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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Velankanni
— 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 23rd (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology and then explore the fascinating underground world of Trimurti Cave. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere 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 changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 10.5 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in February, expect Mahabalipuram to be much hotter, temps between 89°F and 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): kick back and relax at Cansaulim Beach and then stroll through Arossim Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Mahalasa Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shantadurga Temple.

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You can fly from Mahabalipuram to Goa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mahabalipuram in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Goa: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Velankanni.
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Velankanni — 1 night

On the 28th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of our Lady of Velankanni.

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Drive from Goa to Velankanni in 19 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time 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.
On the 1st (Tue), make a trip to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, then stroll through Villoondi Tirtham, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gandhamadhana Parvatham and then stroll through Dhanushkodi Beach Point.

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Getting from Velankanni to Rameswaram by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to 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.
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