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Missing the sea? Plan this sea-view itinerary from Chennai to Pondicherry during the lockdown

While working from home seemed like a refreshing change from the monotonous 9-to-5 routine during the first few weeks of the lockdowns, a lot has changed now. We have all been stuck at our respective homes for more than a hundred days now – so much so that folks have started missing going to the office.


For all of you tired souls who love the sea but are seeking refuge in the offices, here’s an incredible itinerary for you. Getaway from your mundane life for a few days, rejuvenate your soul and return to your work, more charged up and productive than ever. All you need is a safe, COVID-proof Chennai to Pondicherry car rental with a driver. You can try Savaari – their cars are safe and well sanitized and they also offer COVID insurance to their customers.

Chennai to Pondicherry by Road

Take the East Coast Road (CSR or SH49), along the Bay of Bengal. The distance from Chennai to Pondicherry is about 150 km and takes close to 4 hours for the journey.

Start your trip early in the morning to catch the sunrise whilst enjoying the stunning views of the coastline, soaking in the sea-breeze.

Make the following pit stops along the way:

  1. Mahabalipuram: A UNESCO world heritage site, Mahabalipuram is an architectural marvel with its breathtaking monuments built between 7th and 9th centuries by the Pallav dynasty. Arjuna’s Penance, Krishna’s Butterball and Sea Shore Temple are a few must-see places in Mahabalipuram. Do not miss the Thiruvanmiyur Beach, ECR Beach or Kovalam Beach on the way!
  1. Kalpakkam: Famous for the atomic power plant, Kalpakkam has a hidden gem. The Sadras fort, whose history dates back to the eighteenth century, was once resided by the Dutch. Stop over for visiting some unexplored beaches and a bridge which offers a splendid view of sea and backwaters.
  1. Auroville: Take a short detour to head over to the universal township of Auroville. Visit the famous ferrero rocher Matrimandir building and then make your way to the golden and black vulcan Auroville Beach to enjoy its beautiful shoreline.


Head to the colorful union territory of Pondicherry, the remarkable confluence of Portugese and French culture. Dotted with pristine beaches, charming French quarters, rustic lanes and cozy cafes, Pondicherry offers a laid back yet adventurous vibes to its tourists. Visit the famous Paradise Beach, Serenity Beach and Auro Beach for a healthy dose of vitamin sea. In fact, the city is best explored by hiring a full day taxi in Pondicherry. Some of the other best places to explore are Aurobindo Ashram, Lord Ganesha temple, Chunnambar Boat House and Promenade.

Since the entire stretch lies within Tamilnadu, you wouldn’t have to go through the interstate travel formalities. So, go ahead and take that long-awaited trip. The only thing you need to be cautious about is your safety. Avoid crowded areas, and be mindful of your accommodation and commute options. Relax and unwind in a short weekend getaway to rejuvenate your soul.

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