7 days in Pondicherry, Cuddalore & Kumbakonam Itinerary

7 days in Pondicherry, Cuddalore & Kumbakonam Itinerary

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Pondicherry — 2 nights

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South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Go for a jaunt from Pondicherry to Auroville to see Matrimandir about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Seaside Promenade, kick back and relax at Serenity Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, and stroll through Paradise Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Pondicherry online 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Cuddalore.
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Cuddalore — 2 nights

Cuddalore is a city which is the headquarters of the Cuddalore District in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): make a trip to Singirikudi Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swami Temple and then make a trip to Sri Valli Devasena Shiva Subramanya Swamy Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cuddalore trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pondicherry to Cuddalore takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. You will leave for Kumbakonam on the 24th (Thu).
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kumbakonam: Thanjavur (Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, Guru Baghawan Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Airavatesvara Temple and take in the spiritual surroundings of Adi Kumbeswarar Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Kumbakonam trip planner.

You can drive from Cuddalore to Kumbakonam in 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Kumbakonam can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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