7 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

7 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

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7 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  5​h
1
Chennai
— Few hours
bus + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Rameswaram
— 1 day
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​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.
On the 13th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Parthasarathy Temple and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Chennai online road trip planner .

New Delhi to Chennai is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Parthasarathy Temple ©
Parthasarathy Temple

1
night
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 14th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, and then admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Mahabalipuram online itinerary maker .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in June, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough 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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, take a leisurely stroll along Seaside Promenade, 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, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pondicherry trip planner.

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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.
On the 16th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, and finally kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rameswaram trip 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazhamudhir Solai.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Madurai trip itinerary app .

Take a train from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
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Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Pazhamudhir Solai ©
Pazhamudhir Solai

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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.
On the 18th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Ooty Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake, and then take some stellar pictures from Shooting Point.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) tour planning app .

Getting from Madurai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is a bit cooler than Madurai - with highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature

Side Trip

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Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Pykara Lake ©
Pykara Lake

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