60 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

60 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 5 nights
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Coimbatore
— 6 nights
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Kodaikanal
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 5 nights
Drive
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Madurai
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tiruchirappalli
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tirunelveli
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kumbakonam
— 5 nights
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Kanchipuram
— 3 nights
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Chennai
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam) — 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to St. Stephen's Church and Upper Bhavani Lake. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Elk Hill Murugan Temple and Emerald Lake. Venture out of the city with trips to Bannari Amman Temple (in Bannari), Kodanad View Point (in Kotagiri) and Moyar River (in Mudumalai). Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Mukerti National Park and Lake. The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Ketti Valley View, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Srinivasa Perumal Temple, get great views at Needle Rock View Point, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) vacation maker app.

Chennai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Chennai in December, things will get a bit cooler in Ooty (Udhagamandalam): highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Coimbatore.
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Find places to stay Dec 1 — 6:

Coimbatore — 6 nights

Manchester of India

Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Kids will enjoy Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple and Velliangiri Mountains. Discover out-of-the-way places like Malampuzha Dam and Velliangiri Andavar Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Coimbatore side-trips: Palakkad (Dhoni Waterfalls, Kalpathy Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Naga Sai Temple, don't miss a visit to Bethesda International Prayer Centre, take in the dramatic scenery at Siruvani Falls and Dam, and see the sights as you ascend with Triumph Expeditions Private Limited.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Coimbatore journey planning site.

Traveling by bus from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Coimbatore takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in December, expect nights in Coimbatore to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kodaikanal.
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Find places to stay Dec 6 — 12:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palani and Nallamudi View point. Family-friendly places like Loam’s View Point and Poombarai Village View will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kodaikanal: Udumalpet (Amaravathy Reservoir & Amanalingeshwarar Temple), Arulmigu Bala Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple (in Dindigul) and Palani (Thiru Avinankudi Temple & Idumban Temple). The adventure continues: get great views at Dolphin's Nose, see the interesting displays at Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, take in the dramatic scenery at Vattakanal Waterfalls, and delve into the distant past at Dolmen Circle.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kodaikanal tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Coimbatore to Kodaikanal in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Kodaikanal, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanyakumari.
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Find places to stay Dec 12 — 17:

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Sothavilai Beach and Thengapattinam Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil and Vattakotai Beach. Step out of Kanyakumari with an excursion to Muttom Beach in Muttom--about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Ransom Church, stroll through Kaalikesam Waterfalls, take in the dramatic scenery at Olakaruvi Falls, and pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kanyakumari trip itinerary website.

Drive from Kodaikanal to Kanyakumari in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.
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Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:

Rameswaram — 5 nights

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Adam's Bridge and Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ariyaman Beach and Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi. Step out of Rameswaram to go to Devipattinam and see Navagraha Temple, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nambunayaki amman temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Villoondi Tirtham, and stroll through Agnitheertham.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rameswaram itinerary planner.

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 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Madurai.
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Madurai — 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tirupparankunram and Koodal Azhagar Temple. Kids will appreciate attractions like Karpagavinayagar Temple and Devil's Kitchen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madurai: Dindigul (Thadikombu Sri Sownthara Raja Perumal Temple, Abirami Amman Temple, &more) and Sathuragiri Shiva Temple (in Srivilliputhur). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai, pause for some serene contemplation at Idaikattur Church, steep yourself in history at Sri Ramana Mandiram, and explore the striking landscape at Samanar Hills.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Madurai online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Tiruchirappalli.
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Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:

Tiruchirappalli — 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sri Ayyappan Temple and Rockfort Temple. Kids will enjoy Brahmapureeswarar Temple and Arulmigu Mariamman Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Tiruchirappalli side-trips: Pudukkottai (Brahadambal Temple, Sivan Temple, &more) and Thanjavur (Raahu Navagrahasthalam, Keelaperumpallam Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple, don't miss a visit to Ayyanar Temple, admire the sheer force of Puliyancholai Falls, and look and learn at Anna Science Centre Planetarium.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tiruchirappalli day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Tiruchirappalli takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Tirunelveli.
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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 7:

Tirunelveli — 5 nights

Tirunelveli ), also known as Nellai and historically descended in the form of a hedge and roof to save the paddy crop of a devotee. Explore hidden gems such as Kanthimathi-Nellaiyapper Temple and Manapad Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Thiru Kutrala Natha Swamy Temple and Chithira Sabai Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Tirunelveli: Tiruchendur (Manapadu Holy Cross Church & Alwarthirunagari Permual Temple), Kovilpatti (Kathiresan Temple & Vettuvan Koil Temple) and Old Courtallam Waterfalls (in Courtallam). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Suyambulinga swamy temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kappal Matha Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of ShenbagaDevi Amman Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tirunelveli trip builder website.

You can drive from Tiruchirappalli to Tirunelveli in 4.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kumbakonam.
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Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:

Kumbakonam — 5 nights

A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Attractions like Karaikal Beach and Nagore Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Swetharanyeswarar Temple and Pitchavaram Backwater. Venture out of the city with trips to Nagapattinam (Sikkal Singaravelar Temple & Mayuranathaswamy Temple), Arulmigu Abhirami Udanurai Amirthakadeshwarar Swamy Temple (in Thirukadaiyur) and Thillai Kali Amman Temple (in Chidambaram). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thyagarajaswamy Temple, admire the striking features of Sri Vittal Rukmini Samsthan, don't miss a visit to Thiruvidaimarudur Mahalinga Swamy Temple, and pause for some photo ops at Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kumbakonam trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Tirunelveli to Kumbakonam takes 7 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Kumbakonam when traveling from Tirunelveli in January, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kanchipuram.
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Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:

Kanchipuram — 3 nights

The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham and Sri Lakshmi Narsimha Swamy Temple. Kids will enjoy Varadharaja Perumal Temple and Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Thirukovil. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanchipuram: Sholinghur (Sri Yoga Narasimhar Temple Sholingur & Arulmigu Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple), Sriperumbudur (Vallakottai Murugan Temple & Rajiv Gandhi Ninaivakam) and Vedagiriswarar Temple (in Thirukalukundram). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamakshi Amman Temple, don't miss a visit to Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple, and see the interesting displays at Kanchi Kudhil.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kanchipuram trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Kumbakonam to Kanchipuram in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chennai.
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Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to VGP Snow Kingdom and Covelong Beach. Attractions like Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Injambakkam and Parthasarathy Temple make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chennai: Mahabalipuram (Mahishasura Rock, Varaha Cave Temple, &more) and DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ramakrishna Math, steep yourself in history at Vivekananda House, get lost in a book at The Anna Centenary Library, and make a trip to Kamakshi Amman Temple.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Chennai trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kanchipuram to Chennai takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Chennai are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 21 — 29:

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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