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
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— 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Washington to Mahabalipuram. In January, Mahabalipuram is much hotter than Washington - with highs of 86°F and lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Goa.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches
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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 26th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Aranya Yoga and then kick back and relax at Palolem Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Agonda 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. In January, daytime highs in Goa are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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 29th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Naganathaswamy Temple Thirunageswaram and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahapratyangira Devi Temple.

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Getting from Goa to Kumbakonam by car takes about 17.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in January, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) 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.
On the 30th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Villoondi Tirtham and then kick back and relax at Ariyaman Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple, don't miss a visit to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandhamadhana Parvatham.

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Getting from Kumbakonam to Rameswaram by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Beaches
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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.