20 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

20 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Chennai
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 4 nights
Fly
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Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Bus
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Madurai
— 1 night
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
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Chennai — 4 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 San Thome Church, Besant Nagar Beach, Marina Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ramakrishna Math, pause for some serene contemplation at Annai Vailankanni Church, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and wander the streets of Fort St. George.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Chennai travel route planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Chennai. In August in Chennai, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mahabalipuram.
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Mahabalipuram — 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mahabalipuram: Kanchipuram (Kailasanathar Temple & Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple, see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum, get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and delve into the distant past at Raya Gopura.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Mahabalipuram vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Chennai to Mahabalipuram takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Poondi Madha Church, don't miss a visit to Thanjai Mamani Koil, and then admire the striking features of Brihadeeswara Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Thanjavur trip planner.

You can fly from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then snap pictures at Pamban bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Rameswaram takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumara Koil Murugan Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple Kanyakumari, then take in panoramic vistas at Observation Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marungoor Murugan Temple. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and then kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kanyakumari trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to take a bus 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, then see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and finally look for gifts at Prema Vilas.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Madurai travel planner.

Getting from Kanyakumari to Madurai by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Madurai are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kodaikanal.
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Kodaikanal — 3 nights

Princess of Hill Stations

A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Kodaikanal is known for nature, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, explore the ancient world of Dolmen Circle, get great views at Pillar Rocks, and take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal trip planner.

You can drive from Madurai to Kodaikanal in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kodaikanal are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive 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 29th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, then see the interesting displays at Mini Car Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, and finally look for gifts at Green Shop, Ooty. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cairn Hill and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) sightseeing app.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Ooty (Udhagamandalam), expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to 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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