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 + taxi:  5​h 45​min
1
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Thanjavur
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Chennai
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: New Delhi


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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the activities along Ooty Lake.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) day trip planning app .

New Delhi to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) when traveling from New Delhi in December, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake

1
night
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Dynasty, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, and finally delve into the distant past at Dolmen Circle. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Perumal Peak, get outside with Dolphin's Nose, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Kodaikanal day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in December since evenings lows in Kodaikanal dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Perumal Peak ©
Perumal Peak

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 22nd (Sat), look for gifts at Prema Vilas, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Madurai sightseeing planning website .

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daytime highs in Madurai are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Spas Shopping
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Sri Meenakshi Temple ©
Sri Meenakshi Temple
Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple ©
Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple
Spas & Wellness

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 23rd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, look for all kinds of wild species at Water Bird Sanctuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ariyaman Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rameswaram holiday maker app .

Drive from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, make a trip to Kapisthalam Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Naganathaswamy Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seerkazhi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple, and finally admire the striking features of Brihadeeshwara Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Thanjavur travel planning website .

Drive from Rameswaram to Thanjavur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums
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Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery ©
Kapisthalam Temple ©
Kapisthalam Temple

3
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
We've included these beaches for you: Marina Beach and Thiruvanmiyur Beach. Get some historical perspective at Kapaleeshwar Temple and Arulmigu Sakthi Vinayagar Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Covelong Beach in Covelong (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, admire the striking features of San Thome Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Parthasarathy Temple, and buy something for everyone on your list at Express Avenue Mall.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chennai trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Thanjavur to Chennai in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Covelong Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

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