21 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

21 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Chennai
— 1 day
Drive
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Kanchipuram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly
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Madurai
— 1 night
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Fly to Calicut, Taxi to Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Drive
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Tiruchirappalli
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tirunelveli
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nagapattinam
— 2 nights
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Chennai — 1 day

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chennai Rail Museum, San Thome Church, Jain Temple, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church, explore the engaging exhibits at Chennai Rail Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple, then stroll through Besant Nagar Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Chennai travel route app.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Chennai. In June, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kanchipuram.
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Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:

Kanchipuram — 2 nights

The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): stroll through Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Ekambareswarar Temple, then don't miss a visit to Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Thirukovil, and then don't miss a visit to Kamakshi Amman Temple.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kanchipuram attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Chennai to Kanchipuram takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in June, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Mahabalipuram.
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Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mahishasuramardini Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Mahishasura Rock, then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Mahabalipuram online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Kanchipuram to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Madurai.
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Find places to stay Jun 3 — 5:

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.
On the 6th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Madurai trip planner.

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Madurai by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Mahabalipuram in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Madurai, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.
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Find places to stay Jun 5 — 6:

Rameswaram — 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 7th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach Point.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram driving holiday planner.

Getting from Madurai to Rameswaram by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Kanyakumari.
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Find places to stay Jun 6 — 7:

Kanyakumari — 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari holiday maker tool.

Drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In June in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Find places to stay Jun 7 — 8:

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) — 1 night

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 9th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Government Rose Garden, then explore the activities along Ooty Lake, and then explore the activities along Pykara Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Wax Studio, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, then see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kanyakumari to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kanyakumari in June, with highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) at 31°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tiruchirappalli.
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Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:

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.
Indian Panorama has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and then see the top attractions with Indian Panorama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Brihadeeswara Temple, explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sivaganga Gardens.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tiruchirappalli trip planner.

Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Tiruchirappalli by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in June, things will get a bit warmer in Tiruchirappalli: highs are around 43°C and lows about 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Kodaikanal.
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Find places to stay Jun 10 — 13:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pine Forest. On the 13th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Shembaganur Museum of Natural History. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by The Cocoa Bean, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, then delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kodaikanal trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Tiruchirappalli to Kodaikanal by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tiruchirappalli in June: highs in Kodaikanal hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 30°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tirunelveli.
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Find places to stay Jun 13 — 16:

Tirunelveli — 3 nights

Tirunelveli ), also known as Nellai and historically descended in the form of a hedge and roof to save the paddy crop of a devotee. Kanthimathi-Nellaiyapper Temple has been added to your itinerary. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Manimutharu Water Falls, admire the engineering at Manimuthar And Papanasam Dams, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lord Thirukuttralanathar.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tirunelveli trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Tirunelveli takes 5 hours. Traveling from Kodaikanal in June, expect nights in Tirunelveli to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are slightly colder, around 36°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagapattinam.
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Find places to stay Jun 16 — 19:

Nagapattinam — 2 nights

Nagapattinam is a town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the administrative headquarters of Nagapattinam District. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): kick back and relax at Velankanni Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, then pause for some serene contemplation at Morning Star Church for Our Lady of Vailankanni, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of our Lady of Velankanni.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nagapattinam online trip planner.

You can drive from Tirunelveli to Nagapattinam in 7.5 hours. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 19 — 21:

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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