12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu route builder

©
This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
1
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:  7​h 30​min
2
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Rameswaram
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Madurai
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + train:  2​h 45​min
5
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Chennai
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: New Delhi

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kandal Cross Roman Catholic Church. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Mukurthi Dam, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Moyar River.

For photos and tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary planning website .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Moyar River
Highlights from your plan
Mukurthi Dam ©
Mukurthi Dam
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
MacIvor's Bund
MacIvor's Bund

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 30th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanyakumari Beach, appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple Kanyakumari, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sunset View Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Padmanabhapuram Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, steep yourself in history at Vattakottai Fort, then don't miss a visit to Gandhi Memorial, and finally examine the collection at Kanyakumari Wax Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kanyakumari online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kanyakumari in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in December: high temperatures in Kanyakumari hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Padmanabhapuram Palace
Highlights from your plan
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Sunset View Point ©
Sunset View Point

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 1st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Water Bird Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, then see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Water Bird Sanctuary ©
Water Bird Sanctuary
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirupparankunram, and then explore the striking landscape at Samanar Hills.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Madurai route planner.

You can take a train from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Samanar Hills ©
Samanar Hills
Tirupparankunram ©
Tirupparankunram

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, kick back and relax at Covelong Beach, then make a trip to Krishna's Butter Ball, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple, make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, delve into the distant past at Raya Gopura, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mahabalipuram trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Madurai to Mahabalipuram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Covelong Beach
Highlights from your plan
Covelong Beach ©
Covelong Beach
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple

2
nights
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 6th (Mon): stop by Pure Pearls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Besant Nagar Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Guindy Snake Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Audikesava Perumal Peyalvar Temple. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Marina Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Parthasarathy Temple, and then identify plant and animal life at Chennai Turtle Walk.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chennai trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Mahabalipuram to Chennai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. January in Chennai sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Besant Nagar Beach ©
Besant Nagar Beach
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Guindy Snake Park ©
Guindy Snake Park

Similar Plans

10 days in Tamil Nadu BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 33 days in Tamil Nadu & New Delhi BY A USER FROM INDIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in New Delhi & Tamil Nadu BY A USER FROM INDIA July, culture, beaches, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Tamil Nadu BY A USER FROM INDIA October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Tamil Nadu BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Tamil Nadu BY A USER FROM INDIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Tamil Nadu BY A USER FROM INDIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Tamil Nadu BY A USER FROM INDIA October, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in South India BY A USER FROM INDIA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Tamil Nadu BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans