10 days in Goa & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Goa — 3 nights

On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cansaulim Beach and Palacio do Deao. Bring the kids along to Arossim Beach and Shantadurga Temple. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Palolem Beach and relax and rejuvenate at Aranya Yoga.

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New York City, USA to Goa is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Goa is 10.5 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: high temperatures in Goa hover around 84°F and lows are around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to fly to Mahabalipuram.
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Mahabalipuram — 5 nights

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. The structures showcase the decoration and form of early Dravidian architecture, and their distinctive designs, striking coloration, and scale still create an evocative atmosphere when studied closely and when seen as a whole.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trimurti Cave and India Seashell Museum. Attractions like Shore Temple and Monuments at Mahabalipuram make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Mahabalipuram's surroundings by going to DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu) and Covelong Beach (in Covelong). And it doesn't end there: stop by Apollo Books, explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, kick back and relax at Mahabalipuram Beach, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Mahabalipuram travel planning app.

Traveling by flight from Goa to Mahabalipuram takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Goa in March, you will find days in Mahabalipuram are somewhat warmer (93°F), and nights are a bit cooler (74°F). On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Tamil Nadu travel guide

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Land of Tamils
Home to a Tamil population that speaks one of the world's oldest languages, the state of Tamil Nadu appeals to tourists with its many Hindu temples, beach resorts, charming hill stations, and World Heritage Sites. Several major civilizations have thrived in this area over the last 2,000 years, including the famous Chola, Chera, Pallava, and Pandya. Today, a trip to Tamil Nadu reveals its unique heritage blending elements of all the cultures that lived and died here, leaving their mark on the area's cuisine, music, religious traditions, and literature. In an ancient land steeped in history, state capital Chennai serves as a modern and convenient tourist base, providing great shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
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