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
— 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.
On the 25th (Tue), kick back and relax at Mahabalipuram Beach and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum and then examine the collection 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 difference when traveling from Washington to Mahabalipuram is 10.5 hours. Traveling from Washington in January, expect Mahabalipuram to be much hotter, temps between 86°F and 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Goa.
Museums · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at Aranya Yoga and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palolem Beach. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Animal Shelter Agonda and then kick back and relax at Agonda 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. In January, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kumbakonam.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas
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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 30th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Arulmigu Naganathaswamy Temple Thirunageswaram and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahapratyangira Devi Temple.

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Drive from Goa to Kumbakonam in 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Kumbakonam are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) 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 31st (Mon), explore the activities along Villoondi Tirtham and then kick back and relax at Ariyaman Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple, then make a trip to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandhamadhana Parvatham.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram day trip planner.

You can drive from Kumbakonam to Rameswaram in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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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.