry Lighthouse. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Matrimandir, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mailam Murugan Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pondicherry road trip site.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Chennai International Airport, Tiruchirapally Civil Airport Airport and Kempegowda International Airport. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chennai.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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Chennai

— 9 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Vadapalani Murugan Temple and Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shore Temple and DakshinaChitra Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Mahabalipuram (Pancha Rathas, Tiger Cave, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ramakrishna Math, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Church, see the interesting displays at Chennai Rail Museum, and steep yourself in history at Vivekananda House.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chennai trip planner.

Drive from Pondicherry to Chennai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. February in Chennai sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F at night.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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