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 27th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology and then see the interesting displays at DakshinaChitra Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram holiday website.

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 warmer, temps between 86°F and 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can 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.
On the 29th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Mahalasa Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shantadurga Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Zorro Jewellers and then stroll through Benaulim Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Goa online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Goa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Goa are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Kumbakonam.
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Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Shopping
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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 1st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Arulmigu Naganathaswamy Temple Thirunageswaram and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahapratyangira Devi Temple.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kumbakonam trip planner.

Traveling by car from Goa to Kumbakonam takes 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kumbakonam can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): make a trip to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Villoondi Tirtham, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandhamadhana Parvatham and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach Point.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rameswaram trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kumbakonam to Rameswaram takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to 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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