11 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

11 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

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11 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  4​h
1
Madurai
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Tiruchirappalli
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Thiruvannamalai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Kanchipuram
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
7
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Chennai
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h
End: Ahmedabad

2
nights
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.
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine has been added to your itinerary. Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple and Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple and Aayiram Kaal Mandapam. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koodal Azhagar Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral Church, gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Madurai trip planner.

Ahmedabad to Madurai is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine

2
nights
Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli ©
Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple as well as Rock Fort Temple.

Before you visit Tiruchirappalli, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Tiruchirappalli takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 99°F in July, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort ©
Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Rock Fort Temple ©
Rock Fort Temple

1
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 2nd (Fri): admire the striking features of Brihadeeshwara Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Moolai Anjaneya Temple, admire the striking features of Gangaikonda Cholapuram, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Patteeswaram Temple, and finally explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shani Temple Thirunallar and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alangudi Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Thanjavur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Tiruchirappalli to Thanjavur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 97°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Patteeswaram Temple
Highlights from your plan
Gangaikonda Cholapuram ©
Gangaikonda Cholapuram
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple

1
night
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
You've added Immaculate Conception Cathedral, The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): view the masterpieces at Kalinka Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pondicherry trip planner .

You can drive from Thanjavur to Pondicherry in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Thiruvannamalai.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

New Church of our Lady of Lourdes
Highlights from your plan
Immaculate Conception Cathedral ©
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges ©
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

1
night
Thiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai ©
On the 4th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Arunachaleshwara Temple.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Thiruvannamalai itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Pondicherry to Thiruvannamalai in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 78°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Mon) before leaving for Kanchipuram.

Things to do in Thiruvannamalai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Arunachaleshwara Temple ©
Arunachaleshwara Temple

few
hours
Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram ©
The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
You've now added Ekambareshvara Temple to your itinerary. On the 5th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Ekambareshvara Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kailasanathar Temple.

To see photos and more tourist information, refer to the Kanchipuram travel route website .

Getting from Thiruvannamalai to Kanchipuram by car takes about 3 hours. When traveling from Thiruvannamalai in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kanchipuram, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Kanchipuram

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kailasanathar Temple ©
Kailasanathar Temple
Ekambareshvara Temple ©
Ekambareshvara Temple

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Varaha Cave Temple, Pancha Rathas, and other attractions you added.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Kanchipuram to Mahabalipuram takes 2 hours. In August in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vedagiriswarar Temple
Highlights from your plan
Tiger Cave ©
Tiger Cave
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Varaha Cave Temple ©
Varaha Cave Temple

1
day
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Marina Beach as well as Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. On the 7th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, see the interesting displays at Vivekananda House- Multimedia Cultural Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Parthasarathy Temple, kick back and relax at Marina Beach, then view the masterpieces at M.Rm.Rm. Cultural Foundation, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chennai trip builder .

Drive from Mahabalipuram to Chennai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daytime highs in Chennai are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sri Parthasarathy Temple ©
Sri Parthasarathy Temple
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams ©
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams

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