8 days in Pondicherry & Thanjavur District Itinerary

8 days in Pondicherry & Thanjavur District Itinerary

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8 days in Pondicherry & Thanjavur District Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Thirunageswaram
— 1 day
Drive:  15​min
3
Kumbakonam
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Thanjavur
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

2
nights
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 24th (Mon): have fun at Sadhana Forest - Auroville, then enjoy the sand and surf at Serenity Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, and finally stop by Ma Pondy Cherie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Paradise Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Pichavaram.

To find maps and tourist information, go to the Pondicherry trip itinerary builder app .

Bengaluru to Pondicherry is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Thirunageswaram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pichavaram, Sadhana Forest
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Sadhana Forest ©
Sadhana Forest
Pichavaram ©
Pichavaram
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©

1
day
Thirunageswaram

Thirunageswaram
For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Thirunageswaram vacation planner .

Getting from Pondicherry to Thirunageswaram by car takes about 3 hours. December in Thirunageswaram sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C at night. On the 26th (Wed), you'll travel to Kumbakonam.

Things to do in Thirunageswaram

Historic Sites

3
nights
Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam ©
A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Adi Kumbeswarar Temple and Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sarangapani Temple and Thyagarajaswamy Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Rajagopalaswamy Temple in Mannargudi (about 1h 10 min away). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patteeswaram Temple and admire the striking features of Airavatesvara Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kumbakonam day trip tool .

Kumbakonam is just a short distance from Thirunageswaram. In December, daily temperatures in Kumbakonam can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Kumbakonam

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thyagarajaswamy Temple, Rajagopalaswamy Temple, Swamimalai Murugan Temple
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Adi Kumbeswarar Temple ©
Adi Kumbeswarar Temple
Patteeswaram Temple ©
Patteeswaram Temple

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Aiyarappar temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swami Malai Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruvalanchuzhi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Garbarakshambigai Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihadeeshwara Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sukkiran Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Raahu Navagrahasthalam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naganathaswamy Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bangaru Kamakshi Temple.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Thanjavur travel planner.

You can drive from Kumbakonam to Thanjavur in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Garbarakshambigai Temple
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Garbarakshambigai Temple ©
Garbarakshambigai Temple
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Aiyarappar temple ©
Aiyarappar temple