10 days in Tamil Nadu & Goa Itinerary

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Fly to Chennai International Airport, Drive to Mahabalipuram
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— 3 nights
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— 2 nights
Drive to Madurai Airport, Fly to Washington


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.
On the 21st (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Mahabalipuram Beach and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Trimurti Cave and then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

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Washington, USA to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Mahabalipuram is 10.5 hours. In February, Mahabalipuram is warmer than Washington - with highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough 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 23rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Mahalasa Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shantadurga Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Cansaulim Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Arossim Beach.

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You can fly from Mahabalipuram to Goa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mahabalipuram in February: highs in Goa hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Velankanni.
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Velankanni — 1 night

On the 26th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of our Lady of Velankanni.

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Drive from Goa to Velankanni in 19 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to 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.
On the 27th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, contemplate the waterfront views at Villoondi Tirtham, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandhamadhana Parvatham and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach Point.

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Getting from Velankanni to Rameswaram by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel 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.