12 days in Pondicherry & Chennai Itinerary

12 days in Pondicherry & Chennai Itinerary

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Pondicherry
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Chennai
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanniga Parameswari Temple, stop by Ma Pondy Cherie, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Varadaraja Perumal Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mailam Murugan Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pondicherry trip itinerary builder tool.

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 7th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chennai.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Historic Sites · Shopping

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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.
Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple and St. Thomas Mount National Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Vadapalani Murugan Temple and Aarupadai Veedu Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu), Mahabalipuram (Tiger Cave, Shore Temple, &more) and Sri Sathyanathaswami Temple (in Kanchipuram). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ananthaa Padmanabha Swaamy Temple, don't miss a visit to Kamakshi Amman Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Church, and see the interesting displays at Chennai Rail Museum.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Chennai journey maker app.

Getting from Pondicherry to Chennai by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March in Chennai, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 74°F at night.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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