21 days in Tamil Nadu, Kollam & Leh Itinerary

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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
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Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Madurai
— 1 night
Drive
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Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Train to Thiruvananthapuram Central, Fly to Mahabalipuram
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Mahabalipuram
— 4 nights
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Kollam
— 2 nights
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Leh
— 2 nights
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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.
You've now added Ooty Lake to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, stop by Moddy's Chocolates, contemplate the waterfront views at Upper Bhavani Lake, and take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) tour planner.

Chennai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chennai in October, with highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) at 31°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (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.
You've now added Pine Forest to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurinji Andavar Temple, stroll around Bryant Park, and go for a walk through Coakers Walk.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kodaikanal trip itinerary website.

Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in October; daily highs in Kodaikanal reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, then stop by Kishkintha Garments, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Madurai online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
On the 9th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihadeeswara Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Keelaperumpallam Temple, then make a trip to Thanjai Mamani Koil, and finally explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Thanjavur holiday planning tool.

Getting from Madurai to Thanjavur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In October, daytime highs in Thanjavur are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rameswaram.
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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 10th (Wed): kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jatayu Tirtham Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rameswaram tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Thanjavur to Rameswaram by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then stroll through Kanyakumari Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Gandhi Memorial. On the next day, kick back and relax at Sothavilai Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Muttom Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kanyakumari, use our trip itinerary maker.

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 October, daily temperatures in Kanyakumari can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel 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.
Mahabalipuram is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple, appreciate the history behind Descent Of The Ganges, don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, and admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mahabalipuram vacation builder tool.

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. October in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kollam.
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Kollam — 2 nights

The bustling old port city of Kollam has long stood as a center of international trade and mercantilism, and the center of town continues the tradition with its lively scenes of commerce.
On the 17th (Wed), kick back and relax at Varkala Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kollam Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Thangassery Light House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Janardhana Swami Temple and then steep yourself in history at Sivagiri.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kollam trip website.

Drive from Mahabalipuram to Kollam in 13 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kollam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Leh.
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Leh — 2 nights

The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
On the 20th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery, appreciate the history behind Shey Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spituk Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib, and finally examine the collection at Hall of Fame. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, take in the dramatic natural features at Magnetic Hill, and then Head underground at Saspol Caves.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Leh driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Kollam to Leh in 76 hours. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly 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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