11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Colombo
+3
bus + foot + Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + train + taxi:  4​h 15​min
Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Madurai
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  2​h 15​min
End: Colombo

2
nights
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) ©
Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is known for nature, parks, wildlife, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, admire the sheer force of Pykara Lake and Pykara Falls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Church, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Mahabalipuram.

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Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
St. Stephen's Church
St. Stephen's Church
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak

3
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Mahabalipuram

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.
Visit Sea Shore Temple and Kapaleeshwar Temple for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Chennai (Madras) (Elliot's Beach, Besant Nagar Beach, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram and don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas.

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Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Mahabalipuram takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in May, things will get a bit warmer in Mahabalipuram: highs are around 44°C and lows about 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

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Chennai (Madras)
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Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

1
night
Thanjavur

Thanjavur ©
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 26th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Prathiyangara Devi Temple, admire the natural beauty at Sivaganga Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Thanjai Mamani Koil, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihadeeshwara Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Thanjavur travel planner.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 45°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rameswaram.

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Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery ©
Prathiyangara Devi Temple ©
Prathiyangara Devi Temple

1
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Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 27th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramanathaswamy Temple, kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach, then meet the residents at Sea World Aquarium, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sugreevar Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rameswaram trip planner .

You can drive from Thanjavur to Rameswaram in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Ramanathaswamy Temple ©
Ramanathaswamy Temple

2
nights
Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
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 28th (Mon): kick back and relax at Muttom Beach and then kick back and relax at Thengapattanam beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Sothavilai Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kanyakumari road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Muttom Beach
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Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Muttom Beach ©
Muttom Beach
Thengapattanam beach ©
Thengapattanam beach

1
night
Madurai

Madurai ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral Church, admire the landmark architecture of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Madurai, Sri Sri Radha Mathurapati Temple.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Madurai trip planner .

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Madurai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Madurai sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madurai

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Sri Meenakshi Temple ©
Sri Meenakshi Temple
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
St. Mary's Cathedral Church ©
St. Mary's Cathedral Church

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