13 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

13 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

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13 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  4​h
1
Madurai
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Tiruchirappalli
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Chidambaram
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
4
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Thiruvannamalai
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
6
Kanchipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Chennai
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
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.
On the 27th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirupparankunram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koodal Azhagar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, then examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Madurai driving holiday planner .

Ahmedabad to Madurai is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. July in Madurai sees daily highs of 94°F and lows of 79°F at night. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Gandhi Memorial Museum

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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Rock Fort Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tiruchirappalli sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Tiruchirappalli takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 99°F, and evening lows to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Chidambaram.

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

few
hours
Chidambaram

Chidambaram ©
Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. You've now added Chidambaram Nataraja Temple to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chidambaram Nataraja Temple.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chidambaram trip builder app .

You can drive from Tiruchirappalli to Chidambaram in 3.5 hours. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chidambaram

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chidambaram Nataraja Temple
Highlights from your plan
Chidambaram Nataraja Temple ©
Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

2
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes New Church of our Lady of Lourdes, The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, and other attractions you added. On the 31st (Wed), ponder the world of politics at Raj Niwas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pondicherry trip planner .

Getting from Chidambaram to Pondicherry by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Thiruvannamalai.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Historic Sites

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

few
hours
Thiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai
You've now added Skandashramam to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Skandashramam, take some stellar pictures from Annamalaiyar Temple View Point, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arunachaleshwara Temple.

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Getting from Pondicherry to Thiruvannamalai by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August in Thiruvannamalai, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanchipuram.

Things to do in Thiruvannamalai

Parks Historic Sites Tours

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ekambareshvara Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kailasanathar Temple.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kanchipuram day trip app .

Getting from Thiruvannamalai to Kanchipuram by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Thiruvannamalai in August, you will find days in Kanchipuram are a bit warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (77°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) 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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arjuna's Penance, Varaha Cave Temple, Pancha Rathas, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Tiger Cave, delve into the distant past at Krishna Mandapam, make a trip to Pancha Rathas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple, then don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, and finally examine the collection at India Seashell Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram itinerary builder website .

Drive from Kanchipuram to Mahabalipuram in 2 hours. August in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 77°F at night. You'll set off for Chennai on the 4th (Sun).

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Krishna Mandapam ©
Krishna Mandapam
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Varaha Cave Temple ©
Varaha Cave Temple

4
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, take in the exciting artwork at M.Rm.Rm. Cultural Foundation, examine the collection at Vivekananda House- Multimedia Cultural Museum, then stroll through Marina Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Parthasarathy Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Chennai trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Mahabalipuram to Chennai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daytime highs in Chennai are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping

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