12 days in Tamil Nadu & Jaisalmer Itinerary

12 days in Tamil Nadu & Jaisalmer Itinerary

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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
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Tharangambadi
— 1 night
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Kumbakonam
— 1 night
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Thanjavur
— 1 night
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Rameswaram
— 1 night
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Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Fly to Calicut, Taxi to Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
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Jaisalmer
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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.
You've now added Tiger Cave to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Srinithi Art Gallery, then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple, and finally explore the ancient world of Tiger Cave.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram journey 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. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Tharangambadi.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
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Tharangambadi — 1 night

Tharangambadi, formerly Tranquebar, is a town in the Nagapattinam district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. You've now added Danish Fort to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Danish Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at New Jerusalem Church, and then delve into the distant past at Danish Fort.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tharangambadi trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Tharangambadi in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Kampaheswarar Temple has been added to your itinerary.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kumbakonam trip planner.

Getting from Tharangambadi to Kumbakonam by car takes about 2 hours. February in Kumbakonam sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Thanjavur.
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Historic Sites
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Thanjavur — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): make a trip to Punnainallur Mariamman Koil, then browse the collection at The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library, then explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple.

For maps and tourist information, go to the Thanjavur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kumbakonam to Thanjavur takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) 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.
Lakshmana Teertham has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Lakshmana Teertham, then kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram vacation planning app.

You can drive from Thanjavur to Rameswaram in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.
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Kanyakumari — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. February in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): 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. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Government Rose Garden and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kanyakumari to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kanyakumari in February since evenings lows in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Jaisalmer.
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Jaisalmer — 2 nights

Golden City of India

A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Jaisalmer is known for wildlife, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Jaisalmer Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temples, contemplate the waterfront views at Gadsisar Sagar Lake, and browse for treasures at Antique Shop Jaisalmer.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Jaisalmer trip planner.

Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Jaisalmer by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight 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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