42 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

42 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights
Bus
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Coimbatore
— 4 nights
Drive
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Palani
— 3 nights
Drive
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Madurai
— 3 nights
Bus
5
Kanyakumari
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Rameswaram
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Kumbakonam
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Thanjavur
— 3 nights
Fly
9
Chennai
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tiruchirappalli
— 3 nights
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Kanchipuram
— 3 nights
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Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
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Auroville
— 3 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Moyar River (in Mudumalai) and Sim`s Park (in Coonoor). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Venkateshwara Perumal Temple, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary planner.

Chennai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Chennai in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ooty (Udhagamandalam): temperatures range from 37°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Coimbatore.
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Coimbatore — 4 nights

Manchester of India

Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Venture out of the city with trips to Malampuzha Garden and Dam (in Palakkad) and Bannari Amman Temple (in Bannari). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhyanalinga, appreciate the history behind Narayana Kavi Memorial, buy something for everyone on your list at Brookefields Mall, and see Triumph Expeditions Private Limited.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Coimbatore trip itinerary maker website.

Take a bus from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Coimbatore in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Coimbatore sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Palani.
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Find places to stay Aug 4 — 8:

Palani — 3 nights

Palani is a town and a municipality in Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu, located about 100km north-west of Madurai, 100km South-east of Coimbatore, and 60km west of Dindigul. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palani: Kodaikanal (Pine Forest, Kodaikanal Lake, &more) and Sri Kottai Mariamman Kovil (in Dindigul). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Palani Murugan Temple.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Palani trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Coimbatore to Palani takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Madurai.
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Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

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.
Madurai is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and admire the landmark architecture of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Madurai road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Palani to Madurai takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Madurai are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Kanyakumari.
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Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanyakumari: Padmanabhapuram Palace (in Thuckalay) and Nagaraja Temple (in Nagercoil). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirdhi Sai Baba Temple, Kanyakumari, appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kanyakumari sightseeing planner.

Take a bus from Madurai to Kanyakumari in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.
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Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:

Rameswaram — 3 nights

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Go for a jaunt from Rameswaram to Ramanathapuram to see Five-Faced Hanuman Temple about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, kick back and relax at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, stroll through Ariyaman Beach, and snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram trip tool.

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Kumbakonam.
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Thyagarajaswamy Temple in Thiruvarur (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Airavatesvara Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kampaheswarar Temple, and make a trip to Thiruvidaimarudur Mahalinga Swamy Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kumbakonam trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kumbakonam takes 5.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kumbakonam can reach 42°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Thanjavur.
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Find places to stay Aug 20 — 23:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thanjavur: Arulmigu Abathsagayeswarar Temple (in Alangudi) and Garbarakshambigai Temple (in Thirukkarugavur). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihadeeswara Temple, pause for some photo ops at Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam, admire the striking features of Gangaikonda Cholapuram, and don't miss a visit to Thanjai Mamani Koil.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Thanjavur trip maker site.

You can drive from Kumbakonam to Thanjavur in 1.5 hours. In August in Thanjavur, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly to Chennai.
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Find places to stay Aug 23 — 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in Tirupati (about 3h 45 min away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vadapalani Murugan Temple, and make a trip to Indian Institute Of Technology, Madras.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Chennai trip planner.

Getting from Thanjavur to Chennai by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Tiruchirappalli.
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Find places to stay Aug 26 — 30:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes South India Tours and Travels as well as Indian Panorama. On the 31st (Sat), take a memorable excursion with South India Tours and Travels, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ayyappan Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at Kallanai, contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple, and then catch all the local highlights with Indian Panorama.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tiruchirappalli itinerary tool.

You can fly from Chennai to Tiruchirappalli in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August in Tiruchirappalli, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanchipuram.
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Kanchipuram — 3 nights

The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kailasanathar Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanchi Ganesha Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ekambareswarar Temple, don't miss a visit to Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, and finally make a trip to Kamakshi Amman Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Vaikuntha Perumal Temple (Parameshwara Vinnagaram), take in the spiritual surroundings of Thennanagur Perumaal Temple, then don't miss a visit to Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Thirukovil, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruthani Murugan Temple.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kanchipuram day trip planning website.

You can drive from Tiruchirappalli to Kanchipuram in 5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mahabalipuram.
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Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Apollo Books. Change things up with a short trip to DakshinaChitra Museum in Muttukadu (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum, appreciate the history behind Descent Of The Ganges, and make a trip to Arjuna's Penance.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram road trip planning site.

Drive from Kanchipuram to Mahabalipuram in 2 hours. September in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Auroville.
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Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:

Auroville — 3 nights

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.
You've now added Svaram to your itinerary. On the 9th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Matrimandir, then admire the landmark architecture of Auroville, then view the masterpieces at The Colours Of Nature, and finally explore the galleries of Svaram. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Veeratteswarar Temple, then contemplate the long history of Gingee Fort, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mailam Murugan Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Auroville trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Auroville in 2 hours. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

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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