4 days in Pondicherry, Chidambaram & Kumbakonam Itinerary

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Pondicherry — 1 night

Europe of India

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 1st (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Old Lighthouse, go for a stroll along the water at Seaside Promenade, then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Pondicherry day trip planner.

Chennai to Pondicherry is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chidambaram.
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Chidambaram — 1 night

Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. On the 3rd (Tue), stroll through Pichavaram Mangrove Forest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pitchavaram Backwater.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chidambaram online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Pondicherry to Chidambaram takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kumbakonam.
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Kumbakonam — 1 night

A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
On the 4th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarangapani Temple, then admire the striking features of Airavatesvara Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Adi Kumbeswarar Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Kumbakonam trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Chidambaram to Kumbakonam takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive back home.
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