10 days in Tamil Nadu, Karaikal & Tirupati Itinerary

10 days in Tamil Nadu, Karaikal & Tirupati Itinerary

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10 days in Tamil Nadu, Karaikal & Tirupati Itinerary

Start: Tiruchirappalli
Drive:  2​h
1
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Rameswaram
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Karaikal
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Thiruvannamalai
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Tirupati
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Chennai
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Kanchipuram
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h
8
Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
End: Tiruchirappalli

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 2nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirupparankunram, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Madurai travel route planner .

Tiruchirappalli to Madurai is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train. Traveling from Tiruchirappalli in March, expect nights in Madurai to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 38°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
Tirupparankunram ©
Tirupparankunram

few
hours
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 3rd (Tue): take in the views from Pamban bridge, then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and then kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rameswaram vacation planner.

You can take a train from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Karaikal.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge
Pamban bridge ©
Pamban bridge

1
night
Karaikal

Karaikal ©
Karaikal is a major port city of east coast of India and a municipality in Karaikal district in the Union Territory of Puducherry, India. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Abhirami Udanurai Amirthakadeshwarar Swamy Temple, steep yourself in history at Danish Fort, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Karaikal Beach. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saniswaran Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shani Temple Thirunallar.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Karaikal trip planner .

You can drive from Rameswaram to Karaikal in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Thiruvannamalai.

Things to do in Karaikal

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shani Temple Thirunallar, Danish Fort, Arulmigu Abhirami Udanurai Amirthakadeshwarar Swamy Temple
Highlights from your plan
Danish Fort ©
Danish Fort
Shani Temple Thirunallar ©
Shani Temple Thirunallar

2
nights
Thiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Girivalam, Arunachaleswarar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arunachaleshwara Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ramana Ashram, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agini Lingam.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Thiruvannamalai itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Karaikal to Thiruvannamalai takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tirupati.

Things to do in Thiruvannamalai

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tiruvannamalai
Highlights from your plan
Arunachaleshwara Temple ©
Arunachaleshwara Temple
Girivalam, Arunachaleswarar Temple ©
Sri Ramana Ashram ©
Sri Ramana Ashram

1
night
Tirupati

Tirupati ©
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Varadaraja Swamy Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Govindarajaswami Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Varahaswami Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapila Theertham , and then contemplate the long history of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tirupati attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Thiruvannamalai to Tirupati takes 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Chennai.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple ©
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple ©
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple ©
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple

2
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple, then kick back and relax at Marina Beach, then kick back and relax at Besant Nagar Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Chennai attractions planning site .

You can take a train from Tirupati to Chennai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Chennai sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Kanchipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Besant Nagar Beach ©
Besant Nagar Beach
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

few
hours
Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram ©
The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
On the 10th (Tue), make a trip to Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Thirukovil and then delve into the lush surroundings at Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kanchipuram trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Chennai to Kanchipuram takes 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Kanchipuram can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Kanchipuram

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary ©
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Thirukovil ©

1
night
Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli ©
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 11th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vekkali Amman Temple.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tiruchirappalli day trip website .

You can drive from Kanchipuram to Tiruchirappalli in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Vekkali Amman Temple ©
Vekkali Amman Temple

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