Chennai to Pondicherry Distance

Chennai To Pondicherry

(Pondicherry To Chennai)

Best way to travel from Chennai to Pondicherry

Total distance 148 km
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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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Rajesh

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  • Rajesh
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Rajesh
2.5/7
Posted 3 days ago 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
Bus operator: MTC
Bus Type:
  • A/C
Trip Includes:  Sathya Residency | Pondicherry Beach
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Kumar Kumar

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  • Kumar Kumar
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Kumar Kumar
4.5/7
Posted Feb 25, 2016 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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Bus operator: SRM Travels
Bus Type:
  • A/C
This bus has:
  • TV/Entertainment
  • Charging Point
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Gokul

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Gokul
6/7
Posted Feb 15, 2016 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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Train name (Train no): Chennai - Puducherry Passenger (56037)
Tickets booked:
  • Tatkal
This train has:
  • On-time
Boarding Station: Tambaram
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  • Books/Newspaper to buy
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Last Station: Puducherry
 7.00/7
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Chandresh punjabi
6/7
Posted Nov 26, 2015 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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Car Type:
  • Sedan
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Food/Dhabas
Route Taken:Nagapattinam-Chennai Hwy
Trip Includes:  Ginger Hotel | Auroville
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Ashok Mela
6/7
Posted Nov 21, 2015 Nov 21, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
We were lucky to have a pleasant weather right from Chennai to Pondicherry. It was cloudy and drizzling all the way. We took a right turn before entering Pondicherry city to avoid city traffic. We reached our hotel Grand Serenaa via Auroville. There were enough gas stations on the way and quite a few places to dine. There were also few resorts on the way. Most of the road is covered by dense trees on both side that it makes the drive even memorable.
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Car Type:
  • Hatchback
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  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:Rajiv Gandhi IT Expy and E Coast Rd
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Once we got an opportunity to stay in Hotel Surguru, Pondicherry located very much in the heart of the city. This hotel is pretty famous not just for the travellers but also for the locals as they visit the Restaurant here which serves very good food. Especially the meals in the restaurant are...more »
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Chennai to Pondicherry By Train (133 Km)

Chennai ––› Pondicherry
By Train 133 Km
Chennai to Pondicherry by Train (133 Km)
Train No. Train Name Origin Dep. Arr. Days Of Run
Che... Pon... M T W T F S S
16115 Aurovile Express Chennai Egmore 18:10 22:00 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
12898 Bbs Pdy Express Chennai Egmore 09:20 13:20 N Y N N N N N
22404 Ndls Pdy Exp Chennai Egmore 14:40 18:45 N N N N N N Y
56037 Chennai - Puducherry Passenger Chennai Egmore 06:35 11:05 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
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Chennai to Pondicherry By Car/Taxi (133 Km)

Vehicle Approx. Fare/Km (Rs) Approx. Cost (Rs)
Tata Indica A/C 11 1463
Toyota Qualis 11 1463
Hyundai Santro A/C 12 1596
Mahindra Scopio A/C 12 1596
Chevrolet Tavera A/C 13 1729
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