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 2nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple and then examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, then take in the views from Pamban bridge, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Villoondi Tirtham.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rameswaram planning tool.

Washington, USA to Rameswaram is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Washington to Rameswaram due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Padmanabhapuram Palace and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari road trip planning tool.

Getting from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. January in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stroll through Animal Shelter Agonda and then kick back and relax at Agonda Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Goa Chitra Museum and then look for gifts at Zorro Jewellers.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Goa visit planner.

Getting from Kanyakumari to Goa by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Madurai.
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Parks · Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors
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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.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Madurai day trip tool.

You can fly from Goa to Madurai in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 70°F. On the 8th (Sat), you'll travel back home.
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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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