9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu journey maker

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Chennai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
Drive
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Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive
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Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
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Chennai

— 2 nights

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kapaleeshwarar Temple and Subramanya Bharathi Museum. Let the collections at Chennai Rail Museum and Dr MGR Memorial House capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, stroll through Besant Nagar Beach, see the interesting displays at Vivekananda House- Multimedia Cultural Museum, and take a stroll through Fort St. George.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chennai online tour itinerary planner.

New Delhi to Chennai is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Chennai: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Mahabalipuram

— 3 nights
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.
Shore Temple and Pulikundram Sri Lakshmi Narayan Temple will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at DakshinaChitra Museum and Lighthouse Heritage Museum capture your imagination. Step out of Mahabalipuram with an excursion to Covelong Beach in Covelong--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas, get engrossed in the history at Maritime Heritage Museum, and examine the collection at India Seashell Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram trip planning tool.

Getting from Chennai to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Thanjavur

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple and then admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Thanjavur online itinerary maker.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Museums · Historic Sites

Rameswaram

— 1 night
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 21st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, then stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, and finally see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rameswaram trip tool.

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Rameswaram takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Tiruchirappalli

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tiruchirappalli travel route planner.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Tiruchirappalli in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tiruchirappalli are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites

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.