11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu vacation planner
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Make it your trip
Drive
1
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Fly
2
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Taxi to Calicut, Fly to Kanyakumari
3
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Tiruchirappalli
— 3 nights
Fly

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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 28th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave, get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, then admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, and finally explore the ancient world of Raya Gopura.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram online visit planner.

Chennai to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to fly to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam) — 2 nights

Queen of Hill Stations

Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
On the 30th (Thu), examine the collection at Tea Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Elk Hill Murugan Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Rose Garden, and then explore the activities along Pykara Lake.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mahabalipuram to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Mahabalipuram in January, expect Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Kanyakumari.
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Kanyakumari — 2 nights

Cape Comorin

Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
On the 1st (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirdhi Sai Baba Temple, Kanyakumari, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple Kanyakumari, pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ayya Vaikundar Nizhal Thangal, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sunset View Point.

Find out how to plan Kanyakumari trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kanyakumari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in January, expect Kanyakumari to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can 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.
On the 3rd (Mon), kick back and relax at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and then stroll through Water Bird Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, look for gifts at Kalam Sea Shell Mart, then examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rameswaram day trip planning app.

Getting from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tiruchirappalli.
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Tiruchirappalli — 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tiruchirappalli: Thanjavur (Brihadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, make a trip to Ayyanar Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rock Fort Temple, and contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tiruchirappalli online vacation planner.

Drive from Rameswaram to Tiruchirappalli in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Tiruchirappalli, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight 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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