10 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

10 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

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10 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Chennai
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Kanchipuram
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
5
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
6
Chidambaram
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
9
Chennai
— Few hours
Fly:  4 h 15 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.
For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Chennai (Madras) itinerary builder.

New Delhi to Chennai (Madras) is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from New Delhi in November, Chennai (Madras) is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kanchipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Government Museum ©
Government Museum
San Thome Church ©
San Thome Church

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Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram ©
The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kanchipuram holiday planner.

Drive from Chennai (Madras) to Kanchipuram in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Kanchipuram can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Kanchipuram

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kanchi Kudhil ©
Kanchi Kudhil

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kalamegaperumal Temple as well as Sri Meenakshi Temple. On the 5th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral Church, and then don't miss a visit to Kalamegaperumal Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Madurai online itinerary creator.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kanchipuram to Madurai. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
St. Mary's Cathedral Church ©
St. Mary's Cathedral Church
Kalamegaperumal Temple ©
Kalamegaperumal Temple

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Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
On the 6th (Mon), make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, make a trip to Thiruvalluvar Statue, then pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Ransom Church, and finally kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari trip builder.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Kanyakumari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Our Lady of Ransom Church ©
Our Lady of Ransom Church
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach

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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.
Agnitheertham has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agnitheertham, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramanathaswamy Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ariyaman Beach, then take in the views from Pamban bridge, and then see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rameswaram sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chidambaram.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Agnitheertham ©
Agnitheertham
Dhanushkodi Beach Point ©
Dhanushkodi Beach Point
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple

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Chidambaram

Chidambaram
Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chidambaram trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Chidambaram takes 6.5 hours. On the 9th (Thu), you're off toPondicherry.

Things to do in Chidambaram

Historic Sites Parks Nature

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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.
Relax by the water at Paradise Beach and Serenity Beach. Get some historical perspective at Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges and Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Auro Beach, stop by Casablanca, explore and take pictures at French Institute, and view the masterpieces at Kalinka Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pondicherry travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Chidambaram to Pondicherry in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges ©
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Auro Beach ©
Auro Beach

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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.
On the 12th (Sun), see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum, then delve into the distant past at Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, then Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, and finally look for gifts at Apollo Books.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chennai (Madras).

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mahishasuramardini Cave ©
Mahishasuramardini Cave
India Seashell Museum ©
India Seashell Museum
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

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Chennai

Chennai
To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Chennai (Madras) holiday planner.

Drive from Mahabalipuram to Chennai (Madras) in an hour. You will leave for home on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Shopping Tours

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