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
— 1 night
— 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 3rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mahabalipuram Beach and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram and then see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram online itinerary builder.

Washington, USA to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington to Mahabalipuram, you'll lose 10.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Mahabalipuram is warmer than Washington - with highs of 86°F and lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can 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 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Mahalasa Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shantadurga Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Zorro Jewellers and then stroll through Benaulim Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Goa travel planner.

Fly from Mahabalipuram to Goa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Goa sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to 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 8th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chakkarapani Temple and then steep yourself in history at Arulmigu Naganathaswamy Temple Thirunageswaram.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kumbakonam day trip planning tool.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive 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 9th (Sun), explore the activities along Villoondi Tirtham and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ariyaman Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): 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.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rameswaram trip builder app.

You can drive from Kumbakonam to Rameswaram in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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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.