6 days in Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram & Chennai Itinerary

6 days in Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram & Chennai Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Pondicherry
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Chennai
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Mumbai

3
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rock Beach, Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Matrimandir. It doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Kalinka Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Pondicherry tour itinerary planner.

Mumbai to Pondicherry is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Matrimandir
Highlights from your plan
Rock Beach ©
Rock Beach
Kalinka Art Gallery ©
Kalinka Art Gallery
Sri Aurobindo Ashram ©
Sri Aurobindo Ashram

1
night
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas.

Before you visit Mahabalipuram, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tiger Cave ©
Tiger Cave
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas

1
night
Chennai

Chennai
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Chennai visit planning tool.

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Chennai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January in Chennai, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 25th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Shopping Nightlife

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