11 days in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry & Karnataka Itinerary

11 days in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry & Karnataka Itinerary

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Chennai
— 1 day
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive
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Auroville
— 1 night
Drive
4
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Madurai
— 1 night
Fly
6
Bengaluru
— 1 night
Drive
7
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gokarna
— 2 nights
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Chennai

— 1 day

Detroit of South Asia

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 (Mon): stroll through Marina Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Chennai travel planner.

Jabalpur to Chennai is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Jabalpur in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Chennai, with lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Mahabalipuram

— 1 night
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. The structures showcase the decoration and form of early Dravidian architecture, and their distinctive designs, striking coloration, and scale still create an evocative atmosphere when studied closely and when seen as a whole.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, enjoy the sand and surf at Wide Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and finally explore the ancient world of Raya Gopura.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Chennai to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Auroville.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Auroville

— 1 night

City of Dawn

Founded in 1968 by a Frenchwoman known locally as "The Mother," Auroville represented a kind of anarchist social experiment, where spirituality and communal living were supposed to override the importance of money.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): admire the striking features of Matrimandir, explore the world behind art at Svaram, then identify plant and animal life at Sadhana Forest, and finally browse the exhibits of The Colours Of Nature.

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You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Auroville in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Auroville

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks

Pondicherry

— 2 nights

Europe of India

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 4th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, kick back and relax at Rock Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally kick back and relax at Serenity Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then ponder the world of politics at Raj Niwas, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Pondicherry trip itinerary website.

Pondicherry is just a short distance from Auroville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to fly to Madurai.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Madurai

— 1 night

Athens of the East

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, then admire the landmark architecture of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, and finally examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Madurai visit planner.

Getting from Pondicherry to Madurai by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites · Museums

Bengaluru

— 1 night

Silicon Valley of India

Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
On the 7th (Sun), visit Commercial Street, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bannerghatta National Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bengaluru sightseeing planner.

Fly from Madurai to Bengaluru in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Madurai in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bengaluru, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Bengaluru

Wildlife · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Mysuru (Mysore)

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Karnataka

A historic and culturally distinctive city, Mysuru (Mysore) has all the stories, artworks, and architecture you'd hope to find in the former capital city of a rich kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinesvaraswamy Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, see the interesting displays at Sea Shell Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Philomena Church, then step into the grandiose world of Mysuru Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Karyasiddhi Sri Anjaneya temple.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mysuru (Mysore) online tour planner.

Drive from Bengaluru to Mysuru (Mysore) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train; or drive. While traveling from Bengaluru, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mysuru (Mysore), ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gokarna.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Historic Sites · Museums

Gokarna

— 2 nights
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
On the 9th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiva Cave, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahabaleswara Temple, then kick back and relax at Kudle Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Mahaganapathi Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Aryadurga Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Mahalasa Narayani Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shantika Parameshwari Temple, and finally stroll through Paradise Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Gokarna vacation website.

You can drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Gokarna in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Gokarna

Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tamil Nadu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Land of Tamils
Home to a Tamil population that speaks one of the world's oldest languages, the state of Tamil Nadu appeals to tourists with its many Hindu temples, beach resorts, charming hill stations, and World Heritage Sites. Several major civilizations have thrived in this area over the last 2,000 years, including the famous Chola, Chera, Pallava, and Pandya. Today, a trip to Tamil Nadu reveals its unique heritage blending elements of all the cultures that lived and died here, leaving their mark on the area's cuisine, music, religious traditions, and literature. In an ancient land steeped in history, state capital Chennai serves as a modern and convenient tourist base, providing great shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

Karnataka travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles · Gardens
Although most know it for its giant capital, Karnataka encompasses many different land features, from sandy beaches in the coastal east to the wild mountains and thriving farmlands deep in the interior. Home to nearly 9 million people, the city of Bangalore makes a great starting point of a Karnataka tour, packed with temples, churches, shopping malls, and thousands of fast food eateries and restaurants. If you prefer to see the less hectic side of Karnataka, head to Hampi, where you can discover the remains of the once-powerful Vijayanagara Empire scattered across a sprawling World Heritage Site.