8 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

8 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu holiday planner

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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
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Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 1 night
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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Government Rose Garden, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) vacation planner.

Lucknow to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lucknow in December; daily highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) reach 30°C and lows reach 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

Side Trip

Kodaikanal

— 1 night

Princess of Hill Stations

A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kodaikanal route builder site.

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, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kodaikanal, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Rameswaram

— 2 nights
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, don't miss a visit to Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam, then take in the views from Pamban bridge, then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally explore the activities along Villoondi Tirtham.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Rameswaram day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Rameswaram takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Kanyakumari

— 1 night

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.
To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari tour planner.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kanyakumari can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Mahabalipuram

— 1 night
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.
On the 31st (Thu), enjoy the sea views from Mahabalipuram Lighthouse, Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then explore the ancient world of Tiger Cave, and finally see the interesting displays at DakshinaChitra Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple and then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram day trip site.

Traveling by bus from Kanyakumari to Mahabalipuram takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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.