12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu trip planner

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Chennai
— 1 night
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chidambaram
— 1 night
Drive
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Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
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Chennai

— 1 night

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 20th (Sun), wander the streets of Pondy Bazaar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Agasthyar Temple, then wander the streets of Fort St. George, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through Besant Nagar Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marundeeswarar Temple.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Chennai. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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 22nd (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, make a trip to Pancha Rathas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Covelong Beach, Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

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Traveling by car from Chennai to Mahabalipuram takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Chidambaram.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Chidambaram

— 1 night
Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pichavaram Mangrove Forest, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thillai Kali Amman Temple.

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Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Chidambaram takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Chidambaram

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Tiruchirappalli

— 1 night

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.
On the 25th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaattu Azhagiya Singar Srirangam.

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Drive from Chidambaram to Tiruchirappalli in 3.5 hours. December in Tiruchirappalli sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites

Rameswaram

— 4 nights
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ariyaman Beach and Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, make a trip to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram trip maker site.

You can drive from Tiruchirappalli to Rameswaram in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Kanyakumari

— 2 nights

Cape Comorin

Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): stroll through Sunset View Point, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanyakumari Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple Kanyakumari, then take some stellar pictures from Observation Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sothavilai Beach.

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Getting from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.