Road trip from Bangalore to Pondicherry

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If you love lazing around, enjoy yoga and meditation by the beach, without risking limb or life, this is your destination. The routes though conjure up layers of small hills to Tamil countryside and water bodies.

Travel time : 5-6 hrs                 Road Quality : 6/10                          Distance :  315 kms

Approximate driving distance on the shortest route is 311 kms* through Krishnagiri NH7 and Thiruvannamalai NH66. Alternately, you could take a longer (375 kms*) but more comfortable route through Vellore NH46 and Thindivanam NH66. A much longer (510 kms*) route would be through Chennai NH49 and East Coast Road SH49.


Deserving detours and pit stops –

Via Thiruvanamalai

Gingee fort is a complex of structures across three hills. Ruled by many dynasties along ages, this is one of the very few surviving forts in Tamil Nadu.


Via Vellore, Arcot and ECR

East Coast Road is a good drive with several small beaches.

Culture vultures should not miss the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Mahabalipuram, known for the shore temples and monuments, mostly cave and structural temples, rock carvings and monolithic chariots.

Arts and crafts enthusiasts will fancy India’s largest artists’ commune Cholamandal Artists’ Village. Also, towards Chennai, Kanchipuram, is known for its namesake silk sarees, has Geographical Indication (GI) tag and could burn a hole in your pocket.


Although petrol stations are available, clean washrooms would be hard to find on the highway.

LIO tips:

Plan to reach Pondicherry to catch the sunrise.

Protected with crash railings, The Golden Quadrilateral highway which connects Indian metros passes through Bangalore onto Chennai. Depending on which route you choose, sections of this route are part of that. Look out for dedicated exits from the highway for pit stops.

Best bits:

Toppur ghat, East Coast Road

Highway eats:

Adyar Anada Bhavan, Krishnagiri


McDonald’s, Soolagiri

Cafe Coffee Day, Soolagiri

Kannan sweet stall, Arcot (Makkan beeda)

Aryaas, Villupuram bypass

Star Biryani Hotel, Arcot (Biryani 11:00 – 13:00 only)

Mamalla, Mahabalipuram bypass, ECR


LifeIsOutside has a collection of hotels, resorts, homestays as heritage and beachside properties and on this route. Explore Places to stay in Pondicherry.

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