10 days in Tamil Nadu & Goa Itinerary

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Fly to Chennai International Airport, Drive to Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): kick back and relax at Mahabalipuram Beach and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram and then see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum.

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Washington, USA to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 10.5 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Washington in January: high temperatures in Mahabalipuram hover around 86°F and lows are around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) 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 2nd (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with Scuba Goa and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Bom Jesus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cansaulim Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Arossim Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Mahabalipuram to Goa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mahabalipuram in February, plan for little chillier days in Goa, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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 5th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhenupureeswarar Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahapratyangira Devi Temple.

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You can drive from Goa to Kumbakonam in 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Goa in February, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Kumbakonam: temperatures range from 92°F by day to 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): make a trip 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 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandhamadhana Parvatham and then stroll through Dhanushkodi Beach Point.

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You can drive from Kumbakonam to Rameswaram in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Tamil Nadu travel guide

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.