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

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

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

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

4
days
Varkala

Varkala
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Get some historical perspective at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Varkala Light House. Mahatma Gandhi Road and Sivagiri are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Varkala side-trips: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Ramachandran Textiles & Keralashopee) and Kovalam (Kovalam Beach & Lighthouse Beach). It doesn't end there: stop by The Art of India and stroll through Varkala Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Varkala trip builder.

Chicago, USA to Varkala is an approximately 35-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Varkala, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Varkala: highs are around 86°F and lows about 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Varkala

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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

2
days
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) ©
Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, then look for gifts at Moddy's Chocolates, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, and then admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip builder.

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. September in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

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Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
St. Stephen's Church
St. Stephen's Church
Moddy's Chocolates ©
Moddy's Chocolates

1
day
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take a leisurely stroll along Seaside Promenade and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry trip itinerary planner.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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Sri Aurobindo Ashram
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges ©
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

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