16 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

16 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu travel 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
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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Raya Gopura, make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, make a trip to Pancha Rathas, see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum, then meet the residents at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram trip itinerary tool.

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 91°F and lows of 76°F 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.
On the 3rd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai, admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, and then admire the striking features of Brihadeeswara Temple. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swami Malai Temple, appreciate the history behind Gangaikonda Cholapuram, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ramalingaswami Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Thanjavur sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 74°F. 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), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirupparankunram, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Madurai trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in November, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough 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, look for gifts at Kalam Sea Shell Mart, kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, and see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

Planning Rameswaram trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Rameswaram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time 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: make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, and pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari day trip website.

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. November in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 76°F at night. On the 12th (Tue), you're off to Kodaikanal.
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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): look for gifts at The Cocoa Bean, then delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, then get great views at Pillar Rocks, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple, and then take some stellar pictures from Silent Valley View Point.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kodaikanal road trip site.

You can 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. In November in Kodaikanal, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Government Rose Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, and finally see the interesting displays at Tea Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in November, and nighttime lows around 71°F. 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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