30 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

30 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tiruchirappalli
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Kumbakonam
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kanyakumari
— 3 nights
Bus
5
Madurai
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Kodaikanal
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 4 nights
Bus
8
Coimbatore
— 4 nights
Fly
9
Chennai
— 4 nights

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tiruchirappalli: Thanjavur (Brihadeeswara Temple & Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Puliyancholai Falls, and get outside with Grand Anaicut - Kallanai.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Tiruchirappalli journey planner.

Chennai to Tiruchirappalli is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Tiruchirappalli are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kumbakonam.
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Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Kumbakonam — 3 nights

A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Get out of town with these interesting Kumbakonam side-trips: Thanjavur (Sri Ramalingaswami Temple & Gangaikonda Cholapuram), Garbarakshambigai Temple (in Thirukkarugavur) and Palaivananathar Temple (in Tirunelveli). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Airavatesvara Temple and take in the spiritual surroundings of Thyagarajaswamy Temple.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kumbakonam trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tiruchirappalli to Kumbakonam takes 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Rameswaram.
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Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:

Rameswaram — 2 nights

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Water Bird Sanctuary, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): make a trip to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, and finally see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram online route planner.

Traveling by car from Kumbakonam to Rameswaram takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.
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Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:

Kanyakumari — 3 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.
Take a break from Kanyakumari with a short trip to Padmanabhapuram Palace in Thuckalay, about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Marungoor Murugan Temple, and kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari travel route planner.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In November in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Madurai.
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Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:

Madurai — 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kannathal Temple in Nattarasankottai (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Madurai trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Kanyakumari to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Madurai are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kodaikanal.
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Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:

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.
Kodaikanal is known for nature, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, get great views at Pillar Rocks, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple, and go for a walk through Coakers Walk.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kodaikanal road trip planner.

Getting from Madurai to Kodaikanal by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November in Kodaikanal, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Coonoor (Sim`s Park & All Saints Church) and Vanabathrakali Amman Kovil (in Mettupalayam). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, don't miss a visit to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point, admire the sheer force of Pykara Falls, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daytime highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Coimbatore.
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Find places to stay Nov 18 — 22:

Coimbatore — 4 nights

Manchester of India

Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Go for a jaunt from Coimbatore to Bannari to see Bannari Amman Temple about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Marudamalai Temple, examine the collection at Gedee Car Museum, get great views at Dharmalingeshwarar Temple, and pause for some photo ops at Narayana Kavi Memorial.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Coimbatore trip tool.

Traveling by bus from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Coimbatore takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Chennai.
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Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:

Chennai — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mahabalipuram (Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Shore Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, and admire the natural beauty at The Theosophical Society.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chennai trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Coimbatore to Chennai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:

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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