26 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

26 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Madurai
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tiruchirappalli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thanjavur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kumbakonam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
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Chennai
— 4 nights

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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ooty (Udhagamandalam): Coonoor (Tranquilitea Gourmet Nilgiri Teas, Dolphin's Nose, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Church, and explore the activities along Ooty Lake.

To plan Ooty (Udhagamandalam) vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Chennai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Chennai in September, expect Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to be slightly colder, temps between 31°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

3
nights
Kodaikanal

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, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, don't miss a visit to Poombarai Village View, and take in the awesome beauty at Palani.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kodaikanal day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Kodaikanal: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

1
night
Madurai

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Koodal Azhagar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Madurai online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Madurai, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites

3
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Kanyakumari

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.
Kanyakumari is known for historic sites, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Ransom Church.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kanyakumari day trip planner.

Getting from Madurai to Kanyakumari by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

2
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Rameswaram

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 6th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Water Bird Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, take in the views from Pamban bridge, then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally make a trip to Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

2
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Tiruchirappalli

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.
On the 8th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaattu Azhagiya Singar Srirangam, and then steep yourself in history at Jambukeswarar Temple. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Ayyanar Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort, and finally make a trip to Erunbeeswarer Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tiruchirappalli trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Tiruchirappalli in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Tiruchirappalli, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites

2
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Thanjavur

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Moolai Anjaneya Temple, and finally admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Thanjai Mamani Koil, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ramalingaswami Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Garbarakshambigai Temple, and finally appreciate the history behind Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Thanjavur road trip planner.

Drive from Tiruchirappalli to Thanjavur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kumbakonam.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

3
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Kumbakonam

A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Kumbakonam is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Airavatesvara Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kumbakonam road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Kumbakonam takes 1.5 hours. October in Kumbakonam sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Kumbakonam

Historic Sites

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Mahabalipuram

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, then get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Nakula Sahadeva Ratha.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram planner.

Drive from Kumbakonam to Mahabalipuram in 5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

4
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Chennai

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Chennai is known for historic sites, beaches, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Marina Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at The Theosophical Society, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Chennai travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Chennai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.