18 days in Tamil Nadu, Cochem & Bath Itinerary

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Fly
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam), India
— 2 nights
Drive
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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, make a trip to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Pykara Falls.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip planner.

Chennai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): explore the activities along Berijam Lake, take a memorable drive along Silent Valley View Point, then go for a walk through Coakers Walk, and finally get your game on at Ice Skating Cafe.

To find photos and other tourist information, refer to the Kodaikanal trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Kodaikanal can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram trip itinerary maker.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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 7th (Wed), examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, stop by Kishkintha Garments, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Madurai day trip tool.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the 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 8th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, make a trip to Thiruvalluvar Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kanyakumari travel route planner.

You can take a bus from Madurai to Kanyakumari in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): make a trip to Pancha Rathas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Raya Gopura, steep yourself in history at Descent Of The Ganges, delve into the distant past at Krishna Mandapam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple, then make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganesh Ratha Temple.

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

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kanyakumari to Mahabalipuram takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. November in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) 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 12th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, then don't miss a visit to Marksburg, then don't miss a visit to Deutsches Eck (German Corner), and finally explore the historical opulence of Reichsburg Cochem. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Porta Nigra, then admire the striking features of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), then hunt for treasures at Hauptmarkt, and finally examine the collection at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum).

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cochem itinerary planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Mahabalipuram to Cochem with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Mahabalipuram to Cochem is minus 4.5 hours. In November, Cochem is cooler than Mahabalipuram - with highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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 15th (Thu): explore the galleries of The Roman Baths, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally delve into the distant past at Stonehenge. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Westonbirt Arboretum and then examine the collection at Brunel's SS Great Britain.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bath vacation site.

You can drive from Cochem to Bath in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Cochem to Bath, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for 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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