7 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

7 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

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7 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  5​h
1
Chennai
— Few hours
bus + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Rameswaram
— 1 day
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

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Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Parthasarathy Temple and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chennai sightseeing planning website .

New Delhi to Chennai is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Chennai are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

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

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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 15th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, and then make a trip to Pancha Rathas.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram travel planner .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas

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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 16th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, take in the waterfront at Seaside Promenade, then stop by Senteurs-Fleurs en Flacon, then make a trip to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Pondicherry road trip site .

Drive from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

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

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Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 17th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then take in the views from Pamban bridge, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rameswaram trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pondicherry to Rameswaram takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Madurai tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Rameswaram to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Madurai sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) 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

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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 19th (Wed), stop by The Cocoa Bean, then delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, then take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kodaikanal tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Madurai to Kodaikanal takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. June in Kodaikanal sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kodaikanal

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

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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 20th (Thu): appreciate the views at Mukurthi Dam, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) travel planner.

Getting from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kodaikanal in June: high temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) hover around 31°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Mukurthi Dam ©
Mukurthi Dam

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