11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  5​h
1
Chennai
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Madurai
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
+3
train + taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
6
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

1
night
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 9th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalikambal Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Theosophical Society, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Chennai travel planning website .

New Delhi to Chennai is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from New Delhi in October, Chennai is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
The Theosophical Society ©
The Theosophical Society

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, and then admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, contemplate the long history of Krishna Mandapam, don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple, and finally appreciate the history behind Descent Of The Ganges.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram route planning website .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Arjuna's Penance ©
Arjuna's Penance

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 13th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Madurai trip itinerary planning app .

Do a combination of train and flight from Mahabalipuram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a 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

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, take in the views from Pamban bridge, stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Rameswaram trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

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 15th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Xavier Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marungoor Murugan Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ayya Vaikundar Nizhal Thangal, don't miss a visit to Adi Keshava Perumal Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, don't miss a visit to Thollavilai Narayana Swamy Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Padmanabhapuram Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple Kanyakumari.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari trip tool .

You can drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Padmanabhapuram Palace
Highlights from your plan
Padmanabhapuram Palace ©
Padmanabhapuram Palace
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach

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.
Step out of Ooty (Udhagamandalam) with an excursion to Attapadi Reserve Forest in Palakkad--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, appreciate the views at Mukurthi Dam, and explore the activities along Pykara Lake.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip planner .

Getting from Kanyakumari to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is a bit cooler than Kanyakumari - with highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Attapadi Reserve Forest
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Pykara Lake ©
Pykara Lake

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