Chennai-Pondicherry Road Trip: 5 Best Places To Eat On Route

by Sanjana Shenoy
Chennai-Pondicherry Road Trip: 5 Best Places To Eat On Route

A road trip from Chennai to Pondicherry would entail mesmerising views, pitstops for sightseeing at UNESCO World Heritage Site Mahabalipuram, boating at Muttukadu and crocodile spotting at the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust. Well, the pitstops are as awaited as the destination. It would take you around 3.5 hours to cover 160 km from Chennai to Pondicherry. If you’re looking for amazing restaurants on the way for delicious meals, rejuvenation and bathroom breaks, then here’s are curated list.

1. ECR Dhaba In ECR Road

It’s no secret that the most popular road from a Chennai-Pondicherry road trip is the East Coast Road (ECR). Running along the Bay of Bengal coast, this road promises you gorgeous sea views. When you’re driving on ECR, do make a pitstop at the famous ECR Dhaba. This eatery offers you an outdoor dining experience with a thatched roof giving you shade from the scorching sun and sea breeze relaxing you on the go. Gorge on lip-smacking North Indian, South Indian and seafood delicacies and don’t forget their bestseller, Butter Chicken.

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2. Kipling Cafe In  Akkarai

If you want to pamper yourself on your special road trip with bae, then just head to Kipling Café in Akkarai, on the ECR stretch. A haven for couples, this cosy cafe offers you a forest-like ambience during the day and a romantic candle-light dinner at night. Gorge on fancy dishes like Spinach Ravioli, Pad Thai noodles and Chicken Satay as you spend quality time with bae. End your meal on a sweet note with the creamy, decadent New York Cheesecake.


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3. A2B Veg Restaurant In Mahabalipuram

A no-nonsense, quick highway diner, Adyar Anand Bhavan (A2B) will instantly satiate your road trip hunger pangs with nourishing South Indian food. Nestled around 130 km from Chennai, in Mahabalipuram, A2B is known for serving delicious idlis, dosas, upma during the day. And wholesome vegetarian South Indian thalis for lunch. If you reach A2B in the evening, energise yourself with a strong cup of filter coffee and crispy vada.

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4. L’attitude 49 In Mahabalipuram

L’attitude 49 is located near the 8th Century Shore Temple of Mahabalipuram, inside the Grand Bay Resort. Sit by the poolside and enjoy a platter of seafood delicacies like Cajun Grilled Fish, Calamari Roast and Prawn Fritters. Vegetarians can feast on interesting starters like Beetroot Chaap, Zaatar Naan & Spiced Curd. If you’re hungry enough to eat a horse, then opt for the reasonably priced buffets, as you make beautiful memories with your loved ones.


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5. Hot Dosai In Navalur

Anytime is a perfect time to have a hot, crispy dosa right? Dosa lovers! Hot Dosai is the perfect pitstop for a quick, satisfying and nourishing meal to continue your road trip. This vegetarian restaurant in OMR Food Court in Navalur is a favourite among travellers. From Masala Dosa, Ghee Rava Dosa to unique ones like Gobi Masala Dosa & Mushroom Masala Dosa, you’d be spoilt for choice. There are also other tiffin items, soups, North Indian curries, Chettinad preparations and thalis to tantalise your tastebuds.

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Well, foodies and travel enthusiasts, this was our list of the best restaurants to make a pitstop on a Chennai-Pondicherry road trip. Hope you enjoy the food pit stops as much as the destination.