Pondicherry is located at a distance of around 159 km from Chennai and is well-connected by roadways and railways.
However, the best way to reach Pondicherry from Chennai is by car, a journey of around 3 hours. The places covered between Chennai to Pondicherry include Chennai - 60km -> Mamallapuram - 42km -> Edakalinadu - 48km (Take NH 45A Cuddalore road cross Marakkanam) -> Kottakuppam - 9km (Continue on Cuddalore road)-> Pondicherry.
There are several petrol pumps of Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and HP, apart from hospitals, ATMs and road-side dhabas on the route.
Transport options from Chennai to Pondicherry
Chennai to Pondicherry By Car: Hire a cab from Chennai to Pondicherry, which takes around 3 hours. Approximate cost of cab per kilometre ranges between INR 9 and INR 24, depending upon the type of car. Ideal for families and group travellers.
Chennai to Pondicherry By Bus: Take a direct bus from Chennai to Pondicherry, which takes around 3 hours. The buses operating on this route are private tourist buses as well as A/C Volvo buses. Ideal for backpackers, individual travellers and groups.
Chennai to Pondicherry By Train: No direct train is available from Chennai to Pondicherry. However, you can take a train from Chennai Perambur station to Villlupuram, the nearest railway station to Pondicherry, which takes around 1 hour. Pondicherry city centre is around 50 km away from Villlupuram Junction and can be reached by auto-rickshaw, or bus. Ideal for families, senior citizens and groups.
East Coast Road is worth driving on. On one side you see farmlands and on the other side you see the sea. It is completely work the trip to drive down, any other mode of transportation would make you miss the awesome sight. You do cross Mahabalipuram, which is a good historic place to stop by and take a breather.
The road widening process was in progress and couldn't enjoy the drive. Need to review later once it is done. The view of the drive can be enjoyed once this is completed. Typical South Indian style. The greenery makes it a pleasant trip. After Mamallapuram for a while you cannot find much of retiring options.
This route has:
Old Mahabalipuram Rd/OMR/Rajiv Gandhi IT Expy and E Coast Rd
It was good and sometimes it's bad due to last minute plans for the journey but most of the time I enjoyed my trip when ever I managed to book and reached the bus destination on time. It's little fast but sometimes scarier the way the bus driver drove the bus.
I travelled from Chennai to Pondicherry by bus and it was awesome. It's the journey which I will remember the whole of my life. Earlier I was sceptic about using the site for reservation but it was worth it. I had the best time of my life.
I am sure you will enjoy the drive as itís along the coast. There are lot of hotels and places to eat and in case you want to relax for a bit then the beaches are a good place to go to. There are not many hotels to go to in Pondicherry but you should not miss Baker Street in M.G road. You will get one of the best burgers ever there. Overall itís a good place to go to with your friends. Book hotels a week ago in case you are planning to drop in on a weekend.
Pondicherry Information - Welcome to Pondicherry - In this Web site, you will find information on all aspects of Pondicherry. The main languages spoken are Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, English and French.
Government of Pondicherry - Pondicherry Government portal covering diverse topics including health, tourism, culture, climate, Tenders and e-Governance.
Pondicherry Tourism - Pondicherry Tourism Government portal - Official website of Dept. of Tourism, covers Places of Interest in Pondicherry, List of Beaches in Pondicherry etc.,
Other Useful Links
Weather - Weather forecast for Pondicherry with a fast, easy to use interface. Includes weather maps, graphics and radar images.
Intach, Pondicherry - Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage is dedicated to heritage conservation and awareness. Intach has been working with the Government of Pondicherry and the public to conserve the architectural heritage and townscape of Pondicherry.
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