9 days in Tamil Nadu & Goa Itinerary

9 days in Tamil Nadu & Goa Itinerary

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Fly to Madurai Airport, Drive to Rameswaram
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Fly
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Goa
— 1 night
Fly
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Madurai
— 1 night
Fly

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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 31st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple and then examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Villoondi Tirtham.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram day trip planning tool.

Washington, USA to Rameswaram is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington to Rameswaram, you'll lose 10.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kanyakumari.
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Kanyakumari — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Padmanabhapuram Palace and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari online trip builder.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In January in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Goa.
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Goa — 1 night

On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Animal Shelter Agonda and then enjoy the sand and surf at Agonda Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Goa Chitra Museum and then stop by Zorro Jewellers.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Goa trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Kanyakumari to Goa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Goa are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Madurai.
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Madurai — 1 night

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.
For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Madurai driving holiday tool.

Traveling by flight from Goa to Madurai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Thu).
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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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