40 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

40 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Fly to Calicut, Taxi to Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
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Kodaikanal
— 3 nights
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Kanyakumari
— 3 nights
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Rameswaram
— 3 nights
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Madurai
— 3 nights
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Tiruchirappalli
— 4 nights
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Thanjavur
— 3 nights
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Kumbakonam
— 3 nights
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Auroville
— 1 night
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Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
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Kanchipuram
— 4 nights
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Chennai
— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ooty (Udhagamandalam): Coonoor (All Saints Church, Sim`s Park, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, admire the sheer force of Pykara Water Falls, stop by Jai's King Star, and take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) online day trip planner.

Erbil, Iraq to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Erbil in December: highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurinji Andavar Temple, and explore the ancient world of Dolmen Circle.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kodaikanal, use our trip itinerary maker.

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 December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kodaikanal, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

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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: make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Marungoor Murugan Temple, pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari trip planner.

Getting from Kodaikanal to Kanyakumari by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: 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 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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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.
Rameswaram is known for historic sites, beaches, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial, identify plant and animal life at Water Bird Sanctuary, and kick back and relax at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Rameswaram road trip planner.

Drive from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

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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.
Madurai is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and make a trip to Arittapatti Shivan Temple.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Madurai day trip planner.

Getting from Rameswaram to Madurai by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
Tiruchirappalli is known for historic sites, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort, don't miss a visit to Erunbeeswarer Temple, and see human ingenuity at work at Kallanai.

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Drive from Madurai to Tiruchirappalli in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. January in Tiruchirappalli sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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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.
When in Thanjavur, make a side trip to see Garbarakshambigai Temple in Thirukkarugavur, approximately Thirukkarugavur away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Swami Malai Temple, don't miss a visit to Thanjai Mamani Koil, and explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Thanjavur trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Tiruchirappalli to Thanjavur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Thanjavur are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kumbakonam.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Kumbakonam

A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Change things up with a short trip to Palaivananathar Temple in Tirunelveli (about 40 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Airavatesvara Temple and make a trip to Arulmigu Naganathaswamy Temple Thirunageswaram.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kumbakonam trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Thanjavur to Kumbakonam by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Kumbakonam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Auroville.

Things to do in Kumbakonam

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Auroville

City of Dawn

Founded in 1968 by a Frenchwoman known locally as "The Mother," Auroville represented a kind of anarchist social experiment, where spirituality and communal living were supposed to override the importance of money.
On the 18th (Mon), make a trip to Matrimandir, look for all kinds of wild species at Sadhana Forest, and then admire the masterpieces at Svaram.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Auroville trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kumbakonam to Auroville in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Auroville

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums

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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.
Step out of Mahabalipuram to go to Muttukadu and see DakshinaChitra Museum, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple, delve into the distant past at Tiger Cave, get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mahabalipuram trip planner.

Traveling by car from Auroville to Mahabalipuram takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kanchipuram.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Kanchipuram

The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanchipuram: Sriperumbudur (Vallakottai Murugan Temple & Adi Kesava Perumal Temple). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumaal, steep yourself in history at Ekambareswarar Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanchipuram, and admire the striking features of Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple.

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Drive from Mahabalipuram to Kanchipuram in 2 hours. In January in Kanchipuram, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Chennai.

Things to do in Kanchipuram

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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, get in on the family fun at VGP Snow Kingdom, admire the natural beauty at The Theosophical Society, and pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chennai road trip tool.

Getting from Kanchipuram to Chennai by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · 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.