13 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

13 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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13 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
1
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Kanyakumari
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Rameswaram
— 1 night
train:  3​h
5
Madurai
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Thanjavur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
End: Hyderabad

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden and then explore the activities along Ooty Lake. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Mukurthi Dam, take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and finally stop by Moddy's Chocolates.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip tool .

Hyderabad to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hyderabad in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ooty (Udhagamandalam): temperatures range from 30°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

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

1
night
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get great views at Pillar Rocks, delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzhanthai Velappar temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Dolmen Circle, then explore the activities along Berijam Lake, then take a memorable drive along Silent Valley View Point, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kodaikanal trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in December, Kodaikanal is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Pillar Rocks ©
Pillar Rocks

1
day
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 7th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, don't miss a visit to Thiruvalluvar Statue, then make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumara Koil Murugan Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Adi Keshava Perumal Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Kanyakumari trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Kanyakumari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Kanyakumari can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

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 8th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, then take in the views from Pamban bridge, then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram trip planner.

Getting from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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

2
nights
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 9th (Sun), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, then look for gifts at Jute Cottage, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and finally see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Madurai trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In December in Madurai, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Madurai

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Gandhi Memorial Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Moolai Anjaneya Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aiyarappar temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Garbarakshambigai Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Brihadeeshwara Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Naganathaswamy Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seerkazhi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple, then don't miss a visit to Thanjai Mamani Koil, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihadeeswarar Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Thanjavur travel app .

Traveling by car from Madurai to Thanjavur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Garbarakshambigai Temple
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery ©
Seerkazhi ©
Seerkazhi

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, then admire the landmark architecture of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa, then appreciate the history behind Descent Of The Ganges, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganesh Ratha Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple, then delve into the distant past at Krishna Mandapam, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram day trip planning website .

You can drive from Thanjavur to Mahabalipuram in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Arjuna's Penance ©
Arjuna's Penance

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