20 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

20 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu vacation planner
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Make it your trip
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Chennai
— 6 nights
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly
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Thanjavur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights

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Chennai — 6 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.
Chennai is known for historic sites, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Marina Beach, don't miss a visit to Indian Institute Of Technology, Madras, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vadapalani Murugan Temple, and find something for the whole family at VGP Snow Kingdom.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chennai day trip site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Chennai. October in Chennai sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mahabalipuram.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches
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Mahabalipuram — 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas, and then steep yourself in history at Bhima Ratha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram day trip planning app.

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 October in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Thanjavur.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Thanjavur — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Garbarakshambigai Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patteeswaram Temple. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery and then admire the striking features of Brihadeeswara Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Thanjavur online trip planner.

Fly from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rameswaram.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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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 12th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point and then stroll through Water Bird Sanctuary. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and then take in the views from Pamban bridge.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Rameswaram takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kanyakumari.
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Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
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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 14th (Thu): admire the striking features of Padmanabhapuram Palace and then kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial and then make a trip to Thiruvalluvar Statue.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kanyakumari tour builder.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks and then take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kodaikanal attractions planner.

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Kodaikanal in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. In October in Kodaikanal, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Nature · Parks
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam) — 3 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: admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, and explore the activities along Pykara Lake.

To find more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is slightly colder than Kodaikanal - with highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C.
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Parks · Nature
Side Trip
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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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