16 days in Pondicherry & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

16 days in Pondicherry & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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16 days in Pondicherry & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  1​h
3
Chennai
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  17​h
4
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Coonoor
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Coimbatore
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
8
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
9
Madurai
— Few hours
train:  3​h
10
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
night
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Rock Beach has been added to your itinerary. On the 1st (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Statue Of Gandhi, then take in the waterfront at Seaside Promenade, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Rock Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Pondicherry trip planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Pondicherry is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Rock Beach ©
Rock Beach
Statue Of Gandhi ©
Statue Of Gandhi
Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, appreciate the history behind Descent Of The Ganges, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganesh Ratha Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, then see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Trimurti Cave.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mahabalipuram, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges
Arjuna's Penance ©
Arjuna's Penance
India Seashell Museum ©
India Seashell Museum

2
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 Chennai Rail Museum as well as Arulmigu Aadhi Vyadhi Hara Bhaktha Anjaneyar Temple. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Parthasarathy Temple, then examine the collection at Chennai Rail Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Express Avenue Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): kick back and relax at Besant Nagar Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aarupadai Veedu Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Aadhi Vyadhi Hara Bhaktha Anjaneyar Temple.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Chennai online trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Mahabalipuram to Chennai in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Chennai

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Besant Nagar Beach ©
Besant Nagar Beach
Sri Parthasarathy Temple ©
Sri Parthasarathy Temple

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pykara Lake and Pykara Falls as well as Ketti Valley View. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Pykara Lake and Pykara Falls, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake. On the next day, appreciate the views at Ketti Valley View, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden, and then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Chennai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Chennai in August, expect nights in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 37°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Coonoor.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Pykara Water Falls ©
Pykara Water Falls
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak

1
night
Coonoor

Coonoor ©
A small town up in the hills, Coonoor has a wealth of scenic sights and pleasant urban places of interest.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get great views at Dolphin's Nose, get great views at Lamb's Rock, admire the sheer force of Laws Falls, then relax in the rural setting at Tranquilitea Gourmet Nilgiri Teas, then steep yourself in history at Droog Fort, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sim`s Park.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Coonoor trip itinerary builder site .

Coonoor is just a stone's throw from Ooty (Udhagamandalam). In August, daily temperatures in Coonoor can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Coimbatore.

Things to do in Coonoor

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sim`s Park ©
Sim`s Park
Dolphin's Nose ©
Dolphin's Nose
Lamb's Rock ©
Lamb's Rock

1
night
Coimbatore

Coimbatore ©
Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Marudhamalai Hill Temple as well as Adiyogi Shiva. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Adiyogi Shiva, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Marudhamalai Hill Temple, and finally browse the different shops at Brookefields Mall.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Coimbatore trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a bus from Coonoor to Coimbatore in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Coimbatore are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Coimbatore

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple ©
Marudhamalai Hill Temple ©
Marudhamalai Hill Temple
Brookefields Mall ©
Brookefields Mall

1
night
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzhanthai Velappar temple, then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, then stroll around Bryant Park, and finally go for a walk through Coakers Walk. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Dolphin's Nose, then take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, then get great views at Pillar Rocks, and finally Head underground at Guna Cave.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kodaikanal route maker .

You can drive from Coimbatore to Kodaikanal in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Dolphin's Nose ©
Dolphin's Nose
Guna Cave ©
Guna Cave

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.
On the 12th (Mon), kick back and relax at Sothavilai Beach, make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple Kanyakumari, and finally get great views at Sunset View Point.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari tour itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Kanyakumari in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. August in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Bhagavathy Amman Temple ©
Bhagavathy Amman Temple
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial

few
hours
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 13th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Madurai travel website .

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Madurai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

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nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple, stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, then don't miss a visit to Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Water Bird Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandhamadhana Parvatham, then explore the activities along Agnitheertham, then look for gifts at Kalam Sea Shell Mart, and finally see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram tour planner .

Traveling by train from Madurai to Rameswaram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Water Bird Sanctuary ©
Water Bird Sanctuary
Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial
Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi ©

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