30 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

30 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu travel route planner
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Chennai
— 3 nights
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Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights
Bus
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Coimbatore
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Madurai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
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Thanjavur
— 3 nights
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Kumbakonam
— 3 nights
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Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
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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.
Chennai is known for historic sites, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at VGP Snow Kingdom, don't miss a visit to New Life Assembly of God, admire the striking features of University of Madras, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church.

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Auckland, New Zealand to Chennai is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a -6.5 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in October, expect nights in Chennai to be a bit warmer, around 28°C, while days are warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mahabalipuram.
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Historic Sites · Beaches · Shopping · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

Mahabalipuram — 3 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: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple, and make a trip to Thiruporur Murugan Temple.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Mahabalipuram trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
Take a break from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) with a short trip to Sim`s Park in Coonoor, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, make a trip to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point, and explore the activities along Pykara Lake.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip planner.

You can fly from Mahabalipuram to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mahabalipuram in October; daily highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) reach 31°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Coimbatore.
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Parks · Nature
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Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

Coimbatore — 2 nights

Manchester of India

Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): stop by Codissia Trade Fair Complex, then appreciate the history behind Narayana Kavi Memorial, and then get out on two wheels at Triumph Expeditions Private Limited. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhyanalinga and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marudamalai Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Coimbatore trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a bus from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Coimbatore in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Coimbatore, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kodaikanal.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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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, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Palani, take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurinji Andavar Temple.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kodaikanal road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Coimbatore to Kodaikanal takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Madurai.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trip
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Majesty Cine Mall and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Madurai itinerary planner.

Getting from Kodaikanal to Madurai by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kanyakumari.
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Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

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.
Kanyakumari is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, and appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue.

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Traveling by car from Madurai to Kanyakumari takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rameswaram.
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Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Water Bird Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): make a trip to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial and then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Thanjavur.
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Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors
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Thanjavur — 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Garbarakshambigai Temple in Thirukkarugavur (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple, don't miss a visit to Thanjai Mamani Koil, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ramalingaswami Temple, and explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Thanjavur trip planner.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Thanjavur in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Thanjavur are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kumbakonam.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Kumbakonam — 3 nights

A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Kumbakonam is known for historic sites and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Airavatesvara Temple and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kampaheswarar Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kumbakonam travel planner.

Getting from Thanjavur to Kumbakonam by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tiruchirappalli.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:

Tiruchirappalli — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vekkali Amman Temple.

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Drive from Kumbakonam to Tiruchirappalli in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Tiruchirappalli are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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Historic Sites
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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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