Chennai to Pondicherry

Chennai to Pondicherry distance is 148 kms and its takes approx 3 hrs by road. Out of the 68 reviews shared by travellers, 34% prefer Bus, 2% prefer Train, 64% prefer Car or Cab respectively.

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      Devi

      Chennai

      "Travel was tiresome either ways, because of the weather"

      4/7
      Posted 16 Apr

      Travelled by: Car

      Travelled as: Family

      We decided to travel by our own car, which was driven by my husband. The travel time was expected to be around three hours. The travel was tiresome either ways as we travelled in the hot noon from and to the destination! We took the Dindivanam route to Pondy and it was quite tiresome. My son had travel sickness before we reached the resort and threw out! We took the East Coast Road at the time of returning to Chennai. The return journey wasn\'t as bad though it was hot once again! I would suggest that you do not travel in summer or at least not during the mid-day (which you are forced to as check-in is at 2 pm and check-out is at 10 am). Try to reach Pondy by the morning and spend time there before reaching the resort at two. Similarly, you could spend time in Pondy once again till som ...Read More

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      Murugan Rajmanikam

      Chennai

      "Bus was very much comfortable"

      5/7
      Posted 29 Oct

      Travelled by: Bus

      Travelled as: Couple

      I am a regular user of KPN and using the services of KPN for the last 8 months and through KPN I have been to Pondicherry, Chennai, Trichy, Madurai and specially I want to highlight my travel with KPN to Puducherry, which was best among all the travels. I never seen such a helpful front office guy and they are ready and will come with you even at any given point of time. Room service was awesome and they deliver the food items very promptly. Bus was very much comfortable. All the promises delivered by KPN.

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      praveen

      Bangalore

      "ECR drive is the best!"

      6/7
      Posted 26 Dec

      Travelled by: Car

      Travelled as: Group

      Never miss this opportunity to drive through the ECR. People might warn you about it being unsafe and it is known for its rash driving. If you are a skillful driver who loves the hit the bends rather than taking the boring long straights of high way, this is the road for you. The road quality is better and environment of the road in itself amazing. you might not find much people compared to the GST road but that in itself is the plus out here. Once you pass Mahab's the traffic eases out.

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      FAIZEN

      "The best mode of travel to this place is via bus"

      4.5/7
      Posted 29 Nov

      Travelled by: Car

      Travelled as: Group

      The mode of visit Puducherry was through bus which is the best mode of travel to the place. Even though the route is a bit bumpy bus travel is frequent also train to puducherry, its a nice small place where you will find different cultures and different people, to chill out with. Nice place for a weekend. Good places to eat and the Auro Beach is nice. Affordable stuff and really nice and friendly.

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      BABU PURUSHOTHAMAN

      Delhi

      "Excellent drive in ECR "

      7/7
      Posted 29 Oct

      Travelled by: Car

      Travelled as: Family

      Excellent drive in ECR. It was nearly 150 km from Chennai by ECR and there are loads of places you can stop and relax. I visited Tiruvidanthai, Mahabalipuram, Mutukadu, Kovalam and stopped for coffee@ cafe day in Mahabalipuram. There is no problem in finding eateries and toilet because of well planned stopping places at the right kilometer gaps. Good varieties of food opportunities. My advise is to take the drive in the morning or in the evening to see the beautiful sun in the sea bed.

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      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.


      Return: Pondicherry to Chennai

      Travel by Car/Taxi

      Vehicle Approx. Fare/Km (Rs) Approx. Cost (Rs)
      Tata Indica A/C 11 1474
      Toyota Qualis 11 1474
      Hyundai Santro A/C 12 1608
      Mahindra Scopio A/C 12 1608
      Chevrolet Tavera A/C 13 1742
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      Travel by Train

      Aurovile Express (16115) Origin: Chennai Egmore
      Departure Arrival
      Days of Run
      18:10 22:00
      MON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI, SAT, SUN
      Bbs Pdy Express (12898) Origin: Bhubaneswar
      Departure Arrival
      Days of Run
      09:20 13:20
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      Ndls Pdy Exp (22404) Origin: New Delhi
      Departure Arrival
      Days of Run
      14:40 18:45
      SUN
      Chennai - Puducherry Passenger (56037) Origin: Chennai Egmore
      Departure Arrival
      Days of Run
      06:35 11:05
      MON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI, SAT, SUN

      Top Sightseeing in Pondicherry

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      Recommended for Family Vacation

      "Mother Divine saw light from distance of three miles approximately while sailing towards P... Read More - Kiran sood

      Recommended for Beaches

      "Being close to the sea, you might find the place a bit humid. Get some loose clothes if y... Read More - Arun Dash

      Recommended for Culture & Heritage

      "Sri Aurobindo Ashram , on the beaches of Arabian Sea is a place where you feel the presenc... Read More - Suman

      Recommended for Religious

      "The temple is in the white town of Pondicherry. Easily accessible by road. Recently it was... Read More - Amit

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