15 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

15 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu travel route planner
©
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tiruchirappalli
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive
4
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive
5
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Fly to Calicut, Taxi to Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
6
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Chennai
— 2 nights

S M T W T F S
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16

Tiruchirappalli — 2 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thanjavur (Ramaswamy Temple, Brihadeeswara Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, steep yourself in history at Jambukeswarar Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rock Fort Temple.

To plan Tiruchirappalli vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Chennai to Tiruchirappalli is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Kodaikanal.
more
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

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 4th (Mon): go for a walk through Coakers Walk, then get great views at Pillar Rocks, then delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, and finally browse for treasures at Dynasty. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Dolmen Circle, contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, and then admire the natural beauty at Bryant Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Kodaikanal travel route website.

You can drive from Tiruchirappalli to Kodaikanal in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Tiruchirappalli in May, you will find days in Kodaikanal are a bit cooler (39°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Madurai.
more
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stop by Kishkintha Garments, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirupparankunram.

Make your Madurai itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Madurai are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.
more
Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

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 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple and then kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point.

Plan my Rameswaram trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Getting from Madurai to Rameswaram by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanyakumari.
more
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Sunset View Point, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple Kanyakumari, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and finally pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach and then don't miss a visit to Adi Keshava Perumal Temple.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kanyakumari vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

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. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
more
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

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 10th (Sun), examine the collection at Tea Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, and finally explore the activities along Ooty Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Government Rose Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pykara Falls.

To plan Ooty (Udhagamandalam) vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

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. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can fly to Mahabalipuram.
more
Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple, and then admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, then admire the landmark architecture of Raya Gopura, and finally don't miss a visit to Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumaal.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram travel planner.

You can fly from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Mahabalipuram in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Mahabalipuram, with lows of 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chennai.
more
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Chennai — 2 nights

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 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, then kick back and relax at Marina Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Live Art Museum, find something for the whole family at VGP Snow Kingdom, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Theosophical Society, and finally wander the streets of Fort St. George.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chennai day trip planner.

Drive from Mahabalipuram to Chennai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daytime highs in Chennai are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
more
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

Tamil Nadu travel guide

4
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.
more