11 days in Varkala & Pondicherry Itinerary

11 days in Varkala & Pondicherry Itinerary

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11 days in Varkala & Pondicherry Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  35​h
Varkala
— 4 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:  7​h
Pondicherry
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  27​h
Chicago

4
days
Varkala

A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Visit Kovalam Beach and Lighthouse Beach for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Janardhana Swami Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Varkala side-trips: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Ta Dah, Ramachandran Textiles, & more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Varkala Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through Papasnanam Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Varkala Light House.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Varkala holiday planner.

Chicago, USA to Varkala is an approximately 35-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Chicago to Varkala. In December, Varkala is much hotter than Chicago - with highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Thu) before leaving for Pondicherry.

Things to do in Varkala

Beaches Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kovalam
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Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach
Lighthouse Beach

3
days
Pondicherry

South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple and Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges will appeal to history buffs. Relax by the water at Paradise Beach and Auro Beach. Step out of Pondicherry with an excursion to Silver Beach in Cuddalore--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Seaside Promenade, make a trip to Chunnambar Boat House, take in nature's colorful creations at Pondicherry Botanical Gardens, and kick back and relax at Serenity Beach.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Pondicherry sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Varkala to Pondicherry takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Sightseeing

Side Trips

Matrimandir, Sri Aurobindo Ashram also known as Aravindhar Asramam, Silver Beach
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Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

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