15 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

15 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu vacation planner
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Bus
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Taxi to Calicut, Fly to Kanyakumari
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Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive
5
Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
Fly
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Chennai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the activities along Ooty Lake and then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake and then don't miss a visit to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) day trip site.

Coimbatore to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 2.5-hour bus ride. You can also drive. In October, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is little chillier than Coimbatore - with highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to 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 3rd (Sun), kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue and then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari sightseeing planning site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kanyakumari in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in October, expect Kanyakumari to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Water Bird Sanctuary. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial and then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Rameswaram travel planner.

Drive from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Madurai.
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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 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Madurai trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can 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.
On the 8th (Fri), take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest and then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake. On the next day, get great views at Pillar Rocks and then take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kodaikanal trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Madurai to Kodaikanal in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tiruchirappalli.
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Tiruchirappalli — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vekkali Amman Temple.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tiruchirappalli holiday builder.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Tiruchirappalli in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Chennai.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get in on the family fun at VGP Snow Kingdom and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of University of Madras, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Chennai visit planner.

You can fly from Tiruchirappalli to Chennai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Chennai are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mahabalipuram.
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Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Mahabalipuram — 3 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.
Take a break from Mahabalipuram with a short trip to DakshinaChitra Museum in Muttukadu, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple, and explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram tour builder tool.

Drive from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly 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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