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distance between velankanni and chennai

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distance between velankanni and chennai

how far is velankanni from chennai centre? by car? in kms? can one travel back and forth in one day?

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1. Re: distance between velankanni and chennai

Velankanni, the other side of Pondicherry, is around 265 kms from Chennai, along the Coromandel Coast.

It takes about 3 - 4 hours by car to get from Chennai to Pondicherry (depending on time of day & traffic), so add another 30min - 1hr to that for Velankanni, I'd think.

Can you do that in a day? Well, yes - if you leave REALLY EARLY, spend only a few hours' sightseeing, and drive back to arrive fairly late.

If you do that, make sure you have an AC car, professional driver familiar with Indian traffic, a good radio station/ CD player, and PLENTY of water with you.

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2. Re: distance between velankanni and chennai

chennai velankanni is around 356 kilometers via pondicherry

it will take around 8 hours comfortable journey including one hr of break

Till pondicerry - kudallore -chidambaram road is okay.

From chidambaram- velankanni around 70 kms round is narrow.

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3. Re: distance between velankanni and chennai

Although traffic is heavier during the day, it is much safer to travel south from Chennai during the daylight rather than at night. It is possible to book cabs in Chennai for multiple days on your trip south, so you will always have a car available.

If you don’t know your way around, try asking at hotel desks for the names of reputable car service companies, with whom you can negotiate directly. Instead of taking tourist cabs that pull up in front of hotels, walk outside the gates and down the road to find local, cheaper cabs. If you find a driver you like, he can be used for repeat business or multi-day trips. For the full local flavor, take a three wheeler.

Always negotiate the fare before boarding a cab or three wheeler. Try for a fixed fee, rather than running off the meters, which can be rigged. I tip twenty percent, which is more than local standards, but worth it.

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4. Re: distance between velankanni and chennai

You may want to consider taking an early morning train, or an overnigth train that reaches a nearby station , and catch an evening train back. I think that can be done without much stress. Take a local cab to do the local travel and travel in an a/c coach for the long distance part.

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5. Re: distance between velankanni and chennai

Forget doing in one day by car.

Best way is to take a train from Chennai.

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6. Re: distance between velankanni and chennai

I would like to know the distance and the rates of your packages, bus and car seperately.......

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7. Re: distance between velankanni and chennai

Hi drakkula

I am not sure where is the package you are talking about . . . . This forum is for sharing travel experiences. However, see if the following info helps you make your plans . . . .

Velankanni is almost 375 KMS from Chennai. The following ar the options:

Cab: The quickest route would be Chennai- Mahabalipuram (ECR)- Pondy- Cuddalore- Chidambram- Sirkali- Karaikal- Nagapattinam- Velankanni if you are taking a cab from Chennai. Cab rates can be had from any of the cab companies.

Vellankanni is also well connected by extremely comfortable buses (i am told there are sleeperets in some of these !!). There are quite a few operators, but the famous ones are Rathi Meena. Their website should give you details(www.rathimeena.co.in). The bus rates are on the site.

Train: You will need to take an overnighter from Chennai to Mayiladuthurai (earlier called Mayavaram) and either take a local cab or bus to Velankanni. www.irctc.co.in will give you the train rates.



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