12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  17​h
1
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Kodaikanal
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
4
Madurai
— 1 night
train:  3​h
5
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Tiruchirappalli
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Brussels

1
night
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 8th (Mon): admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, make a trip to Krishna's Butter Ball, steep yourself in history at Krishna Mandapam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Descent Of The Ganges, and finally don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance.

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Brussels, Belgium to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Brussels to Mahabalipuram. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in April, with highs in Mahabalipuram at 42°C and lows at 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Krishna Mandapam ©
Krishna Mandapam

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.
On the 10th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Pykara Lake and Pykara Falls, then explore the activities along Pykara Lake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight from Mahabalipuram to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In April, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is a bit cooler than Mahabalipuram - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

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

1
day
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
On the 12th (Fri), go for a walk through Coakers Walk, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bryant Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzhanthai Velappar temple.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kodaikanal road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In April, Kodaikanal is a bit warmer than Ooty (Udhagamandalam) - with highs of 41°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple ©
Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple
Bryant Park ©
Bryant Park

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 (Sat), stop by Kishkintha Garments, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral Church.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Madurai day trip app .

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
St. Mary's Cathedral Church ©
St. Mary's Cathedral Church

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
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 14th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rama Tirtham (Gandamadana), then snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

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You can drive from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tiruchirappalli.

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

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeshwara Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Fort Temple. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and then admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tiruchirappalli trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Rameswaram to Tiruchirappalli in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Tiruchirappalli sees daily highs of 46°C and lows of 31°C at night. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Thanjavur
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

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