13 days in New Delhi & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

13 days in New Delhi & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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13 days in New Delhi & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
1
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Chennai
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h 30​min
3
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Thanjavur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Madurai
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: New Delhi

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New Delhi

New Delhi ©
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Get some cultural insight at Humayun's Tomb and India Gate. Get some historical perspective at Akshardham and Lotus Temple. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Red Fort (Lal Quila), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, take in panoramic vistas at Qutub Minar, and contemplate the long history of Jahanara Begum's Tomb.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our New Delhi trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to New Delhi. July in New Delhi sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Chennai.

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Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
India Gate ©
India Gate
Red Fort (Lal Quila) ©
Red Fort (Lal Quila)

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Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 4th (Thu), kick back and relax at Besant Nagar Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Parthasarathy Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Elliot's Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Chennai holiday planner.

You can fly from New Delhi to Chennai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. July in Chennai sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

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Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Sri Parthasarathy Temple ©
Sri Parthasarathy Temple

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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 6th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Covelong Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, and then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Thanjavur.

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Covelong Beach
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Covelong Beach ©
Covelong Beach

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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.
On the 7th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Garbarakshambigai Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seerkazhi, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeshwara Temple. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ramaswamy Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Patteeswaram Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swami Malai Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ramalingaswami Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Thanjavur online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a train. In July in Thanjavur, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites

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Kumbakonam, Garbarakshambigai Temple
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Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Garbarakshambigai Temple ©
Garbarakshambigai Temple
Patteeswaram Temple ©
Patteeswaram Temple

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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.
On the 9th (Tue), kick back and relax at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nambunayaki amman temple, then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ariyaman Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram trip planning website .

You can drive from Thanjavur to Rameswaram in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Padmanabhapuram Palace, stroll through Muttom Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Observation Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple Kanyakumari, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sanguthurai Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Sothavilai Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kanyakumari trip planner .

Drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Padmanabhapuram Palace, Muttom Beach
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Muttom Beach ©
Muttom Beach
Padmanabhapuram Palace ©
Padmanabhapuram Palace
Jain Temple Kanyakumari ©
Jain Temple Kanyakumari

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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), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Madurai driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Madurai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kanyakumari in July: highs in Madurai hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
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Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple

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