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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology and then Head underground at Trimurti Cave. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple and then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram online tour planner.

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. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Washington in February, with highs in Mahabalipuram at 89°F and lows at 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) 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 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Mahalasa Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shantadurga Temple. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Cansaulim Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arossim Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Goa tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Mahabalipuram to Goa takes 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 a bit cooler (78°F), and nights are about the same (75°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Velankanni.
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Velankanni — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of our Lady of Velankanni.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Velankanni trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Goa to Velankanni in 19 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) 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 25th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Villoondi Tirtham, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandhamadhana Parvatham and then kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram road trip planner.

You can drive from Velankanni to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) 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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