16 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

16 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu planner
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Make it your trip
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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Fly
2
Coimbatore
— 2 nights
Bus
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Salem
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Thanjavur
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive
7
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
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Nagapattinam
— 1 night
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): make a trip to Pancha Rathas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Krishna's Butter Ball, then Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, then make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mahabalipuram travel 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. In August in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Coimbatore.
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Coimbatore — 2 nights

Manchester of India

Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eachanari Vinayagar Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at Brookefields Mall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Marudamalai Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Sithi Vinayagar Sri Muthumariamman Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Coimbatore road trip planner.

You can fly from Mahabalipuram to Coimbatore in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mahabalipuram in August, expect nights in Coimbatore to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 37°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the bus 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.
On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kandal Cross Roman Catholic Church, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Rose Garden.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) road trip planning tool.

You can take a bus from Coimbatore to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Salem.
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Salem — 2 nights

Salem is a city in Salem district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. On the 7th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Lady's Seat, take in the spiritual surroundings of Siddhar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of 1008 Lingam Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON SALEM. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ramar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linga Bhairavi Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kottai Mariamman Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigi Alagirinathar Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Salem attractions planner.

Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Salem by car takes about 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Thanjavur.
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Thanjavur — 2 nights

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.
Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Gangaikonda Cholapuram, then explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihadeeswara Temple.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Thanjavur trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Salem to Thanjavur in 4.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) 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.
On the 11th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Madurai day trip planning website.

You can drive from Thanjavur to Madurai in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. When traveling from Thanjavur in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Madurai, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, and then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rameswaram trip planner.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Rameswaram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive 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.
To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Kanyakumari trip planner.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In August in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nagapattinam.
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Nagapattinam — 1 night

Nagapattinam is a town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the administrative headquarters of Nagapattinam District. On the 15th (Thu), kick back and relax at Velankanni Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of our Lady of Velankanni, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Morning Star Church for Our Lady of Vailankanni. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sikkal Singaravelar Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vaitheeswaran Kovil Shrine to Mars.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nagapattinam holiday planner.

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Nagapattinam in 8.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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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