Pondicherry to Chennai Distance

Pondicherry To Chennai

(Chennai To Pondicherry)

Best way to travel from Pondicherry to Chennai

Total distance 154 km
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The distance between Pondicherry and Chennai, is almost 155 km. It takes a little more than three hours, to reach Chennai from Pondicherry, by road. The best way to travel to Chennai from Pondicherry, is by car. From Pondicherry Station, take the East Coast Road to reach Marakkanam, after 34 km. Continue on the road for another 18 km, to reach Edakalinadu and then cross Puddupattinam, to reach Mamallapuram after 42 km. From Mamallapuram, Chennai is just 60 km away. One can take small break at Edakalinadu, for refills and snacks.

Transport options from Pondicherry to Chennai

Pondicherry to Chennai By Car: Hire a cab from Pondicherry to Chennai, which takes around 3 hours. The cost of cabs ranges from INR7 to INR24 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Ideal for families, kids and group travellers.

Pondicherry to Chennai By Bus: Take a bus from Pondicherry to Chennai, which takes around 3 hours. Chennai bus station is located at a distance of around 3 km from the city centre and can be reached by bus, auto-rickshaw, rickshaw or cab. Travelling by bus is economical and recommended for individual travellers and youngsters.

Pondicherry to Chennai By Train: Take a direct train from Pondicherry to Chennai that takes 4 hours. Chennai Railway Station is located at a distance of about 3 km from the city centre and can be covered by auto-rickshaw, bus or cab. Ideal for group travellers, seniors and families.

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Bhargava Kumar

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Bhargava Kumar
6/7
Posted 1 month ago Jun 28, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
The east coast road from Pondicherry to Chennai is full off natural and heritage sites. We started our journey from Pondicherry at 08:30 Am and enjoyed beaches, boat house etc. One must visit Maamallapuram (Mahabalipuram). Mahabalipuram is more known for its historical importance of the Pallava Dynasty. A port city of the Pallava Dynasty. It is one of the world heritage sites. It is a small town. Must see places are Arjuna's Penance, Varaha Cave Temple, five Rathas, light house etc, but the main attraction is of course the sea shore temple. My experience is that the its a small town with narrow roads and no systematic parking so after entering into the town one must hire local convenience.

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Puducherry-ECR-Maamallapuram-ECR-Chennai.

Total distance covered 164Kms. (Actual) in 8. 30Hrs. With visit to Maamallapuram.

Total Toll paid Rs. 95

Road condition : Good.
Car Type:
  • Hatchback
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Accomodation
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:East Coast Road
Trip Includes:  La Woods Hotel
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Devi Narayanasamy

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Devi Narayanasamy
4/7
Posted Apr 16, 2014 Apr 16, 2014
Mode of Transport:Car
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 some late afternoon and then travel to Chennai after 4 pm or so.
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Route Taken:Rajiv Gandhi IT Expy and E Coast Rd
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If you are looking for a resort in the true sense, here is one. The Big beach resort provides a calm atmosphere away from the hassles of the city. Decent amount of activities to involve through out the day, a lovely pool and private beach to relax during anytime of the day and last but not the...more »
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Praveen
6/7
Posted Dec 26, 2014 Dec 26, 2014
Mode of Transport:Car
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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Car Type:
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This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
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  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:Old Mahabalipuram Rd/OMR/Rajiv Gandhi IT Expy and E Coast Rd
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I have been to Sea View Resort once with my friends and found this place to be quite accommodative and cost effective too. The property is small and give you a feel as if you are walking into a flat rather than a resort, Interior construction too suggests the same. But its neat, clean and well...more »
Trip Includes:  | Pondicherry
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Abishiek
3.5/7
Posted Nov 13, 2013 Nov 13, 2013
Mode of Transport:Bus
We stayed for four days and enjoyed every moment. Please remember to carry a sunscreen as it is very sunny. Definitely try out the French cuisines. Especially Bakers Street, Auroville, Boulangere, the best place to enjoy the sea-beaches. I didn't find any good restaurants there. You can hire any bike there to roam around. Rent will be 250-300 rupees per day. But you need to go to market place to relax and to spend a leisure holiday. Take ECR Road from Chennai, can visit Mahaliburam, salt producing fields in Marakanam fishing areas in the coastal region and French settlements.
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Bus operator: SETC
Bus Type:
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Bikas Kumar
6.5/7
Posted Sep 27, 2014 Sep 27, 2014
Mode of Transport:Bus
First suggestion is never go by train from Chennai to Pondicherry. Always go by bus and ask the bus conductor if it goes by bypass then donít board in those buses. Board only on ECR buses else you will miss the ECR scenic beauty.

While passing through ECR it was like heaven. Road along the sea beaches. Carry you eatables. Itís just 3 and half hour journey so no problem at all but carry your drinking water itís advisable.

Lots of bus options are there but SETC is the best in both non AC as well as AC category. So if you get SETC bus luxury one go for it. Fare is mere 20 rupees more than the simple buses.
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Bus operator: PRTC
Bus Type:
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Pondicherry to Chennai By Train (133 Km)

Pondicherry ––› Chennai
By Train 133 Km
Pondicherry to Chennai by Train (133 Km)
Train No. Train Name Origin Dep. Arr. Days Of Run
Pon... Che... M T W T F S S
16116 Aurovile Express Puducherry 05:35 09:30 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
12897 Pdy Bbs Express Puducherry 18:30 22:10 N N Y N N N N
22403 Pdy Ndls Expres Puducherry 09:05 13:00 N N Y N N N N
56038 Puducherry - Chennai Passenger Puducherry 15:15 20:15 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
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Tata Indica A/C 11 1463
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