11 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

11 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

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11 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

Start: Chamarel, Mauritius
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Chennai
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Ramanathapuram
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
5
Coimbatore
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Chamarel, Mauritius

2
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kapaleeshwarar Temple and Achalam Art Gallery. Do your shopping at Cane and Bamboo and The Forum Vijaya Mall. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Express Avenue Mall, get a taste of the local shopping with T Nagar, Ranganathan Street, wander the streets of Pondy Bazaar, and enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Chennai trip planner .

Chamarel, Mauritius to Chennai is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chamarel to Chennai due to the time zone difference. In December in Chennai, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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Cane and Bamboo ©
Cane and Bamboo
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Express Avenue Mall ©
Express Avenue Mall

2
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
On the 4th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, browse the exhibits of Kalinka Art Gallery, take in the waterfront at Seaside Promenade, then look for gifts at Sund'art, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Paradise Beach, then explore the world behind art at Svaram, and then view the masterpieces at Tasmai, a Centre for Art & Culture.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pondicherry road trip planning app .

You can drive from Chennai to Pondicherry in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Svaram
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Sund'art ©
Sund'art
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): look for gifts at Prema Vilas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Madurai road trip planner.

You can fly from Pondicherry to Madurai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Madurai sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ramanathapuram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Shopping
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Sri Meenakshi Temple ©
Sri Meenakshi Temple
Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple ©
Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple
Prema Vilas ©
Prema Vilas

1
night
Ramanathapuram

Ramanathapuram ©
Ramanathapuram, also known as Ramnad, is a city and a municipality in Ramanathapuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Badrakali Amman Kovil Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandhamadana Parvatha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Five-Faced Hanuman Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mangalanatha Swamy Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ramanathapuram road trip app .

Traveling by car from Madurai to Ramanathapuram takes 2.5 hours. In December in Ramanathapuram, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Coimbatore.

Things to do in Ramanathapuram

Historic Sites
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Mangalanatha Swamy Temple ©
Mangalanatha Swamy Temple

2
nights
Coimbatore

Coimbatore ©
Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Kasthuri Sreenivasan Trust Art Gallery and Textile Museum and Infant Jesus Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Brookefields Mall and Prozone Mall. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Silver Palace, see the interesting displays at Gedee Car Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mundhi Vinayagur Temple, and get out on two wheels at Triumph Expeditions.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Coimbatore trip planner .

You can drive from Ramanathapuram to Coimbatore in 7 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Coimbatore can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Coimbatore

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Brookefields Mall ©
Brookefields Mall
Gedee Car Museum ©
Gedee Car Museum

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