12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Chennai
— 1 night
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Fly to Trivandrum, Train to Kanyakumari
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Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
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Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Fly

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Chennai — 1 night

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 1st (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, kick back and relax at Marina Beach, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at The Theosophical Society, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aarupadai Veedu Temple, then find something for the whole family at VGP Snow Kingdom, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marundeeswarar Temple.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chennai trip maker website.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Chennai. In December, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mahabalipuram.
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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 3rd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram online attractions planner.

Getting from Chennai to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel 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.
On the 4th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple Kanyakumari, then pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kanyakumari trip builder tool.

Do a combination of flight and train from Mahabalipuram to Kanyakumari in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. December in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Villoondi Tirtham.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kodaikanal.
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Kodaikanal — 2 nights

Princess of Hill Stations

A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Dolmen Circle, then explore the activities along Mannavanur Lake, and then make a trip to Poombarai Village View. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurinji Andavar Temple, stop by The Cocoa Bean, then explore the activities along Berijam Lake, and finally head outdoors with Silent Valley View Point.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kodaikanal holiday maker app.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kodaikanal takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Kodaikanal.
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Kodaikanal — 2 nights

Princess of Hill Stations

On the 9th (Wed), take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bryant Park, then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Palani, then take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, then delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, and finally stop by Dynasty.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kodaikanal trip planner.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive 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 11th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Pykara Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, then look for gifts at Moddy's Chocolates, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Government Rose Garden.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is a bit cooler than Kodaikanal - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can 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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