The distance between Chennai and Velankanni, is almost 320 km. It takes well above seven hours to reach Velankanni, by road. The best way to reach Velankanni from Chennai, is by bus. Many buses run every day from Chennai to Velankanni. The most comfortable buses will cost you anywhere from Rs. 240 to Rs. 340, though there are cheaper buses available as well. The buses run basically on following two routes.
1. Chennai - Tindivanam - Pondicherry - Cuddalore - Chidambaram - Sirkali - Karaikal - Nagapattinam - Velankanni.
2. Chennai - ECR - Pondicherry - Cuddalore - Chidambaram - Sirkali - Karaikal - Nagapattinam - Velankanni.
Transport options from Chennai to Velankanni
Chennai to Velankanni By Bus: Take a direct bus from Chennai to Velankanni, which takes around 6 hours. Velankanni Bus Station is less than a kilometre from the Velankanni city centre. Travelling by bus is ideal for backpackers and individual travellers.
Chennai to Velankanni By Car: Hire a cab or take a car from Chennai to Velankanni, which takes around 6 hours. The cost of cab ranges from INR9 to INR25 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Recommended for group travellers and families with kids and seniors.
Chennai to Velankanni By Train: Take a train from Chennai to Nagapattinam, the nearest railway station to Velankanni, which takes around 9 hours. Velankanni city centre is located at a distance of about 12 km from Nagapattinam Railway Station and can be reached by taxi. Ideal for group travellers and families with seniors and kids.
I am staying in Chennai and planned to go to Velankani church for summer holidays. I took my car and drove self. I went the route in ECR. It's was a pleasant trip. I enjoyed very well. Totally 6 hours travel to reach Velankani. There room are available and the room cost was very average. Totally the trip was awesome.
We took the road via Trichy after staying for a night in Trichy. The road was fabulous upto Tanjore and then the nightmare started. Till Nagapattinam the roads were winding and quite dangerous at times. Even then the ride was smooth and after Nagapattinam the roads were good.
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This is the train that will start from Chennai Egmore and my boarding point is from Tambaram. It will reach Tambaram by 11 pm. The train journey is good and comfortable, but we have to book the ticketís two months before and there are number of buses also available to Velankani but I prefer train.
The journey from Chennai to Velankkani is quite cool but the major factor is food was not provided sufficiently. There is 11.15 pm train from Chennai Egmore to Velankanni. AC sleeper is good but toilets are not good at sufficient places. The only train from Chennai to Velankanni is Velankanni Express.
The train we travelled was a 1st class Air conditioned, the compartment was very spacious and had clean and hygienic toilet. The service in the train was good they assisted with clean and good blankets. The destination was very close to the station so we had no time to waste like before.
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