6 days in Kodaikanal, Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram Itinerary

6 days in Kodaikanal, Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram Itinerary

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6 days in Kodaikanal, Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + taxi:  9​h 15​min
1
Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

2
nights
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, and finally stop by The Cocoa Bean. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Guna Cave and then contemplate the waterfront views at Berijam Lake.

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Kolkata (Calcutta) to Kodaikanal is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in January, things will get a bit warmer in Kodaikanal: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Pondicherry.

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Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Berijam Lake ©
Berijam Lake

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 4th (Sat): make a trip to Pondicherry Lighthouse, then stroll through Seaside Promenade, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, and finally kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pondicherry trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Kodaikanal to Pondicherry in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Mahabalipuram.

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Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©

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 5th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and then don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram trip site .

You can drive from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Mahishasuramardini Cave ©
Mahishasuramardini Cave

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