11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu journey planner

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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
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Chidambaram
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Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive
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Madurai
— 1 night
Drive
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Tiruchirappalli
— 2 nights
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Villupuram
— 1 night
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Chennai
— 2 nights
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Mahabalipuram

— 2 nights
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. The structures showcase the decoration and form of early Dravidian architecture, and their distinctive designs, striking coloration, and scale still create an evocative atmosphere when studied closely and when seen as a whole.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Tiger Cave, examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Covelong Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Pancha Pandava Cave, Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, then visit a coastal fixture at Mahabalipuram Lighthouse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram journey maker site.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Mahabalipuram, with lows around 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Mon) before leaving for Chidambaram.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Chidambaram

Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. On the 22nd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thillai Kali Amman Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Chidambaram trip planner.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Chidambaram in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Chidambaram

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Thanjavur

— 1 night

Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu

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 23rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Swami Malai Temple, pause for some photo ops at Gangaikonda Cholapuram, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ezhuthari Nathar Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Thanjavur day trip app.

Traveling by car from Chidambaram to Thanjavur takes 3 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites

Rameswaram

— 1 night
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 24th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple, don't miss a visit to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, then kick back and relax at Ariyaman Beach, and finally take in the views from Pamban bridge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rameswaram trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Rameswaram takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Madurai

— 1 night

Athens of the East

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirupparankunram, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koodal Azhagar Temple.

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You can drive from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites

Tiruchirappalli

— 2 nights

Rockfort City

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 26th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jambukeswarar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Lourdes Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vekkali Amman Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Mariamman Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Samayapuram Mariamman Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vayalur Murugan Temple.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tiruchirappalli trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Tiruchirappalli takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Tiruchirappalli can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Villupuram.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Villupuram

— 1 night
Viluppuram is a municipality and the administrative headquarters of Viluppuram district, the largest district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. On the 28th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Lakshmi Narashima Swamy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulagalantha Perumal Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Panchavati Panchamukha Anjaneyar Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Villupuram day trip site.

Drive from Tiruchirappalli to Villupuram in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chennai.

Things to do in Villupuram

Historic Sites

Chennai

— 2 nights

Detroit of South Asia

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 29th (Mon): find something for the whole family at VGP Snow Kingdom, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Injambakkam, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirdi Sai Baba Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Dheeran Chinnamalai Statue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Thomas Mount National Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vadapalani Murugan Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ramakrishna Math.

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Traveling by car from Villupuram to Chennai takes 3.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Tamil Nadu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Land of Tamils
Home to a Tamil population that speaks one of the world's oldest languages, the state of Tamil Nadu appeals to tourists with its many Hindu temples, beach resorts, charming hill stations, and World Heritage Sites. Several major civilizations have thrived in this area over the last 2,000 years, including the famous Chola, Chera, Pallava, and Pandya. Today, a trip to Tamil Nadu reveals its unique heritage blending elements of all the cultures that lived and died here, leaving their mark on the area's cuisine, music, religious traditions, and literature. In an ancient land steeped in history, state capital Chennai serves as a modern and convenient tourist base, providing great shopping, dining, and entertainment options.