13 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

13 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
2
Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
3
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
4
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
5
Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
6
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
7
Chennai
— 2 nights

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 17th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, and then admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Pykara Lake and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip maker tool.

New Delhi to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ooty (Udhagamandalam), with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Government Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Government Botanical Garden ©
Government Botanical Garden
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake

2
nights
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
On the 19th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Dolmen Circle, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, then browse for treasures at Dynasty, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurinji Andavar Temple. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, and then go for a walk through Coakers Walk.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kodaikanal online tour planner.

Drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in December since evenings lows in Kodaikanal dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Coakers Walk ©
Coakers Walk

2
nights
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 21st (Tue): make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirdhi Sai Baba Temple, Kanyakumari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple Kanyakumari, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kanyakumari trip maker website.

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 in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

2
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 23rd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, don't miss a visit to Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam, snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial, and finally see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rameswaram, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach Point ©
Dhanushkodi Beach Point
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

1
night
Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, then contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Azhagia Manavalar Perumal.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tiruchirappalli online trip builder.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Tiruchirappalli in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Jambukeswarar Temple ©
Jambukeswarar Temple
Sri Azhagia Manavalar Perumal ©
Sri Azhagia Manavalar Perumal

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): find your balance on the water with Bay of Life Surf & SUP, then meet the residents at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Nakula Sahadeva Ratha, then don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas, then Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, and finally explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram trip planner.

Getting from Tiruchirappalli to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Bay of Life Surf & SUP
Highlights from your plan
Shore Temple ©
Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas

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 28th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of San Thome Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Besant Nagar Beach, then get in on the family fun at VGP Snow Kingdom, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Marundeeswarar Temple.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read our Chennai trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Chennai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daytime highs in Chennai are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
VGP Snow Kingdom ©
VGP Snow Kingdom
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

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