59 days in Tamil Nadu & Bihar Itinerary

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Chennai
— 8 nights
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Kanyakumari
— 5 nights
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Rameswaram
— 5 nights
Drive
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Thanjavur
— 4 nights
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Madurai
— 6 nights
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Theni
— 5 nights
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Kodaikanal
— 5 nights
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 6 nights
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Coimbatore
— 5 nights
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Bodh Gaya
— 4 nights
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Chennai — 8 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chennai: Mahabalipuram (Shore Temple, Monuments at Mahabalipuram, &more) and Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (in Tirupati). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, admire the natural beauty at The Theosophical Society, enjoy the sand and surf at Besant Nagar Beach, and make a trip to Indian Institute Of Technology, Madras.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chennai trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Chennai. July in Chennai sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Kanyakumari.
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Kanyakumari — 5 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 Muttom Beach in Muttom, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, and stroll through Thengapattinam Beach.

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Fly from Chennai to Kanyakumari in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chennai in July, expect nights in Kanyakumari to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.
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Rameswaram — 5 nights

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Rameswaram is known for historic sites, beaches, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, stroll through Water Bird Sanctuary, and contemplate the waterfront views at Agnitheertham.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram road trip 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Thanjavur.
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Thanjavur — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kumbakonam (Kampaheswarar Temple, Airavatesvara Temple, &more) and Tiruchirappalli (Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Jambukeswarar Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Brihadeeswara Temple, admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Thanjai Mamani Koil, and get lost in a book at The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Thanjavur trip maker app.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Thanjavur in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Madurai.
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Madurai — 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madurai: Palani Murugan Temple (in Palani) and Dindigul Fort (in Dindigul). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

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Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Thanjavur in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Madurai: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Theni.
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Theni — 5 nights

Explore Theni's surroundings by going to Kolukkumalai Tea Estate (in Kottagudi), Lakkam Waterfalls (in Kannan Devan Hills) and Pothamedu Viewpoint (in Pothamedu).

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Theni tour planner.

You can drive from Madurai to Theni in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Kodaikanal.
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Kodaikanal — 5 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, admire the natural beauty at Bryant Park, take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk, and Head underground at Guna Cave.

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Getting from Theni to Kodaikanal by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam) — 6 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'll find plenty of places to visit near Ooty (Udhagamandalam): Coonoor (Dolphin's Nose, Lamb's Rock, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, explore the activities along Upper Bhavani Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kandal Cross Roman Catholic Church.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip planner.

Drive from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Ooty (Udhagamandalam), expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Coimbatore.
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Coimbatore — 5 nights

Manchester of India

Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Explore Coimbatore's surroundings by going to Palakkad (Malampuzha Dam & Malampuzha Garden and Dam). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhyanalinga, get in on the family fun at Black Thunder, don't miss a visit to Then -Tirupathi, and get great views at Dharmalingeshwarar Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Coimbatore travel tool.

You can take a bus from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Coimbatore in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in September, you will find days in Coimbatore are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Bodh Gaya.
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Bodh Gaya — 4 nights

One of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world, Bodh Gaya has risen to international fame as the place where Prince Siddhartha sat under the Bodhi tree and gained enlightenment some 2,600 years ago.
Change things up with a short trip to Dungeshwari Cave Temples in Gaya (about 46 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahabodhi Temple, make a trip to Bodhi Tree, and trek along Cankamana.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bodh Gaya trip planner.

You can fly from Coimbatore to Bodh Gaya in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Patna.
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Patna — 5 nights

Occupying the southern bank of the famous Ganges River, the state capital of Patna combines an important religious and regal heritage with a fast-growing commercial and transport hub.
Patna is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Hanuman Mandir, engage your brain at Srikrishna Science Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Begu Hajjam's Mosque, and walk around Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Patna trip builder website.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Bodh Gaya to Patna in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. September in Patna sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) 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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Bihar travel guide

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One of India's oldest inhabited states, Bihar draws tourists year-round with its countless ancient monuments. Huge impressive towers and domed stupas, archeological sites, and age-old forts make this state a frequent destination for Jain, Sikh, Buddhist, and Islamic pilgrims. A typical tour of Bihar would involve a visit to World Heritage-listed Buddhist shrines, Islamic mausoleums, and elaborate Hindu temples. Crossed by the Ganges River and benefitting from a diverse subtropical climate, Bihar also features many protected areas sheltering endemic flowers, plus vast agricultural sector producing lychees, guavas, and mangos. Its well-developed performing arts scene and film industry provide entertainment year-round and give you a taste of contemporary India.
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