5 days in Pondicherry, Chidambaram & Kumbakonam Itinerary

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Pondicherry
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Chidambaram
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Kumbakonam
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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): visit a coastal fixture at Old Lighthouse, then take in the waterfront activity at Seaside Promenade, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): make a trip to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then look for gifts at Kriti Eco Boutique, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Pondicherry journey 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough 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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pichavaram Mangrove Forest and then explore the activities along Pitchavaram Backwater.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chidambaram day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Pondicherry to Chidambaram in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Kumbakonam.
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Kumbakonam — 2 nights

A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Uppiliappan Temple, then appreciate the history behind Gangaikonda Cholapuram, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarangapani Temple. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Patteeswaram Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Airavatesvara Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Adi Kumbeswarar Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kumbakonam online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chidambaram to Kumbakonam takes 2 hours. March in Kumbakonam sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.
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