10 days in Tamil Nadu & Goa Itinerary
10 days in Tamil Nadu & Goa Itinerary
Fly to Chennai International Airport, Drive to Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Drive to Madurai Airport, Fly to Washington
Sun, Jan 30 - Tue, Feb 8
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 31st (Mon): kick back and relax at Mahabalipuram Beach and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram and then see the interesting displays 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight 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 2nd (Wed): see some colorful creatures with Scuba Goa and then admire the striking features of Basilica of Bom Jesus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cansaulim Beach and then kick back and relax at Arossim Beach.
For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Goa day trip planning site.
Getting from Mahabalipuram to Goa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) 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 5th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dhenupureeswarar Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahapratyangira Devi Temple.
For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumbakonam trip planning site.
Getting from Goa to Kumbakonam by car takes about 17.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Goa, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Kumbakonam, ranging from highs of 92°F to lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rameswaram.
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Highlights from your trip
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 6th (Sun), 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 your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandhamadhana Parvatham and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point.
To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rameswaram journey planner.
Getting from Kumbakonam to Rameswaram by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.
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Tamil Nadu travel guide
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.