10 days in Tamil Nadu & Goa Itinerary

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.
On the 1st (Tue), get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology and then Head underground at Trimurti Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple and then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram trip planner.

Washington, USA to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 10.5 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Washington in February, with highs in Mahabalipuram at 89°F and lows at 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) 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 3rd (Thu): get some thrills on the water with Scuba Goa and then admire the striking features of Basilica of Bom Jesus. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Cansaulim Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Arossim Beach.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Goa trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Mahabalipuram to Goa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mahabalipuram in February, you will find days in Goa are little chillier (78°F), and nights are about the same (75°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car 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 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhenupureeswarar Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahapratyangira Devi Temple.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kumbakonam vacation website.

Traveling by car from Goa to Kumbakonam takes 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Goa in February: highs in Kumbakonam hover around 92°F, while lows dip to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): make a trip to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Villoondi Tirtham, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gandhamadhana Parvatham and then kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point.

Before you visit Rameswaram, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Kumbakonam to Rameswaram takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time 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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