10 days in Tamil Nadu & Goa Itinerary

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Fly to Chennai International Airport, Drive to Mahabalipuram
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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Fly
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Goa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kumbakonam
— 1 night
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive to Madurai Airport, Fly to Washington

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Mahabalipuram — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): kick back and relax at Mahabalipuram Beach and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum and then see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram trip planner.

Washington, USA to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Washington to Mahabalipuram due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in January, expect Mahabalipuram to be much warmer, temps between 86°F and 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Goa.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): look for gifts at Zorro Jewellers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Benaulim Beach. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Mahalasa Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shantadurga Temple.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Goa online journey planner.

Fly from Mahabalipuram to Goa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Goa can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chakkarapani Temple and then contemplate the long history of Arulmigu Naganathaswamy Temple Thirunageswaram.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumbakonam itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Goa to Kumbakonam takes 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in January, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Rameswaram.
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Rameswaram — 2 nights

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 10th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Villoondi Tirtham and then stroll through Ariyaman Beach. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple, make a trip to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandhamadhana Parvatham.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram route planning tool.

Drive from Kumbakonam to Rameswaram in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Tamil Nadu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
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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