18 days in Chennai & Pondicherry Itinerary

18 days in Chennai & Pondicherry Itinerary

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Chennai
— 14 nights
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Pondicherry
— 3 nights
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Chennai

— 14 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary. Take a break from the city and head to Marina Beach and Mahishasuramardini Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chennai: DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu), Covelong Beach (in Covelong) and Mahabalipuram (Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Shore Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, immerse yourself in nature at Anna Nagar Tower Park, steep yourself in history at Ekambareswarar Temple, and admire the striking features of San Thome Church.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chennai travel itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Chennai International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in December, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Pondicherry

— 3 nights

Europe of India

South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Paradise Beach has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): make a trip to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then stroll through Seaside Promenade, and finally look for gifts at Ma Pondy Cherie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rock Beach, and then kick back and relax at Serenity Beach.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry trip planner.

Getting from Chennai to Pondicherry by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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