5 days in Thanjavur, Rameswaram & Madurai Itinerary

5 days in Thanjavur, Rameswaram & Madurai Itinerary

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5 days in Thanjavur, Rameswaram & Madurai Itinerary

Bengaluru
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
Thanjavur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Madurai
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
Bengaluru

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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.
Visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and Airavatesvara Temple for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Thanjavur: Rock Fort Temple (in Tiruchirappalli) and Kumbakonam (Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai, Uppiliappan Temple, Kumbakonam, & more). There's more to do: admire the striking features of Brihadeeshwara Temple and take in nature's colorful creations at Sivaganga Gardens.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Thanjavur online trip itinerary builder .

Bengaluru to Thanjavur is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Bengaluru in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Thanjavur: highs are around 43°C and lows about 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Kumbakonam, Tiruchirappalli
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Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Rock Fort Temple ©
Rock Fort Temple
Airavatesvara Temple ©
Airavatesvara Temple

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stroll through Dhanushkodi Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rama Tirtham (Gandamadana), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ramanathaswamy Temple.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram visit planner.

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Rameswaram takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

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Ramanathaswamy Temple ©
Ramanathaswamy Temple
Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

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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.
On the 17th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral Church, then step into the grandiose world of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koodal Azhagar Temple.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Madurai online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Madurai are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

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Sri Meenakshi Temple
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
Koodal Azhagar Temple ©
Koodal Azhagar Temple

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