Road Trips around Chennai
Once you’ve explored all the exciting sights in Chennai, head out of the city and take a journey along one of India’s great roads. The East Coast Road runs along the Bay of Bengal and offers spectacular scenery and wild beaches. Hop out of your hire car for a break at the beach clubs and restaurants along the coast between Chennai and the next major town southwards, Mahabalipuram.
Take the time to wander around Mahabalipuram, which is rich in exquisite ancient stone temples on the UNESCO World Heritage list. But before you even reach the town, stop at Cholamandal Artists’ Village. This artists’ commune was founded in 1966 and features fine examples of modern Indian art among its studios and galleries.
Before you end your Indian odyssey, drive your rental car further south to Puducherry, one of the most attractive legacies of French colonial rule. Formerly known as Pondicherry, the city is like a slice of France in South India, with French-style villas, restaurants and road signs.
Hiring a car in Chennai opens up a whole world of Indian adventures.