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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Kumbakonam
— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): meet the residents at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology and then examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at India Seashell Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram trip planner.

Washington, USA to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time is 10.5 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Washington in January, with highs in Mahabalipuram at 86°F and lows at 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Goa.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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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 24th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at Aranya Yoga and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palolem Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Agonda Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Goa day trip planner.

You can fly from Mahabalipuram to Goa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Goa, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Kumbakonam.
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Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · 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 27th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Arulmigu Naganathaswamy Temple Thirunageswaram and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahapratyangira Devi Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Kumbakonam itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Goa to Kumbakonam takes 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Kumbakonam are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the activities along Villoondi Tirtham and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ariyaman Beach. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple, make a trip to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gandhamadhana Parvatham.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rameswaram online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kumbakonam to Rameswaram takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Tamil Nadu travel guide

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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.
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