10 days in Tamil Nadu, Tirupati & Pondicherry Itinerary

10 days in Tamil Nadu, Tirupati & Pondicherry Itinerary

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10 days in Tamil Nadu, Tirupati & Pondicherry Itinerary

Start: Chennai
1
Chennai
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Tirupati
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Vellore
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
8
Madurai
— 1 night
End: Madurai

1
night
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): kick back and relax at Marina Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chennai route planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Chennai International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in January, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Tirupati.

Things to do in Chennai

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach

1
night
Tirupati

Tirupati ©
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
On the 2nd (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Varahaswami Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Tirumala Temple.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tirupati travel planner.

Traveling by car from Chennai to Tirupati takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Vellore.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tirumala Temple ©
Tirumala Temple
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple ©
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Sri Varahaswami Temple ©
Sri Varahaswami Temple

1
night
Vellore

Vellore ©
An assortment of temples and a large historic fort generate a good deal of Vellore's tourism--as do the top hospitals of this dry, sunny city.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): make a trip to Sripuram Golden Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vellore Fort, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jalakandeswarar Temple.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Vellore online holiday planner .

You can drive from Tirupati to Vellore in 3 hours. January in Vellore sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kanchipuram.

Things to do in Vellore

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jalakandeswarar Temple ©
Jalakandeswarar Temple
Sripuram Golden Temple ©
Sripuram Golden Temple
Vellore Fort ©
Vellore Fort

1
night
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE.
On the 4th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas, then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Vellore to Mahabalipuram takes 3 hours. Traveling from Vellore in January, you will find days in Mahabalipuram are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

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Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
On the 5th (Sat), appreciate the history behind French War Memorial, take in the waterfront at Seaside Promenade, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, then admire the landmark architecture of Matrimandir, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Pondicherry trip planning app .

Drive from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Matrimandir
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©

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night
Thanjavur

Thanjavur ©
A bastion of South Indian culture and heritage, Thanjavur entrances visitors from all over the world with its architecture, distinct art style, and the Great Living Chola Temples, landmarks of the city and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the striking features of Gangaikonda Cholapuram, don't miss a visit to Thanjai Mamani Koil, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Brihadeeshwara Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Sri Ayyappan Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Thanjavur route maker tool .

You can drive from Pondicherry to Thanjavur in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tiruchirappalli
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Gangaikonda Cholapuram ©
Gangaikonda Cholapuram

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nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Adam's Bridge as well as Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, take in the views from Adam's Bridge, then snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rameswaram road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Rameswaram takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

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Madurai

Madurai ©
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
On the 9th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple, explore the historical opulence of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koodal Azhagar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Madurai trip builder site .

Getting from Rameswaram to Madurai by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

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