17 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

17 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu itinerary planner
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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
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Kumbakonam
— 3 nights
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Tiruchirappalli
— 3 nights
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Madurai
— 2 nights
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Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights
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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.
On the 1st (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple, and then delve into the distant past at Raya Gopura. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, take an in-depth tour of Maritime Heritage Museum, then admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave.

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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 February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kumbakonam.
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Kumbakonam — 3 nights

A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kumbakonam: Thanjavur (Gangaikonda Cholapuram & Sri Ramalingaswami Temple) and Palaivananathar Temple (in Tirunelveli). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Airavatesvara Temple and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhenupureeswarar Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kumbakonam road trip site.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Kumbakonam in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tiruchirappalli.
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Tiruchirappalli — 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tiruchirappalli: Thanjavur (Brihadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, head outdoors with Grand Anaicut - Kallanai, admire the striking features of Rockfort Temple, and explore the striking landscape at Rock Fort Temple.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tiruchirappalli trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Kumbakonam to Tiruchirappalli takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Madurai.
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Madurai — 2 nights

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 9th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. On the next day, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Madurai trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Tiruchirappalli to Madurai in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Traveling from Tiruchirappalli in February, you will find days in Madurai are a bit cooler (36°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then make a trip to Thiruvalluvar Statue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple Kanyakumari, and finally get great views at Sunset View Point. On your second day here, make a trip to Gandhi Memorial, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirdhi Sai Baba Temple, Kanyakumari.

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Getting from Madurai to Kanyakumari by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Kanyakumari can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car 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 13th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Water Bird Sanctuary, then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach Point. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Agnitheertham.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rameswaram itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam) — 3 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.
Take a break from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) with a short trip to Green Shop in Coonoor, about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Elk Hill Murugan Temple, and take in the dramatic scenery at Pykara Falls.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) holiday maker.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Tamil Nadu travel guide

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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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