12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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

1
night
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 28th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, kick back and relax at Besant Nagar Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Express Avenue Mall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Parthasarathy Temple, then kick back and relax at Marina Beach, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with T Nagar, Ranganathan Street.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chennai road trip tool .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Chennai. August in Chennai sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pancha Rathas. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, don't miss a visit to Mahishasura Rock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at DakshinaChitra Museum, make a trip to Krishna's Butter Ball, then admire the landmark architecture of Raya Gopura, then don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, and finally make a trip to Pancha Rathas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram travel route planner .

You can drive from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas

2
nights
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 1st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pratyangara Devi temple, head outdoors with The Grand Anicut (Kallanai), then contemplate the long history of Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam, and finally admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery. On the next day, admire the striking features of Brihadeeshwara Temple, make a trip to Punnainallur Mariamman Koil, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seerkazhi, make a trip to Thanjai Mamani Koil, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple, and finally get lost in a book at The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library.

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Getting from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Seerkazhi ©
Seerkazhi

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 3rd (Tue), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then explore the historical opulence of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Madurai tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Thanjavur to Madurai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Thanjavur in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Madurai: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

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

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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 4th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, then snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our Rameswaram trip planner .

You can take a train from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stroll through Kanyakumari Beach, don't miss a visit to Thiruvalluvar Statue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and finally don't miss a visit to Gandhi Memorial. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at Rajas Mall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marungoor Murugan Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, then don't miss a visit to Adi Keshava Perumal Temple, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Xavier Church.

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Getting from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Rajas Mall
Highlights from your plan
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach

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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.
On the 7th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak. On your second day here, explore the activities along Pykara Lake, explore the activities along Ooty Lake, and then appreciate the views at Mukurthi Dam.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Kanyakumari to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Kanyakumari in September, things will get little chillier in Ooty (Udhagamandalam): highs are around 31°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Pykara Lake ©
Pykara Lake

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