24 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

24 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Fly to Trivandrum, Train to Kanyakumari
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Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Madurai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights
Taxi to Irugur, Train to Thanjavur
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Thanjavur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kumbakonam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Auroville
— 1 night
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chennai
— 3 nights
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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.
On the 2nd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanyakumari Tirupati Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and finally stroll through Kanyakumari Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Thollavilai Narayana Swamy Temple, then make a trip to Adi Keshava Perumal Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ayya Vaikundar Nizhal Thangal, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirdhi Sai Baba Temple, Kanyakumari.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Kanyakumari trip planning site.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kanyakumari is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive. You'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kanyakumari due to the time zone difference. July in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can 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.
On the 4th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Water Bird Sanctuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, take in the views from Pamban bridge, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Ramar Padam, and finally see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rameswaram travel route tool.

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Madurai.
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Madurai — 2 nights

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 6th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, then make a trip to Agricultural College and Research Institute, and then browse the different shops at Majesty Cine Mall. On the next day, make a trip to Arittapatti Shivan Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazhamudhir Solai.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Madurai route maker website.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Madurai are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.
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Kodaikanal — 4 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 fascinating underground world of Guna Cave, admire the natural beauty at Bryant Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurinji Andavar Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kodaikanal trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Kodaikanal takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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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 in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Church, stop by Moddy's Chocolates, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is a bit cooler than Kodaikanal - with highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Thanjavur.
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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.
On the 15th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Garbarakshambigai Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ramaswamy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pratyangara Devi temple, then don't miss a visit to Thanjai Mamani Koil, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mercury Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple.

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Do a combination of taxi and train from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Thanjavur in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. When traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in July, plan for much warmer days in Thanjavur, with highs around 43°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kathiramangalam Vana Durga Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Airavatesvara Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patteeswaram Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahapratyangira Devi Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhenupureeswarar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kampaheswarar Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Thiruvidaimarudur Mahalinga Swamy Temple.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kumbakonam tour planner.

You can drive from Thanjavur to Kumbakonam in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Kumbakonam can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Auroville.
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Auroville — 1 night

City of Dawn

Founded in 1968 by a Frenchwoman known locally as "The Mother," Auroville represented a kind of anarchist social experiment, where spirituality and communal living were supposed to override the importance of money.
On the 19th (Sun), stroll through Sadhana Forest and then explore the world behind art at Svaram.

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Traveling by car from Kumbakonam to Auroville takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mahabalipuram.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and then steep yourself in history at Pulikundram Sri Lakshmi Narayan Temple.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram visit planner.

Getting from Auroville to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chennai.
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Chennai — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at The Theosophical Society, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Injambakkam, then get in on the family fun at VGP Snow Kingdom, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Marundeeswarar Temple.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Chennai trip planning app.

Drive from Mahabalipuram to Chennai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

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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