18 days in Tamil Nadu & Jaisalmer Itinerary

18 days in Tamil Nadu & Jaisalmer Itinerary

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Madurai
— 1 day
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thanjavur
— 1 night
Fly
4
Mahabalipuram
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chennai
— 3 nights
Fly
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Jaisalmer
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
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Coimbatore
— 1 night

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Madurai — 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam.

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

Coimbatore to Madurai is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Madurai are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) 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 2nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point and then stroll through Water Bird Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, make a trip to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, and then see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rameswaram, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Rameswaram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Thanjavur.
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Thanjavur — 1 night

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 4th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihadeeswara Temple.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Thanjavur day trip site.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Thanjavur in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October in Thanjavur, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Mahabalipuram.
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Mahabalipuram — 5 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.
You've added Pancha Rathas, The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and other attractions to your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at DakshinaChitra Museum and Lighthouse Heritage Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Covelong Beach and Mahishasuramardini Cave. There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Maritime Heritage Museum and see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Thanjavur to Mahabalipuram in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chennai.
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Chennai — 3 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.
You've added VGP Snow Kingdom, San Thome Church, Besant Nagar Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Live Art Museum and Government Museum.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chennai trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Chennai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, daytime highs in Chennai are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Jaisalmer.
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Jaisalmer — 2 nights

Golden City of India

A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
You've now added Trotters Tours & Travels Camel Safari to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Trotters Tours & Travels Camel Safari.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaisalmer trip planner.

You can fly from Chennai to Jaisalmer in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for 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.
You've now added Government Botanical Garden to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden and then explore the activities along Ooty Lake. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake and then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Jaisalmer to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Coimbatore.
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Coimbatore — 1 night

Manchester of India

Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then examine the collection at Gedee Car Museum, and then stroll through Triumph Expeditions Private Limited.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Coimbatore online trip maker.

You can take a bus from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Coimbatore in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam), expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Coimbatore, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel 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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