7 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

7 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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7 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
+2
Fly + train + taxi:  5​h 30​min
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Madurai
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance and then don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Besant Nagar Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram itinerary builder website .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight, train, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Mahabalipuram when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in November, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Thanjavur.

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Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
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Sea Shore Temple
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the striking features of Brihadeeshwara Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihadeeswarar Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Keelaperumpallam Temple, then make a trip to Thanjai Mamani Koil, then get lost in a book at The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library, and finally explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Thanjavur trip planner .

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 November, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.

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Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Brihadeeswarar Temple ©
Brihadeeswarar 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramanathaswamy Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Memorial, and finally meet the residents at Sea World Aquarium.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Rameswaram takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kanyakumari.

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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Ramanathaswamy Temple ©
Ramanathaswamy Temple
Vivekananda Memorial
Vivekananda Memorial

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Tue), make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sothavilai Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple Kanyakumari.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kanyakumari online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Madurai.

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Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
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Kanyakumari Beach
Sothavilai Beach ©
Sothavilai Beach

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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 28th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral Church, then explore the historical opulence of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Madurai route maker website .

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Madurai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Madurai sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

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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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