12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Syracuse
Fly:  30​h
1
Chennai
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Rameswaram
— 1 night
train:  3​h
4
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Kumbakonam
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Syracuse

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), tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Thome Church, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Besant Nagar Beach. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Mylapore, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwar Temple, then stroll through Palavakkam Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Breezy Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chennai sightseeing planner .

Syracuse, USA to Chennai is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Syracuse in January, with highs in Chennai at 86°F and lows at 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
San Thome Church ©
San Thome Church

1
night
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.
On the 11th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then stroll through Kanyakumari Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Sothavilai Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari online journey planner .

Getting from Chennai to Kanyakumari by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Bhagavathy Amman Temple ©
Bhagavathy Amman Temple

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 12th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, then stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Rameswaram route builder site .

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Madurai trip builder website .

You can drive from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Madurai are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
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Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): 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, 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.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Thanjavur trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Madurai to Thanjavur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Thanjavur, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Kumbakonam.

Things to do in Thanjavur

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

3
nights
Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam ©
A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Get some historical perspective at Airavatesvara Temple and Sarangapani Temple. Adi Kumbeswarar Temple and Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Garbarakshambigai Temple and steep yourself in history at Arulmigu Naganathaswamy Temple Thirunageswaram.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kumbakonam trip maker website .

You can drive from Thanjavur to Kumbakonam in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Kumbakonam are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kumbakonam

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Garbarakshambigai Temple, Uppiliappan Temple, Swamimalai Murugan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Airavatesvara Temple ©
Airavatesvara Temple
Garbarakshambigai Temple ©
Garbarakshambigai Temple
Adi Kumbeswarar Temple ©
Adi Kumbeswarar Temple

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