20 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
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Coimbatore
— 2 nights
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
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Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
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Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
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Kumbakonam
— 2 nights
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Tiruchirappalli
— 3 nights
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Valparai
— 2 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), view the masterpieces at Srinithi Art Gallery, then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple. On the next day, examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then explore the ancient world of Tiger Cave, and finally admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram travel itinerary planner.

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. February in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Coimbatore.
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Coimbatore — 2 nights

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 3rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Marudamalai Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Brookefields Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Adiyogi Shiva and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dhyanalinga.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Coimbatore day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Mahabalipuram to Coimbatore takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in Coimbatore are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus 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 5th (Wed): examine the collection at Tea Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, and finally explore the activities along Ooty Lake. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Government Rose Garden, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake, and then make a trip to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) day trip app.

Traveling by bus from Coimbatore to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kodaikanal.
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Kodaikanal — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Bryant Park, then take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, then delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple. On the next day, go for a walk through Coakers Walk, browse for treasures at Dynasty, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Berijam Lake.

To see maps and tourist information, refer to the Kodaikanal online trip planner.

Drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. February in Kodaikanal sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car 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 9th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple Kanyakumari, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandhi Memorial, and finally get great views at Sunset View Point.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kanyakumari trip planner.

Getting from Kodaikanal to Kanyakumari by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. In February, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough 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 11th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and then explore the activities along Agnitheertham. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, don't miss a visit to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kumbakonam.
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Kumbakonam — 2 nights

A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Gangaikonda Cholapuram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uppiliappan Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarangapani Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kathiramangalam Vana Durga Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Airavatesvara Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kumbakonam holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kumbakonam takes 5.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Kumbakonam can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thanjavur (Brihadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, make a trip to Ayyanar Temple, steep yourself in history at Jambukeswarar Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rock Fort Temple.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tiruchirappalli trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Kumbakonam to Tiruchirappalli in 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Valparai.
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Valparai — 2 nights

Valparai is a Taluk and hill station in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu, India. Valparai is known for sightseeing, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Loam’s View Point, appreciate the history behind Carver Marsh Monument, explore the activities along Koolangal River, and see human ingenuity at work at Nirar Dam.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Valparai holiday app.

Drive from Tiruchirappalli to Valparai in 6 hours. In February in Valparai, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive 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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