Chidambaram is situated at a distance of around 224 km from Chennai. Known for the famous Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram is well connected to Chennai by road, rail and air.
However, the best way to reach Chidambaram from Chennai is by road, a journey of about 4? hours by car. The places covered between Chennai and Chidambaram are Chennai - 30 km -> Vandalur - 58 km -> Mamandur - 47 km -> Bukkathurai -15 km -> Madurantakam - 145 km -> Chidambaram.
On the way, there are several petrol pumps and ATMs. There are many hotels and restaurants like Rucira Drive In, Sangetha and KTR on the route.
Transport options from Chennai to Chidambaram
Chennai to Chidambaram By Car: By the car: Hire a cab or rent a car to drive down to Chidambaram, which takes around 4 ? hours. This mode is ideal for group travel, with senior citizens and kids. The approximate cost of cab per kilometre ranges between INR 8 and 30, depending upon the type of the car hired.
We booked a cab, searching online, from ARV Travels, Chennai. We travelled about 2000 km Chennai-Chidambaram-Mayiladuthurai-Kumbakonam-Thanjavur-Trichy-Chennai and covered over a 100 ancient temples in 8 days. The driver was very patient, and the Toyota Etios Car was comfortable.
This route has:
Tiruchi Chennai Hwy, Grand Southern Trunk Rd/தேசிய நெடுஞ்சாலை 45 and E Coast Rd
I often cross Pondy to reach Chennai. I use to take both East Coast Road and NH-45. It is very comfortable to travel in NH-45. I use to start early in the morning because the traffic will be less. I use to come over there to attend my office meetings. Mostly I will spend some time in shopping.
I booked a Non A/C sleeper from Chidambaram to Chennai in Tamizh Travels. The departure time was mentioned as 11:59 Pm where as the bus actually came at 2:00 Am. I was made to wait for 3 hours alone with all my luggage. No contact numbers where listed on the message I received. I had to contact Ticket Goose customer care and they provided me two numbers which were both wrong numbers. I contacted customer care again to get their head office number and they lethargically said the departure time was wrongly entered in the Ticketgoose website and asked me to wait for 3 more hours. The staff behavior as well as the bus quality was worst. Never use this bus. Worst experience.