16 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

16 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

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16 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Chennai
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Kumbakonam
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
10
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Coimbatore
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

2
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Get in touch with nature at Marina Beach and Besant Nagar Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Kalikambal Temple and Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, take a stroll through Mylapore, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church.

For photos and tourist information, read our Chennai day trip planning website .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Chennai is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. October in Chennai sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Besant Nagar Beach ©
Besant Nagar Beach

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 17th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then delve into the distant past at Tiger Cave, then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram road trip app .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

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 18th (Fri): kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Serenity Beach, and finally enjoy the sea views from Pondicherry Lighthouse.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read our Pondicherry online travel planner .

Drive from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Pondicherry

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

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.
On the 19th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shani Temple Thirunallar and then admire the striking features of Brihadeeshwara Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Thanjavur trip builder .

Getting from Pondicherry to Thanjavur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In October in Thanjavur, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kumbakonam.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Shani Temple Thirunallar ©
Shani Temple Thirunallar

1
night
Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam ©
A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
On the 20th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Uppiliappan Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai, admire the landmark architecture of Airavatesvara Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarangapani Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kumbakonam trip planner .

Getting from Thanjavur to Kumbakonam by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kumbakonam

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Uppiliappan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Uppiliappan Temple ©
Uppiliappan Temple
Airavatesvara Temple ©
Airavatesvara Temple
Adi Kumbeswarar Temple ©
Adi Kumbeswarar Temple

1
night
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 21st (Mon): take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rameswaram trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Kumbakonam to Rameswaram in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

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 22nd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, don't miss a visit to Thiruvalluvar Statue, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

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

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Madurai itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Madurai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Madurai sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
Pazhamudhir Solai ©
Pazhamudhir Solai

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 24th (Thu), delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, then get great views at Pillar Rocks, and then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kodaikanal online trip builder .

Drive from Madurai to Kodaikanal in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Pillar Rocks ©
Pillar Rocks

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and then explore the activities along Ooty Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Mukurthi Dam, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden, and then explore the activities along Pykara Lake.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) route planner .

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Kodaikanal in October, things will get little chillier in Ooty (Udhagamandalam): highs are around 31°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Coimbatore.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake

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Coimbatore

Coimbatore ©
Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhyanalinga Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marudamalai Temple, and then get great views at Dharmalingeshwarar Temple. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple, and then take in the awesome beauty at Velliangiri Mountains.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Coimbatore online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Coimbatore takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in October, expect nights in Coimbatore to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Coimbatore

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Marudamalai Temple ©
Marudamalai Temple
Dhyanalinga ©
Dhyanalinga
Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple

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