16 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

16 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu journey planner
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Thanjavur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Madurai
— 1 night
Drive
4
Rameswaram
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Kanyakumari
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
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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.
On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Raya Gopura, make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, make a trip to Pancha Rathas, then see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and finally delve into the distant past at Tiger Cave.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram travel planning website.

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. October in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to fly 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai, then admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihadeeswara Temple. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Swami Malai Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Gangaikonda Cholapuram, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ramalingaswami Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Thanjavur online trip maker.

Fly from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in Thanjavur are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Food Tours. On the 5th (Tue), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirupparankunram, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Madurai route planner.

You can drive from Thanjavur to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Madurai, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.
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Rameswaram — 3 nights

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Rameswaram is known for historic sites, beaches, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, explore the striking landscape at Adam's Bridge, and contemplate the waterfront views at Agnitheertham.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram trip planner.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Rameswaram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches
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Kanyakumari — 3 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.
Kanyakumari is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, and kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Kanyakumari can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You'll set off for Kodaikanal on the 12th (Tue).
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Kodaikanal — 1 night

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 12th (Tue): stop by The Cocoa Bean, then take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, then take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple, and then head outdoors with Silent Valley View Point.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kodaikanal online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Kanyakumari to Kodaikanal in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. November in Kodaikanal sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Parks · Nature · Shopping · Outdoors
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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 14th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Government Rose Garden, admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, and finally examine the collection at Tea Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) 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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