14 days in Varkala, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) & Pondicherry Itinerary

14 days in Varkala, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) & Pondicherry Itinerary

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14 days in Varkala, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) & Pondicherry Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  35​h
Varkala
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
Pondicherry
— 1 night
train + Fly:  27​h
Chicago

7
days
Varkala

A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Art of India and Moon Stone Arts. Relax by the water at Kovalam Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varkala: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, Ethnic Weaves, & more) and Samudra Beach (in Kovalam). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Varkala Beach, look for gifts at Royal Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Anchuthengu and Anjengo Fort, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Vishnu Temple.

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Chicago, USA to Varkala is an approximately 35-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to India Standard Time is 11 hours. Traveling from Chicago in December, things will get much hotter in Varkala: highs are around 88°F and lows about 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Varkala

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kovalam
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The Art of India
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach

2
days
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
On the 28th (Thu), admire the striking features of Lady Canning's Seat, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then stop by Moddy's Chocolates. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): explore the activities along Ooty Lake, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden, and then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Varkala to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) when traveling from Varkala in December, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Shopping
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Botanical Gardens
Moddy's Chocolates
Doddabetta Peak

1
day
Pondicherry

South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
On the 30th (Sat), kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

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You can drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Pondicherry in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Sri Aurobindo Ashram
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Paradise Beach
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

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