Chennai to Pondicherry

Travelling from Chennai to Pondicherry -

By BusChennai to Pondicherry bus is the easiest option as there are plenty of state-run as well as private buses that operate between the two places. The buses that operate between Chennai and Pondicherry are available from the main bus stands and the duration is around 2 to 5 hours depending on the travels.

By Train – Travellers can avail a Chennai to Pondicherry train as there are trains available every single day between the two places. The total time for travel is 4 hours 30 minutes. Travel from Chennai to Pondicherry over a nice, long weekend with family. The distance between the two places are very close and Pondicherry is a very popular route for many people looking for a weekend getaway from Chennai city.

By FlightChennai to Pondicherry flight travel is not possible. Closest airport is Chennai only, as Pondy does not have an airport.

By Road – The total Chennai to Pondicherry distance is about 171 kilometres. Chennai to Pondicherry by road takes about 3 hours 30 minutes. The road is very scenic as it is the East Coast Road that stretches all the way from Chennai up till Pondicherry. For one to travel to Pondicherry from Chennai, there are many ways. Bu the best option on how to reach Pondicherry from Chennai is to drive with a reliable driver for the scenic East Coast Road.

Pondicherry – Paradise Beaches

On the southeast Coromandel Coast of India lies the union territory of Pondicherry also known as ‘Puducherry.’ It has recorded history only after the colonial powers such as the Dutch French landed on Indian soil.

Sightseeing in Pondicherry

There are many sightseeing in Pondicherry as it is an ideal stop if you want to visit a place with a rich cultural heritage and later spend time at the beach. Pondicherry has some of the most beautiful cathedrals in India. Tourists should take some time out of their schedule to visit a few like The Basilica of The Sacred Heart of Jesus .The top tourist attractions are, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, take a walk into the town’s French and Indian Quarter. The town of Pondicherry has enticing Tamil and French architecture and if you have the time. Soak up the sun and try out a few beach sports on Plage Paradiso beach. Also visit the rocky beach of Promenade.

Accommodation

There are more than enough places for hotels in Pondicherry for tourists to fit all budgets. For an authentic feel of Pondicherry rent out a guest house at the beach or stay at a beach side resort where the beach would be a stone’s throw away. There are also other accommodations available such as villas and other guest homes.


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Arvindan

Arvindan, Chennai,
Tourist
2 Reviews | 1 View

Good journey

Jul 11, 2016
Mode of Transport: Car

It was a huge traffic from Perungaluthur to Chengalpet. After that it was a very pleasant journey. Tollgates are not much crowded. Road conditions are good. There are many coffee shops, good restaurants, good safety sign boards. Even though the temperature was very high due to prevailing summer but still it is manageable only.

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    • SUV
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    • National Highway 45
Rajesh

Rajesh, Chennai,
Tourist
3 Reviews

Bus ride was terrible

Jun 23, 2016
Mode of Transport: Bus

The bus was an AC bus by MTC the punctuality at the boarding point was not that much bad but the punctuality at the destination was very poor, even though it was an ECR ride but the driving was not that much appreciatable.
And in meanwhile the bus condition was very worst the a/c was not working properly

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Kumar Kumar

Kumar, Chennai,
Tourist
1 Review | 5 Views

Happy journey

Feb 25, 2016
Mode of Transport: Bus

Reached to the departed place half an hour before but due to heavy traffic service provider delayed to departure the bus even the driver taken precautions to reach the destination by taking less time on snack time stops. We can watch the best beach view while traveling.

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    • A/C
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Gokul

Gokul,
Tourist
11 Reviews | 2 Views

A long journey

Feb 15, 2016
Mode of Transport: Train

It will take 3 to 4 hours and initially you will feel the rush since it runs at the office hours. The last two hours of the journey is nice as there will be no rush. Train leaves Chennai by 6:40 AM and reaches Puducherry by 10:50 AM. It reaches Tambaram by 6:50 AM and Villupuram by 9:40. These are the only places you get good food.

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    • Tatkal
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Chandresh punjabi

Chandresh punjabi,
Explorer
13 Reviews | 2 Views

Good journey

Nov 26, 2015
Mode of Transport: Taxi

We took a taxi from Airport Area in Chennai, Mars Classic Hotel in Chennai at around 10.30 AM in the Morning. The roads were very Good. We reached Pondicherry in around 3 and Half Hours at around 1.00 PM. On the way you can Visit Mahabalipuram, but we had bypassed and went straight to puducherry.

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    • Sedan
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    • Petrol pumps
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    • Route Taken:
    • Nagapattinam-Chennai Hwy

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