12 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

12 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

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12 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + Taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Nagapattinam
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Taxi + Bus:  1​h
7
Chennai
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

2
nights
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.
On the 30th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Ooty Lake, then see human ingenuity at work at Mukurthi Dam, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) online travel route planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in September; daily highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) reach 31°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature
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Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Pykara Lake ©
Pykara Lake

1
night
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
On the 2nd (Wed), stop by The Cocoa Bean, then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, then take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk, and finally take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kodaikanal trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In October, Kodaikanal is a bit warmer than Ooty (Udhagamandalam) - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Nature Parks Shopping
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Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
The Cocoa Bean ©
The Cocoa Bean

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Madurai online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Nagapattinam.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
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Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine

1
night
Nagapattinam

Nagapattinam ©
Nagapattinam is a town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the administrative headquarters of Nagapattinam District. On the 4th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soundararaja Perumal Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Goddess Abhirami Shrine, appreciate the history behind Nataraja of Konerirajapuram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sikkal Singaravelar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kayarohanaswamy Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mayuranathaswamy Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nagapattinam online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Madurai to Nagapattinam takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Nagapattinam

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Soundararaja Perumal Temple ©
Soundararaja Perumal Temple
Nataraja of Konerirajapuram ©
Nataraja of Konerirajapuram
Kayarohanaswamy Temple ©
Kayarohanaswamy Temple

1
night
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 5th (Sat): stroll through Paradise Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, then take a leisurely stroll along Seaside Promenade, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Old Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Pondicherry trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Nagapattinam to Pondicherry in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, and then admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, contemplate the long history of Krishna Mandapam, then make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Descent Of The Ganges.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram trip builder .

Getting from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

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

3
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Chennai is known for historic sites, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Theosophical Society.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Chennai trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Mahabalipuram to Chennai takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
The Theosophical Society ©
The Theosophical Society

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