18 days in Tamil Nadu, Cochem & Bath Itinerary

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Ooty (Udhagamandalam), India
— 2 nights
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Kodaikanal, India
— 1 night
Drive
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Rameswaram, India
— 1 night
Drive
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Madurai, India
— 1 day
Bus
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Kanyakumari, India
— 1 night
Train to Thiruvananthapuram Central, Fly to Mahabalipuram
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Mahabalipuram, India
— 2 nights
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Drive to Chennai International Airport, Fly to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, Drive to Cochem
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Cochem, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bath, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Chennai

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Ooty (Udhagamandalam), India — 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.
Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake, admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, stop by Moddy's Chocolates, and make a trip to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip planning tool.

Chennai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Chennai in June, expect Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Kodaikanal.
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Kodaikanal, India — 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.
On the 7th (Fri), get great views at Pillar Rocks, then delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Berijam Lake, then cruise along Silent Valley View Point, then go for a walk through Coakers Walk, and finally get your game on at Ice Skating Cafe.

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Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, Kodaikanal is a bit warmer than Ooty (Udhagamandalam) - with highs of 40°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.
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Rameswaram, India — 1 night

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, and finally kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point.

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You can drive from Kodaikanal to Rameswaram in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Madurai.
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Madurai, India — 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.
On the 10th (Mon), examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, then stop by Kishkintha Garments, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Madurai journey planner.

Getting from Rameswaram to Madurai by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Kanyakumari.
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Kanyakumari, India — 1 night

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.
On the 11th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari day trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Madurai to Kanyakumari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Madurai, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanyakumari, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 29°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Wed) before leaving for Mahabalipuram.
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Mahabalipuram, India — 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.
You've now added Krishna's Butter Ball to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Raya Gopura, steep yourself in history at Descent Of The Ganges, contemplate the long history of Krishna Mandapam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple, then make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganesh Ratha Temple.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Kanyakumari to Mahabalipuram in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Kanyakumari in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mahabalipuram: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cochem.
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Cochem, Germany — 2 nights

Pearl of the Mosselle Valley

Nestled away within the rolling hills of the Moselle River Valley, Cochem possesses an archetypical German appearance and medieval charm that provides one of the best atmospheres in the country.
Reichsburg Cochem has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, then make a trip to Marksburg, then make a trip to Deutsches Eck (German Corner), and finally step into the grandiose world of Reichsburg Cochem. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Porta Nigra, admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hauptmarkt, and finally examine the collection at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum).

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mahabalipuram to Cochem. Traveling from Mahabalipuram to Cochem, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Mahabalipuram in June; daily highs in Cochem reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bath.
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Bath, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
The Roman Baths has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate the long history of The Roman Baths, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bath Abbey, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally delve into the distant past at Stonehenge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Westonbirt Arboretum and then see the interesting displays at Brunel's SS Great Britain.

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You can drive from Cochem to Bath in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel 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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