10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Chennai
— 1 day
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly
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Madurai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive
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Thanjavur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
Fly

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Chennai — 1 day

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take a stroll through Fort St. George, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Chennai holiday planning tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Chennai. In February, daytime highs in Chennai are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Mahabalipuram.
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Mahabalipuram — 2 nights

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 12th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Tiger Cave, delve into the distant past at Raya Gopura, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): make a trip to Pancha Rathas, then get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and then examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chennai to Mahabalipuram takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. February in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can fly to Madurai.
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Madurai — 2 nights

Athens of the East

One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
On the 14th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, then see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirupparankunram, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Madurai sightseeing tool.

You can fly from Mahabalipuram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February in Madurai, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.
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Rameswaram — 1 night

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 16th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, then see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, then look for gifts at Kalam Sea Shell Mart, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point.

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

Drive from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Thanjavur.
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Thanjavur — 3 nights

Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu

A bastion of South Indian culture and heritage, Thanjavur entrances visitors from all over the world with its architecture, distinct art style, and the Great Living Chola Temples, landmarks of the city and a World Heritage Site.
Get a sense of the local culture at Brihadeeswara Temple and Airavatesvara Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thanjavur: Kumbakonam (Adi Kumbeswarar Temple & Patteeswaram Temple). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasi Viswanathar Temple, and appreciate the history behind Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Thanjavur vacation planner.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Thanjavur in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tiruchirappalli.
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Tiruchirappalli — 1 night

Rockfort City

Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaattu Azhagiya Singar Srirangam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Jambukeswarar Temple.

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Drive from Thanjavur to Tiruchirappalli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Tiruchirappalli can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Tamil Nadu travel guide

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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.
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