16 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

16 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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16 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
plane:  5​h
1
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Rameswaram
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
6
Thiruvannamalai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Kanchipuram
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  1​h
9
Chennai
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Thanjai Mamani Koil, Brihadeeshwara Temple and Gangaikonda Cholapuram. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaikonda Cholapuram, don't miss a visit to Thanjai Mamani Koil, and then admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Thanjavur tour planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Thanjavur is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Thanjavur, with lows around 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gangaikonda Cholapuram ©
Gangaikonda Cholapuram
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple

3
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Adam's Bridge, Lakshmana Teertham and Villoondi Tirtham. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kalam National Memorial and Rama Tirtham (Gandamadana). Kids will enjoy Pamban bridge and Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, stop by Kalam Sea Shell Mart, make a trip to Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam, and take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rameswaram itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Rameswaram takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lakshmana Teertham
Highlights from your plan
Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial
Adam's Bridge ©
Adam's Bridge
Villoondi Tirtham ©
Villoondi Tirtham

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Adi Keshava Perumal Temple, Thiruvalluvar Statue and Sunset View Point.

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

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Madurai travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Madurai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Pazhamudhir Solai ©
Pazhamudhir Solai

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 24th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Madurai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Madurai in January, expect Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Thiruvannamalai.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum
Emerald Lake ©
Emerald Lake

1
night
Thiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Mystical India, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arunachaleshwara Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seshadri Swamigal Ashram.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Thiruvannamalai trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Thiruvannamalai in 8 hours. January in Thiruvannamalai sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kanchipuram.

Things to do in Thiruvannamalai

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Tiruvannamalai
Highlights from your plan
Arunachaleshwara Temple ©
Arunachaleshwara Temple
Mystical India ©
Mystical India

1
day
Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram ©
The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
On the 27th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Adhi Kamakshi Amman Temple and then steep yourself in history at Ekambareswarar Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanchipuram day trip site .

You can drive from Thiruvannamalai to Kanchipuram in 3 hours. Traveling from Thiruvannamalai in January, expect nights in Kanchipuram to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chennai.

Things to do in Kanchipuram

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ekambareswarar Temple ©
Ekambareswarar Temple
Adhi Kamakshi Amman Temple ©
Adhi Kamakshi Amman Temple

1
night
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 28th (Tue): stroll through Covelong Beach, explore the ancient world of Raya Gopura, and then pause for some photo ops at Descent Of The Ganges.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mahabalipuram trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Kanchipuram to Mahabalipuram in 2 hours. In January in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Covelong Beach
Highlights from your plan
Covelong Beach ©
Covelong Beach
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges
Raya Gopura ©
Raya Gopura

5
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
You've added Sathyam Cinemas, Chennai Central Railway Station, Vaitheeswaran Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Chennai journey planner.

Getting from Kanchipuram to Chennai by car takes about 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shree Ragavendra Mutt ©
Shree Ragavendra Mutt
Chennai Rail Museum ©
Chennai Rail Museum
Sathyam Cinemas ©
Sathyam Cinemas

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