17 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

17 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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17 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + Taxi:  9​h 15​min
1
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 45​min
3
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Thanjavur
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Tiruchirappalli
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Kanchipuram
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Vellore
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
night
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
On the 2nd (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk, take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, and finally stop by The Cocoa Bean.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kodaikanal trip builder tool .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Kodaikanal is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, Kodaikanal is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
The Cocoa Bean ©
The Cocoa Bean

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 3rd (Tue), take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, then stroll through Agnitheertham, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple, and finally examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rameswaram vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Rameswaram takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

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.
On the 5th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirupparankunram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Madurai trip planner.

Traveling by train from Rameswaram to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours
Tirupparankunram ©
Tirupparankunram

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swami Malai Temple, then explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, and then admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeshwara Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ramalingaswami Temple, admire the striking features of Airavatesvara Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaikonda Cholapuram.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Thanjavur road trip planning app .

You can drive from Madurai to Thanjavur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Airavatesvara Temple
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Airavatesvara Temple ©
Airavatesvara Temple
Gangaikonda Cholapuram ©
Gangaikonda Cholapuram

3
nights
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.
Step out of Tiruchirappalli with an excursion to Anjaneya Temple in Namakkal--about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple, make a trip to Ayyanar Temple, and explore the striking landscape at Rock Fort Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tiruchirappalli trip itinerary builder website .

Take a train from Thanjavur to Tiruchirappalli in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Tiruchirappalli sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kanchipuram.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Anjaneya Temple
Highlights from your plan
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Rock Fort Temple ©
Rock Fort Temple
Jambukeswarar Temple ©
Jambukeswarar Temple

3
nights
Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram ©
The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
On the 12th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ekambareshvara Temple, don't miss a visit to Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Thirukovil, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamakshi Amman Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kailasanathar Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mount Carmel Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Vaikuntha Perumal Temple (Parameshwara Vinnagaram).

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kanchipuram vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Tiruchirappalli to Kanchipuram takes 5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kanchipuram can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Vellore.

Things to do in Kanchipuram

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ekambareswarar Temple ©
Ekambareswarar Temple
Kailasanathar Temple ©
Kailasanathar Temple
Kamakshi Amman Temple ©
Kamakshi Amman Temple

3
nights
Vellore

Vellore ©
An assortment of temples and a large historic fort generate a good deal of Vellore's tourism--as do the top hospitals of this dry, sunny city.
Take a break from Vellore with a short trip to Ganesh Temple in Kanipakam, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jalakandeswarar Temple, don't miss a visit to Sripuram Golden Temple, and contemplate the long history of Vellore Fort.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Vellore online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Kanchipuram to Vellore takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Kanchipuram in December, plan for little chillier days in Vellore, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. You'll set off for home on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Vellore

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Velavan Temple, Ganesh Temple
Highlights from your plan
Jalakandeswarar Temple ©
Jalakandeswarar Temple
Sripuram Golden Temple ©
Sripuram Golden Temple
Vellore Fort ©
Vellore Fort

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