9 days in Tamil Nadu, Tirupati & Pondicherry Itinerary

9 days in Tamil Nadu, Tirupati & Pondicherry Itinerary

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9 days in Tamil Nadu, Tirupati & Pondicherry Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  4​h
1
Chennai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Tirupati
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Vellore
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Thiruvannamalai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Kanchipuram
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
7
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Chennai
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Ahmedabad

1
night
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Marina Beach. On the 29th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, examine the collection at Vivekananda House- Multimedia Cultural Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Parthasarathy Temple, then stroll through Marina Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Audikesava Perumal Peyalvar Temple, and finally view the masterpieces at M.Rm.Rm. Cultural Foundation.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Chennai route maker site .

Ahmedabad to Chennai is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 97°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tirupati.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sri Parthasarathy Temple ©
Sri Parthasarathy Temple
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

1
night
Tirupati

Tirupati ©
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
On the 30th (Tue), examine the collection at Sri Venkatesvara Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Varahaswami Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Govindarajaswami Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirumala Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Bedi Anjaneyaswami Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapila Theertham .

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tirupati road trip tool .

You can take a train from Chennai to Tirupati in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vellore.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tirumala Temple ©
Tirumala Temple
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple ©
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple ©

1
night
Vellore

Vellore ©
An assortment of temples and a large historic fort generate a good deal of Vellore's tourism--as do the top hospitals of this dry, sunny city.
On the 1st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Vellore Fort, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jalakandeswarar Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Sripuram Golden Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vellore online itinerary planner .

Drive from Tirupati to Vellore in 3 hours. In July in Vellore, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Thiruvannamalai.

Things to do in Vellore

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Vellore Fort ©
Vellore Fort
Jalakandeswarar Temple ©
Jalakandeswarar Temple
Sripuram Golden Temple ©
Sripuram Golden Temple

1
night
Thiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai ©
To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Thiruvannamalai trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Vellore to Thiruvannamalai in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Thiruvannamalai are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Thiruvannamalai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Arunachaleshwara Temple ©
Arunachaleshwara Temple

1
night
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, and other attractions. On the 2nd (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at New Church of our Lady of Lourdes, get a sense of history and politics at Raj Niwas, pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, then take in the exciting artwork at Kalinka Art Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Pondicherry trip planning app .

Drive from Thiruvannamalai to Pondicherry in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kanchipuram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

New Church of our Lady of Lourdes
Highlights from your plan
Immaculate Conception Cathedral ©
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges ©
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

1
day
Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram ©
The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
Ekambareshvara Temple has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vaikunta Perumal Temple, steep yourself in history at Ekambareshvara Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kailasanathar Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjeevarayar Hanuman Temple.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kanchipuram road trip planning app .

You can drive from Pondicherry to Kanchipuram in 3 hours. In August in Kanchipuram, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Kanchipuram

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kailasanathar Temple ©
Kailasanathar Temple
Ekambareshvara Temple ©
Ekambareshvara 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Pancha Rathas, Varaha Cave Temple, Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Tiger Cave, admire the striking features of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa, delve into the distant past at Krishna Mandapam, delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, then admire the striking features of Raya Gopura, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Kanchipuram to Mahabalipuram takes 2 hours. August in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vedagiriswarar Temple
Highlights from your plan
Tiger Cave ©
Tiger Cave
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Varaha Cave Temple ©
Varaha Cave Temple

1
night
Chennai

Chennai ©
On the 5th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Government Museum and then see the interesting displays at Fort Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): wander the streets of Mylapore, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vadapalani Murugan Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Aadhi Vyadhi Hara Bhaktha Anjaneyar Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marundeeswarar Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chennai trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Chennai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Government Museum ©
Government Museum
Vadapalani Murugan Temple ©
Vadapalani Murugan Temple

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