10 days in Tamil Nadu & Goa Itinerary
Fly to Chennai International Airport, Drive to Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Drive to Madurai Airport, Fly to Washington
Thu, Jan 20 - Sat, Jan 29
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 (Fri), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology and then examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum. On your second day here, examine the collection at India Seashell Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple.
To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram road trip planning site.
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, things will get warmer in Mahabalipuram: highs are around 86°F and lows about 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) 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 23rd (Sun), soothe aching muscles at Aranya Yoga and then kick back and relax at Palolem Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Agonda Beach.
To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Goa visit site.
You can fly from Mahabalipuram to Goa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Goa sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow 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.Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Arulmigu Naganathaswamy Temple Thirunageswaram and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahapratyangira Devi Temple.
Plan trip to Kumbakonam with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
You can drive from Goa to Kumbakonam in 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) 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.Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stroll through Villoondi Tirtham and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ariyaman Beach. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple, then don't miss a visit to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gandhamadhana Parvatham.
To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rameswaram travel route builder website.
Drive from Kumbakonam to Rameswaram in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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Tamil Nadu travel guide
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.