13 days in Tamil Nadu, Darjeeling & Kolkata (Calcutta) Itinerary

13 days in Tamil Nadu, Darjeeling & Kolkata (Calcutta) Itinerary

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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
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Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 1 night
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Madurai
— 1 night
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Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
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Darjeeling
— 1 night
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Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 2 nights
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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 1st (Sat), delve into the distant past at Tiger Cave, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, visit a coastal fixture at Mahabalipuram Lighthouse, then Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, and finally make a trip to Pancha Rathas.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram trip itinerary 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. February in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 2:

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire the striking features of Brihadeeswara Temple, admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, and then get lost in a book at The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Thanjavur road trip planner.

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 3:

Rameswaram

— 1 night
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, then snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rameswaram holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Rameswaram takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 4:

Madurai

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirupparankunram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Madurai trip builder site.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. February in Madurai sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 5:

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 6th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, then go for a walk through Coakers Walk, and finally browse for treasures at Dynasty. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Bryant Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Berijam Lake.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kodaikanal attractions planning website.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Kodaikanal takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:

Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

— 1 night

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 8th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 8:

Darjeeling

— 1 night

Queen of the Hills

The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Batasia Loop, take some stellar pictures from Tiger Hill, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ghoom Monastery. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda, then meet the residents at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, then see the interesting displays at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Darjeeling by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in February; daily highs in Darjeeling reach 30°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can fly to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Darjeeling

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 10:

Kolkata (Calcutta)

— 2 nights

City of Joy

Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
Kolkata (Calcutta) is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Victoria Memorial Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dakshineswar Kali Temple, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and look for gifts at Kumartuli.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Kolkata (Calcutta) online route planner.

Fly from Darjeeling to Kolkata (Calcutta) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Traveling from Darjeeling in February, things will get a bit warmer in Kolkata (Calcutta): highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Museums · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 13:

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.