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Popular as the French town in India, Pondicherry is a beautiful city on the east coast of India. Pondicherry was the largest French colony in India and one can still see the French influence in the city. This beach town has a lot to offer to tourists. Auroville is one of the major attractions here. Also Read - Road Trip: Here's How You Can Reach Thanjavur From Chennai by Road
If you haven’t visited Pondy yet, you certainly should plan a trip soon. And here’s some help planning a trip to Pondicherry. Pondicherry can be easily reached from Chennai. It is located 169.3 km from Chennai. Also Read - Road Trip: Here's How You Can Reach Rameswaram From Chennai by Road
The Metropolitan city of Chennai is well connected to different parts of India through railways. So, one can reach Chennai and then continue the further journey to Pondicherry. From Chennai, one can take a bus to Pondy from one of Asias largest bus depots CMBT (Chennai Moffusil Bus Terminus). Non-AC as well as AC buses are available from CMBT at a nominal ticket fare. The road from Chennai to Pondicherry is called the East Coast Road (ECR), which is a scenic road, we must tell you! This route passes through Mahabalipuram, Kalpakkam, Pudupattinam, Idaikkazhinadu (Alamparai Fort also called Alambara Fort), Mudaliarkuppam (has a boathouse), Marakkanam (contains large areas under salt pans), Kanagachettikulam/Kalapet, etc.
From Chennai there is umpteen number of trains to reach Pondicherry, like Chennai Egmore – Puducherry Passenger and Chennai Egmore-Guruvayur Express to name a few.
By Flight: Pondicherry is fairly connected by air to the metropolitans of India. From Chennai, one can fly to Pondicherry, and the journey takes approximately an hour.