8 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

8 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

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8 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

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

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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 13th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology and then admire the landmark architecture of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram trip itinerary builder app .

New Delhi to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. June in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Arjuna's Penance ©
Arjuna's Penance

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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.
On the 15th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, take a leisurely stroll along Seaside Promenade, then look for gifts at Senteurs-Fleurs en Flacon, then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Pondicherry holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, take in the views from Pamban bridge, then stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rameswaram trip itinerary 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

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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 17th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Madurai trip planner .

Take a train from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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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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 18th (Tue): stop by The Cocoa Bean, then take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, then take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, and finally explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our Kodaikanal road trip planning tool .

Drive from Madurai to Kodaikanal in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, explore the activities along Pykara Lake, and then get great views at Shooting Point.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) online travel route planner .

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kodaikanal in June; daily highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) reach 31°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake

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