11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Madurai
— 1 night
train:  3​h
3
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
5
Kodaikanal
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Rock Fort Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tiruchirappalli trip planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Tiruchirappalli is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December: high temperatures in Tiruchirappalli hover around 35°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Rock Fort Temple ©
Rock Fort Temple
Jambukeswarar Temple ©
Jambukeswarar Temple
Sri Ayyappan Temple ©
Sri Ayyappan Temple

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.
On the 6th (Thu), take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Madurai online trip builder .

You can drive from Tiruchirappalli to Madurai in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Madurai are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours

2
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 7th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Villoondi Tirtham, take in the views from Pamban bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, and finally examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, contemplate the waterfront views at Agnitheertham, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramanathaswamy Temple, and finally stop by Kalam Sea Shell Mart.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rameswaram online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi ©
Pamban bridge ©
Pamban bridge
Villoondi Tirtham ©
Villoondi Tirtham

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Ransom Church, then kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari trip planning tool .

You can drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. December in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bhagavathy Amman Temple ©
Bhagavathy Amman Temple
Our Lady of Ransom Church ©
Our Lady of Ransom Church

1
day
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get outside with Dolphin's Nose, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurinji Andavar Temple.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kodaikanal attractions planning site .

Drive from Kanyakumari to Kodaikanal in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Kodaikanal are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Dolphin's Nose ©
Dolphin's Nose
Kurinji Andavar Temple ©
Kurinji Andavar Temple

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Upper Bhavani Lake, then stop by Moddy's Chocolates, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Pykara Lake and Pykara Falls, take some stellar pictures from Shooting Point, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Church, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Mukurthi Dam.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) journey maker app .

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kodaikanal in December, with highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Upper Bhavani Lake ©
Upper Bhavani Lake
St. Stephen's Church
St. Stephen's Church

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 13th (Thu): see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, and then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, then contemplate the long history of Descent Of The Ganges, then don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology.

Plan trip to Mahabalipuram with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Mahabalipuram in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in December, with highs in Mahabalipuram at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Arjuna's Penance ©
Arjuna's Penance
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges

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