By train it takes around 35 hours to travel 2,183 km from Delhi to Chennai, which means passengers spend two nights on the train. Most travellers on this route choose to either break up the journey by stopping on route for a night or two, or they choose to fly from Delhi to Chennai, which takes slightly under 3 hours.
Train Times from Delhi to Chennai
New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS) is one of two train stations in Delhi from which trains to Chennai depart.
|Chennai Central Station
|06:20 (+1 day)
|07:10 (+1 day)
Delhi Sarai Rohilla Railway Station (DEE) is the other train station in Delhi from which trains to Chennai depart.
|Delhi Sarai Rohilla
|Chennai Central Station
|06:20 (+2 days)
- Fastest Train: The fastest train from Delhi to Chennai is Train #12616 (Grand Turk Express) which is scheduled to complete the journey in 32 hours 40 minutes.
- Slowest Train: The slowest train from Delhi to Chennai is Train #12622 departing (Tamil Nadu SF Express) which is scheduled to complete the journey in 35 hours 40 minutes.
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Location of New Delhi Railway Station
New Delhi Railway Station is 1.3 km from Connaught Place.
Location of Delhi Sarai Rohilla Station
Delhi Sarai Rohilla Railway Station is 5.6 km from Connaught Place.
Location of Chennai Central Station
Chennai Central Station is 5.4 km from Sri Parthasarathy Temple.
Mahabalipuram near Chennai
The temples of Mahabalipuram date back to the 7th and 8th Centuries and have been granted UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site contains over 400 monuments and temples, some of which are free standing structures and some of which are carved into the rock of the local hills and boulders.
The best known temples are the Shore Temples which have pyramid shaped roofs rising in 5 tiers to a sharp top point. These temples are visible from the sea and early European visitors viewing the temples from afar on board ships believed them to be Chinese style pagodas, and for this reason the Shore Temples have been known as the ‘Seven Pagodas’ for many centuries, although of course these are Hindu temples and not pagodas.
The early history of the temple sites, who built them, and why they built them in Mahabalipuram is the subject of much speculation. Exploration of the seabed close to Mahabalipuram has revealed evidence that many more temples, and other buildings, once stood in the area and have now been submerged by the sea. There are some theories that Mahabalipuram has a much longer history prior to the construction of the temples as a major sea port referred to in ancient writings of Greek and Roman explorers.
Whilst Mahabalipuram’s past remains unknown, there is much more certainty about the future of this important collection of old buildings with the Indian authorities taking an active interest in their preservation and making the required financial support available to the Archaeological Survey of India for their conservation work in Mahabalipuram.