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Reaching Puthucherry

• Puducherry is well connected to all districts and major towns of various states like Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. Puducherry is best accessible by road, either by bus or by taxi. There are frequent buses, almost every 15 minutes in the day from Chennai’s new bus stand in Koyembedu.

• The closest airport is in Chennai, which is around 160 kms from puducherry (approx. 3 ½ hrs. journey). Chennai has excellent connections with almost all cities in India and direct connection to Europe, USA, Middle East and South East Asia. Trichy airport is 320 kms away. Bangalore (320 kms) and Madurai are the other nearby airports.

• The express buses takes 3 ½ hours to reach Puducherry. Preferably take the buses coming by the East coast Road via Mahabalipuram, instead of the National Highway(via Tindivanam), as the ECR is far more scenic with shimmering sea to give you company most of the way.

• There are frequent buses to Puducherry from places like Chidambaram, Thanjavur, Trichy and Coimbatore. Especially private luxury buses are connecting Puducherry with other major cities in Tamil Nadu and Bangalore.

• Though Puducherry is on the rail map,journey by train to and from Puducherry is not very popular. Villupuram is the nearest junction, it is fairly well connected to places like Chennai, Madurai and Trichy.

By Air

•  The closest airport from Puducherry is in Chennai (160km). The Chennai Airport is divided by the Domestic Terminal and the International Terminal.
•  The Domestic Terminal is connected to all major Indian cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Goa, Pune, etc.
•  The International Terminal is connected to many destinations in Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Africa and North America.
•  Tip: Flight Booking in India - www.makemytrip.com is a website offering good deals on flight ticket booking for travel in India.

By Rail

•  Although Puducherry has a railway station, availability of trains is limited to/from Villupuram and Chennai.
Via Villupuram
•  Villupuram (40km) has a major railway station which is connected to/from the rest of Tamilnadu. Trains are available to/from cities like Puducherry, Madurai, Trichy, Coimbatore, Rameshwaram and Trivandrum.
Via Chennai
•  Chennai has two major railway stations; The Egmore Railway Station and the Chennai Central.
•  Egmore Railway Station connects passengers to/from places across and around Tamil Nadu. The Chennai Central connects passengers to/from all major cities in India.
•  Tip: Train Booking in India - www.irctc.co.in is the official railway website offering online train booking for travel in India.

By Road

•  Puducherry is well connected by road with all major cities in the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Distance Chart 
Auroville - 10km Chennai - 160km
Gingee - 65km Mamallapuram - 100km
Chidambaram - 60km Banglore - 300km
Kancheepuram - 120km Thanjavur - 170km
Thiruvannamalai - 102km Trichy - 200km
Madurai - 320km  
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ACCOMODATION
Puthucherry offers a wide range of accommodation options to the tourists including hotels,furnished homes and guesthouses.
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FOR THE TOURIST
Puthucherry is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. The city has many colonial buildings, churches, temples, and
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SPECIALITY
Pondicherry has a special ambience, not felt anywhere else in India. It is a blend of spiritual aura, French colonial
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PILGRIM CENTERS
There are several Temples, Churches and mosques in Puthucherry.
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