23 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

23 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Chennai
— 2 nights
2
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
3
Cuddalore
— 1 night
4
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
5
Thanjavur
— 1 night
6
Tiruchirappalli
— 2 nights
7
Madurai
— 2 nights
8
Rameswaram
— 1 night
9
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
10
Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
11
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
12
Coimbatore
— 3 nights

2
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Chennai is known for historic sites, beaches, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, and take a stroll through Fort St. George.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Chennai day trip site.

Mumbai to Chennai is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Mumbai in August, expect nights in Chennai to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 41°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Parthasarathy Temple ©
Parthasarathy Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar 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.
On the 13th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, and then examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mahabalipuram online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Chennai to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cuddalore.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
Shore Temple ©
Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas

1
night
Cuddalore

Cuddalore ©
Cuddalore is a city which is the headquarters of the Cuddalore District in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhuvaraha Swami Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Devanathaswamy Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Padaleeswarar Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cuddalore day trip planner.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Cuddalore in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Cuddalore

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Padaleeswarar Temple ©
Padaleeswarar Temple
Bhuvaraha Swami Temple ©
Bhuvaraha Swami Temple
Silver Beach ©
Silver Beach

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 16th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Sadhana Forest, then enjoy the sand and surf at Serenity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, stop by Ma Pondy Cherie, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Promenade, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pondicherry trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cuddalore to Pondicherry takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Sadhana Forest
Highlights from your plan
Sadhana Forest ©
Sadhana Forest
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade

1
night
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 18th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mercury Temple, don't miss a visit to Punnainallur Mariamman Koil, then don't miss a visit to Thanjai Mamani Koil, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihadeeswara Temple.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Thanjavur trip planner.

You can drive from Pondicherry to Thanjavur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 42°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeswara Temple ©
Brihadeeswara Temple
Punnainallur Mariamman Koil ©
Punnainallur Mariamman Koil

2
nights
Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli ©
Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
On the 19th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, steep yourself in history at Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Mariamman Temple, then don't miss a visit to Ayyanar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple, and finally see human ingenuity at work at Kallanai.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tiruchirappalli tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Thanjavur to Tiruchirappalli in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tiruchirappalli are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Jambukeswarar Temple ©
Jambukeswarar Temple
Kallanai ©
Kallanai

2
nights
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 21st (Fri), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazhamudhir Solai, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koodal Azhagar Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Madurai vacation planner.

You can drive from Tiruchirappalli to Madurai in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tiruchirappalli in August: highs in Madurai hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gandhi Memorial Museum ©
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Walking tours

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, then take in the views from Pamban bridge, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Rameswaram journey maker app.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Rameswaram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Dhanushkodi Beach Point ©
Dhanushkodi Beach Point
Pamban bridge ©
Pamban bridge

2
nights
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 24th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirdhi Sai Baba Temple, Kanyakumari, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, then get great views at Sunset View Point, and finally kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, then appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, and then make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

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

You can drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil ©
Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach

2
nights
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurinji Andavar Temple, admire the natural beauty at Bryant Park, then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Palani, then get great views at Pillar Rocks, then take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk, and finally stop by The Cocoa Bean.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kodaikanal sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Kodaikanal takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. August in Kodaikanal sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Palani
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pillar Rocks ©
Pillar Rocks
Coakers Walk ©
Coakers Walk

2
nights
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 28th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, then examine the collection at Mini Car Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, and finally appreciate the views at Hidden Valley. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at M&N Chocolate Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Elk Hill Murugan Temple, then get some fabulous bargains at Jai's King Star, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ayyappan Temple.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) travel route planner.

Getting from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Coimbatore.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Government Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Government Botanical Garden ©
Government Botanical Garden
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake

3
nights
Coimbatore

Coimbatore ©
Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Adiyogi Shiva, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marudamalai Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhyanalinga, then buy something for everyone on your list at Brookefields Mall, and then take some stellar pictures from Dharmalingeshwarar Temple.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Coimbatore trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Coimbatore takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Coimbatore are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Coimbatore

Historic Sites · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Marudamalai Temple ©
Marudamalai Temple
Dhyanalinga ©
Dhyanalinga
Adiyogi Shiva ©
Adiyogi Shiva

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