11 days in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

11 days in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

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11 days in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
train:  7​h 30​min
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Tiruchendur
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Tirunelveli
— Few hours
train:  7​h
5
Rameswaram
— 1 day
bus:  4​h 15​min
6
Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Kumbakonam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Velankanni
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Chidambaram
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Chennai
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

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night
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) ©
Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
You've now added Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple to your itinerary.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) itinerary planner .

Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. While traveling from Mumbai, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©

1
night
Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari itinerary planner .

Drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kanyakumari in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Tiruchendur.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vizhinjam Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Bhagavathy Amman Temple ©
Bhagavathy Amman Temple
Vizhinjam Lighthouse ©
Vizhinjam Lighthouse
Jain Temple Kanyakumari ©
Jain Temple Kanyakumari

few
hours
Tiruchendur

Tiruchendur ©
Tiruchendur is a panchayat town at the southern tip of India, in the Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu. To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tiruchendur trip maker site .

Drive from Kanyakumari to Tiruchendur in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tirunelveli.

Things to do in Tiruchendur

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Thiruchendur Murugan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Thiruchendur Murugan Temple ©
Thiruchendur Murugan Temple

few
hours
Tirunelveli

Tirunelveli ©
Tirunelveli ), also known as Nellai and historically descended in the form of a hedge and roof to save the paddy crop of a devotee. To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Tirunelveli trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tiruchendur to Tirunelveli takes 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Tirunelveli are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Tirunelveli

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kanthimathi-Nellaiyapper Temple ©
Kanthimathi-Nellaiyapper Temple

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day
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramanathaswamy Temple, then explore the activities along Agnitheertham, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Rameswaram trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Tirunelveli to Rameswaram takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Hanuman Temple ©
Hanuman Temple

1
night
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.
For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tiruchirappalli trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Tiruchirappalli takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Tiruchirappalli, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Vekkali Amman Temple ©
Vekkali Amman 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get lost in a book at The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Moolai Anjaneya Temple, pause for some photo ops at Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramaswamy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pratyangara Devi temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Gangaikonda Cholapuram. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, admire the striking features of Brihadeeshwara Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Brihadeeswarar Temple, admire the natural beauty at Sivaganga Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mercury Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapisthalam Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Thanjavur trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tiruchirappalli to Thanjavur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Thanjavur, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kumbakonam.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

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Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam ©
A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
On the 12th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarangapani Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Swamimalai Murugan Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patteeswaram Temple, then admire the striking features of Airavatesvara Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Adi Kumbeswarar Temple.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kumbakonam trip tool .

Drive from Thanjavur to Kumbakonam in 1.5 hours. November in Kumbakonam sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Velankanni.

Things to do in Kumbakonam

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uppiliappan Temple, Swamimalai Murugan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Sarangapani Temple ©
Sarangapani Temple
Airavatesvara Temple ©
Airavatesvara Temple
Patteeswaram Temple ©
Patteeswaram Temple

few
hours
Velankanni

Velankanni ©
To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Velankanni trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Kumbakonam to Velankanni takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chidambaram.

Things to do in Velankanni

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Church of our Lady of Velankanni ©
Church of our Lady of Velankanni
Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health ©

1
night
Chidambaram

Chidambaram
Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Annamalai University, identify plant and animal life at Pichavaram Mangrove Forest, and then identify plant and animal life at Veeranam Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Pitchavaram Backwater, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirunallurpperumanam Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiruvetkalam Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thillai Kali Amman Temple, then take a peaceful walk through Pichavaram, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chidambaram Nataraja Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chidambaram trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Karaikal to Chidambaram in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chidambaram

Historic Sites Parks Nature

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): kick back and relax at Serenity Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, don't miss a visit to Chunnambar Boat House, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, then appreciate the history behind French War Memorial, and finally stroll through Bharati Government Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, enjoy the sand and surf at Rock Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Seaside Promenade, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally kick back and relax at Auro Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Pondicherry travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Chidambaram to Pondicherry takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Chennai.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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Chennai

Chennai
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Chennai attractions website .

You can drive from Pondicherry to Chennai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Chennai are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You'll set off for home on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Shopping Nightlife

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